Letter: Teens should face full weight of the law
Regarding the articles on the six teenagers charged with manslaughter:
Shavonne Potts, you should be commended! These articles pulled no punches. In my opinion, all six are guilty of the exact same thing the driver of the vehicle faces. I cannot believe that six human beings knew what happened that night and laid their heads down to sleep at night for so long and never once did their conscience bother them enough to come foreward.
I don’t care what college they attend, how prominent they were in high school or how much money their parents have, they are all guilty! If their parents try to pay their way out of this, they, too, should be held responsible. Where do morals come into play anymore? These teens deserve more than a slap on the wrist. It also baffles me that Alstin Vanderford is in college studying criminal justice. I hope he finds out what justice really is. The judge that does not execute punishment to the fullest extent possible should be taken off the bench.
If these teens were black or Hispanic, they would already have been in jail, not given the chance to turn themselves in … what is this about? If these teens were concerned for their future, they would have come clean that night. Prosecute to the fullest extent! Give them all a chance to “get closer to God!”
They all need to!
— Michael Basinger