Covert wrote:we have to enable criminals so that we can vicariously flaunt authority.
I meant to write "flout," not "flaunt."
Hoke wrote:Look's like you can be depraved without alcohol. Who'da thunk it?
In the SF Chronicle today there was a report on the man in Santa Monica who drove his Buick through a crowded farmer's market, killing 10 people, and injuring more than 70. He was convicted on 10 counts of felony manslaughter, and could receive up to 18 years in state prison (or get probation).
At least one juror directly cited the man's attitude as a significant part of why she voted guilty. Apparently, after the incident, wherein he continued to plow through people, knocking them down left and right, he said to one of the victims, "You saw me coming, why didn't you get out of my way."
But here's the kicker: it wasn't alcohol related; it was age related. Every news report cited the man's age of 89 and mentioned the controversy over aging drivers and whether restrictions should be placed on them.
So...is it different when you take alcohol out of the equation, folks? Is the action more...or less...heinous when one is drinking and kills people, as against just being old and cranky?