Ryan LeVin's Sentence: Lawyers Call It Checkbook Justice

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It seems we weren't the only ones thinking that hard-partying, Porsche-driving, Brit-killing douchebag Ryan LeVin bought his way out of prison last week.

In case you forgot, Judge Barbara McCarthy sentenced LeVin to two years house arrest, ten years probation, and 1,000 hours of community service for making roadkill out of two British tourists in a hit-and-run on Fort Lauderdale's Seabreeze Boulevard in 2009.

The same day LeVin was told he'd be grounded for two years, 56-year-old Richard Cleveland Glinton Sr. was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Palm Beach County judge for a very similar crime, but killing only half the people.

While LeVin paid an undisclosed amount of money for the representation of Broward lawyer J. David Bogenschutz, Glinton was appointed a public defender, according to court documents.

Add in the fact that LeVin agreed to pay -- again, an undisclosed amount -- to the families of his victims, McCarthy said the restitution outweighed the need to send LeVin to prison, and people are starting to believe having money can buy your way out of prison in Broward County courthouses.

"It is an outrage, and there should not be a single person in our community that is not offended by the fact that it is clear you can buy justice in Broward County," public defender Howard Finkelstein told the Daily Mail. "If it is appropriate that you not go to prison when you have money, it should also be appropriate that you not go to prison when you have no money."

University of Florida professor and former federal prosecutor Michael Seigel happens to agree.

"It is an unbelievably light sentence," he tells the Chicago Tribune. "It is very disturbing."

While prosecutor Stefanie Newman was asking for a lenient sentence for LeVin -- 10 years instead of the guidelines' 20 to 40 years -- Bogenschutz ended up getting LeVin off with house arrest and asked for the county to give his client's Porsche 911 Turbo back.

Todd Weicholz, a former Palm Beach County prosecutor, told the Sun-Sentinel a similar story.

"I did not find out until later this was a multimillion-dollar settlement," he said. "They kind of went behind my back. I was caught off guard."

Update: McCarthy says this morning that now she's decided LeVin will have to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle.


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Joethelion666
Joethelion666

This pathetic example of injustice and incompetence should be sent to the producers of "Dexter."

Christina
Christina

Anyone outraged by Judge Barbara McCarthy's pathetic sentencing of Ryan LeVin for killing two people should call her office and complain.....her office number is 954-831-7208

Megalodon
Megalodon

So what did LeVin's lawyers tell the families of the victims?  "Support the light sentence or you'll never get a penny"?

Why would his imprisonment jeopardize the payment of restitution?  Why does he need to be free in order to pay compensation? 

He does not need to be free to pay anything.  Most likely, he simply held the restitution payment hostage.  If the families did not go along with his joke sentence and sued him from wrongful death, he would probably funnel money into trust funds, shell corporations and relatives, if he hasn't already.  He probably has no assets of his own on paper and he would plead poverty.  I guess that's another benefit of being a family leech.

Follow the money
Follow the money

Judge McCarthy is on the take. Most every one knows this. This is not the first time she has turned a nice profit by being kind to a guilty person before her bench. She is a piece of shit and deserves to be gang raped in jail. She and Hurley should both go fuck themselves!!

And justice for NONE.
And justice for NONE.

You know why they want that Porsche back?   That thing and all it's evidence will be melted down in 24 hours upon return.  Judge McCarthy needs to be removed from the bench and spanked in public.  I would hope that anyone who sees her on the street makes it a point to cross to the other side.  Her Karma will roast her in the future that's for sure. 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

They, the families, took the offer. That is perplexing to say the least. Same thing can be said about Donte Stallworth's payout beneficiaries.

Dinode7
Dinode7

Hey lets not forget that HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO EVER DRIVE A CAR AGAIN!!!!  His license is suspended forever!!!!

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Pookyak
Pookyak

Mr. LeVin's crime was not just against the two men or their families.  Homicide- any criminal homicide- is a crime against society as a whole.  Society demands punishment.  Except in the America of Broward County Florida.Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blog...

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