Saturday, December 20, 2008

"The Cowboy Who Killed Those Kids"

From Richie Witt at the Dallas Observer, a heart-breaking article about former Dallas Cowboys CB Dwayne Goodrich, who was convicted in 2003 of negligent homicide for a hit-and-run that left two men dead and one man injured. The article is a depressing reminder of how lives can be destroyed by a bad decision made in the span of a few seconds. But it also serves to remind us that redemption is at least possible, no matter how low a person has fallen.

UPDATE: For those legally inclined, this link (via Sportatorium) provides an interesting explanation of a glitch in the law that mandated jail time for Goodrich. The jury chose to convict Goodrich of negligent homicide, a lesser offense than manslaughter. However, whereas probation was available for manslaughter, it wasn't available for negligent homicide. Essentially, had the jury convicted him of the more serious charge they could've given him probation, but because he was convicted on a lesser charge, he faced mandatory jail time. That glitch has since been fixed by the Texas legislature. 

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