Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mow-down prof's conviction overturned

Remember the law school prof who knocked a cyclist over with her car? And did it again to a pedestrian in a crosswalk? Her conviction's been overturned on a technicality. Here's the story from the Dallas Morning Snooze.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hardly a “technicality.” Failing to tell jurors that they must all agree on the issue of guilt is tantamount to allowing a conviction with only a bare majority of jurors. Or, in other words “ The Texas Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant the right to a unanimous jury verdict in felony cases.” As a journalist, you probably want to provide a link to the court’s published opinion, which is here:

http://tinyurl.com/oxhhj or

http://www.5thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/as_web.exe?c05topin.ask+D+501689

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRRR... I hope the jurors find her guilty at the next trial. I ride my bike for pleasure/exercise as well as for convenience. I've had a few close calls, mostly involving drivers of SUVs. If they have a red light they have NO right to creep over the stop line and then give me an insulted look when I flip them the finger. I have the right way!! (The funniest thing about that incident was that the driver's passenger started yelling at him. He looked pretty ashamed!) But hey, I'm not the one burning fossil fuels while munching on McDonalds.... If I do get killed by a SUV or minivan at least the EMTs will notice my fabulously toned glutes and quads, right?

Ingrid

4:27 PM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

I agree that it's not a technicality. It is a serious defect in the charge. And I agree that I hope that they find her guilty in a retrial and acess a harsher sentence.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my city, they don't allow ANY kind of fireworks, and yet bicycles are allowed even on roads with 50mph speed limits and no bike lane. They should just ban bicycles on roads with speed limits over 25mph and no bike lanes. That way it's safer for everyone.

11:50 AM  

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