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Drunk driver, who killed her boyfriend in the accident, files suit against the driver she hit
http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html ^ | 12/8/08 | Newsoftheweird.com

Posted on 01/21/2009 8:45:04 PM PST by Feline_AIDS

Elizabeth Shelton, 21, filed a lawsuit in Houston in December against the truck driver that she accidentally rear-ended in a 2007 crash, while she was intoxicated, and in which her boyfriend was killed. Though she was convicted of manslaughter, she is now suing for $20,000 damage to her Lexus SUV and for "pain and suffering," basing her claim on the fact that the blameless driver she hit was uninsured. In all, her lawsuit names 16 defendants, including insurance companies and banks. Shelton is the daughter of a state court judge. [Houston Chronicle, 12-18-08]


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Really warms your heart, no?
1 posted on 01/21/2009 8:45:05 PM PST by Feline_AIDS
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To: Feline_AIDS

If we all had fathers that were state court judges....


2 posted on 01/21/2009 8:48:26 PM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: Feline_AIDS

Surely Texas has some state equivalent of Section 11 sanctions that can be imposed in cases like this?


3 posted on 01/21/2009 8:50:35 PM PST by Arguendo
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To: Feline_AIDS
Shelton is the daughter of a state court judge.

And there it is. I'm surprised she was even convicted of manslaughter.

4 posted on 01/21/2009 8:52:10 PM PST by wastedyears (Got eyes on my Jessica Rabbit.)
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To: Feline_AIDS; Larry Lucido

Ok I say it........Who’s her daddy ?


5 posted on 01/21/2009 8:52:21 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Feline_AIDS

Video of wreckage here

6 posted on 01/21/2009 8:52:47 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Feline_AIDS

The Lawyer should go to prison


7 posted on 01/21/2009 8:53:00 PM PST by Tempest (Obama is not my president.)
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To: wastedyears

Is this what they mean by chutzba?


8 posted on 01/21/2009 8:53:28 PM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: Feline_AIDS
So, her father thinks she has a case because his under insured truck acted like a magnet, causing her to drive into him, killing her boyfriend?

What a retard. Surely the court system has some way of not allowing idiots like this to waste the court and taxpayers time and money.

9 posted on 01/21/2009 8:55:03 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Edizzl79
If we all had fathers that were state court judges....

No kidding. "You can fight it, honey. Really! Here's how..."

10 posted on 01/21/2009 8:55:34 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Feline_AIDS

The drunk slut had a BAC of THREE TIMES
the legal limit when arrested, spent 120 days in the can and paid a fine of $10, 000. Now I suppose she wants the money back. The boyfriend was partially decapitated, who in their right mind would repair that SUV? I saw a photo of the car, it looks like the Jayne Mansfield deathmobile. Gross!


11 posted on 01/21/2009 8:56:38 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Frank_2001
" Witnesses testified that Shelton cursed at the ER nurse who was taking her blood at the hospital after the crash. She told the nurse that her father, Pat Shelton, was a judge."

What a wonderful young lady. I'm sure Judge Pat is proud. /s

12 posted on 01/21/2009 8:59:06 PM PST by grandpa jones (L.O.M.A. (loyal opposition my azz))
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To: martin_fierro

Wow,looking at that vehicle she should be on her knees daily thanking the Lord she is not presently worm food.


13 posted on 01/21/2009 9:00:14 PM PST by A message
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To: Feline_AIDS

The truck had no insurance, thus by state law should not have been occupying that particular set of space-time coordinates when she rear-ended it. Had the truck driver been obeying the law, then this particular accident would have never happened. That’s not to say that she might not have gotten into a different accident, just not this one.


14 posted on 01/21/2009 9:00:32 PM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: Feline_AIDS
Nothing is more offensive than the courts punishing the innocent and letting the guilty go free.

Second to that is these idiots being allowed to file these frivolous lawsuits against peoples/companies that have nothing directly related to the incident and ignoring the fact that she was the guilty party for all of it.

