Collision victim's family upset over driver's second chances - ...

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Family members of a woman who died in a head-on collision 10 years ago are frustrated that the man who killed her while driving high on drugs and alcohol keeps getting second chances.
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naked eye

Hilo, HI

#1 May 12, 2009
"The third judge revoked the second probation term and resentenced Cornelle to five more years' probation."

The judges must like his face.

“Too small to notice”

Since: Jun 08

Kahuku , Ka'U

#2 May 12, 2009
The LAW! Haw, haw, haw! What a sad joke.

“Nothing Good Can Come of This!”

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#3 May 12, 2009
"Cornelle's lawyer asked Alm for an opportunity to see whether Cornelle can go to another drug treatment center."

Put him in jail for a good spell and he won't need another drug treatment program. I am sure the bleeding hearts will tell me how this is a disease and how we should have pity on the poor fellow, but the fact of the matter is that he shows no moral character and is a menace to society. He needs to be in jail.
yep

Pearl City, HI

#4 May 12, 2009
jail cost big bucks --- we are going to see more and more alternatives to jail as funds dwindle
Aloha-nokaoi

Lihue, HI

#5 May 12, 2009
This was a car accident to begin with, that happened 10 years ago. It's obvious that the guy can't get a grip on his addiction, which very few can. The family wants blood, which shows how much Aloha they have. Leave it up to the judges to judge,
or you will be judged.
Xie Xie

Las Vegas, NV

#6 May 12, 2009
Another black mark for the Hawaii judiciary. Pansy Judges who are out of touch with the people and favor the lawbreakers instead. Hawaii should have a strict Missouri plan when it comes to judges. Appointed for first terms but run for re-election for subsequent terms. If not elected then anothewr appointee takes over !!!!!!
here_come_the_la wyers

Honolulu, HI

#8 May 12, 2009
chalk up one more victory for the bleeding-heart liberal judges, where the criminals are given more rights and second chances than their victims.

welcome to the criminal (in)justice system.

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#9 May 12, 2009
Probation and counselling for a death? There is something inherently troubling about justice in the "state" of Hawai'i.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Miske and to everyone who loves her.

Since: Feb 09

Kamuela Hawaii

#11 May 12, 2009
Keoni K wrote:
Put him in jail for a good spell and he won't need another drug treatment program. I am sure the bleeding hearts will tell me how this is a disease and how we should have pity on the poor fellow, but the fact of the matter is that he shows no moral character and is a menace to society. He needs to be in jail.
I agree. Give him 10.'Nuff already.
Its your neighborhood

Torrance, CA

#12 May 12, 2009
Victims are now suing Los Angeles County when parolees commit crimes against them. This will all come to an end when judges, District Attys and police officials are held responsible when criminals are released only to return to a life of crime...
Book Em Dano

United States

#14 May 12, 2009
Of course the guy keeps reoffending. The message he's gotten so for, from our poor judicial system, is that it's no big deal and he can get away with it. Sheesh!
Manapua Belly

AOL

#15 May 12, 2009
The judicial system in Hawaii is very poor and weak!!!!!!!!
Maryanne Beatty

Pahoa, HI

#18 May 12, 2009
Aloha-nokaoi wrote:
This was a car accident to begin with, that happened 10 years ago. It's obvious that the guy can't get a grip on his addiction, which very few can. The family wants blood, which shows how much Aloha they have. Leave it up to the judges to judge,
or you will be judged.
Arlene Miske is my grandmother. Yes, this "accident" happened 10 years ago, 10 years of no justice. He has NEVER completed his original "slap on the wrist" for killing my grandmother - NEVER... in 10 years has has yet to show any remorse. He says "I'm sorry" and yet shakes his head and sighs a heavy sigh when he got another 5 years probation for violating the terms of his probation yet again. We are not out for blood, we understand he has a mental illness, and a drug problem what we want is JUSTICE. If the judge says 6 mo.- 1 year jail, and 18 months in rehab and 5 years probation - then so be it - but have the decency to finish that and perhaps live a normal drug free life - maybe this would make this whole thing amount to something. This event has changed my family's life FOREVER,the least he could do is try to get better. One time, ok - two times, somethings not right, 3 times... what the hell... but now going on 6 times??? and he was on probation when he "accidentally" drank, did drugs and got into his truck to drive after a night of parting at sand island park. So what do we do with people who have a drug addiction and break the law? tell me. Let them go? Let them be one of these habitual offenders we hear about all the time, that go out and kill, shoot, hurt someone after having 36 - 42, etc. prior convictions? Sometimes "tough love" is necessary, sometimes incarceration is necessary. We have aloha, we have aloha for my grandmother who is no longer here to love us because of this man. Let the judge judge or we will be? the judge did give a sentence, what we want to know is when will he LIVE up to his side??? Do we sound angry, yes we do - in the blink of an eye she was taken from us - because of him, she was and is worth so much to us... her life, her love... how much is a human life worth? whether it be your family member or mine?
Mokebla

Bel Air, MD

#19 May 12, 2009
The Lawmakers you all put in office, put these judge's on the bench. Liberal lawmakers, equals liberal judges, equals liberal sentances. Don't like, start the change from the top! If not, stop whinning.
OHANA

Honolulu, HI

#20 May 12, 2009
THIS PUNK MUST BE RELATED TO ONE OF THE JUDGE. IN HAWAII IT IS NOT WHO YOU ARE BUT WHO YOU KNOW. AM I RIGHT?
Derrick

United States

#21 May 12, 2009
This guy has been given a second, third fourth chance...stop the madness already! Enough is more than enough in this case.
Stop The Insanity

Dallas, TX

#22 May 13, 2009
Keoni K wrote:
...Put him in jail for a good spell and he won't need another drug treatment program. I am sure the bleeding hearts will tell me how this is a disease and how we should have pity on the poor fellow, but the fact of the matter is that he shows no moral character and is a menace to society. He needs to be in jail.
I beleive you're a bit off the mark in your evaluation of who's most responsible for this mess. In an effort to redeem small time drug users and alcoholics, as well as young lawbreakers, some leniency went into the legal system decades ago. It took crafty lawyers to warp well intentioned laws into a system that has become a revolving door,letting some of the most intractable of addicts and lawbreakers run free. Those laws enacted decades ago have not been changed, even during "conservative" administrations. Light a fire under the Legislature if you want someone to get moving. Judges hands are pretty much tied. What matters most isn't blame, but doing something about it. Most citizens, no matter what their politics, are sick of this madness, and want current laws to change.
Bill

Ontario, CA

#23 May 13, 2009
This is a nightmare of the WORST kind. Probation...doesn't work! Put his okole in jail or send him to sheriff Joe Alpaio in Arizona for a minimum of 5 years. Make him work in the hot Arizona sun and sweat the drugs and booze out of his worthless ass....do it before this piece of trash kills again and get rid of those JUDGES too! Sucking wimps!
Sheriff Arpaio

Dallas, TX

#25 May 13, 2009
You got it Bill. There's a tent, a potato patch and a pair of pink briefs wating for repeat offenders and murderers. No excuses here. Just lots of hard work in the hot sun -- to dry him out, clean him up, clear his deranged mind, and get a plan going for how he's gonna make amends to those poor families he ruined.
Sheriff Arpaio

Dallas, TX

#26 May 13, 2009
And Bill -- go for the Legislature, not the Courts. Judges carry out legislation. Hawaii laws need some serious revision, or your legal system will continue to be a wimpy revolving door.

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