So what do you do when a young black kid who is speeding slightly, accidently rolls a few feet past a poorly marked stop sign at a rural intersection colliding with another speeding car driven by a drunk white kid with cocaine in his system?
Judge "Sick" Rick Howard
Well given that the white kids weren't wearing their seat belts, they died. So the obvious answer is--charge the black kid with vehicular manslaughter. After all, he's a good student, has no criminal record and works 35 hours a week washing trucks at a truck stop.
But then what to do when the state Department of Corrections, after investigating the case, recommended that the young black kid be sentenced to two years of community control followed by two years of probation?
Oh easy. Give him the maximum sentence--30 years, and order the kid (whose name is William Thornton IV) to serve it in an adult facility. And that's exactly what Circuit Judge Ric Howard did. But not before announcing to all assembled that he'd sentenced the kid's father to prison too.
Howard shouldn't be on the bench. This kind of reprehensible vindictive grandstanding shouldn't be tolerated. "Judge" Howard aught to be ashamed of himself.
Like so many other callous judges who care only for tough on crime headlines, he's thrown away another life--for no reason, costing the state a million dollars or so along the way. Shame shame shame.