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(Opposing Views)   This pretty blonde girl who killed a man while texting and driving will be punished to the full extent of the law. Either that or she'll get off with a $500 fine. It'll definitely be one or the other   (opposingviews.com) divider line 162
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2014-05-13 12:00:23 AM  
She sounds rich.
 
2014-05-13 12:41:40 AM  
 
2014-05-13 12:45:44 AM  
Pretty blonde white girl goes scot free....yep....must be America.
 
2014-05-13 12:51:47 AM  
Blow Jobs???
 
2014-05-13 12:52:00 AM  

cretinbob: Pretty blonde white girl goes scot free....yep....must be America.


I could tell that without even clicking on the link
 
2014-05-13 12:52:06 AM  
Charge her with the maximum penalty, and then offer to reduce her sentence for every high school she shows up at to explain why texting and driving is a really bad idea. I think having someone in shackles and an orange jumpsuit would make a pretty good impression.
 
2014-05-13 12:52:34 AM  
Or Afluensa.
 
2014-05-13 12:54:14 AM  
I think texting while driving should be treated as harshly as dui
 
2014-05-13 12:55:37 AM  
So, shoddy police work means a plea deal of $500 while her victim lies in a cold grave?  Or is it just the hottie factor?
 
2014-05-13 12:55:39 AM  
Had come to a full stop before pulling out, and wasn't texting (at that exact moment)? Seems fine to me then
Who cares?
 
2014-05-13 12:57:06 AM  
"Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said that a data recording device in the car indicated that she had, indeed, stopped."
 
2014-05-13 12:57:07 AM  
Will she sue the estate of the man she hit to fix her car too?
 
2014-05-13 12:58:27 AM  

Brick-House: Blow Jobs???


*Her* get off not you.
 
2014-05-13 01:01:18 AM  
I'd sue the pants off her. And her bra as well.
 
2014-05-13 01:02:17 AM  
Well, phone records showed that she had been texting and driving several minutes earlier, but apparrently they got conflicting witness statements on whether she was actually doing it at the time of the collision.

So the only thing they could actually pin on her was the pre-accident negligent driving and possibly failure to yield... and the second one was dodgy, since it was a private parking lot entrance rather than on the road itself.

That's how reasonable doubt works.
 
2014-05-13 01:03:23 AM  
Aww she's adorable, let her go.
 
2014-05-13 01:04:34 AM  
Initially, the Anne Arundel County woman was facing six charges: negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to yield the right of way and text messaging while driving.
On Monday, however, the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office said that Meyers pleaded guilty to negligent driving, for which she was issued a $500 fine.


And she only faced a $500 fine?! That's outra-

The six initial charges had been based on evidence at the scene and witness accounts. However, as a representative for the Attorney's Office said, additional police work revealed conflicting evidence, which led to Meyers' plea deal.
Accounting for the lessened sentence, in part, was the fact that although cellphone records have indicated that Meyers had sent text messages one to two minutes before the collision, they did not prove that she had been texting at the time of the collision.

Furthermore, although the witness reported that Meyers had not come to a complete stop before crossing the highway, Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said that a data recording device in the car indicated that she had, indeed, stopped.


I see... Subby, do you think we should just throw out due process if the defendant is hotter than you? Is this some new "justice peeking through her blindfold" thing?
 
2014-05-13 01:05:10 AM  
non Hispanic white. She could get away with murder
 
2014-05-13 01:06:58 AM  
You can hate the verdict all you want, but there's no denying that she has a damn good lawyer.
 
2014-05-13 01:08:15 AM  
Well being in the US, as she agree she is guilty the dead guys side are now able to start legal process
to remove any money she might have / get

In the en it will worse for her, when she has to rent out her huha to pay for drugs
 
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2014-05-13 01:10:10 AM  
Where is all the bicycle hate? The victim was basically on a motorized bicycle. Of course he was at fault. he was probably breaking 100 different laws at the time the girl RAN HIM THE farkOVER while not even seeing he was there.
 
