St. Paul man seeks new trial, release...

St. Paul man seeks new trial, release from prison related to Ca...

There are 29 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 24, 2010, titled St. Paul man seeks new trial, release from prison related to Ca.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Holding is four-year-old daughter, Koua Fong Lee, back right, along with his wife, Pang Moua, back, watches as emergency personnel work the scene of the accident after the 1996 Camry driven by Koua Fong Lee crashed into the back of an Oldsmobile Ciera at Snelling and Concordia Avenues on June 10, 2006, after Lee said he could not stop the car.

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Blah Blah Blah

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 24, 2010
I hope this case will bring justice to both sides of the families that was involved.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 24, 2010
Rumors and anecdotes to overturn a criminal conviction? Sure, since we live in the age of superstition, not reason.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 24, 2010
Shouldn't we wait and see what the investigation concludes first? I know that every one is growing a salacious desire to fleece Toyota and I don't care but it's my opinion that the accelerator mechanisms in the car in question in mechanical and not computerized. Then again, maybe it's Toyota's fault that time I totaled out my 61 chevy.
Bowtie Man

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Mar 24, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
Shouldn't we wait and see what the investigation concludes first? I know that every one is growing a salacious desire to fleece Toyota and I don't care but it's my opinion that the accelerator mechanisms in the car in question in mechanical and not computerized. Then again, maybe it's Toyota's fault that time I totaled out my 61 chevy.
You had a '61 that got totalled out? Please tell me it was a biscayne or a bel air and not an Impala!!
No Justice For You

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 24, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
Rumors and anecdotes to overturn a criminal conviction? Sure, since we live in the age of superstition, not reason.
We hope you rote in jail just for writing that up!
No re-trial for you either okay? silly boy?

And while you are at it a little country called
North Korea is best suited for folks with your
thinking.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Mar 24, 2010
No Justice For You wrote:
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We hope you rote in jail just for writing that up!
No re-trial for you either okay? silly boy?
And while you are at it a little country called
North Korea is best suited for folks with your
thinking.

Hello? Not in jail, simply objecting to the use of the media frenzy about toyota as 'evidence' to overturn a conviction--and the fact that every time a lawyer makes these claims, its front page news in every paper in the country.
RealBelle

Wayne, NJ

#7 Mar 24, 2010
Technical recall bulletins aren't "media frenzy," nor are public records of accident reports. Toyota knew about these problems years ago, according to their own internal reports recently released. Mr. Lee deserves a fair trial, with all the facts on the table. A corporate Goliath like Toyota wouldn't have much problem (like most major corps) blowing off the collateral damage of one man's prison sentence for their failing. Money is more important than people to them. I hope Mr. Lee is cleared of any wrongdoing. Has everyone forgotten about the Firestone/Ford fiasco? How many people were killed because of blowouts? on this one, I tend to believe Mr. Lee over Toyota or the excellent, unbiased policework that was quoted.

Since: Mar 09

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 24, 2010
I say give the guy a chance. I don't believe anyone would have his entire family in the car and dilberatly go 90 MPH and crash into the back end of a another car. It sounds like a tragady all the way around, and accident. Not sure why he was given such a harsh sentence. DWI'ers walk with little or no prison time.
bajamama

Tijuana, Mexico

#9 Mar 24, 2010
I agree with to hard. Noone would be driving home from church with his family in the car and go 90 miles per hour, especially when coming down a ramp and trying to slow down.

Hope he gets another chance to prove his case.
Again

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Mar 24, 2010
The car was 10 years old!!!! Seems a little ODD that it would just do this without warning. My bet is POOR Maintenance!(Owners RESPONSIBILITY)
Donny Don

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Mar 24, 2010
This Toyota syndrome is suspect at best. Obama takes over two automobile companies and the next thing you know, the Best selling brand of Autombile in America is junk.. Better think about this one.
Beth

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 24, 2010
Joanne Smith has too big of an ego to let him have another trial. He'll never get it.
FillOutTheCensus

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Mar 24, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
Rumors and anecdotes to overturn a criminal conviction? Sure, since we live in the age of superstition, not reason.
Reason? Just look at Washington and you want to mention reason? LOL!

Since: Jun 09

Lake Elmo, MN

#14 Mar 24, 2010
The thing that gets me with this, is even if it was human error, the prison sentence seems a little excessive. There are people who have run cars through the front of businesses, killing and/or seriously injuring many. Some have been elderly, some not. Yet no prison sentence like this. Some impaired drivers don't even get this much prison time. It seems they made assumptions about him as a young man and ran with them. I find myself hoping he does get a second chance to make his case, especially since he wasn't impaired.
notoytoy

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 24, 2010
the dude is innocent. duh! these cars have been smashing things up for god knows how long. let him out, declare him innocent and then both families go ater Toyota. It has nothing to do with anything. No guy is gonna hit another car at 90, on his way home forom church with his family in the car. Is the world effing insane?
Gardy

Byron, MN

#17 Mar 24, 2010
Just let him go already. Even if he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, which now seems unlikely, he shouldn't have got so much time in jail. Most (all?) first-time DUI offenders who kill someone get less time than the 8 years he got. Any way you look at it, this is a case where an immigrant with poor English skills got railroaded by the a justice system including a piss-poor public defender, a bullish prosecutor and a judge with little common sense. All of them should be embarrassed by the result.

Since: Sep 09

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Mar 24, 2010
The guy from Milwaukee is a complete idiot for putting the car back in gear...a few times! Christ, I hope he didn't breed.
stairway

Hilo, HI

#19 Mar 24, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
Shouldn't we wait and see what the investigation concludes first? I know that every one is growing a salacious desire to fleece Toyota and I don't care but it's my opinion that the accelerator mechanisms in the car in question in mechanical and not computerized. Then again, maybe it's Toyota's fault that time I totaled out my 61 chevy.
are you nuts???!!!
stairway

Hilo, HI

#20 Mar 24, 2010
Gardy wrote:
Just let him go already. Even if he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, which now seems unlikely, he shouldn't have got so much time in jail. Most (all?) first-time DUI offenders who kill someone get less time than the 8 years he got. Any way you look at it, this is a case where an immigrant with poor English skills got railroaded by the a justice system including a ****-poor public defender, a bullish prosecutor and a judge with little common sense. All of them should be embarrassed by the result.
amen,brother
Think more man

Andover, MN

#22 Mar 24, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
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Hello? Not in jail, simply objecting to the use of the media frenzy about toyota as 'evidence' to overturn a conviction--and the fact that every time a lawyer makes these claims, its front page news in every paper in the country.
So a drunk driver runs over your car with his hummer and he survives and gets 4 years of probation and 1 year in the slammer? Do you agree with that?

Great justice system we have defending our freedom. Something is not right about the justice in these two cases where this guy was not on drugs or alcohol and gets 8 years.

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