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July 7, 2014

Franz case is evidence of unfair sentencing system

Ada —

I have serious doubts this will be printed but I am just so frustrated with the different levels of justice meted out by  our judicial system.

Specifically, I am referencing this fiasco with Kent Franz ("Former ECU coach charged with leaving an accident gets deferred sentence," Sunday, June 29, 2014, The Ada News). 

The explanation as to why his blood wasn't taken because "it wouldn't" have shown anything is ludicrous. It had been little more than nine hours supposedly. According to several different research sites, one evening of drinking can result in a blood alcohol level in the blood that would result in a DUI the entire next day. Even without the inference of alcohol, just the fact that it was a hit and run with serious bodily injury would result in "most" courts taking this case extremely seriously. It would likely at least result in a longer probationary period and a hefty fine. Evidently, here in Pontotoc County, your justice is decided by name, position and who you know. 

To give a sentence of two years and it's deferred is a slap in the face of true justice. Was the victim a willing participant in the decision made in this case? This is not a bash, Coach Franz! It is just further evidence of an unequal sentencing system.

Is the message being sent that if you are involved in a hit and run and you realize in your second trip by the scene that somebody is injured you can use the excuse, 'I was scared and went home so you shouldn't charge me with a hit and run with bodily injury because I am here today'?

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