There’s something seriously wrong with either the state’s driving under the influence laws or their application in Thurston County Superior Court when a driver with six previous DUI arrests is sentenced to a year of work release.
Judge Christine Schaller made the understatement of the year in imposing a light sentence on Shaun Goodman: “The community’s lucky that you’ve never killed anyone. You need to start figuring this out.”
But Schaller is wrong. Goodman should have figured this out four or five DUI arrests ago. How many arrests does it take before a judge levies a stiffer sentence. When will we impose real jail time, take away a driver’s license and order an offender into treatment?
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Does he have to kill somebody first?
Schaller passed on the perfect opportunity to make a statement that we don’t tolerate drinking and driving in Washington state. It’s a shame.