Saturday 23 January 2010


A doctor convicted of assaulting two cyclists in Brentwood by driving in front of them and slamming on his brakes was sentenced today to five years in prison, ending a case a judge described as a wake-up call about tensions between cyclists and motorists on Los Angeles' streets.

Read the whole thing.

They do things differently in the US.

Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon -- his car -- and other serious charges. Jurors also found him guilty of reckless driving in an earlier incident in which prosecutors said he tried to hurt two other cyclists. He faced a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Over here, the usual punishment is to be whipped soundly with a wet lettuce leaf. If judges over here would mete out this kind of justice, I would feel less desire to carry a sidearm with me when riding.

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