#DickheadDetox : Lane Garrison and that Small Issue of Domestic Violence

Lane Garrison is another actor I’ve never heard of until I read he wasn’t going to prison for domestic violence despite being on probation for vehicular manslaughter when he assaulted his girlfriend. Since when is physical assault not an automatic violation of probation? Not to mention the measly fact that he assaulted a woman which is supposedly a crime in and of itself.

The poor wee poppet is not going to jail for domestic violence for his assault on his former partner Ashley Mattingly. Instead, Garrison has been required to attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 52 domestic violence classes, given 36 months of unsupervised probation, a restraining order and ordered to complete EIGHT hours of community service. All because he plead guilty. Ignoring the fact that domestic violence classes frequently aren’t worth the paper they’re suggested on, what the hell kind of punishment is eight hours of community service? 8000 hours maybe but not eight.

If this were Garrison’s first offense, I might be willing to concede this was an appropriate punishment but it wasn’t. In December 2006, Garrison pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and providing alcohol to a minor. Garrison was partying with high school kids and tested positive for cocaine when he killed 17 year old Vahagn Setian  in the crash and injured two 15 year old girls. 

Garrison is just another violent man with a history of alcohol and drug abuse for the #DickheadDetox

(And, erm, WTF was he doing partying with teenage girls? Could we at least pretend that is creepy too?)

2 thoughts on “#DickheadDetox : Lane Garrison and that Small Issue of Domestic Violence”

  1. Talking of domestic violence classes, the Community Domestic Violence Programme that some offenders in the UK have to attend as part of a Probation Order is apparently going to be replaced by something called ‘Building Better Relationships’. Which – unless I’m being overly sensitive – is a title that has more than a whiff of victim-blaming about it. Or, at least, removes the responsibility for his actions from the offender.

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