2014-05-13 01:13:07 AM  

Atomic Spunk: You can hate the verdict all you want, but there's no denying that she has a damn good lawyer.


America has the best justice money can buy.
 
2014-05-13 01:13:52 AM  
Wow.  So many details missing from the account here.  It HAS to be negligent driving.  Amiright?
 
2014-05-13 01:15:29 AM  
I hate people who text and drive.  I agree with treating it as a DUI or an on the spot execution if texting involved killing someone.

Well the later is obviously not serious, but FFS, how hard is it to go to the side of the road or exit the freeway if it's so farking important?
 
2014-05-13 01:17:13 AM  

SirEattonHogg: I hate people who text and drive.  I agree with treating it as a DUI or an on the spot execution if texting involved killing someone.

Well the later is obviously not serious, but FFS, how hard is it to go to the side of the road or exit the freeway if it's so farking important?


putting other peoples lives at risk for your own amusement is the ultimate form of self gratification.
 
2014-05-13 01:18:22 AM  

Babwa Wawa: Wow.  So many details missing from the account here.  It HAS to be negligent driving.  Amiright?


Give that she plead guilty to that charge as part of the deal... yes.  Yes it does.
 
2014-05-13 01:20:42 AM  
As opposed to hanging her high because some cyclist decided his spot to splat was the side this particular car?
 
2014-05-13 01:22:10 AM  

SirEattonHogg: I hate people who text and drive.  I agree with treating it as a DUI or an on the spot execution if texting involved killing someone.

Well the later is obviously not serious, but FFS, how hard is it to go to the side of the road or exit the freeway if it's so farking important?


Someone said something about her pulling out of a parking lot which, if true, would probably mean the texts were sent while she was still parked. I always give people I'm talking to a heads up that I'm driving now and won't reply until I'm wherever I'm going.
 
2014-05-13 01:27:33 AM  
To be fair, the motorcyclist was asking for it, dressed the way he was and riding in that part of town...
 
2014-05-13 01:33:17 AM  
Who cares if she was texting?  She killed a motorist that was deemed to have the right of way.  I don't care if she was chewing bubble gum or whistling dixie or both.  She killed another human through her negligence.
 
2014-05-13 01:34:19 AM  

MechaPyx: Atomic Spunk: You can hate the verdict all you want, but there's no denying that she has a damn good lawyer.

America has the best justice money can buy.



To be fair if you look at the charges she's being charged with essentially the same crime 4 times and then charged with an additional two which aren't as serious and should really already be covered by at least one of the 4 initial accusations.  This is pretty much why we don't trust cops or the justice system.  FYI, I don't care how she looks.  Pick a charge and go with it.  If it doesn't stick then stop wasting a severely under-paid jury's time with this nonsense.  And you're welcome to point out "b-b-b-but...a witness said...".   I don't give a shiat.  If she killed a dude this girl has to live with it and may get charged and rot in prison.  If not, she still gets to live with this because we all decided to go on an unknown journalists' lead from an "anonymous" witness.  We need to stop doing trials online using the information our "journalists" give us.  Either give all of the info or GBTW and start reporting on something real.

Publishing the statement by a random anonymous person that someone was on their phone (even though it's entirely possible) when they hit a person doesn't make it true.  Facts are kind of important.  We rely too much on opinion.

/This girl may have actually killed someone negligently but that article sucked.
//You would make a shiatty juror.  Your impartiality is non-existent.  Please pick an excuse to NOT serve.
 
2014-05-13 01:35:14 AM  

Oldiron_79: I think texting while driving should be treated as harshly as dui


Or something close to it, like continuing medical care expenses. My GF has permanent nerve damage in one of her shoulders from a wreck 4 years ago caused by a driver that was texting, blew through a stop light and t-boned her car. Settlements are nice, numbness and sharp pains for years to come, not so much.
 
