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Cyclist Killed On Roland Avenue

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no motor vehicle of course
get her on a bike and see how that works
At least until the slammer door closes.

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Episcopal bishop enters not-guilty plea in cyclist's death.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla … story.html

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Heather Bishop pleads guilty. Is 10 years enough?

http://news.yahoo.com/former-maryland-b … 57197.html

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Heather Bishop pleads guilty. Is 10 years enough?

http://news.yahoo.com/former-maryland-b … 57197.html

If she's sentenced to 10 yrs, she'll serve far less. Therefore, no, it's not nearly enough. Life without parole would be more like it. And what about restitution?

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I agree "life without parole" would be more appropriate. 10 yrs would be a joke.
Jim

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I suppose one's outlook regarding sentencing any criminal depends on the  purpose of the incarceration.  Should the sentence be aimed at punishment/retribution, public safety, or rehabilitation?  If retribution is the goal, LWOP would be justified.  Public safety and/or rehabilitation would call for a lengthy sentence along with serious intervention and measures to ensure she no longer operates a motor vehicle.  No sentence is going to satisfy everyone involved, and nothing will bring Mr. Palermo back to his family.

I think we need to treat first time offenders more harshly.  DUI/DWI and cell phone use while driving  are serious matters that should not be viewed as a 'mistake.'  Serious consequences, combined with counseling if needed, may deter many people from taking chances with the lives of others. 

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This sentencing recommendation, even if accepted (and that is unlikely, the judge already said it won't be more and could be less), will mean this.
20 years, natch, just words.
10 years suspended, so that means a 10 year sentence.
"Followed by 5 years probation" means that when she is released after a few years of the 10 years (probably less than 5 years) she will be on probation, but who cares.
Are the courts going to revoke her PRIVILEGE to drive?  It isn't a right, she has proven unworthy to EVER be allowed to drive a car again so will this important step be exercised?  I doubt it.
The judge has six weeks to decide what the Oct. 27th ruling is.  Going to court that day is too late, so how do we get this message across?
She needs to be an example and have the sentencing book thrown at her!

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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Ms. Cook proved herself unworthy of retaining the privilege to drive when she was charged the first time, with a higher BAC than in the recent incident.  That was the time to revoke her privileges.  Had her privileges been revoked at that time, there is an excellent chance that Mr. Palermo would now be enjoying the onset of Fall with his family.

Research has shown that long sentences do not serve as a deterrence to others.  People who drink and drive have little fear of being caught because enforcement is not consistent.  And if they are caught, the penalty is likely to be PBJ, mandatory counseling (an oxymoronic idea), and a stern speech from the judge. Rarely is a person sentenced to time in jail for a first time DUI/DWI.  The penalty for driving while impaired by cell phone use is even less onerous.  An escalating fine for the first 3 offenses, then the same fine for subsequent offenses.  A FINE!  For operating a motor vehicle while using a phone.

You want to lobby for a stiff sentence for Ms. Cook?  No argument from me.  However, more lives would be saved and your time would be better spent lobbying your state legislators for serious mandatory consequences for first time DUI/DWI and cell phone users.  Perhaps new laws could be named after Mr. Palermo.  Push for increased enforcement. Stop re-electing judges just because their name is on the ballot. 

Contact your legislators - let them know you vote -

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmma … b=subject6

(if you are in Mr. Bromwell's district, don't bother contacting him)

Edited by: Kolo Jezdec - Sep-10-15 07:43 pm

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Hon. Michael A. DiPietro
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
100 North Calvert Street
Baltimore MD 21202
Phone (office) 410-396-5060

He is up for reelection in 2016.

If you are on Linkedin, his law clerk is on there, Kristin Nuss. Please be properly courteous if contacting her.

Edited by: Kolo Jezdec - Sep-10-15 07:23 pm

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Kolo Jezdec wrote:


I suppose one's outlook regarding sentencing any criminal depends on the  purpose of the incarceration.  Should the sentence be aimed at punishment/retribution, public safety, or rehabilitation?

I think you may have overlooked #4: Deterrence......

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