I have wondered about our local justice system for years. From the DA's office all the way to the judges benches, they never cease to amaze me. Sometimes, at least in my mind, they actually get it right. But recently, in two cases in particular, they have failed. Brian Peden got a slap on the wrist for what I thought should have been vehicular homicide. He ended up with criminally negligent homicide with up to a year to serve, A year. For killing someone.
----------------------Also to add to the injustice in Lauderdale County, there was another case where a harsh sentence was handed down when in reality, the boy should have been found not guilty.
----------------------Now a father, Matthew Tidwell, face a 126 month, split 33 months and could get out in 24 months if he is well behaved. 24 months. There is a petition that was started by the mother of Samantha (pictured above). She is planning on presenting the petition to Judge Self asking him to give the proper sentence. Here is a link to go sign the petition and share it on facebook, twitter and email the link to friends. Sign it Here!!
The following is from the petition,....
Matthew Tidwell was under the influence of Xanax and codeine the night he put our 3 daughters in his car to go buy more pills and had a wreck killing our oldest daughter Samantha who was 7 at the time and severely injuring Ava who was 6 at the time and Madi who was 4. He not only caused the wreck he tried to leave Ava and Madi on the side of the road so he wouldn't go to jail. The state had all the witness testimonies and even a blood test that showed Matthew was under the influence but chose not to take it to trial instead offered him a plea deal of 126 months split 33 months....and if he is well behaved he will get out of prison in 24 months!!! My daughter's life is only worth 2 years of Matthew's freedom to the Lauderdale County DA. The worst part about it is the DA didn't consult me, Samantha's mother before offering the deal. He was quoted in the paper as saying all parties involved in the girl's lives are supportive of this deal...that is not true the only people he consulted were Matthew's parents, the same people who have supported him this whole time. I started this petition because this is my last chance to get Matthew a harsher sentence...nothing is official until his sentencing date which is Aug.10th so Judge Self still has the power to do what is right for my babies they all deserve justice. Thank you all for your support.