Lawyer: Deer Park driver was drunk but not a murderer

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James Whitaker and his friends were on the way home from a Manhattan nightclub when the car ahead of them on the Southern State Parkway exploded before their eyes, he testified yesterday in Mineola.
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was a NYer

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Jun 19, 2008
 
Not murder???? You drink, you get into your car and drive, you kill someone. What would you call it?
driving drunk is murder

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He chose to get in a car and drive knowing it was an illegal act. The person he murdered was not given the opportunity to defend herself against him. He murdered her when he made the choice to drive after he had been drinking excessively.
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must be from easthampton !
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Jun 19, 2008
 
I'm just waiting for all of his friends to get on here and defend the scumbag before I cut loose.

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Jun 19, 2008
 
Death Race wrote:
I'm just waiting for all of his friends to get on here and defend the scumbag before I cut loose.
Me, too!!!
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Jun 19, 2008
 
Put him in Prison for a long stretch.
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Jun 19, 2008
 
If getting behind the wheel drunk, driving the wrong way on southern state parkway, and killing someone in an auto COLLISION,not accident, is not depraved indifference, WHAT THE FLUCK IS IT??
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Jun 20, 2008
 
former long islander wrote:
If getting behind the wheel drunk, driving the wrong way on southern state parkway, and killing someone in an auto COLLISION,not accident, is not depraved indifference, WHAT THE FLUCK IS IT??
Unadulterated stupidity.

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Jun 20, 2008
 
former long islander wrote:
If getting behind the wheel drunk, driving the wrong way on southern state parkway, and killing someone in an auto COLLISION,not accident, is not depraved indifference, WHAT THE FLUCK IS IT??
The Lawyer who is actually defending this scuzzbucket!
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Jun 20, 2008
 
When did this happen....?
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I am rabidly anti drunk driving. I believe first time offenders should be given mandatory 2 year prison sentences, even when no accident occurred.

That said, this is not murder, it is manslaughter.
If this is murder, then EVERY drunk driving related death should be murder and every drunk driver should be charged with attempted murder.

This reckless individual deserves to serve a long, long prison sentence (somewhere between 5 and 15 years seems about right to me), but he is not a “murderer”.
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This is my son all people have a different take on this case. The park way for one has not been change at the exit from the last accident. My son is not a murderer. If they say he didnt care who he hurt that night at the club why did people say he shot in the air and not at someone , that a fulse statment. My son is a people person he would help people every change he gets. My son did not mean to Kill that man. Dont juge other because most of you that give these comments have driven your car a time or two drunk. people do it all the time . They just havent got cought yet. we all should pray for the lost of the family, and my son also .He lucky to be alive. He still young and he has his whole life ahead of him. He a father too and every child needs a parent.
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Franklin Harley wrote:
This is my son all people have a different take on this case. The park way for one has not been change at the exit from the last accident. My son is not a murderer. If they say he didnt care who he hurt that night at the club why did people say he shot in the air and not at someone , that a fulse statment. My son is a people person he would help people every change he gets. My son did not mean to Kill that man. Dont juge other because most of you that give these comments have driven your car a time or two drunk. people do it all the time . They just havent got cought yet. we all should pray for the lost of the family, and my son also .He lucky to be alive. He still young and he has his whole life ahead of him. He a father too and every child needs a parent.
I agree some people do drink and drive and are lucky enough not to kill themselves or others. That said the rest of your post I had to read twice to understand what you were writing. Your son KILLED someone and he needs to pay the piper. I will pray for the victims family. Your kid can go to jail.

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Franklin Harley wrote:
This is my son all people have a different take on this case. The park way for one has not been change at the exit from the last accident. My son is not a murderer. If they say he didnt care who he hurt that night at the club why did people say he shot in the air and not at someone , that a fulse statment. My son is a people person he would help people every change he gets. My son did not mean to Kill that man. Dont juge other because most of you that give these comments have driven your car a time or two drunk. people do it all the time . They just havent got cought yet. we all should pray for the lost of the family, and my son also .He lucky to be alive. He still young and he has his whole life ahead of him. He a father too and every child needs a parent.
I hope your son rots in hell!!!
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Franklin Harley wrote:
park way
has not been change
that a fulse statment.
help people every change he gets.
Dont juge other because
havent got cought yet.
pray for the lost of the family,
He lucky to be alive.
He still young
He a father too
Wow...not so hard to see why your Son is such a fool...
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Give him what the lady COP got for killing her friend, it should be more but they both killed the same way.
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there is no excuse for being so drunk that you end up going the wrong way on the parkway. this guy needs to be removed from society for a long time.
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I thought I said the same thing, give him the same punishment as the Lady Cop who also killed a person. She,s doing a year in Nassau County.
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He is not gulity, until proven, people like you should be in jail for your comment.one day
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Jun 23, 2008
 
Franklin Harley wrote:
He is not gulity, until proven, people like you should be in jail for your comment.one day
So he wasn't driving the wrong way down the parkway??? What proof are you looking for?

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