Comments by Will1960
Posted on September 16 at 6:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The families of the victims had sympathy for the defendant and that factor played a significant role in the light sentence. This result hardly sends a message of deterrence for other boaters who might be faced with the decision to drink and ride. This man was responsible for the deaths of two young people who had their entire lives ahead of them. He should have received a much longer sentence.
Posted on September 15 at 10:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)
You might want to explore the death penalty aspect or our criminal justice system in a future column. According to the Innocence Project, since 1973 there have been 146 inmates exonerated from death row. These inmates spent an average of over ten years in prison before they were freed. With so many mistakes in play here, one can only wonder how many people were executed that were innocent. Fortunately, New York State doesn't have a death penalty yet it's worth informing and educating the public on how such a flawed system can remain in place with so much damning evidence against it.
Posted on September 11 at 12:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)
My friend owns a business on Van Vranken Avenue and he worries that these kind incidents will stop people from coming to the Goosehill area for anything. He commented to me that the street is full of kids loitering around during the day when they ought to be in school. It appears that no one is paying attention to this pervasive problem and the parents aren't being held accountable, either. This story has far reaching consequences for Schenectady beyond those who were injured or arrested. There needs to be more attention and resources devoted to these at-risk kids before they set out to destroy themselves.
Posted on August 27 at 7:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
What could unhinge someone to lose it like this? I know situations can escalate but this cook could have easy killed this man. Over what?
Posted on August 24 at 12:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Nor do the astronomical prices match up with the shrimpy portion sizes and tepid food. This reviewer was quite generous with her review. I too, was impressed by the decorum, but that aspect couldn't overcome the overall negative experience of dining there. After all the disastrous reviews on yelp, one might think that the owners of Mexican Radio would consider doing a major overhaul to address the numerous complaints. No such luck!
Posted on August 13 at 7:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If ever there was a case that warranted sending a message, this is it. In addition, this delinquent juror hasn't been honest in any of her dealing with the judge. Were her claims that her boyfriend was injured ever substantiated? We may never discover her real motive for going AWOL. Unless she comes clean, there's no compelling reason for the judge to cut her a break.
Posted on August 7 at 7:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This kind of conduct should have strict penalties, so the jurors know ahead of time that if they choose to act like this irresponsible woman they will go to jail. Let there be a silver lining of spelling out the punishment when the jurors are sworn in. Let's just hope this judge sends that message.
Posted on June 22 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"We aren’t about to go back to the days of Prohibition just because some under-21s are able to find a way to get beer at the store. What we do is we enforce the laws and punish the lawbreakers. We don’t throw up our hands and ban all alcohol sales."
This excellent point raised by Mr. Keller was totally ignored with Governor Cuomo's heavy handed, micromanaged bill that makes patients jump through a lot of hoops before they are able to seek relief. Giving Cuomo the power to pull the plug on this law at any time for any reason is another slap in the face to patients, in addition to having a deterring effect on business people who might have otherwise been interested in supplying the demand.
Passing this law is a win for Cuomo, it's something he can hang his hat on. Yet, it's almost as if Cuomo wants Medical Marijuana to fail in New York State. With this watered down bill he will most likely succeed at the expense of those who really need MM the most.
Posted on June 9 at 10:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"The December drug buy was set up in order for investigators to make the arrest, according to the filing."
The Feds had their eye on seizing this car from the beginning. Asset forfeiture laws give an incentive for the Government to seize as much property as they possibly can. These asset forfeiture laws have driven a stake through the 4th amendment. How someone who is never charged with a crime can legally have their property confiscated by the government is just a scam by the Feds to obtain more money.
The owner of the car thought she was doing herself a favor by revealing knowledge of the drug sale. This admission shouldn't give the Feds license to steal her car. Usually the threshold for a seizure was property or cash obtained through drug sales. The Feds have been successful in lowering the bar for seizing property. I hope the owner of the car has a good lawyer. She'll need one.
Posted on June 5 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Is the former Alco site sufficiently cleaned up to break ground for this casino? I haven't read that the site heavily populated ground was ever thoroughly cleaned up. I am aware that the soil was the victim of years of Alco operating with no environmental standards. If landing the casino there results in getting that clean up project done; its another benefit for Schenectady. Also, the riverfront property is the best fit for a casino when compared to the competition. I hope the bid goes through.