It kinda like blame the tobacco companies for giving you lung cancer, suing Mc Donalds for getting scalded for mishandling a HOT CUP of COFFEE, blaming the gun mfgrs for making guns that killed people in it 'proper use'.

15 posted on 01/21/2009 9:00:36 PM PST by prophetic (The "Obama Stimulus Plan" is a massive orgy of earmarks spending for DEMS only)
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To: Feline_AIDS
In 1984 our son was hit and killed. the Mexican kid who hit him had a lawyer write us a letter asking us to buy him a new car because his was destroyed. And he said he was still suffering from his injuries(were we going to be moved by this?) . We instructed our lawyer to write back and say “no” to the car and to inform him our son was still dead. Fortunately we never heard from him again.
16 posted on 01/21/2009 9:01:09 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter
When my now deceased first wife was critically injured by another driver (who was issued 3 tickets for various offenses) her lawyer had the nerve to ask me to 'settle' the claim while I was sitting in court.

My wife AND my best friend were still in intensive care.

This dirtball told me he would 'settle' right there if I'd drop the traffic offenses.

I asked him to step outside the Courtroom for a moment so we could have some privacy.

I returned to the Courtroom a few minutes later alone.

Mr. Lawyer found he had someplace else to be rather urgently.

I have nothing to say about his limp.

L

17 posted on 01/21/2009 9:07:52 PM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: Ditter

Wow. What an asshole. Sorry, but there’s no other word. No one in our society will take blame for their actions.


18 posted on 01/21/2009 9:08:16 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Because canine AIDS ain't funny.)
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To: Lurker

Good for you.


19 posted on 01/21/2009 9:10:24 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Feline_AIDS

But, but Obama just said we must take responsibility.


20 posted on 01/21/2009 9:12:21 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Feline_AIDS

What a moron!


21 posted on 01/21/2009 9:14:01 PM PST by Ptarmigan (God Hates Bunnies. God Loves Ptarmigans)
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To: rednesss
The truck had no insurance, thus by state law should not have been occupying that particular set of space-time coordinates when she rear-ended it. Had the truck driver been obeying the law, then this particular accident would have never happened. That’s not to say that she might not have gotten into a different accident, just not this one.

It doesn't work that way. Sure, the truck should have been insured, but if the driver of the truck was not a fault, it does not make the owner or driver of the truck responsible for the accident.

22 posted on 01/21/2009 9:14:14 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Feline_AIDS
I am the son of a former Federal judge (unfortunately he passed away in 2002) who was appointed in 1976 under Ford. My father was a great father, a really good guy. When he was appointed, I was 15. I remember him pulling my brother (then 17) and I into the kitchen for a little sit down. He explained that he loved us, but said, “If you ever get into legal trouble, I will be there as a father to support you, but don't ever expect me to use my position to get you out of any legal trouble.”

He told us that several times during my teenage years. I would meet people who would say, “Gee, your Dad's a judge, that must mean you don't have to pay speeding tickets”, to which I would respond, “Ah, no, you've never met my Dad, have you?”

To a person, all of the Federal judges I knew through my father's tenure were absolute, upstanding individuals who would never use their position to improperly influence any court decisions on the behalf of their family members. One of the judge's family suffered through a long period of their only son being arrested numerous times for misdemeanor drug possession and DUI, always supporting him emotionally (and I'm sure financially), but never giving him an easy out. He's still a drug and alcohol counselor with 20+ years of sobriety who still credits his father with being his inspiration.

I guess my point here is my father went out of his way to explain to us that we should never expect preferential treatment, and as I grew up with a bunch of judges’ families, it seemed that was absolutely the norm and never the exception in my limited experience.

23 posted on 01/21/2009 9:15:49 PM PST by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Tempest

The only reason she has a lawyer who will take this case is because of her daddy. Lawyers like easy money cases - not these uninsured motorist cases.


24 posted on 01/21/2009 9:18:49 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: IMTOFT

If only more public servants had the character they used to. Now it’s all about what you can get away with. It’s about cheating the system, not respecting the system as a good and just governor for all of us.


