Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Call Me Irresponsible

This one really gets to me. Here's the myspace profile of Evelyn Mezzich. In 1996 she was driving drunk going 65 in a 35 mph zone and wrapped her car around a pole. Her two roommates from UT Austin were in the car with her. One was paralyzed. The other was killed. She was charged with intoxicated manslaughter. About a year into her court proceedings, Evelyn Mezzich skipped bail and fled to Peru where she had family and holds dual citizenship. In 1997, Peru did not have an extradition treaty with the United States that would allow her to be brought back to stand trial.

May I draw your attention to some of the more interesting items on Evelyn Mezzich's myspace page? Let's start at the top shall we? The quote that she believes best represents her is: "Life's too short to b* live it up!".

She then goes on to tell us that she loves to : "travel, surf (the waves here are incredible...I'm that an expert but I can stand up and haven't broken any bones...or my board), have drinks with friends, go dancing... like at my bachelerette party!!!"

Her video of choice? "Paris In Jail-the music video"

In May of this year, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, made certain inquiries with the U.S. State Department regarding Evelyn Mezzich's case. His office discovered that after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. and Peru negotiated a new treaty that provided for extradition for any crime punishable in both countries by more than one year. "The extradition papers are being processed in the State Department as I speak," McCaul said.

Welcome home, Evelyn. We look forward to seeing you again.

Today I give thanks for the good work of designated driver campaigns and stricter drunk driving laws. In particular, I give thanks to everyone who is helping to make our roads safer this holiday season.