Leslie's Omnibus

Rules of the Road

If you do this, you, my friend, are such an addict that it's freaking sad:
Healless, a certified nurse's assistant at Fair Oaks Health Care Center in Crystal Lake, allegedly would enter the patient's room, roll her on her side, then poke holes in her fentanyl patch with a safety pin, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Eugene Lowery said. The woman, who was mentally and physically incapacitated, didn't realize what he was doing, police said.

Healless would allegedly squeeze the fentanyl patch so the drug, a narcotic painkiller given to people in constant pain, would ooze out of the patch, and then he'd lick it off his fingers.

If you must be addicted to something, make it reading blogs by really, really funny writers... like Momma Fargo, and not like her perp-of-the-day, DOODOO:
DOODOO: This takes a long time.

ME: Tell me about it.

DOODOO: doo..doo...doo...doo. [swayed back and forth]

ME: Jeopardy?

DOODOO: Yep. Help me out.

DOODOO: doo..doo...doo...doo.

ME: doo..doo...doo...doo

We swayed in unison. Pretty soon...

INTERCOM: [male voice] What are you guys doing?

ME: Jeopardy.

INTERCOM: This is jail. Be serious. Does he know where he is? Bubba's waiting for him.[laughing]

DOODOO: [whispers to me]Who is that?

ME: [whispered back] The Man.

DOODOO: Oh. How did he know what we were doing?

ME: The Man knows everything.


Why don't I drive anymore? I dunno. Maybe because...
A Tribune investigation at the time found that Cook County judges routinely granted supervisions to drivers who already had a dozen or more. In response, judges formed a committee to study limiting supervisions, but nothing came of it. New judges were trained to take traffic cases seriously, including a trip to meet people paralyzed from crashes, but they were given no limit on discretion.

Area courts kept issuing supervisions to chronic offenders, often wrapped in quick plea deals negotiated by harried prosecutors. The deal remained the norm for offenders such as Michael Walt.

He bragged online about all the tickets he'd gotten, including seven for speeding and three for crashes. He eventually garnered three convictions close enough together to trigger a license suspension, but his lawyer got a Kane County judge to turn two of them into supervisions.

Walt got his license back and in March 2004 was speeding nearly 70 mph in a 45-mph zone when he slammed into a car driven by Brant's 17-year-old daughter Krista at Ogden Avenue and 75th Street in Aurora. The crash killed Walt's girlfriend, Lindsey Kelber, and Brant's 15-year-old son, Matt. Krista Brant was seriously injured but recovered.

Walt was later convicted of speeding, fined $1,200, ordered to do 160 hours of community service and had his license revoked....

Walt told licensing officials he was a changed man, got his license back in 2007 and moved to Florida. He hasn't had any tickets since. He declined to comment.
Sorry. I don't feel safe on the road any more.

The police are doing their jobs, but the courts are falling down --WAY down -- on this.


Jean said...

Oh great. Like Florida needs more of his type.
I worked for the local Safety Council for 9 years. The stories I heard. sheesh.

diamond dave said...

How in the hell did he get off without even a manslaughter or vehicular homicide charge? Even a plea bargain would normally at least include one or the other.

Another reason why judges need to be accountable for their bad decisions that result in tragic consequences.