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#573024 --- 05/06/07 12:09 PM Bikers arnt happy about this
donedirtcheap Offline
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Bikers decry verdict in fatal DWI accident


Fernando Diaz
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(May 5, 2007) Hundreds of motorcyclists jammed South Fitzhugh Street on Friday in front of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to protest Wednesday's acquittal of a former deputy on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Greece motorcyclist.

"They should have made an example of this guy," said Ashley Williams, 20, of Fairport. The bikers said it appeared that James R. Telban Jr., 45, was spared jail time because of who he was.

Telban was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of DWI. He was acquitted of manslaughter; the judge said it had not been proved that his drunkenness directly caused the crash with Peter Volkmuth, 27.

Telban's blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent.

"It's time we all stand up for our rights," said Michael Cavuto, local chapter president of ABATE, a motorcycle advocacy group.
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#573029 --- 05/06/07 12:12 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: donedirtcheap]
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Originally Posted By: donedirtcheap
Bikers decry verdict in fatal DWI accident


Fernando Diaz
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(May 5, 2007) Hundreds of motorcyclists jammed South Fitzhugh Street on Friday in front of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to protest Wednesday's acquittal of a former deputy on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Greece motorcyclist.

"They should have made an example of this guy," said Ashley Williams, 20, of Fairport. The bikers said it appeared that James R. Telban Jr., 45, was spared jail time because of who he was.

Telban was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of DWI. He was acquitted of manslaughter; the judge said it had not been proved that his drunkenness directly caused the crash with Peter Volkmuth, 27.

Telban's blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent.

"It's time we all stand up for our rights," said Michael Cavuto, local chapter president of ABATE, a motorcycle advocacy group.







I am pretty sure if it had been any of us, we would have had the book thrown at us. GRRRRR!

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#573662 --- 05/07/07 08:57 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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I can't believe this actually happened. WTF? How do they get away with this?
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#573892 --- 05/08/07 02:33 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: LOTE]
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How? Basically he knew he would be screwed if he had a trial in front of a jury. So, he decided to have the decision made by a judge.
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#573896 --- 05/08/07 02:47 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Cops get to plea bargain while we regular joe's get the shaft!
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#573898 --- 05/08/07 02:52 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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I don't think all cops act as though they are above the law. But in this case, I think the public got screwed and justice was not done. It makes me pretty mad to think the message this decision sends and the precident it sets for future fatalities involving a DWI.
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#573902 --- 05/08/07 03:01 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Yea and dont think for one minute that lawyers wont use it also!
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#573904 --- 05/08/07 03:06 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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You know they will. It will become the standard defense for every DWI accident that involves a fatality. The blame for the death will be put on the head of the individual killed because some fool decided it was ok to get behind the wheel of a car while they were drunk.
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#573908 --- 05/08/07 03:13 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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AND as a bonus, the status of bikers are also going to be reduced once again to being more nuisances on the roadways. dickhead lawyers
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#573912 --- 05/08/07 03:20 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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I tell you, I am really pissed off about the verdict. The vindictive part of me would like to see the judge, defendant, and lawyer all made to ride a bike into the side of a car to see how it feels.
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#573917 --- 05/08/07 03:23 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Vindictive? So what! They DESERVE to get smacked in the head with a kicksatnd!
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#573918 --- 05/08/07 03:26 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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I was out in the area where the accident happened last weekend. I had to take a moment to see if there was really a problem with visability. The thing is, it is an open stretch of road with clear visability in both directions.
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#573919 --- 05/08/07 03:26 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Smacked with a kickstand? Hell, just run them head first into the side of a truck.
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#573921 --- 05/08/07 03:31 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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No no no... too obvious... you need blunt force trauma, repeatedly! <g>
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#573925 --- 05/08/07 03:33 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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I didn't say just once...

But seriously, the verdict does piss me off. It undermines all the progress that has been done in waking people up to how important it is not to drink and drive.
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#573927 --- 05/08/07 03:35 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Youre exactly right. And as a second, the public trust in bikers goes down as well, since the rider "couldnt keep from crashing" into the drunk driver.
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#573931 --- 05/08/07 03:38 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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It can be taken even further. The next thing you know, it will be the pedestrian's fault because they walked in a crosswalk in front of a drunk driver.
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#573941 --- 05/08/07 03:56 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: TRD_Tacoma]
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Oh no.. walkers wont be charged.. they get those neat little signs in the crosswalks everywhere... I remember you had to run for your life when I was growing up.
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#573944 --- 05/08/07 04:04 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Sausage]
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how much time did the kid get who "ran" from the trooper that ended up getting killed because of the troopers piss poor judgement??
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#573950 --- 05/08/07 04:20 PM Re: Bikers arnt happy about this [Re: Gio]
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which kid? the one on the 4 wheeler?
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