25 posted on 01/21/2009 9:20:19 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Because canine AIDS ain't funny.)
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To: Ditter

As the father of three boys, I can’t imagine what you went through. I am so sorry for your loss.


26 posted on 01/21/2009 9:24:42 PM PST by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Feline_AIDS

She is the living definition for the most vile,despicable word you can use to describe a woman. And it rhymes with runt.


27 posted on 01/21/2009 9:26:10 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Feline_AIDS

“If only more public servants had the character they used to”

Again, I can only tell you from my limited experience growing up, but there was a certain demeanor that the judges we knew had, they were generally reserved, but very intelligent and reverent of their job - they never seemed to take their positions for granted or ever flaunt it. If anything, they shied away from using their appointments to personal gain in anyway.

I’ll tell you one thing that has struck me that differentiates those judges I knew growing up and the public servants today. Almost to a person, those judges served in the military and many saw combat. The Chief Judge was a Marine in the South Pacific during WWII, the number two (my best friend’s father) earned a Silver Star in Korea, my father worked his way through college on an AF ROTC scholarship, and while he never saw combat, served an additional 27 years in the ANG after his four in the AF, finally retiring as a full bird.

The point being those people fought for our freedom - how many people would serve in Congress if one of the criteria was to have experience fighting for this country?


28 posted on 01/21/2009 9:40:40 PM PST by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Feline_AIDS

It’s no surprise at all. I know two associate circuit judges and a police chief who wiggled out of drunk driving cases during the late-’80s and ‘90s. And there were deaths in one of those cases. Welcome to your late awakening in our organized crime Nation.


29 posted on 01/21/2009 9:41:48 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: IMTOFT

My father was the City Attorney, District Attorney, then a judge. I knew that I would much rather face time in jail than my father, if I had ever gotten in trouble. He would have been the last person to help me out of legal trouble.

I never got into any.


30 posted on 01/21/2009 9:50:11 PM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: prophetic
suing Mc Donalds for getting scalded for mishandling a HOT CUP of COFFEE
Go here before running your mouth.
31 posted on 01/21/2009 9:50:24 PM PST by ketsu (It’s not a campaign. It’s a taxpayer-funded farewell tour.)
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To: Feline_AIDS

I’d hit it.


32 posted on 01/21/2009 9:56:27 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Feline_AIDS

She should be in prison. A man is dead at her hands.


33 posted on 01/21/2009 10:04:08 PM PST by healy61
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To: healy61

Old news...


34 posted on 01/21/2009 10:06:49 PM PST by gman992
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To: Radl
Is this what they mean by chutzba?

Yup. Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as "gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to."

The old joke to define chutzpah is of a boy, having just been convicted of murdering his parents, begging the judge for leniency because he is an orphan.

35 posted on 01/21/2009 10:08:17 PM PST by saquin
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To: Feline_AIDS
"The passenger was hanging out of his seat, out of the window, waving as if he was having a good time at a parade. That's what the witness stated," said Houston Police officer S.M. Johnson.

The SUV swerved across two lanes of traffic and hit the cargo truck Lance Bennett was driving, according to police.

“It was going about 100 miles an hour and it hit me from behind,” said Bennett. "I saw them come at me at full speed and they just hit me from behind."

"They were driving crazy. If I hadn't been driving this big truck, I'd probably be gone too."

khou.com

36 posted on 01/21/2009 10:15:13 PM PST by Daaave ("Was blind but now I see")
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To: Edizzl79

“If we all had fathers that were state court judges....”

...who bought us Lexus SUVs

Is she doing time or is that too much to ask?


37 posted on 01/21/2009 10:18:21 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: ketsu

What made you think of that old case?


38 posted on 01/21/2009 10:18:30 PM PST by healy61
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To: Feline_AIDS

Another moneyed prima donna gets off with a slap on the wrist. If it had been me, I’d have been sent away for 40 years. American jurisprudence sucks. A total disgrace.


39 posted on 01/21/2009 10:22:20 PM PST by LibWhacker
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Perhaps surprisingly, Judge Shelton is Republican.

Perhaps not surprisingly, he is a juvenile court judge.

