|CNN anchor pleads guilty to hit and run.||Charlie Amerique|
Aug 7, 2003 1:31 PM
|The morning anchor for CNN, Jack Cafferty, has pleaded guilty to knocking a cyclist from his bike in New York on May 14 this year. The accident happened on Ninth Avenue when Cafferty turned suddenly in front of Billy Maldonado, who was thrown to the ground as a result. Cafferty continued driving, dragging Maldonado's bicycle under his vehicle and running two red lights, according to the criminal complaint. Maldonado required an operation on his right elbow as a result of the injuries he sustained.
Cafferty was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, assault and harassment. However he got off lightly, pleading guilty to "operating a motor vehicle knowing or having cause to know property damage had been caused." Cafferty's penalty was a $250 fine and 70 hours of community service. His lawyer said, "Jack acted responsibly in this, as he always has."
|re: f*ck CNN||cyclopathic|
Aug 7, 2003 1:44 PM
|write an e-mail to CNN and ask to take that felon off air.
If I lived in NYC I'd organize protest and picket CNN
|I would hate to see him when he is acting irresponsibly-nm||ms|
Aug 7, 2003 1:54 PM
|That is acting responsibly????||Alpedhuez55|
Aug 7, 2003 2:48 PM
|I know people who have been fined more than $250 for speeding. There was more than property damaged, there was a person. The DA never should have pleabargained to porperty damage only. It should have been leaving the scene of an accident causing an injury.
A sentence like that is bad news. It is like telling everyone it is no big deal to take out a cyclist. Lets hope Mr. Maldanado gets a good settlement and some justice in his civil trial.
|That's a joke right?||CARBON110|
Aug 8, 2003 6:17 AM
|I mean I know ""justice"" doesnt always prevail...ahem O.J...but that's just rediculoous. I don't belive the article...I refuse to accept that some jacka$$ Judge and lawyer allowed this to happen. The only explanation would be that his insurance company or he himself made an "agreement" with the cyclist. This often happens and is referred to as "good faith" on behalf of the insurance co or driver. So there is more to the story|
|Maybe one is a felony||Alpedhuez55|
Aug 8, 2003 7:21 AM
|My guess would be leaving the scene of a property damage accident is a misdeminor and leaving the scene of a Personal Injury is a felony. THe high profile of the offender probably had more to do with it than anything else.
Either way, the punishment does not fit the crime here.