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Personally I think the only people that should have a say on whether he is put on trial are the Georgia authorities. The passionate "reporters" from ESPN should stick to hockey (even though they stink with that as well). Note that even if found guilty the judge would have considerable leeway for sentencing, including probation for all charges.

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In an election year (though the DA is not running for office, I do not think), it is hard not to be tough on crime. General consensus by the hopeful is that the DA is making a massive public indictment for political purposes, and now the negotiations begin for a plea agreement on lesser charges.

There is no real question of guilt. Heatley's lawyer has suggested there may have been outside influences such as brake failure or an accidental deployment of air bags, but this is almost certainly smoke. It might have been possible to (and I am sure the lawyers pushed for) a settlement on the original charge last October that tied Heatley to the system, but it would have seen like going soft on a professional athlete.

Fuskie
Who wonders if the likelyhood of a season cancellation may play a factor in whether pushing for a quick settlement or delayed trial...
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this comes back to the "someone has to pay", which is unfortunate because obviously it was a terrible accident, it was proven that he wasn't intoxicated, it was just a couple of young guys driving a fererri, having fun, and now Snyder is deceased and heatley has to live with this the rest of his life, and given that there was no intent, no doubt, etc, knowing that you're responsible for your friends death, is a feeling I wouldn't want to live with the rest of my life!!!

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just a couple of young guys driving a fererri, having fun

Yeah, young guys are always driving a ferarri having fun. I know the street where this happened, and I don't buy that it was just a youthful accident. Did Heatley intend to crash the car, certainly not. But he did intend to drive at more than twice the speed limit. It was certainly no accident that his car lost traction as it rounded the curve. It was completely predictable that the this accident would have happened given the actions taken by the drier.

So I do not see this prosecution as "someone has to pay". Heatley's disregard for his own safety and that of Dan Snyder was a deliberate act, even if the consequence was not anticipated. What bothers me was the timing of the indictment, coming less than a week before the DA stood for election in a primary. Everyone knows there will be a plea agreement at some point, one that could easily have been negotiated months ago instead of during a re-election campaign.

Fuskie
Who defers to the Snyder family who does not want to see Heatley jailed...
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