Friday, February 28, 2014

Bond revocation hearing from Harrell

The driver is charged with killing while driving under the influence. He is given a bond and trusted to stay out of trouble pending his trial.
He gets another DUI. That's big trouble for a guy with a pending vehicular homicide. What happens? Read about it in the Tennessean at:

Friday, February 14, 2014

No Valentine for you

Last night, February 13th, Valentine's Day Eve, three persons were arrested* for 4th offense DUI and one for third offense DUI in Nashville. Those arrested were: Bernabe Jarquin-Canseco (38); Janice Glover (41) ; and Michael Murray (56) for 4th offenses and Barbara Moore (31) for 3rd offense.

Studies show that each prior DUI conviction increases an offender’s recidivism rate by 10 per cent per year.

Let's hope these four people do what they need to do to stop this ridiculous and dangerous behaviour!

*Suspects are presumed innocent unless found guilty.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

20 years for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in Greeneville

 Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Dihydrocodeine and alcohol were in they system of a 7 time DUI offender when he crashed and killed his passenger in July of 2012. He has now been convicted and sentenced to 20 years.
The criminal, Marcus Strong, had previously been convicted of six DUI offenses and had been declared an habitual motor vehicle offender. While in jail he conspired to get drugs into the jail. Three jailers were fired or resigned after the drugs were discovered. His parents were charged and have pending cases.
Read more at:

Civil suit filed against synthetic cannabinoid manufacturer

A LaPorte,Texas based company DZE is now facing a very large lawsuit for it's manufacture of a synthetic cannabinoid called DOWN2EARTH. The person who consumed the product got high and drove into a Florida family. The driver, Christopher Generoso, is serving 22 years in prison.
The company recieved a trademark for the drug in 2011, claiming it to be a potpouri.
Read more about the case at:

No amount of money will change the damage done by Generoso on St Patrick's Day in 2012, but perhaps it will have a chilling effect on the money grubbing evildoers who put this stuff out there.

Super Bowl Weekend Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Montgomery County

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Clarksville Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office conducted checkpoints and impaired driving saturation patrols January 31st, February 1st, and February 2nd, 2014, partially funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Also, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission was involved in the DUI Blitz Operation in Montgomery County.
The results were pretty astounding including 15 DUI arrests and over 400 total infractions. Read about the results at:

Monday, February 3, 2014

House Judiciary Subcommittee Tuesday

Tuesday, The House Criminal Judiciary Subcommittee will be the first to consider the bill designed to increase treatment opportunities for 2nd and 3rd offenders. 
Those who are referred into treatment after a drug/alcohol evaluation will be able to reduce some of their jail time, if they successfully complete the treatment regimen. This is a big deal in the attempt to reduce recidivism in Tennessee. Whenever a 7th offender gets arrested for maiming or killing a family member, the victim family wants to know what the criminal was doing out of jail and in a car. This bill is an attempt to get to those people and punish them for their crime, but then get them to a place where they will not commit the crime again. It takes a lot to stop a multiple offender, this bill adds to the possible weapons to fix the recidivism problem.

1. *HB1429 by *McCormick, *Lamberth, *Brooks K, *Watson, *Shipley, *Akbari, *Faison, *Hardaway. (SB1633 by *Norris, *Overbey.)
Sentencing - As introduced, permits judge, as a condition of probation, to order a 2nd or 3rd time DUI offender to participate in an inpatient or intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program following a clinical substance abuse assessment and awards sentence reduction credits for treatment days. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 3 and Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.
Summary for *HB1429