I was a very minor player and I think my testimony was taken with a grain of salt because I was Stan's friend and trusted mechanic at the time.
Once the system decides they are going to make an example out of you; you're screwed.
They acted like Stan purposely intended to ram that boat and kill those people.
Don't get me wrong, I feel terrible that those families lost those members, but it was an ACCIDENT. Can you imagine the public outcry if Stan had been aquitted? People would be saying he bought his way out of trouble because of who he is.
I still think the Tiara factory should have been sued by the families. I saw the underwater photographs of the boat on the bottom of the ICW. The captain that they hired for that night was NOT at the helm at the time of impact. His body was in the cabin. The fiberglass was so thin and dry where it was penetrated it was a joke. Nobody would listen to me to do a burn test on the Tiara fiberglass.
Just a little side note: The Sonic factory was owned by Anthony Andrews when this accident happened. HE WANTED TO KNOW IF HE COULD SOMEHOW USE IT IN HIS ADVERTISING ABOUT HOW STRONG SONIC BOATS ARE BUILT!!!!! Just when you think people can't get any lower.