Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
First degree would imply she was on that highway already knowing she was going to kill. It could be second degree murder if it could be proven that she was trying to kill him. My imagination says that does seem like a likely explanation, but I'm unaware of evidence to support it. The video quality and angle suck. Also I don't think it's possible to enter both charges and hope one sticks. The district attorney would have had to file one or the other, and going for second degree murder would have risked a not guilty verdict simply for being unprovable. The charge is probably spot on.
The prison sentence probably should have been longer, but women often get lesser sentences than men for the same crime. Don't hold your breath on Emma Watson giving a slow, intense speech to the UN to fix THAT though. I wouldn't be surprised if her crying was nothing more than a charade to make herself look like a victim instead of perpetrator. It sounded like the judge gave her "half" of the recommended sentence, making me think a man might have gotten 10 or 12 years instead.
In any case, nothing will bring him back, and there's no shortage of stupid in the population so I don't expect any punishment would deter future violence. In the end there is no justice that could ever be reached. It's only an illusion of justice in such cases. The worst thing we could do would be sinking to her level with some kind of notion that we ought to decide who lives or dies. Besides, the death penalty just lets guilty people off easy. Not to mention the innocent people that are lost forever.
That said, I'm sure the justice system has a lot worse failings than this that nobody seems to care about unless its them on the chopping block. It's probably better to seek those out to be outraged over instead of wasting your time on this.
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
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