“I hope the conviction is upheld, but that said, the job of a defense attorney is to provide the best defense possible. The reason is not to help the guilty get off. It is so that when someone IS convicted, despite having had a strong and zealous defense, we have more confidence that that person is actually guiltly. It should be HARD to put people away for the better part of their lives, not easy. And the purpose is to protect the INNOCENT, not the guilty, despite all the popular nonsense people sling around internet forums.”
I am an alcoholic with 20+ years of sobriety. Drunks drink and drive because we think we can get away with it. Even while severely intoxicated people engage in a calculation about the risk of getting caught. And when we are pulled over drunks universally experience a sinking feeling - because we KNOW we are drunk. After listening to literally thousands of stories of other alcoholics I cannot recall a single one who said he or she honestly didn't know they were too intoxicated to drive when they received a DUI. Quite the opposite - most alcoholics express amazement they got away with driving for as long as they did.
Harsher sentences not only protect the public, they help the intoxicated person make a better decision and for those that are true alcoholics and go ahead and drive anyway... when they get caught - a stiff jail sentence is likely to help them reach rock bottom. I have never known any alcoholic to get serious about sobriety by being coddled. If you want to help an alcoholic, force him to suffer the natural consequences of his actions, anything else and you are just condemning him to more suffering.
GoCards1978 on Oct 10, 2013 at 15:53:30
“I certainly appreciate your honesty, cetrales! Most people are "valley learners" as another friend of Lois terms it. People rarely change their self-destructive behavior until they hit bottom - it's the same for us non-drinkers (my ex took all the fun out of drinking for me). Coddling only postpones the inevitable and makes a bad situation worse.”
“Great photo - too bad these days there are only a handful of American kids who would have the first idea how to kills and dress a turkey. If they don't work this fiscal crisis out and things actually tanked, the cubicle dwellers are going to have a tough time of it.”
Oct 10, 2013 at 11:53:43
“Probably not. Then again, it is possible I have travelled more than they have. Either way, it is irrelevant to their statement - the implication that Mexico is no more dangerous than any other country is categorically and demonstrably false. Or maybe you want to tell me how many cases like this there have been in Denmark in the past decade (I have lived there). Or right here in Spain (I live here right now).
If you want to put your foot in your mouth, go right ahead. ”
Fran Jaime on Oct 13, 2013 at 00:30:31
“Well, I wouldn't vacation in the US. Too many mall shooters, spree killers and serial murderers.”
evolvedtg on Oct 12, 2013 at 23:33:59
“OMG, save your pearls. I pity you this conversation with this great fan of mexico and denier of the problems and horrors there.. Probably gets a dollar a head for every victim he/she talks into going down there.”
Fran Jaime on Oct 10, 2013 at 13:17:02
“Spain will be there soon. The economy is a mess and people are living in abandoned houses. Where do you think that leads?”
“I could care less if this guy is dead, but to all the doorknobs cheering the guards on saying "job well done" - let's hope you don't have a friend or loved one suffering depression who is wrongfully charged with a crime and then left on their own. When the government stops doing its job it has a funny way of affecting innocent people sooner or later. Today it is Castro, tomorrow it is a teenage girl stuck in a cell alone because some cop mistook her clinical depression for a "bad attitude".
“Nice "scientific" statistic, lol. But even were it true,they don't pay you millions of dollars to smoke. ”
smolenski on Oct 10, 2013 at 20:37:16
“Well, if you don't believe that the American Lung Association and Boston University Brain Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy aren't scientific then I see you point...not. Being paid has nothing to do with making educated decisions.”
“The legal change doesn't affect the child at all. If the mother is pushing to child in a direction they don't want to go, influencing the child to assign significance to something that might be nothing more than a passing phase... then I agree. But we don't know that for sure. ”
Patient Zero on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:18:23
“The legal change is a political statement by the parents, and informs the situation. Obviously the mother is making a big deal out of this and pushing her child into a certain role. ”