Saturday, December 29, 2007
Legal Pub Plans Great Stories for 2008 Whereas Jim Leyritz May Have Jail Time in Next Years Plans - by Legal Pub
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Plans for 2008 include a story on the Hatch Act and Legal Pub's Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence. The first is a little known statute that makes political candidates ineligible and the latter an excellent method for revamping custody and child support laws as we currently know them. Would it not be a great world if we could eliminate other maladies such as the danger of drunk driving? Take for example former major leaguer Jim Leyritz. Leyritz was a star in the 1996 world series. He was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and killing another driver. (He is charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage.) Detective Kathy Collins, of the Fort Lauderdale police indicated that he posted the $11,000 bond and was released from Broward County jail. Police suspect alcohol was involved in the crash, although investigators are awaiting the official results of blood alcohol tests. (Photo is courtesy of Getty Images.)
Leyritz played for six major league teams and was last in the majors in 2000. At age 44, these are devastating charges with serious consequences. But he consequences for the other driver, Fredia Ann Veitch were worse. The 30 year old was ejected from her 2000 Mitsubishi Montero ultimately resulting in her death. Leyritz was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition. Veitch died at Broward General Medical Center. Witnesses told police Leyritz had a red light. Leyritz reportedly had red, watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol according to the police report. From legendary sports hero to "dirt bag criminal," it is only a drink and drive away from reality.