Austin's Great White Defendant gets sentenced

Thomas Lifson
There were three fatal hit-and-runs in Austin, Texas in the last few days, and at least two of the drivers were young and drunken Hispanic men (drunken illegal immigrants). But guess what everybody is talking about?

Nestande sentenced to 180 days in jail, 10 years probation

Nearly two years after Courtney Griffin was killed in a hit-and-run collision, district court Judge Karen Sage on Monday ordered the woman responsible for Griffin's death to serve 10 years probation, six months of which she must spend in Travis County jail.  (Source: statesman.com)

AT readers will remember David Paulin's dissection of Nestande's case a month ago:

A "privileged, wealthy, and a Republican. Blonde and preppy looking, the Baylor University graduate...became red meat for the trial-watching mob and prosecutors in Austin -- a politically liberal mecca in a conservative red state. She became, in Tom Wolfe's words from Bonfire of the Vanities, Austin's own Great White Defendant."

The Austin media have reacted with lavish attention to the case. So, did Nestande's "white privilege" earn her any special treatment (beyond abundant media attention? According the Statesman, the jury recommended no jail or prison time, yet the judge gave her 180 days in jail.  David writes:

Interestingly, the Nestande verdict and bloodlust it's arousing comes among an upsurge of hit and runs. Who are the culprits? Well, lower class Hispanic men whose antics are not sparking public outrage.

Here's one of those hit-and-run stories.  Interestingly, some media outlets are failing to report that the guy was an illegal (something you can figure out by going to the Travis County Jail records, click here to go to those records and do your own search.

 And here's a Statesman story about that surge in hit-and-runs in recent days. No mention in that article that Osvaldo Galarza-Najera is an illegal, as a search of jail records show that I did. The article states: "Police are now investigating three hit-and-runs that occurred Friday through early Monday morning that left two dead and several others injured." In two of those accidents, young Hispanic men here illegally were responsible. The other hit-and-run driver got away.

Lead paragraph rewritten to clarify one drunken driver is unknown.

There were three fatal hit-and-runs in Austin, Texas in the last few days, and at least two of the drivers were young and drunken Hispanic men (drunken illegal immigrants). But guess what everybody is talking about?

Nestande sentenced to 180 days in jail, 10 years probation

Nearly two years after Courtney Griffin was killed in a hit-and-run collision, district court Judge Karen Sage on Monday ordered the woman responsible for Griffin's death to serve 10 years probation, six months of which she must spend in Travis County jail.  (Source: statesman.com)

AT readers will remember David Paulin's dissection of Nestande's case a month ago:

A "privileged, wealthy, and a Republican. Blonde and preppy looking, the Baylor University graduate...became red meat for the trial-watching mob and prosecutors in Austin -- a politically liberal mecca in a conservative red state. She became, in Tom Wolfe's words from Bonfire of the Vanities, Austin's own Great White Defendant."

The Austin media have reacted with lavish attention to the case. So, did Nestande's "white privilege" earn her any special treatment (beyond abundant media attention? According the Statesman, the jury recommended no jail or prison time, yet the judge gave her 180 days in jail.  David writes:

Interestingly, the Nestande verdict and bloodlust it's arousing comes among an upsurge of hit and runs. Who are the culprits? Well, lower class Hispanic men whose antics are not sparking public outrage.

Here's one of those hit-and-run stories.  Interestingly, some media outlets are failing to report that the guy was an illegal (something you can figure out by going to the Travis County Jail records, click here to go to those records and do your own search.

 And here's a Statesman story about that surge in hit-and-runs in recent days. No mention in that article that Osvaldo Galarza-Najera is an illegal, as a search of jail records show that I did. The article states: "Police are now investigating three hit-and-runs that occurred Friday through early Monday morning that left two dead and several others injured." In two of those accidents, young Hispanic men here illegally were responsible. The other hit-and-run driver got away.

Lead paragraph rewritten to clarify one drunken driver is unknown.