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Austin Finds Its
Great White Defendant

American Thinker, by David Paulin

Original Article

Posted By:magnante, 2/28/2013 10:29:59 AM

Gabrielle Nestande, a former legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, faced a public-relations nightmare when standing trial for drunken driving and a fatal hit-and-run in Austin, Texas. The 25-year-old was privileged, wealthy, and a Republican. Blonde and preppy looking, the Baylor University graduate thus became red meat for the trial-watching mob and prosecutors in Austin -- a politically liberal mecca in a conservative red state. She became, in Tom Wolfe´s words from Bonfire of the Vanities, Austin´s own Great White Defendant. Many wanted the native Californian´s head because of who she was

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 2/28/2013 10:50:40 AM     (No. 9200848)

There are many privileged that walk in Austin. There was a young man who killed his teacher at Murchison Junior High School and because his Daddy was high up in LBJ´s regime, he got a pass and walked, it was premeditated and planned out. There are many Demorat Brats who do the same thing the young lady did and walked. Is it right? No but even the righteous and all knowing police chief knows it is all about politics...even his statistics prove the young Hispanic male causes the most damage and he gets a pass in the sanctuary city of Austin.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/28/2013 11:21:40 AM     (No. 9200912)

It was not addiction to alcohol that killed the girl, it was addiction to a damned cell phone! Outlaw even touching them while you are driving. There is no one alive who is immune to the distraction caused by cell phones.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: john56, 2/28/2013 11:40:57 AM     (No. 9200950)

Sad verdict all around. And the young woman got the punishment she deserved.

But Austin has a history of severe prosecution of BWR offenses ... that´s Breathing While Republican.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wws, 2/28/2013 11:56:54 AM     (No. 9200978)

a hit and run that killed a girl? I think she got off way too light.

People who run from an accident usually do it so that there´s no hard evidence of drunkenness. That´s a big part of the reason that hit and runs are treated so harshly.

They raise the point of the mexican who also got probation - I think he should have gotten jail, too, but nothing says that he was charged with hit and run.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: keeptherepublic, 2/28/2013 1:06:31 PM     (No. 9201098)

I have no idea of the facts of this case, although I´ve read the article that talked about everything EXCEPT the facts. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers, or for hit/run drivers. However, I have one question:

What was the victim wearing and where was she walking -- precisely. Every night, when coming home from work, I encounter pedestrians ambling along the road, in dark clothing, remarkably unaware that they cannot be seen. Both myself and my husband have nearly hit pedestrians, and we were both stone cold sober and not talking on the cell phone. People are amazingly blase about what they are wearing when walking along the road where there are no sidewalks.

1. Don´t wear black.
2. Walk on the shoulder, not the pavement.
3. Wear reflective clothing.
4. Carry a flashlight. Swing it around.
5. Walk facing the traffic.
6. Be ready to jump into the ditch if the oncoming driver appears that they don´t see you. They may not be able to.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 2/28/2013 1:24:59 PM     (No. 9201134)

If you want to kill someone, Travis County, TX (home of uber-lieberal Austin) is the place to do it. If you have any connections at all (like this woman), or are in any ´´minority´´ group, count on a slap on the wrist at worse.

Just don´t make the mistake of doing your crime in Williamson County, just north of Austin. They are hard as rock there. She would be doing 20 years if she did this hit-and-run in Williamson County...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: toddh, 2/28/2013 4:21:14 PM     (No. 9201428)

#6 - Don´t make the mistake of *being* in Williamson County. After the drunk sheriff arrests you the prosecutor will withhold exculpatory evidence.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 2/28/2013 5:04:21 PM     (No. 9201479)

I drive through that neighbourhood regularly.
The whole street is barely 40ft wide w/ half of it given to parking and bike.
Limit is 35 but the cars are often going 50+...

The bike lane on the West side of that street is barely 5ft wide but there´s a double wide 12ft bike+parking lane on the East side AND a paved sidewalk.

Still can´t figure out why the victim had crossed over to walk in the narrow bike lane on the West side of the street when both her apt. and the her friend´s house are (according to the reports) due East from where the accident happened. It might have made some sense if one of the location is due West. But, like #5 said, it´s still stupid.


BTW, Austin isn´t COMPLETELY liberal.
The breakdown is about 55%Dem/40%Rep/5%Lib
but it doesn´t help when the Unelected Fascists In Charge are constantly making up $&!# and ignoring directives from the voters.

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