Cody Hall deemed 'potential threat to human life,' remains held without bail
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on Nov 14, 2013
The young driver who ran down and killed a bicyclist on Foothill Road will remain in jail without bond after a judge ruled Thursday that the teen posed "a potential threat to human life."
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posted Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Posted by Still Laughing
a resident of Happy Valley
on Nov 18, 2013 at 11:04 am
That's a fair question, Sam. But you must realize I'm unprepared to give you any kind of definitive reply. For I, just like you and all the other posters, don't have enough facts at hand. Unlike you, I'm doubtful that a second-degree murder charge will stick. But I also doubt it will go to trial. The charge will be bargained down, and I suspect the kid will get no more than 3-5 years, perhaps much of it suspended.
Here are some factors that I may be wrong about. Since we're just gassing here.... I don't think the kid planned to kill or injure anyone that day. I don't think the kid is a killer. My guess is that if this kid pulled even one wing off of a butterfly back when he was 6 years old we would have heard about that and how it indicates the kid is a cruel, ruthless, sadistic killer.
The kid is incredibly stupid. Well, I ask: How could anyone be so stupid? But then I reflect back on some of the stupidity I engaged in, and my friends engaged in, which could have ended in the loss of someone's life. Speeding, racing, doing car stunts, throwing snowballs at cars, to name only a few. Luckily, no one was hurt, and most of my friends and I grew out of that particular phase of stupidity. Here is where I think the findings of neuroscience are interesting, and potentially helpful in understanding Cody Hall, his conspicuous lack of good judgment, combined with his home environment.
Before jumping to any hasty conclusions about this kid, I'd like to know/ask several of the following questions. Was the kid abused at home? How badly, and for how long? Did society, and particularly those assigned to his personal welfare -- teachers, counselors, social/health workers, doctors -- know about the abuse and attempt to intervene? Is there any record of attempted suicides or acts of self-destruction in this kid's background? These are important questions, I think, because it's conceivable to me that this out-of-control kid may well have been lashing out at perhaps anything and everything, such was his anger and despair.
I cite human development theories only because they emphasize the importance of familial and community support for a child's development. It would not surprise me that Cody Hall was getting no support, from anyone.
I'd like some kind of elaborate cat-scan given to him. It would not be at all surprising that a serious brain deficiency might be visible. This, compounded with (perhaps) child abuse (sexual? physical? verbal?) sustained (possibly) over a long duration of time, might begin to provide us with some understanding of the kinds of difficulties this kid had, and the difficulty he no doubt had processing such at his particular stage of mental growth.
At this point, I see the kid as very stupid, very immature, perhaps very traumatized by his environment, and very alone. He seems unable to empathize with others (but that's true of all Republicans, so that may be no great shakes - aiming for humor here). But seriously, were I a prosecutor, I'd order some basic tests to see what kind of a 'responsible' person I'm prosecuting. No conclusions, no prosecution, no recommended sentences until the tests and background checks have been completed.