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Old 04-11-2010, 09:01 PM
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The tragedy of it all was immediately clear: A suspected drunk driver, at 3 in the afternoon, swings his Chevy Tahoe into oncoming traffic.

"He's going to hit us!" Ellen Collier, 81, told her husband, Edwin, 85, who was driving their 2001 Honda Accord.

The strange coincidence took longer to sort out: The Honda's driver, retired Montgomery County District judge Edwin Collier, had presided over thousands of drunken-driving cases, including one in 1998 involving the Tahoe's driver. Collier had spared him jail time, even though the man had been arrested on drinking-and-driving charges twice in three months.

"It's just a total irony," John Kudel, an attorney for the Colliers, said Friday. "This shouldn't happen to anyone. It certainly shouldn't have happened to them."
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Ellen Collier, who is now 82, suffered a compound leg fracture, fractured ribs, a fractured hip and neck injuries, Kudel said. She has had five operations, including one to fuse vertebrae in her neck, and must use a walker. Edwin Collier, now 86 and who as a retired judge was brought back to hear cases as recently as last year, suffered a broken leg and fractured ribs. He must use a cane.

The diminished mobility forced the couple to move to a retirement community from their home in Bethesda. "Their whole life has changed irreparably," he said

Fernandez was barely hurt. At the crash scene, he walked about in flip-flops, grinned widely and seemed unconcerned about the Colliers' injuries as other motorists rushed to their aide, according to Montgomery police reports.

Fernandez was tested at more than twice the legal limit for alcohol, the reports say.
What's that phrase about God protecting fools and drunks?


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Until recently, the Colliers had enjoyed active retirements, playing with grandchildren and riding bicycles. Edwin Collier officially retired in 1993 but worked so many cases as a retired judge that after exhausting his yearly stipends he continued to preside over cases without compensation, Kudel said.

Kudel said that Collier doesn't remember the 1998 case and until recently wasn't aware of it. "He doesn't harbor any ill will toward Mr. Fernandez," Kudel said.
The Colliers sound like good people.
The judge may have cut this guy a break when it may not have been deserved.
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The judge may have cut this guy a break when it may not have been deserved.
How many times have you heard a judge say "I'm doing this for your own good!"?...

THAT is how punishment should be given...NOT for "breaks"...

This judge failed...Imagine how many NON-judges get hurt because of judges like Collier every day...
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