2014-05-13 01:36:01 AM  
zarker:  Someone said something about her pulling out of a parking lot which, if true, would probably mean the texts were sent while she was still parked.

Reading another more detailed article plus my education at Hollywood upstairs law school, I can sort of see why the DA did this - as much as the end result truly sucks.

The DA office only wants convictions and they wouldn't have gotten it with the quality of the evidence here (and the unmentioned side issue of getting a jury to convict a relatively attractive white 20-something female).  Although that has to be a truly pathetic plea agreement they got.  As someone else noted, the woman must have had a pretty good attorney.
 
2014-05-13 01:43:32 AM  
Its OK . The dead dude was riding a motorcycle. Its OK to kill them
 
2014-05-13 01:56:44 AM  
To be fair, the Peachoid does indeed look like a giant butt.

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-05-13 01:57:42 AM  

cretinbob: Pretty blonde white girl goes scot free....yep....must be America.


No, this is called "Anyone who can afford a lawyer goes scot free....yep....must be America."

Pretty girl privilege is not being charged in the first place.
 
2014-05-13 02:02:16 AM  

mikaloyd: Its OK . The dead dude was riding a motorcycle. Its OK to kill them


That's bicycles.

We like guys on Harleys.
 
2014-05-13 02:04:29 AM  
1) Phone records showed she hadn't been texting at the time.
2) Her car log showed she didn't blow through the intersection without stopping.
3) We all know how unreliable eyewitness testimony is.

Here's the question: Should the same misjudgement behind the wheel carry a different criminal penalty if it kills a person or a rose bush? Show your work.
 
2014-05-13 02:12:37 AM  

sethen320: MechaPyx: Atomic Spunk: You can hate the verdict all you want, but there's no denying that she has a damn good lawyer.

America has the best justice money can buy.


To be fair if you look at the charges she's being charged with essentially the same crime 4 times and then charged with an additional two which aren't as serious and should really already be covered by at least one of the 4 initial accusations.  This is pretty much why we don't trust cops or the justice system.  FYI, I don't care how she looks.  Pick a charge and go with it.  If it doesn't stick then stop wasting a severely under-paid jury's time with this nonsense.  And you're welcome to point out "b-b-b-but...a witness said...".   I don't give a shiat.  If she killed a dude this girl has to live with it and may get charged and rot in prison.  If not, she still gets to live with this because we all decided to go on an unknown journalists' lead from an "anonymous" witness.  We need to stop doing trials online using the information our "journalists" give us.  Either give all of the info or GBTW and start reporting on something real.

Publishing the statement by a random anonymous person that someone was on their phone (even though it's entirely possible) when they hit a person doesn't make it true.  Facts are kind of important.  We rely too much on opinion.

/This girl may have actually killed someone negligently but that article sucked.
//You would make a shiatty juror.  Your impartiality is non-existent.  Please pick an excuse to NOT serve.


I make an excellent juror actually but since I'm not serving on one I'm not required to be impartial in this instance. Also, what I stated had nothing to do with her guilt or innocence. It was merely a statement of opinion that the effectiveness of the US justice system is highly dependent on the amount of money one has. Good lawyers aren't cheap but they're worth it if you can afford it. If not....you're probably screwed. This has been my experience.
 
2014-05-13 02:29:50 AM  

Theaetetus: Initially, the Anne Arundel County woman was facing six charges: negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to yield the right of way and text messaging while driving.
On Monday, however, the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office said that Meyers pleaded guilty to negligent driving, for which she was issued a $500 fine.

And she only faced a $500 fine?! That's outra-

The six initial charges had been based on evidence at the scene and witness accounts. However, as a representative for the Attorney's Office said, additional police work revealed conflicting evidence, which led to Meyers' plea deal.
Accounting for the lessened sentence, in part, was the fact that although cellphone records have indicated that Meyers had sent text messages one to two minutes before the collision, they did not prove that she had been texting at the time of the collision.
Furthermore, although the witness reported that Meyers had not come to a complete stop before crossing the highway, Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said that a data recording device in the car indicated that she had, indeed, stopped.