And I found this little tidbit about the plaintiff's attorney, Mark Sandoval.

“Sandoval has been suspended twice by the State Bar for a total of four years, thrown in jail for a day for lying to a judge, kicked off a legislative ballot for lying about his residence, fined the maximum by a jury on campaign finance violations after acting as his own lawyer, and had his fees garnisheed by the IRS for several years for failure to pay his taxes.”

http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=2007_4445490

Rotten apple didn't fall far from the tree, apparently.

40 posted on 01/21/2009 10:25:14 PM PST by decal (Too many people mistake "tolerance" for "approval.")
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To: rednesss

“The truck had no insurance, thus by state law should not have been occupying that particular set of space-time coordinates when she rear-ended it. Had the truck driver been obeying the law, then this particular accident would have never happened. That’s not to say that she might not have gotten into a different accident, just not this one.”

This might actually have some merit from a legalistic point of view. But one idea from the Arab world that I find attractive, actually an old idea, was that judges should be the wisest persons available. An Arab court would probably throw this out immediately, and additionally have the attorney who actually submitted this lawsuit and the driver without insurance both whipped.


41 posted on 01/21/2009 10:29:44 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ketsu

You believe everything you read on the liberal Snopes website?


42 posted on 01/21/2009 10:45:18 PM PST by thecabal (Keep The Change)
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To: Feline_AIDS
Weird. If the truck driver has no insurance, then whose deep pockets are she and her scumbag lawyers going to...

Oh....

In all, her lawsuit names 16 defendants, including insurance companies and banks. Shelton is the daughter of a state court judge.

I guess they'll just settle in order to curry favor with the drunken little scumbag's father.
Wink wink, nod nod.

43 posted on 01/21/2009 10:51:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ketsu

Should the McDonald’s woman have known the coffee was hot?

Should she have expected to be hurt if the coffee spilled on her?

Did she do something that risked spilling the coffee?

***

Did you ever burn your mouth on hot pizza? Whose fault was that? Should the pizza maker not heat up his pie? Not serve it to you when it’s cooked?

***

McDonald’s mistake was settling the other suits.


44 posted on 01/21/2009 11:18:21 PM PST by Tymesup
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To: Frank_2001
who in their right mind would repair that SUV?

I'm wondering if, instead of wanting it 'repaired', she maybe wants paid for the loss of it. Not knowing what her insurance policy says, nor what Texas laws allow, but just specualtating, there might have been a clause that allowed non-payment of the vehicle damage claim since she was underage & drunk.

46 posted on 01/22/2009 12:10:33 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Bush lied, people died?!? Obama won, America's done!)
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To: thecabal

Particularly on an open discussion board on that liberal Snopes site!

Coffee... The case was a fraud. The jury a bunch of libtard victim-wannabees.

The claim is that McDonald’s coffee was 30-40 degrees hotter than other places.

Hmmm... I have had boiling water on me before. I got a burn - but nowhere near a 3rd degree burn. No hospital, and definitely no skin grafts.

Crazy world - and libtards will lie about anything.

but in the meantime, I am going to make a pot of coffee here at the house in the AM and see what temperature it is when it first comes out.


47 posted on 01/22/2009 12:36:01 AM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country....)
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To: Feline_AIDS
More to this story than meets the eye:

http://www.feralchild.net/?p=1137

48 posted on 01/22/2009 1:18:52 AM PST by Obamageddon (Birth certificate and college transcripts will be required for Federal employment, Mr. Soetero)
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To: IMTOFT

I like your dad based on what you wrote.


49 posted on 01/22/2009 3:01:44 AM PST by rawhide
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To: TheBattman
but in the meantime, I am going to make a pot of coffee here at the house in the AM and see what temperature it is when it first comes out.

Test complete - using a standard food thermometer, I checked the temperature of a freshly brewed cup of coffee from my nifty home coffeemaker. 184 degrees F Yet that snopes discussion claims that coffee is normally served at 130-135? My tap water is warmer than that!

50 posted on 01/22/2009 6:10:03 AM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country....)
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