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Old 03-20-2003, 04:13 PM
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Default DanL info to date.please read press relases for a new bill called dans law

Before I start I want to say it is NJ law and it is the way it is.
My mother works for a senator in NJ they are drafting a bill called dans law.IF passed it will mandate jail time for leaving the scene of an accident where death has occured. When the time comes we will need all the help we can get to get the bill passed.By
people writing letters to the committe members I will let you know when the time comes.

Now the Indictment of Fedrick Harvey.
Mr harvey is being chared with leaving the scene of an accident where death has occured.This is a third degree crime.punishable
up to to 5 years in state prison. There is no way that he will see
state prison time.He has no record so the best we can hope for is
364 days in county jail.If he pleads guilty.he can also apply for pre trial intervention.If he is amitted into that he will get 3 years probation and if he completes it he will have no record.
The proscutor will fight to keep him out of P.T.I but Mr harvey can
appeal the proscutor's decision.The arrainment is in a couple of weeks we will get to finally see what this guy looks like.The Judge that is handling the arrainment is judge that will handle the whole case. When we find out his name the proscutor says that we need to write to the judge asking for the max he can impose.Again I will post this info when the time comes remember that this is a time sensitive situation so if any of the OSO family would like to help us out it will need to be done quickly.
Again when the time comes for the letter writing I will post a call for help. Thank you all for your continuing support.
This is something that I wish myself and my family diden't have to go thru.But if all goes well maybe we can find some peace.

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I hope for the best for all of Dans family and friends. Post an address as soon as you get it, I will send a letter.

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what ever i can do to help please just let me know.
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Support here, give address....
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I'm gonna try to post this it is the family press release on dans law
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it diden't work it will be in the bergen record tomorrow
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Thanks 'Bro..... Let us know. You have an extended 'Family of Friends' here that you can always count on. Like Troutly said only very articulate, succinct letters from the interested parties will, perhaps, be considered from the Judge/City Atty's point of view. I'm sure any responces from our members will be adult and thought out and directed to the reform of the Law, and the passage of 'Dans Law' .......

