Newsletter Data Nightside
Rundown for December 12, 2013
A Case Of Affluenza? A 16 year old in Texas was sentenced to ten years probation on Tuesday for causing an accident while driving drunk, killing four people. The teen did not receive any jail time, despite having three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system along with traces of Valium. The sentence was much lighter than the prosecution’s request of a twenty year jail sentence because of the teen’s relationship with his parents. Because his parents were wealthy and detached, the judge decided that rehab would be better for the teen than jail. Do you think this is the right call? Do you put credence in the court’s reasoning that, “the teen’s intellectual age was 18 but his emotional age was 12”? Does money always trump the justice system? Call in and have your voice heard!
Green Light To Kill Eagles? In a move that has caused some controversy, the Obama administration has extended a permit system that allows wind farms to kill eagles and other birds without fear of being prosecuted for up to thirty years. The Audubon Society, which has supported shorter permits in the past, has been critical of the move and the environmental implications. David Yarnold, the National Audubon Society President, joins NightSide to explain the new rules and why he thinks it’s a bad idea. Tune in to hear the latest, and then call in and join the conversation!
Six Year Old Sexual Harasser? A six year old student in Colorado was suspended for two days after kissing a girl on the hand. But, until public outcry made the district back down, school administrators wanted the boy to have a citation for sexual harassment on his permanent record as well. The child has had discipline problems before, including a previous cheek-kissing incident. Do you think the sexual harassment charge would have been warranted? Or was this a case of adults projecting their fears and worries onto a child’s behavior? Would you feel differently if it had been your daughter he was repeatedly kissing? Call in and tell us where you stand!