Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Families describe nightmares, sorrow

I have mixed feelings about this. Anything that kills 100 people is extremely serious, but I have a hard time thinking that 10 years in prison is the right thing to do with this guy. Clearly the guy did this out of ignorance - his own life was endangered as well. I don't think he should get off too easily either.

A family member of one of the victims suggested community service working with burn victims would be appropriate. That sounds more fair to everyone. Putting him in jail isn't going to deter others from doing dangerously stupid things, and it certainly won't help anyone. Putting him to work doing something positive may be the best thing.

I would save a harsher punishment for the owners. They had a responsibility to keep the place up to code and ignorance won't go as far in their defense, not in my mind anyway.

Posted by


John Howard said...

I have mixed feelings about this. Like you, I think the owners probably deserve most of the criticism. However, if you're going to be in charge of a performance that has even the slightest potential to go this badly, you should be checking things out beforehand, making sure that it will be safe. So, I'm not sure 10 years is so bad. Maybe the guy isn't a bad guy and did it out of ignorance, but if it makes sure the next guy isn't ignorant before doing something like this, it might be a good thing. But like you said, it probably won't.

It almost upsets me more when people get killed through negligence or stupidity, than when they are killed by someone who wants to kill them. But again, I think the owners probably deserve more of the blame than this guy.

Robert Bayn said...

I think the sentencing is fair, it was a horrible accident, i don't think anyone thinks he did it unpurpose, but people did die do to his ignorance, so now he should pay for that.

As far as the Owners, they are at fault too, i think 15 years for them would sufficent.