I am heart sick tonight. It is a big weight in my chest, down to my stomach. I am heart sick over the whole budget bill — in particular the part about medical assistance for the poor and the slashing of funding for schools. I might just have to home school my girls to ensure that they get some kind of an education. I don’t know what will happen with my parents and family who depend on Badgercare for their well being and their children. I just can’t believe that i am surrounded by such selfish people.
Speaking of selfish people, that is the main cause of my ailment. Last night, before bed I read a flippant sneer of an email from the District Attorney of Clark County, Darwin Zweig implying that the 17 year old girl with exemplary record has an underdeveloped brain due to her age and her future should not be marred by such a the tragic accident of my father. I thought long and hard today about how I would present this, but really there is no better way than the facts. The full facts. Before you read this, I need to emphasize, that Danea C. Zeigle to this date has not been charged with so much as a traffic ticket, had her license taken away or been cited in any regard. This girl now has a new vehicle to drive around in — though one can only hope that she has stopped texting while speeding. Which, incidentally, is the most probably cause of death according to the investigation report.
The standard of course is a high degree of negligence beyond a reasonable doubt. I knew Doug to some extent. Knew him when he had his struggles with alcohol but I also left him on a jury panel and he was the foreperson on a jury trial I had many years ago. Everyone agrees his death is tragic. Aside from what information there may be, which, as I’ve indicated, I will review this weekend, I have to consider whether it would add to the overall tragedy to saddle an otherwise exemplary young lady who has not yet graduated from high school with a felony that may rule/ruin her for the rest of her life. It’s pretty well known that that part of the brain that makes for good judgment or decision making is not fully developed or mature until about 25 or 26. I know all the arguments as well. I’ve been at this for over 30 years. It goes something like the girl’s future should not be a factor because Doug has no life at all and so on. I understand all that. I’m assuming your interest is in pursuing a civil suit.
I am… furious, shocked, outraged, sad, appalled, hurt, angry, disgusted — but most of all sad that this can and is still happening.
For the record, my father had not had any alcohol for over 25 years. Second, how does he know this girl is “exemplary”, unless he knows her. Third, why is going out on a limb for her….why he is so unprofessional regarding this matter? Fourth, why aren’t licenses issued when people are 25 or 26 when their brains are “fully developed or mature”. Fifth — so anyone under the age of 26 can get away with murder because they are biologically underdeveloped? Lastly, what about the lives of those she affected — my brothers and I, his grandchildren, friends and family. He was a respected elder and one of the last living fluent speakers of the Ho Chunk language – gone.
The thing of it is, we don’t want revenge…but we do want justice. Nothing happening to this girl is, just …. not just.