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    Default Mom Could Face Jail Time for Jaywalking

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/...151356884.html

    Thoughts? Fair punishment, or awful injustice?

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    The punishment is way out of whack for the crime.

    One of the harder things to balance in the justice system is determining the outcome where both parties are at fault. We have a drunk driver on one hand, and someone walking in a roadway where pedestrians are not permitted.

    IMSO, the drunk driver should receive the harsher punishment. Probation seems more appropriate for the hand the mother had in her son's death.

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    When I first read that article, I didn't even catch what the mother had done, but now that I know it's jaywalking...um...yeah, that is a little harsh. I jaywalk so much I forgot it was a crime. That said, I think a ticket for her and a lesson about life would've sufficed. And the drunk driver, well, should get a DUI and jail time because he's clearly not that good of a driver when he's drunk.

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    There is nothing to gain by sending this woman to jail. She is not a threat to society, nor will she 'learn a lesson' from being locked up. Her other children will certainly not benefit from being separated from her, and society in general will have to suffer the fallout. The authorities in Georgia appear to be out of their minds.

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    Gotta love it.

    No, she doesn't deserve three years in jail for doing something everyone does all the time without even a slap on the wrist. You cannot condition people to do things one way, and then get pissed off when something happens as they do it.

    We're told from the get-go not to drive and drink.. We're conditioned to think we're boned when we get caught doing that.
    But Jaywalking!? Really?! I've jaywalked infront of cops so many times its ridiculous--and not even at night, or because I was late, or anything! I don't even remember it being a crime half the time! It's like saying it's illegal to put a donkey in a bathtub..

    The woman wasn't trying to hurt her child, she wasn't neglectful, she didn't throw her child into the street.. I don't know why the hell this is getting an article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dala View Post
    There is nothing to gain by sending this woman to jail. She is not a threat to society, nor will she 'learn a lesson' from being locked up. Her other children will certainly not benefit from being separated from her, and society in general will have to suffer the fallout. The authorities in Georgia appear to be out of their minds.
    Yes, (1) it serves no constructive purpose, (2) it punishes both her and her children further, and (3) it's a waste of taxpayer money.

    From what I read, the bus stop dropped her off later at night than she had expected, she had three children with her, she was 3/10 of a mile in either direction from a crossing lane, the bus dropped her off right across from her house, they had goldfish with them (so they wanted to get the fish in water quickly), they were waiting in the middle of the center divider and some other girl ran across so her one son started to inexplicably run after her ... and since he was already in the road she yelled and told him to keep going (exactly what I'd do if my kid was ALREADY in the road and I had no time to do or say anything else, just keep going and get OUT of the road), etc.

    It was a shitty situation this mother has no doubt been beating herself up for again and again.... and here they give the driver 6 months probation and throw her in jail for three years? If I understand the details of this story correctly, then it's a pretty huge miscarriage of justice, and they're just making an example of her at her and her remaining children's expense.
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    ^ The problem is there isn't much to make her example of.. "Don't jaywalk"? Is this some huge, disgusting commercial for those leash-backpacks for your kids? I mean, really, there is nothing society will learn from this woman's example except that they'll continue to believe the system is a broken, piss-poor product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Yes, (1) it serves no constructive purpose, (2) it punishes both her and her children further, and (3) it's a waste of taxpayer money.

    From what I read, the bus stop dropped her off later at night than she had expected, she had three children with her, she was 3/10 of a mile in either direction from a crossing lane, the bus dropped her off right across from her house, they had goldfish with them (so they wanted to get the fish in water quickly), they were waiting in the middle of the center divider and some other girl ran across so her one son started to inexplicably run after her ... and since he was already in the road she yelled and told him to keep going (exactly what I'd do if my kid was ALREADY in the road and I had no time to do or say anything else, just keep going and get OUT of the road), etc.

    It was a shitty situation this mother has no doubt been beating herself up for again and again.... and here they give the driver 6 months probation and throw her in jail for three years? If I understand the details of this story correctly, then it's a pretty huge miscarriage of justice, and they're just making an example of her at her and her remaining children's expense.
    This.

    Plus this woman is going to be punished every day of her life knowing she has lost a child.

    Separating her from her remaining children is an unnecessary cruelty to her and the other children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    Plus this woman is going to be punished every day of her life knowing she has lost a child.
    That's what I was thinking. This woman has already experienced more punishment than our justice system can ever dole out.
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    Nonsense to me. She sure will have learned "her lesson" from the death of her child... and they punish not only her now, but also the two remaining children.

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