Anyway, I'm actually going somewhere with this. An email just came across the Pulp's transom from Genevieve Casey, the mother of Sean Casey, a man who was convicted in Miami in 2006 of a crime similar to Stallworth's. Casey, like Stallworth, had no previous criminal record. He was also a highly educated fellow doing important work for a nonprofit organization (maybe even more important than catching footballs). Yet Casey is serving a 12-year prison sentence.
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I am outraged at the plea agreement this week between the Miami State Attorney's Office and Cleveland Browns player, Donte Stallworth, charged with DUI manslaughter. He got just 30 days in jail! My son, Sean Casey, was charged for the same traffic offense and prosecutors gave him over 12 years in prison in 2006 even though evidence and experts say he could not have been driving the car. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle called Stallworth's plea a "just resolution" since Stallworth had no prior record. My son did not either. Sean graduated with honors from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, worked for nearly a decade at a local non-profit organization promoting human rights and free speech, and was planning to join the diplomatic corp at the U.S. Department of State. However, there is a big difference between the two cases. Stallworth's attorney cooperated with prosecutors and paid the victim's family an undisclosed amount of money. Sean's attorney, Milton "Milt" Hirsch, fought with the prosecutors to the point he ultimately told Sean to leave the country to avoid being unfairly prosecuted and sent to prison for a very long time. The State Attorney's Office knows this and has evidence Hirsch told my son to leave, but they are punishing my son for his attorney's mistakes and bad advice. Now prosecutors say Stallworth will get to play football after he does 30 days in jail. What a great contribution to society! Yet, they want to keep my son behind bars for another 10 years at an expense of over half a million dollars to taxpayers instead of letting him give back to society through public service. I seek equal justice for my son now. For more infomation please visit http://freeseancasey.org.