Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tragedy Portends Pitchfork Justice--OC Style

Angels rookie Pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, was a hard-throwing pitcher who, through hard work and dedication, rehabbed from arm surgery to make it to the Bigs. Tragically, he and two others were killed when, according to Fullerton Cops, a minivan ran a red light at a Fullerton intersection and broadsided the small Mitsubishi sports car the budding baseball star was riding in. The driver of the minivan, Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run and manslaughter. Murder charges will likely follow.

Gallo was driving on a suspended license after a previous drunken-driving conviction, Hamilton said. Court records from Orange and Riverside counties show that a man named Andrew Gallo was convicted of driving without a valid license, burglary and possession of a controlled substance, among other charges, in 2004 and 2005.

It will take a Herculean effort by Gallo's lawyer (likely the Public Defender) to simply ensure that he gets a fair trial. He will likely not be offered any plea bargain by the OC DA and most judges will be looking to give him the maximum possible sentence, due to the media attention and public outcry. Pitchfork Justice? Grab your torch, this is Orange County.

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