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    LA Road Rage Trial

    Is anyone else following this story? You should be...

    It's all over velonews and several other news outlets. Trial is underway right now, could have big implications for cyclist's rights. Currently it seems to be looking good for cyclists. Go to www.velonews.com and read up on what happened. Scary stuff.
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    "If convicted of all charges, Thompson could spend up to five years in prison."
    This is not enough prison time, he should also never be given another drivers license.

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    Oh yeah, that a-hole. Five years seems reasonable for assault with a deadly weapon, but it's too bad they couldn't get him for attempted murder. And yes he should have his license taken away. People who use a gun to commit a crime lose their right to legally own a gun, so why shouldn't someone who uses a motor vehicle to commit a crime lose their right to drive?
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    It sounds like attempted murder to me. But in the lest he should lose his lic and spend time in jail

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    Closing arguments were today. The jury has it...
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    "Dr. Thompson is found guilty on all counts" according to velonews.com.

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    looks like someone's not going to be praticing medicine for a while...
    Just ride down there and jump off something for crying out loud...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamberlen
    "Dr. Thompson is found guilty on all counts" according to velonews.com.
    Justice is served. For once.

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    Whoohoo! Glad to hear it!
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    Interesting, the article says that the reading of the verdict was the first time cyclist supporters outnumbered Dr. Thompson supporters in the courtroom. Apparently there's still a large population who feels that he was totally justified.
    I'm glad the jury saw the obvious.
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    He had "supporters?" Scum.... whatever happened to things like feelings of guilt and conscience?
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    After jail time they should take away his driving privileges and see what it is like to bike commute in LA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    whatever happened to things like feelings of guilt and conscience?

    Apparently if you are an emergency room doctor living in L.A., you are above the right of having to deal with such frivolous silly things such as guilt and conscience that tend to have repercussions such implementing respect to others on the road.... especially to cyclists. But after reading the L.A. Trial stories, I guess he got what he wanted which was to teach the 2 cyclists a lesson. Lesson learned. What a sht-bag, now he's looking at 10 years in jail, I hope he feels that his actions of teaching others a lesson was worth it!

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    Careful, Stylie.
    C. Thompson is apparently above guilt and conscience, but he isn`t the only ER doc in LA. Gotta watch out for generalizations if you don`t want to get lumped in with the messenger hipsters, the wrong way Charlies plodding along on the left shoulder, and the racerboys in training who like to blow through stops at full speed.
    But yeah, good thing they had the 911 recordings to contradict what he tried to say later at the trial.
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    I don`t know if it`s too late (sentencing is in just a few weeks), but I just read an article that says the defense is planning to present a whole pile of public comments in favor of Doc T. and the prosecution is soliciting cyclists` comments to counter with. Here`s the article, including the DA`s address in case anybody else wants to give input:
    http://yieldtolife.org/info
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Careful, Stylie.
    C. Thompson is apparently above guilt and conscience, but he isn`t the only ER doc in LA.
    I stated he's the only E.R. Doc in LA????
    Last edited by stylie; 12-07-2009 at 01:48 PM.

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    Sentencing was today...


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    Wow. I'm kind of surprised he actually got a pretty decent amount of prison time. I wonder what he'll actually serve...
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    I would hope he would serve a fair amount but either way his life is ruined. He's nearly bankrupt, still faces civil litigation, his license to practice is suspended and will most likely be revoked. Living life on the outside is going to be difficult for him he'll have nothing to his name and be nearly unemployable

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    Wow. I'm kind of surprised he actually got a pretty decent amount of prison time. I wonder what he'll actually serve...

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    ...if he serves it all, when he gets out of prison he'll be 68. Maybe he could be a greeter at wal-mart or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ...if he serves it all, when he gets out of prison he'll be 68. Maybe he could be a greeter at wal-mart or something?
    Just as long as they don't have him assembling the bicycles.
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    No Walmart. Maybe they`ll send him to be Commuter Boy`s TA with his innovative new approach to teaching lessons.

    Thanks for the update, David B.
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    he'll be serving a minimum of 2 1/2 years. A win/win on our side



    I'm thinkin' it's a bit too late for remorse

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    Quote Originally Posted by stylie
    he'll be serving a minimum of 2 1/2 years. A win/win on our side



    I'm thinkin' it's a bit too late for remorse

    I don't think any point about this issue is a win/win for anyone.

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    A friend I ride with worked on a movie with the dude (if it's the same guy) and that a$$hat deserves all the time he gets. Dude got seriously jacked and he's a stuntman.
    Whole thing is a big bucket of fug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    No Walmart. Maybe they`ll send him to be Commuter Boy`s TA with his innovative new approach to teaching lessons.

    You know, I have some students who need to be 'taught a lesson'...
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    What a load of crap. Seems like too short of a sentence IMO

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    I posted the LA Times article on BARF, a motorcycle forum, because motorcycles are cyclist's two wheel brothers.

    http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=321131

    Well, the result is some bicycle hate. My take away: stay to the right and follow the laws and rules of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killroy
    I posted the LA Times article on BARF, a motorcycle forum, because motorcycles are cyclist's two wheel brothers.

    http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=321131

    Well, the result is some bicycle hate. My take away: stay to the right and follow the laws and rules of the road.
    Well put, I believe that the guys on the bikes should not have been 3 wide... but still there was no point for this reaction. Seems dumb on both sides IMO. However 5 years stilll seems light for what could have easily been a death

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    You know, I have some students who need to be 'taught a lesson'...
    Maybe they`ll still be keeping you company in five years. Could work out for ya after all
    If not, now you know what to do- wait til you see them leaving school, then pull in front of their Blazer on Special Ed and lock up the ol Avids. But when they smash their heads into the back of your saddle just be careful what you tell the 911 dispatch.
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    Killroy, the comments on your Xpost blow my mind. I wouldn`t have expected that much anti bicycle sentiment on a moto site. Just guessing here that maybe a really big proportion of motorcyclists are speed freaks (no, not like that) and it`s when they`re on four wheels and get stuck behind slow pokes they feel tortured? At least there does seem to be a pretty big number of pedal sympathizers speaking up as well.
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    The article says they took away his driver's license for life. At least there's that.

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    All things considered, it seems like a fair sentence/outcome to me. Dude made a horrible decision, hurt someone really bad, and as a result his professional life is over, he's broke, he can't ever drive again, and he's spending significant time behind bars. People all over this country shoot people and get less of a punishment than that. In this case, the justice system got it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    I don't think any point about this issue is a win/win for anyone.

    Jeff, I say this is a win/win for the simple fact that the aggressor will actually do time for his assault & that this case has made national headlines and as such it should foster more cycling advocacy groups that has a real possibility of getting the support of our local/civic leaders.

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    OK, so bikers hate us too, eh? Well, when the revolution comes, like the one greasebag said, they can be targets, too. No more 2-wheeled brotherhood for me....

    Can you imagine the road war that would've broken out if the drunk driver had plowed a group of motorcycles instead of bike racers?

    Stupid apparently knows no bounds or limitations.

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