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Alleged drunken driver pleads not guilty in fatal crash

Original post made on Nov 13, 2013

A woman accused of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday (Nov. 12).

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Why do people plead not guilty when they've committed a crime. [Portion removed. Please don't use Town Square to comment on the guilt of someone accused of a crime.] Why doesn't she just plead guilty, and save time and trouble and taxpayers' money?!? I will never understand that.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Pearl: it would be very unwise for her to plead guilty this early in court proceedings. Pleading not guilty gives her lawyers time to try setting up a plea deal with the DA and to prepare her defense. If she pled guilty right away she would face the maximum penalty of the law right then and there. That probably wouldn't go so well for the defendant. Not the most honorable course of action to some, but likely the one suggested by her lawyers.

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