When I read about the Ashlee Straker sentencing it reminded me of how lopsided justice can be.
If a person does something reckless and despicable and ends up killing people, that person needs to be punished, like Straker who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of his 18-year-old passenger while Straker was driving drunk.
However, if you drink and drive and kill your best friend and you are a Dallas Cowboy, you get a slap on the wrist. Likewise, if you are an indulged teenager who kills four people while driving drunk.
Mr. Straker’s appropriately harsh sentence won’t bring the victim back to his family, but at least they and the people of Texas have the satisfaction of knowing he is off the streets.
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We all have to live with the sad truth that some killers are still walking freely (or possibly driving) among us. Texans need to get real and get tough with all drunk drivers. Jail time should be mandatory for all intoxication manslaughter convictions.
— Linda B. Morgan, Southlake