6.26.2006

Worth Watching

A jury is deliberating in Dallas in a case where a SMU fraternity pledge was "pressured" into drinking a ton of water. The guy doing the pressuring - some how, some way - was convicted of aggravated assault last week. Sheesh. (The victim spent 10 days in a hospital but is fine now.) Any way, he is probation eligible but the Morning News reported this morning that he is currently on "six probations". The prosecutors are trying to send him to the pen. I don't know anything about his current probations other than they are either misdemeanors or deferred adjudication felonies - he wouldn't be eligible for probation otherwise. Despite his history, this doesn't sound like a case worth sending a guy to the pen for. Edit & Update: Probation it is.

15 comments:

Mary Mack said...

Good job. I, too, have been very interested in this story. I think this guy deserves some credit for the fact it was water and not alcohol. Also, did the guy drinking the water have a gun to his head? Didn't think so. I was always taught to remove myself from the situation. I bet if this happened at Grambling, there would be no trial for this incident.

Reagan RIP said...

I remember a similar case where the person forced to drink water died. If this had happened in this case, would you still be defending this creep?

Mary Mack said...

Yes! Who knew drinking water could kill you? And, should the person who drank the water not be at fault at all? It's WATER people, not alcohol!

Anonymous said...

I didnt know too much water could kill you. Maybe I should stop making my kids drink it so often.

mary alice said...

I'm pretty conservative but I definitely agree with Barry on this. Now, I'm not saying he shouldn't be in trouble because there had to be some intimidation going on BUT the person drinking the water didn't have a gun to his head. I did know that too much water could kill you but most people do not know that. Either way, I think this guy has realized what COULD have happened. He is fine though now so we should just move on! Give him a little jail time maybe and move on! Everyone on here has probably screwed up at one time or another and we just didn't get caught!

Anonymous said...

Barry,
Given that this was a frat prank gone awry, could he actually be on three double secret probations?

clue patrol said...

There is a very serious condition called water intoxication and hyponatremia. Both can result from too much water intake. From Wikipedia:

"In a much-publicized case of fraternity hazing, four members of the Chi Tau House at California State University, Chico pled guilty to forcing 21-year-old student Matthew Carrington to drink excessive amounts of water while performing calisthenics in a frigid basement as part of initiation rites on the 2nd of February 2005[2]. He collapsed and died of heart failure due to water intoxication."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyponatremia

Some of you should really research things before spouting off. No pun intended.

Mary Mack said...

Clue Patrol- Nobody said this couldn't happen, and I'd be willing to bet those who do know are in the medical field or closely related. I can say with a very high percentage of certainty that these stupid frat boys didn't know about "water intoxication," and I'm sure they used water instead of beer thinking it would be a safe alternative. Being stupid is not a crime.

Reagan RIP said...

Being stupid and almost killing someone is a crime. You bleeding heart liberal. I'm sure had this been your son that you had to stand vigil at the hospital for ten days, you would have a much different point of view.

Mary Mack said...

I never try to imagine what I would do as victim or the victim's family because that stress would cause you to think irrationally.

I'm really happy this guy got probation, although, 10 years is a little crazy.

Anonymous said...

Hey now, no name calling! What's wrong with bleeding heart liberals? Everyone has their own opinion and that is why blogs are fun!

Anonymous said...

High school biology....can you say osmosis?

If people are so stupid that they cant understand why drinking TOO MUCH water could be dangerous then maybe we need to put a little more effort into teaching our young people about how the human body functions.

Reagan RIP said...

Mary, If you were in the jury pool, you would be the defense attorney's wet dream.

Anonymous said...

He scares me cuz he's different from me and evil looking.

Anonymous said...

it's called drowning.