Hoffman's father seeks 'Rachel Law' to protect young informants

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Rachel Hoffman's father wants state legislators to pass a law that will ensure what happened to his daughter won't destroy another family.
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James K

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May 19, 2008
 
This is crazy! 24 years old is still a kid? Parents need to let go. 18 is adult. She did a crime, she would be punished as an adult, not a "kid". She had a choice and she made it. I am sorry it ended the way it did, but it was a risk she was offered and she went along with it. If she was married with 4 children and she was 23, she would not be considered a kid. Let's stop complicating America. Frivolous lawsuits, unnecessary laws??? We are making our country go down the toilet!
Danny

Saint Petersburg, FL

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May 19, 2008
 
she should have first not been doing drugs,and secondly, when she was caught she should have kept her mouth shut and done her time like a responsible adult, These were her bad deceisions and no one should be blamed but her,
Bud

Tallahassee, FL

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May 20, 2008
 
Danny wrote:
she should have first not been doing drugs,and secondly, when she was caught she should have kept her mouth shut and done her time like a responsible adult, These were her bad deceisions and no one should be blamed but her,
So we are applying the death penalty now for marijuana trafficking?

It is an absolute tragedy and utterly reprehensible that our society permits situations like these: where a young woman's life, despite whatever mistakes she might have made, is worth trading for a chance to stop some college kids from smoking a little weed.

Stupid, wasteful and barbaric. She was a casualty of the idiotic War on Drugs.
doofus

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May 20, 2008
 
everyone wants to create a knew law when someone dies. Point is she was a druggie and obviously was just trying to work off some charges but she was still involved in illegal activity. This is not the police departments fault, they can not hold the informants hand twenty four seven.
doofus

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May 20, 2008
 
Bud wrote:
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So we are applying the death penalty now for marijuana trafficking?
It is an absolute tragedy and utterly reprehensible that our society permits situations like these: where a young woman's life, despite whatever mistakes she might have made, is worth trading for a chance to stop some college kids from smoking a little weed.
Stupid, wasteful and barbaric. She was a casualty of the idiotic War on Drugs.
It is still trafficking and she got herself killed, and she was involved in more than just weed
Bud

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May 20, 2008
 
doofus wrote:
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It is still trafficking and she got herself killed, and she was involved in more than just weed
I can't disagree that her dealing in coke takes it to a whole different level, but...

...still not worth it. The War on Drugs is a huge failure and an awful waste of resources, and in this case, a life.
Bud

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May 20, 2008
 
doofus wrote:
everyone wants to create a knew law when someone dies. Point is she was a druggie and obviously was just trying to work off some charges but she was still involved in illegal activity. This is not the police departments fault, they can not hold the informants hand twenty four seven.
You think they bear no responsibility for putting her in that position?
Bud

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May 20, 2008
 

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Let me explain - they bear responsibility for picking and choosing informants. They KNEW was was about to go off the reservation, and could have and should have done something about it.

They are culpable for choosing her as an informat in the first place - not every defendant is going to be a suitable choice for that sort of thing. She obviously wasn't.
Carol Lynn

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May 20, 2008
 
23 years old and no formal training on how to protect herself in various dangerous situations? I think the police department was quite irresponsible in this matter.
If Mr. Hoffman needs help in any way, I am availble. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of Rachels' friends and relatives.
Anonymous

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May 21, 2008
 
I dont care what your position is on drugs and/or the war on drugs, but it is truly disturbing to think that the vice division of the Tallahassee police department, the states capitol chief police department, has such poor surveillance tools and skills that they can lose someone on a dead end road while being "under surveillance"? I can assure you, this girl was no 'druggie', no 'trafficker'. She was a 23 year old college graduate who was selling pot to her own friends. Who was she hurting by her actions? She was doing nothing that can even be considered as rational enough for her to be forced into a buy of more than is slightly practical. Yeah, shes 23 and an adult, but come on, you throw prison time at a 23 year old life loving recent college grad with a promising future and you expect her not to take any possible opportunity to assure that her that her future will not be jeopardized over this? When your future is in someone elses hands and you have very little control over the situation, try to think 100% rationally, and maybe you can grasp some sort of realization.

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"
kim

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May 29, 2008
 
The police pressure those who they arrest for drugs to "snitch". They put them under a great deal of PRESSURE, telling them that they are going down big time and for a long time. They make the charges felonies when they are really aren't that severe. Also, there have been instances where the police may have not followed proper procedure in the arrest itself and make up for it by pressuring them to become an informant. Plus, they offer the informant money which can be enticing.
mel

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#12
Nov 6, 2008
 
I'm in sort of a situation with the sherrif department. I gave them information before i gave the info they assured me that my name wouldn't be given nor will i have to appear in court. Now i have to call my mother private,i have ro sneak to see her,l was nearly forced into ongoing traffic,i'm being threatenand my children are afraid. To make matters worse the sherrif department basically don't care. I was told by them "let your mom visit you don't go here and don't go there". My mother can't visit me because she lives with one the people who are causing me and my house hold problems. I went to the sheriff department last thursday about this and i was told by two investergaters they would give me a call as soon as they talk to sherrif young the next day. I'm still waiting on the call.I keep calling them but they have a habit with saying "he's headed in the door i'll call you right back to let you know what was said ".today makes a week they haven't call .
Carol Lynn wrote:
23 years old and no formal training on how to protect herself in various dangerous situations? I think the police department was quite irresponsible in this matter.
If Mr. Hoffman needs help in any way, I am availble. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of Rachels' friends and relatives.

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