Jurors Find Ashley Johnigan Guilty Of Murder
UPDATE: Jurors for the Ashley Johnigan case, say Johnigan is guilty of murder. Johnigan, was accused of driving drunk, crashing into two cars and killing an investigator with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney.
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#1 Sep 26, 2009
This was a terrible incident; there is no excuse for drunk driving... but in all fairness, Ashley was approached by the police while parked on the side of the road. They had no lights on and did not identify themselves. This sent her into a panic and definitely was a cause of the accident. Three officers volunteered to testify to this but it was thrown out. Also, Ms Johnigan was tried in the area where the deceased District Attorney Investigator had many friends, fellow workers, and family. There had to be understandable emotionalism present in this court room biased against the defendant. The defendant's lawyers requests to move the trial to another vicinity was denied. I don't feel Ashley received a fair trial in this case, even with the gravity of the incident.
#2 Oct 6, 2009
The level of hypocrisey and idiocy, with the exception of a few, within the comments on this article is alarming.
SHE PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO SOBER UP!!!!
Even in a state of complete drunkeness she had a clear and abiding sense of public safety. Should she have been drinking and driving - of course not. Should she be convicted of vehicular manslaughter - I believe she should.
But she did not MURDER that woman. The police officers did not, and EVEN SAID SO IN OPEN COURT, identify themselves. They did not think she knew they were police officers. THEY SAID SO!!!
Alone on a dark road in an expensive car in the middle of the night - what would a sober 24 year-old do. What would a sober 54 year old woman do when approached from behind by an unidentified vehicle? Don't be stupid and reactionary. Every case is different and this girl is not a murderer.
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