Even though it will expose her to the possibility of serving jail time, a Georgia mother has opted for an offer of a retrial of her earlier conviction for vehicular homicide.
In a case that seems like something out of George Orwell or Franz Kafka, Georgia mother Raquel Nelson was convicted of vehicular homicide in the death of her 4 year old son…even though she wasn’t driving a vehicle.
There are many questions about this case that even a casual observer of our legal system would be curious to know the answers to. For example:
1) What is the name of the prosecutor who decided to charge a pedestrian – whose child was hit and killed by a car – with vehicular homicide?
2) Where did he or she attend law school?
3) Did he or she really pass the bar exam?
4) Does the prosecutor in question have a history of drug abuse or mental illness?
Someone who is not a prosecutor in Georgia might be tempted to think that Ms. Nelson’s grief and despair and – no doubt – guilt at the momentary lapse of attention that may have contributed to the death of her 4-year old son might be sufficient punishment in and of itself. But in Georgia, apparently, the death of a child is insufficient punishment for jaywalking. Jail time is also necessary, lest there be any ambiguity at all about who is at fault when a child is killed on one of our crazy high speed roads.