Analysis: Addiction key to OH video confessor case
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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
AP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge used a sentencing in a high-profile
drunken driving case to make a point about addictions that was nearly lost in a
tug-of-war over the proper focus of the hearing.
At issue for Franklin County Judge David Fais (fys) last week was the
penalty due Matthew Cordle, whose online video confessing to the fatal crash
was viewed more than 2.3 million times.
The daughter of the victim complained the video had taken the focus off her
father's death, while Cordle risked criticism that the video was a play for
Fais opened the hearing with a broader point about the impact of addictions.
He noted that two of every three defendants to come before him suffer from a
substance abuse problem or mental illness or both.
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