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Judge Lipps rules that the case against Chad Metzgar...

June 28, 2007 08:39 PM

...will stay in juvenile court.  Key to the judge's reasoning?  He had not been in trouble before.

But this part is weird: 

[Judge] Lipps said it’s still unclear exactly what happened that afternoon.

He turned to Dustin and Derek [two other friends who were in the car, and injured], asking, “Do you have enough courage to tell investigators what happened that day?”

Derek Linderman said he doesn’t remember.

He doesn't remember?  That's disturbing.  What's he covering up?  And what did Dustin say?  Nothing, apparently.  But due to the Enquirer's crack reporting, we'll never know.

If I were the prosecutor, I'd actually consider charging Derek and Dustin with obstruction of justice.  I'm not buying any memory loss crap, either.

In other coverage:  The Cincinnati Black Blog describes this as "white justice."

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Comments

I agree on all counts. I've been appalled at the way people are looking to give Metzgar the get out of jail free card. They act like he's the victim here. He can celebrate already, the most he'll get for killing 2 people is under 5 years in prison.

I also agree about the Lindermans. I don't buy this "I don't remember" crap either. They have this BS code of honor that says, "my friends are never wrong". Even after watching 2 of their friends get killed, they still can't bring themselves to actually say something that might be critical of their friend. I'm sure if the judge threatened to put them in jail for Contempt, they'd have immediate memory recall.

CincyJeff   ·  June 29, 2007 09:38 PM

I don't buy the Linderman in the front seat doesn't remember. But the one in the back seat, Derek, he got pretty banged up, and didn't have his seat belt on, so it is reasonable that he had head trauma (considering what happened to the two girls) and actually can't remember.

Teena   ·  July 20, 2007 03:32 PM