|Published: 9:36 AM, 07/08/2013
Author: Tommy Wilson
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Twenty-three year old Curtis Harper was
a University of Tennessee honor student and now, he has a number for
a name. That will be Harper's reality for the next 30 years. He
will have to live with the cause for the rest of his life. We all
have to live with the Curtis Harpers of the world every day and we
never find how to do that until they kill someone.
Harper is going to jail for 30 years
because he got drunk, drove his vehicle and hit two innocent
people, killing them and an unborn fetus. The two people killed were
on the roadside in Knoxville trying to help a friend having problems
with her vehicle. Later that friend took her own life because she
felt responsible for the other deaths.
What did Harper do when he hit those
people? He drove on to another location and cleaned the blood off his
vehicle to hide what had happened.
Added to this story is the fact that
Harper had previous DUI convictions. He is still living proof that
our law enforcement system is not strong enough to have kept him from
Each week The Advocate & Democrat
runs the Sessions Court report and it is loaded with DUI cases. Most
of those convicted have as many as six to 10 convictions for
DUI, but our system keeps turning them loose until they kill someone.
Our lawmakers would rather sit in
Nashville and fight for laws restricting public access to government
or trying to pass laws not allowing the use of words like "homosexual." The list goes on and on of silly laws that do
nothing but pander to a portion of the voting public.
I had a judge tell me a solution was
easier said than done because the law allowed the defense attorney to
do this and that delaying a case until time dilutes it. ARE YOU
KIDDING ME? Get to work on laws of substance that stops the killing
of innocent people and ruining the lives of those left behind!
We reported in this edition of The
Advocate & Democrat, "On July 1, it became law in Tennessee that
first-time DUI offenders will have to install an ignition lock on
their car and if they blow anything above a 0.02, the car will not
That is great but, if this law is anything like many
others, there will be little enforcement and no real penalty if that
law is circumvented.
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