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Kenny, why do you and your family hold me in such a low regard that I have to learn about this over an internet forum? I don't understand why I have been cast out after spending so much of my life with him, I still love him and miss him and our home.
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LANZA FAMILY PRESS RELEASE REGARDING INTRODUCTION OF "DAN'S LAW"
>
> Family members of a 46-year-old West Milford resident who was killed
by a
> hit-and-run driver applauded the introduction of a bill today by
Senator
> Gerald Cardinale that would require a mandatory two-year jail term
for
> persons convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving a
fatality.
> The bill, to be called "Dan's Law," is occasioned by the death of
Daniel
> Lanza, who was killed on a Saturday morning in November on a quiet
country
> road in West Milford as he was en route to a local deli for bagels.
An
> indictment handed down by a Grand Jury two weeks ago found Lanza's
killer
> guilty only of leaving the scene of an accident.
> Cardinale is well known for his past attempts to pass a no-frills
prisons
> law, and his tough-on-criminals stance and he expressed outrage at
the
> possibility that Lanza's killer might face no jail time. "Far too
long,
the
> justice system in New Jersey has given nothing more than a slap on
the
wrist
> to criminals who then are free to once again prey on society," he
said.
> Family members agreed. Many of the close-knit clan of seven
brothers
and
> one sister are well-known as public-spirited volunteers in Wayne
Township
> where the family lived for more than three decades. "My six
brothers, our
> sister, and myself were a loving family that shared very special
bonds,
and
> the death of our brother has devastated us," said Leonard Lanza, a
Wayne
> police officer and brother of the victim. "We have been told that if
the
> defendant, Frederick Harvey of Chester, plea bargains, he may never
even
see
> the inside of a jail."
> Another brother, Kenneth Lanza, a volunteer fire-fighter from Wayne,
echoed
> his brother's concern. "It's not right that somebody can kill a
human
> being, run away, and not be punished for it. Passing this particular
law
> may not help us in this situation, but maybe it will prevent others
from
the
> same heartache we're experiencing."
> Other family members noted that their deep sense of loss is
compounded by
> the fact that Harvey, who did not turn himself in until after a
massive
> 10-day manhunt, "should go unpunished for the grief he has caused."
> Lanza's sister, Karen Sibilia of Nutley noted, "Our lives will never
be
the
> same. Why should Mr. Harvey's life go on as if nothing happened?"
Sibilia
> said it was not a matter of vengeance but of justice. Her husband,
Stephen
> Sibilia agreed. "If we pardon people who break the law simply because
it's
> the first time they've broken it, we are sending a message that it's
okay
to
> get away with murder or any other crime at least once."
> Tom Lanza, fire chief of Wayne's Fire Company No. 4 said that "no
words
can
> describe our loss and our sense of frustration that my brother's
killer
> could get off scot free. It's outrageous." Still another brother
and
Wayne
> resident Anthony Lanza, who serves as a member of the Wayne Township
> Memorial First Aid Squad lamented the lenient results of the Grand
Jury
> investigation. "There were eight of us before this happened, and
now one
> is no more. We loved our brother dearly. He was unique, fun, and
generous,
> and a part of each of us died with him. I only hope the senators who
head
> the committee to which it will be assigned will schedule this bill
for a
> hearing soon so that it has a chance of becoming law."
> Jay Lanza, of Corona, California, said that though separated by the
miles,
> he shared his pain over the decision. "In New Jersey you'll get at
least
> five 5 years for grand theft auto, but only community service for
leaving
> the scene of a fatal accident. When loss of property carries a
stiffer
> sentence than loss of life there is something seriously wrong with
our
> legal and moral system, the Lanza sibling said. "Cold, callous and
cowardly
> is how I would describe anyone who shows such blatant disregard for
human
> life."
> The family was told by Passaic County Prosecutor Jim Wilson that
plea
> bargains, and pre-trial intervention for a first-time offender, very
often
> result in no jail time. Wilson told the family that he felt such
decisions
> are a miscarriage of justice and he would welcome a change in the law
to
> mandate some jail time for such crimes.
>
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News Release from . . .
> NJ Senate Republicans
> www.njleg.state.nj.us
> Senate Republican Office, PO Box 099, Trenton, NJ 08625; (609)
292-5199,
> Fax: (609) 984-8148
> Press Releases are also available at www.senatenj.com
>
> March 20, 2003 Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39)
> Contact: Janet Dunigan (201) 567-2324
> CARDINALE INTRODUCES "DAN'S LAW" TOUGHENING HIT AND RUN PENALTIES
> Measure Prompted by West Milford Road Rage Incident that Ended in
Fatal
Hit
> and Run
>
> Motorists who leave the scene of a fatal hit and run accident would
face
a
> mandatory sentence of two years in prison, under the terms of
legislation
> introduced today by Senator Gerald Cardinale. The legislation would
be
> known as Dan's Law.
> Cardinale said that he drafted the bill after a 46-year-old West
Milford
> man was killed in what started out as a road rage incident, but ended
in a
> fatal hit and run.
> "Daniel Lanza was on his way to pick up bagels for breakfast when he
met
up
> with someone with a killer temper. Apparently, this motorist felt
that
> Daniel had cut him off when he backed out of his driveway on Clinton
Road
> and began tailgating Dan," said Cardinale.
> The senator said that the details of exactly what happened next are
still
> to be adjudicated in court (a Grand Jury indicted the motorist just
two
> weeks ago), but the man has confessed that when Daniel parked his car
and
> approached him, he ran Daniel over and just kept going.
Investigators say
> that due to Lanza's injuries, they believe the driver either backed
over
him
> or drove over him very slowly.
> "Dan's killer admits he heard a thump on the hood of his car, but he
just
> drove away," said Cardinale. "Every bone in Dan's chest was crushed,
but
> since there were no witnesses to the crime, prosecutors were limited
in
what
> they could charge. With Dan's Law in place, if someone leaves the
scene
of
> a fatal accident that person will get much more than a slap on the
wrist.
> They will spend at least two years in jail."
> Leaving the scene of an accident is currently a crime of the third
degree
> punishable by a term of imprisonment of three-to-five years and a
fine of
> up to $15,000, or both. However, with first-offenses, plea bargains
often
> result in probation or community service. The senator's bill would
impose
a
> mandatory two-year prison sentence.
> "Allowing a motorist to get away with running someone down without
having
> to face serious consequences sends a dangerous message, especially
with
the
> increasing frequency of road rage incidents," said Cardinale.
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