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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reader poll: Is Adelman getting a special deal?

Lincoln High School basketball coach David Adelman has been sentenced to five days in jail after his second drunk driving conviction in five years. But the 28-year-old son of NBA coach Rick Adelman is still coaching the Lincoln team. Some readers have complained that the younger Adelman is receiving preferential treatment from the Portland school district -- that if he were not the son of a famous father, he would have been fired by now. Do you agree?

Is David Adelman receiving favorable treatment because of who his father is?
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Comments (10)

I don't think he's getting special treatment because of daddy, I think the school district just doesn't care...they don't think its a big deal.

Now, daddy talking to the complaining parents of some of his players, that was a bit sad.

Don't judges in a particular circuit pretty much settle on a standard sentence unless there are aggravating factors?

5 days in jail + 1K - 2K fines for a 2nd DUI is fairly common, isn't it?

Aside from being able to serve his sentence on weekends, I can't see where anything could be considered a sweetheart deal. Even if he would have gotten 30 - 90 days, he probably would have been at the top of the list for early release and effectively served the same amount of time.

David Adelman looks as though he is barely old enough to play on the team, muchless be the coach. I suspect he got the job simply because of his last name.

The sentence is pathetically weak, but I don't think it's the result of favoritism. We're letting all repeat DUIs off too lightly.

License suspended for a year? Bah. I don't want this punk back on the road for at least five.

Anyone that thinks 5 days is a sufficient sentence for a 2nd DUII ought to spend some time with the loved ones of a person killed by a drunk.

2 arrests in 5 years means a person with an exceptional drinking problem. It also means that he has probably driven impaired hundreds of times during those five years.

What I like most is the implicit suggestion that if we take away his license he won't drive --- funny, I've known lots of drunks who forgot they didn't have a driver's license, but I've never seen one so drunk that he actually forgets how to drive.

How about we stop pretending that anyone needs a drivers license to drive and start a 100% blow-tube interlock requirement for the first DUI ... that is, you get a DUI, you get a restricted license that says you can only drive vehicles equipped with breathalyzer interlocks, and you can keep on driving as long as the interlock works, and you can only rent or lease vehicles with a working interlock. Educate everyone else that you need to see a license from anyone you loan your car to, and that, outside of an emergency (fire, heart attack, etc.), loaning a non-interlocked car to someone with a restriction makes the lender liable for any accidents the DUI borrower gets in, and counts as a DUI strike for the lender.

I don't think the judge gave a crap what Adleman's last name was. The sentencing seemed by the book.
Portland Public Schools however, are giving him a pass on the multiple felonies because of his daddy and also because they know if they try to fire him they'll have to deal with Mr. Houze....

The sentence was fairly routine. This was a first conviction - the minimum is 48 hours in jail or 80-250 hours of community service. Many judges in Multnomah County would sentence him to perform 25 hours community service and enroll in treatment within 60 days. If the community service is not complete and the treatment not commenced, they will add on 10 days to whatever the DA recommended. If complete, you get an additional 55 hours of community service.

In my view, more judges should be sentencing community service because: (1) it is harder to complete than jail, and; (2) it requires action and thought by the defendant.

Anyone up for stricter sanctions for speeding? Graduated licensing if you get caught? Restriction plate on any vehicle you own or drive to prevent you from exceeding the speed limit? According to the Portland Traffic Safety Office speed is the main contributor in traffic deaths.

I'm up for all of the above for speeding and for all cell phone use by drivers, not just hand-helds.

According to the Portland Traffic Safety Office speed is the main contributor in traffic deaths.

Let's see: speed = 0, deaths = zero. Q.E.D.

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