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German Governor Charged with Ski Area Manslaughter

post #1 of 15
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Unbelievable!

 

And we tend to blame everything on teenage snowboarders. It ain't always so!

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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post

 

Unbelievable!

 

And we tend to blame everything on teenage snowboarders. It ain't always so!

I blame everything on politicians; I predict that the teenage snowboarders who run into skiers will become politicians if they go to college.
 

post #3 of 15

IIRC there was already a thread about this, maybe in January. This is the confirmation that at least in some places, politicians aren't above the law...Of course he was in Austria as a "simple" tourist, Had he been in Thuringen...Who knows?

post #4 of 15

Had be been in Thuringen, he never could have worked up the necessary speed to kill anything.

 

Last week he was still being backed by the national CDU politicians as the investigation was ongoing. I suspect that will change now.

 

He's looking at a max of 1 year in prison.

post #5 of 15

BBC:

 

"Prosecutors said Mr Althaus had strayed onto the blue, or easy, slope on which Ms Christandl was travelling and skied some distance along it in the wrong direction."

 

Wrong direction?  Up?

post #6 of 15

He's pleaded guilty now. No prison time, must pay a fine as well as compensation to the family. I heard it in passing on the radio news report last night, and I didn't get the figures.

 

Probably the best outcome. The family doesn't have to spend years in court, and this doesn't have to go through years of appeals.

post #7 of 15

If his last were Kennedy he'd get a Senate seat for life. 

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Don't get me started on Kennedy!

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Na, that only works if the woman's a hooker and if he's drunk.

 

The fine is €33,000 and the cmopensation to the family is €5,000. That seems pretty damn low to me.

 

Also, I may have misreported when I wrote that he pleaded guilty. Translating legalese is not my speciality, but it seems that he was found guilty in some court proceding (a sort of "finding of facts" thing)that is not quite a trial and that he did not actually attend personally. Whether he can/will appeal, I do not know, but given the light punishment I don't see why he wouldn't accept the judgement.

 

Also not yet clear if he will step down. He faces reelection this summer, though, but German politics are messed up enough at the moment that he might actually survive. Should be interesting.

post #10 of 15

Thanks for the update.  I remember we had a thread on this right after it happened with graphics of the scene with lines and arrows describing exactly what happened.  As I recall he bombed down one trail and cut across then turned hard skiing up the trail that ran parallel to the one he bombed down to slow down, but collided the lady that was skiing down the train he was then skiing UP!  I guess it isn't the uphill skier's responsibility if the other party is skiing UPHILL after turning hard  and cutting across from another adjoining trail.  Good call IMO.

post #11 of 15

Apparently it is now:

 

SIR KENNEDY

 

 

Geez?!?!?!

 

post #12 of 15

Just heard on the radio that he will indeed stand for re-election.

 

In a parliamentary system, it will not actually be that hard for him to keep his job. The party ought to boot him.

post #13 of 15
Apparently Mr. Althaus has a poor sense of irony (I'd make a joke about Germans here, but it would be too easy).

He's set to offically open a new indoor nordic skiing hall in Oberhof next month. Here's hoping nobody lets him try it out.

http://www.oberhof-skisporthalle.de/

"Am 24. August 2009 wird die Halle offiziell im Beisein von Bundesinnenminister Wolfgang Schäuble und dem Thüringer Ministerpräsidenten Dieter Althaus eröffnet."
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Another update. Regional elections were held on Sunday, and Althaus's CDU party got trounced (their share of the vote dropped 15% from the last election in 2004). It's unclear who will form the new government, and there is a chance that he could even remain Premier, but it was an embarrassing result nonetheless.
post #15 of 15
Just out of curiosity, did he ever give any explanation as to why on Earth he thought it was a good idea to turn uphill onto a merging trail?

Given the layout of the terrain he was on, I just can't imagine a scenario where I would consider that to be a good move if I were skiing there.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 9/3/09 at 5:28am
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