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11:12 AM on 06/27/2012
She should ONLY be charged with supplying liquor to a minor and allowing a minor to drink on her property. She did not cause the wreck, the drunk 19 year old behind the wheel did.
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ycplum
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12:37 PM on 06/27/2012
State laws vary, but if you recklessly facilitate a dangerous situation, you can be charged with manslaughter depending on the state laws. Drinking age is 21 in Missouri. The teen awas 19. She mixed the drinks and may (probably the only legal argument she has) have been aware of his drunken state. In NYS, bars can be legally held responsible if they serve a person who is obviously intoxicated and the person then drives drunk, causing an accident.
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01:41 PM on 06/27/2012
I'm not as knowledgeable on those laws (obviously) but if they are true laws, that is just sick. Not holding people accountable for their own actions and blaming others is a major problem in this country today.
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kahunacook
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01:45 PM on 06/27/2012
Agreed. There are many states now that hold the "server," whether it be a bar or home, to the same liability as the intoxicated defendant. Per the video it seems that Missouri state law excludes the "social hosts" from liability in these kinds of cases. It would be interesting to know what led the Missouri State Legislature to include that Social Host clause in the law.
cdianek
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11:11 AM on 06/27/2012
I have a friend who works nights, and left work one night after patient loads (she's a nurse) were low, and staff needed to flex out. When she got home, she discovered that her late-teens sons had chosen that night to have a party. Fun with teenagers, huh? She immediately went around the house and confiscated car keys, informing the revelers that she would either hand them over to a parent who arrived to take them home, or would return them the next morning after they crashed on her floor. And that's what happened.

That didn't eliminate all risk - any of them could have taken off walking after she went to bed, though after sleeping all day to prepare for work, she didn't have to sleep much that night - but with the keys secured, she knew at least that none of them were going to be driving that night. In the retelling, she didn't frame it as much as a liability thing as much as a safety one, but the better part of the liability became a non-issue once she had the keys secured.

Some people don't agree with the drinking age. But it takes a special kind of idiot to refuse to understand that you don't let drunk people of any age get behind the wheel of a car. He is responsible for the accident. But she's complicit in the circumstances that led to it, and holds some responsibility for that.
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Wendy Stewart
10:36 AM on 06/27/2012
She is responsible. At our home when partys took place with my son I took the keys from all those present when they arrived and nobody drove. What a shame for the victim of this accident. God bless.
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mikey09
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10:03 AM on 06/27/2012
I agree with the state, this is a case where an adult gave a minor alcohol and allowed them to leave her home and drive, she is an accessory to the events. If the kid had raided her liquor cabinet without her knowledge then different story, but today far to many parents want to appear 'cool" and be "friends" with the kids instead of mature adults. Sorry lady, time to pay the piper.
10:00 AM on 06/27/2012
She shouldnt have let him drive but maybe she didnt know , he might have just slipped out. Isnt calling a 19 year old a minor a bit of a stretch ?
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Pete Geller
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04:29 PM on 06/27/2012
Not as far as the legal drinking age goes... You can die for your country but you can't drink yet, legally anyway.
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DrHST
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09:41 AM on 06/27/2012
No. The kid didn't have to drink it.
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TooLooze
Someone should do something about all the problems
09:37 AM on 06/27/2012
Of course she should; why is this even a question?
09:23 AM on 06/27/2012
I hate it when parents think they can "allow" another persons child to drink, or anything else that is illegal. I think in addition to being charged with manslaughter, the parents of the dead teen should sue this woman for causing the death of their child.
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pattio66
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08:55 AM on 06/27/2012
Good! I know parents who say "Kids will drink anyway, I'd rather have them drinking at home." Talk about passive aggressive parenting! Triebel is ultimately responsible for causing a deadly accident and should be held accountable for it.
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TooLooze
Someone should do something about all the problems
09:41 AM on 06/27/2012
Letting a teen have a taste of alcohol at home is quite different than letting him or her drive. And also quite different than letting someone else's child drink.

In this case, you are 100% correct; the woman should definitely be held responsible.
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mikey09
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10:05 AM on 06/27/2012
I've always lived by the parenting rule...treat other peoples kids how you hope they will treat yours....and that means not providing alcohol, cigarettes, party rooms, etc.
whinenot
Actions speak louder than words.
08:48 AM on 06/27/2012
Yes, next question.
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The Dude67
Authority is not the truth, truth is the authority
08:47 AM on 06/27/2012
Decades ago when I was 17 some friends were over at my house and we were playing drinking games. I passed out in my room and the next morning I was making breakfast when I got a call that one of my friends was killed in an accident and another was badly injured.  

It turns out that two of my friends left my house, were walking home when they passed a car dealership and found a car with keys in it.  They went for a joy ride that left one of them dead and the other in the middle of nowhere in pitch dark with a broken nose and other injuries - he walked 7 miles in blackout conditions.  

Eventually I was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which I thought was odd since I was a minor... R.I.P. Robin.
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Iron100
09:33 AM on 06/27/2012
are you serious. do you have a link to the story?
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IrieMoon
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10:21 AM on 06/27/2012
It happened "decades ago" and the internet as it is today didn't exist "decades ago".

Not everything is on the internet.
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The Dude67
Authority is not the truth, truth is the authority
04:22 PM on 06/27/2012
I'm completely serious - it happened in the early 80s in a rural town in Washington State - sorry no link available.
08:39 AM on 06/27/2012
Actually, I think it warrants a "First Degree Murder Accessory" charge. But it won't happen. She will get off with "probation, and time served".
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Judy75201
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08:37 AM on 06/27/2012
When I was a teen, the legal age was18 for alcohol. So back then, she would not be held responsible. Not a criminal then, but a criminal now. The guy was 19, which is considered an adult responsible for his own actions in every way except for accepting drinks? Imma have to ride the fence on this one.
08:23 AM on 06/27/2012
Of course she should be held accountable! It was her house and her property. If there was a party where minors attended then she should have kept a better eye on them. So sorry if it made her or her child "unpopular". I'd rather have their friends alive and think poorly of me than have them dead and be the "cool" mom at the funeral. Illegal or not, she played in a part in the death of this child.
06:38 PM on 07/17/2012
So sorry if it made her or her child unpopular? what are you talking about? were you there do you know these people? She was not trying to be the "cool mom" she expected a 19 year old to be responsible for himself he's responsible enough to make the decision to fight for our country and die but not responsible enough to drink?
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jward107
08:21 AM on 06/27/2012
“This is nothing new. People serve underage people all the time in Missouri..."
The old everybody does it so it can't be wrong defense....first thing I'd do if i were Ms. Triebek is get new counsel...the next thing I'd do is get my affairs in order because she should be going away for a while....thirdly I'd drain my bank accont because the victims parents are going to get all she has...
For any parent to serve underage kids at a party is wrong...hate to be a buzz kill....
For any parent to serve underage kids at a party and let them drive is criminal...