Monday, August 31, 2009
....And justice for all
On March 14th of this year, Browns WR Donte Stallworth was in Miami, Florida when he struck and killed Mario Reyes, a 59 year old construction worker who was going home after working his third shift job. It was determined that Stallworth was legally drunk at the time and that he flashed his lights at Reyes, who was not in a crosswalk. Subsequently, he was charged with DUI manslaughter and sentenced to only 30 days in jail. He was also suspended for a year by the NFL, received two years house arrest (he can still play football after his suspension) and lost his driver's license for life. So the message thats being conveyed here is that if you have money you can get away with murder, right?? If this was Joe the regular American, they would've spent years in prison, not jail. Their life would be ruined. Stallworth gets to spend 24 days in jail, take a year's vacation and continue making millions playing football. To me that seems like some lopsided justice. It is obvious he got preferrential treatment in this case, because of who he was and what his profession was. Not to mention that he had just received a signing bonus from the Browns that day!!! So in other words, to beat a DUI you need to be rich and famous, otherwise you get the book thrown at you.