Recently, in my county, a jury convicted the actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular homicide.
Her conviction was based on two incontrovertible pieces of electronic evidence:
The breathalyzer test indicating that she was stone-drunk, at 3 times the legal limit for blood-alcohol.
The Black Box recorder in her vehicle, indicating that she was driving at 53 mph on a curving road with a 35 mph limit when she T-boned a car that was turning into a driveway, killing the female passenger.
She was driving a late-model Chevy Tahoe that hit the victim’s Mercury Milan with such force that the Mercury’s passenger had all of her ribs broken, was nearly decapitated, and died shortly thereafter.
Her defense–incredibly–was that she was driving fast because the driver in back of her was pursuing her.
Why was the driver in back of her in pursuit?
Because Ms. Locane had hit that woman’s car several miles back, and had left the scene of the accident!
In other words…"I was driving fast because I was trying to elude the person whose car I had rear-ended a few minutes ago, and that person was responsible for me hitting and killing another person."
Talk about using a galling defense!
Luckily, the jury saw through this ridiculous defense, and convicted her–albeit on the lesser of two charges.