I see... Subby, do you think we should just throw out due process if the defendant is hotter than you? Is this some new "justice peeking through her blindfold" thing?


This. Also, she's a 6...maybe. You guys go crazy for any biatch who isn't 300 lbs
 
2014-05-13 02:36:54 AM  
She should have to pay the fine in hand rolled pennies made from her own skin, hair and marrow.
 
2014-05-13 02:38:12 AM  
♫ ♫ Let her go, let her go! She only killed a man! ... The law never bothered me anyway. ♫ ♫
 
2014-05-13 02:40:37 AM  
People who text while driving should be forced to spend the rest of their lives refining the rare earth minerals used to make such phones.
It frees up some Chinese kids and slowly kills scumbags at the same time. Win-win.
 
2014-05-13 02:44:00 AM  

Oldiron_79: dui


Bullshiat.  It should be worse.  At least if you're drunk you're trying to drive right and you have all 3 lanes in sight and are striving to stay in the middle one.

Seriously, if you are moving and take your eyes off the road for more than 3 seconds you are a killer when this kind of accident happens.
 
2014-05-13 03:01:28 AM  

zarker: Had come to a full stop before pulling out, and wasn't texting (at that exact moment)? Seems fine to me then
Who cares?


I think you're the only Farker who ACTUALLY READ TFA...

The prosecution couldn't prove she was texting or failed to stop, so they settled for that. Not because she's blonde, apparently.
 
2014-05-13 03:14:12 AM  

DanZero: Non OV Link


Your non OV link says that she was texting at the time of the crash, but submitters link says she was texting one to two minutes beforehand, no proof of text during crash.

The OV link also elaborates on the evidence in the girl's favor that led to the dropped felony charges.

But it's still cool to hate on her for being white.
 
2014-05-13 03:25:48 AM  
Why do I get the feeling he wasn't wearing a helmet?
 
2014-05-13 03:26:45 AM  

Animatronik: zarker: Had come to a full stop before pulling out, and wasn't texting (at that exact moment)? Seems fine to me then
Who cares?

I think you're the only Farker who ACTUALLY READ TFA...

The prosecution couldn't prove she was texting or failed to stop, so they settled for that. Not because she's blonde, apparently.


While it's true the prosecutor didn't have conclusive proof of texting as the accused was pulling out, there's no way the prosecutor would admit that a defendant's race or appearance influenced their decision. Certainly those factors influence jurors, and prosecutors consider predicted jury outcomes in their decisions; whether they made a meaningful difference in this case is simply unknowable.
 
2014-05-13 03:39:31 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: reasonable doubt is for a jury/judge to decide, NOT an ADA/DA.


It's a big, big part of whether a DA will file charges in the first place.  There's no real motivation for a DA especially to pick a battle they know they won't win, usually.
 
2014-05-13 03:44:29 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Jim_Callahan: Well, phone records showed that she had been texting and driving several minutes earlier, but apparrently they got conflicting witness statements on whether she was actually doing it at the time of the collision.

So the only thing they could actually pin on her was the pre-accident negligent driving and possibly failure to yield... and the second one was dodgy, since it was a private parking lot entrance rather than on the road itself.

That's how reasonable doubt works.

reasonable doubt is for a jury/judge to decide, NOT an ADA/DA. prosecutors are well known for throwing everything at a person and hoping they get more charges to stick than less. in this particular case, I believe the deal was made for the following reasons or a combination of the following:

1. prosecutor attracted to defendant
2. affluenza
3. she demonstrated a unique ability of being able to suck the chrome off a trailer hitch

/just my 2¢


Reread the article. They really had no case against her.
 
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