TRAFFIC: Choice of Punishments

When John P. Moodie's automobile struck and killed Pedestrian Robert J. McDonell in Detroit last June, McDonell's widow Faye was left with four small children to feed, and a fifth on the way. Last week Detroit Traffic Judge John D. Watts (see cut) offered Moodie a choice of punishments: go to jail for "four or five years," or help support the McDonell children for five years. Moodie, a $120-a-week tool-factory worker with four children of his own to support, agreed to pay the widow $80 a month.


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