– There has been a civil settlement in the lawsuit against Carly Rousso, the Highland Park teenager who is accused of driving after “huffing” cleaning products and killing a three-year old. The criminal case has been re-scheduled for September 27th.
Why would the parties settle before the criminal case got resolved? I don’t know, but here is an educated guess: probably Rousso’s insurance carrier was willing to tender the full policy limits (or perhaps something very close to those limits), without an admission of fault, in return for a final settlement of the case. This would avoid costly and lengthy litigation for the family. A policy offer is hard to turn down, especially when the defendant is a nineteen year old who likely has little ability to pay any amount in excess of the policy, either now or anytime soon.
– In response to the DUI arrest of a limo driver who was taking Glen Ellyn seniors to prom, both houses in Illinois have passed a law making it a felony for a driver-for-hire to be driving under the influence while having passengers in his or her vehicle. Under the law, it would be a Class 4 felony, punishable from probation up to three years in prison. Governor Quinn must sign the law before it will take effect.
– Former Chicago Cub Mark Grace has completed four months of jail in Maricopa County’s “Tent City” and now must serve two years of probation. Did Sheriff Joe make him autograph a pair of pink underwear?
– Erin Brockovich was arrested for “DUI while in charge of a boat” in Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV. I am guessing that Steven Soderbergh will not be contacting Julia Roberts about this for a sequel.
– Not a direct update, but another hypocritical politician: A Georgia State Congressman who sponsored a bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, has been charged with a DUI.
– Also, another story of a man getting a DUI on a lawn mower, this time in New York State.