Just over thirty-six years ago a crime was committed. A United States Senator went to a party at a hotel. He met a lovely young woman (not his wife) and after a few drinks, drove off to a more private place to be with her. Witnesses saw the Senator driving with this lovely young woman.

While driving to Chappaquiddick Island, this Senator was drunk and drove off the side of a bridge where the car landed in about four feet of water. The Senator got out of the car, got back up on the road and left the woman behind where she drowned. She may have been alive for over two hours after the accident. The only thing that makes sense is that the woman was injured and could not free herself, and thereby died in a wrecked car, in about four feet of water. This was not a swift moving river or other exceptionally dangerous body of water, but it was certainly deadly to this young woman.

The Senator then tried to make it look like he was not involved at all in what happened. He went back to his hotel, changed into dry clothes, began knocking on doors of other hotel guests asking if they had seen the young woman and tried to start the story that she had driven off by herself. The Senator did not report the accident until the next morning when he had finally sobered up and after this young woman was certainly dead.

The local police and prosecutor failed to prosecute the Senator. This Senator is still serving in the Senate. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachussetts killed Mary Jo Kopechne that night and it is a crime.

It is one thing to come upon the scene of an accident and fail to help people there. As an average Joe, you are not required to render assistance. On the other hand, if you (1) create the hazard, (2)someone is affected by it, and (3)then you do nothing to help the person in the hazard, you are legally responsible for what happens to that person. Ted Kennedy is in the second category here. He caused the hazard and placed Mary Jo in it at the same time. He then waited several hours before reporting the accident (you don’t want to be found guilty of DUI after all) and Mary Jo died because of it.

I have written to Senators Hatch, Bennett, and Lieberman to ask them to at least attempt to return a modicum of honor to the Senate by removing Ted Kennedy.

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