Amy Senser received special treatment from justice system, report says

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Amy Senser is a lucky woman, even with prison on the horizon
Amy Senser received special treatment from the criminal justice system when she killed True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong last August, according to a report published by the Pioneer Press.

Senser killed Phanthavong last August, failed to report herself to law enforcement as the driver of the vehicle until her stepdaughter threatened to turn her in, and was found guilty of criminal vehicular homicide earlier this month.

The Pioneer Press pulled all 17 criminal vehicular homicide cases filed in Hennepin County from January 2009 to September 15, 2011, when Senser was charged, which showed "she was the only defendant who didn't spend at least a day in jail after arrest or while awaiting trial." She remains free until her sentencing in July.

In the cases, Pioneer Press reporters David Hanners and Mary Jo Webster found, the average criminal vehicular homicide defendant spent 75 days in jail, while six of them spent more than 120 days in jail.

For friends and family of Phanthavong, the lack of jail time shows that "rich people don't go to jail," True Thai owner Anna Prasomphol told the newspaper.

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Anna Prasomphol says the Senser case shows "money talks"
"The American saying is, 'Money talks.' I understand that better now than I did when I first came here," Prasomphol, herself an immigrant from Thailand, said.

The Pioneer Press found that Senser's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, made arrangements with the State Patrol not to arrest Senser when she turned herself into custody.

"Consistent with our discussions, Ms. Senser will not immediately be taken into custody as a result of providing this statement," Nelson wrote in a letter he faxed to the State Patrol, according to the paper. "I ask that the State Patrol issue charges by summons and complaint as Ms. Senser is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community."

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman disputed the newspaper's account, telling the Pioneer Press that Senser didn't get any "deal" on bail.

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Anousone Phanthavong died after Amy Senser ran him over

A defense attorney praised Nelson for "smart lawyering," and the State Patrol says it couldn't simply take Senser into custody.

But the newspaper contrasts Senser's treatment to that of Koua Fong Lee, a St. Paul man charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a 2007 crash that killed three people.

Lee was convicted but freed on appeal: His attorneys argued that his Toyota Camry accelerated and sped through an intersection due to a mechanical defect, not his driving.

"Koua Fong Lee did not flee the scene of his accident," Prasomphol told the paper. "He waited for the police, who took him straight to jail and then the prosecutor made sure he went straight to prison. Amy Senser drove off into the night, waited 10 days to turn herself in, and has yet to spend even one night in jail. You tell me how things work."

Check out the Pioneer Press's report and draw your own conclusions here.

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the kid
the kid

Amy's world is about to come crashing down:  The broad is "white trailer house trash".

Sevendays
Sevendays

most well known people are not considered a flight risk as her apprehension would be easy if she did.  that coupled with her high paid lawyer is what allows her to be out and about not that shes just rich so hey let her go.  get a better understanding of judicial proceedings...but boy does that picture of her freak me out.

Klinsmayer
Klinsmayer

Ted Kennedy didn't go to jail either.  He didn't even have a trial for Mary Jo's death.  In fact he kept getting elected to the Senate of the US.  What kind of money are we talking about.

Sbear1
Sbear1

Could anyone be surprised?  After all, Vikings, former Vikings and their families are treated as spoiled crown princes.

What is surprising is that they even had a trial and that the jury was allowed to find her guilty.

But I'll bet some way will be found to overturn the verdict and she will be allowed to destroy other people's lives.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

Agreed.  she avoided arrest, she avoided her responsibility.  She avoided drug tests.  Hope this woman gets a full custodian sentence.  If she does not, there better be a public outcry.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

Isn't it time for another Joe Senser's to shut down....?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 It is, but people are so fickle.  Most people just care about their house mortgage, their fast food and the price of oil.  People should be boycotting the Sensers.

Msbleu78
Msbleu78

wow. there still is such prejudice and always will be. no wonder the world is going to blow up in December.

lesson of this story:  when u hit and kill someone with your car, flee the scene, wait a few days, then come forward, u won't have to go to jail because of "good behavior" for turning yours honest self in". YAY killer! way to go Senser! you get a star for that!

Josef Disla
Josef Disla

She'll get hers when she gets to lockup!! The women there will have a field day with that skinny lil ass!! Haha! Poor Ms. Senser!!! Haha!! Dont drink & drive...you wont have to worry about big linebacker women in jail!!

Josef Disla
Josef Disla

She'll  get hers when she gets in lockup!! The women there will have a field day with that skinny lil ass!

Research
Research

Maybe.  A good lawyer will talk to three of the biggest inmates in there and offer money to them to make sure no one messes with her.

Dr. J
Dr. J

At least we can count on the cops beating up Occupy protestors.   

Ddj0408
Ddj0408

And this just in..."The World is NOT Flat!"

vitajex
vitajex

"Amy Senser received special treatment from the criminal justice system...,... according to a report published by the Pioneer Press."

In related news,The Pioneer Press today also published the findings of their months-long, eye-opening investigation:

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