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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge used a sentencing in a high-profile drunken driving case to make a point about addictions that was nearly lost in a tug-of-war over the proper focus of the hearing.
At issue for Franklin County Judge David Fais (fys) last week was the penalty due Matthew Cordle, whose online video confessing to the fatal crash was viewed more than 2.3 million times.
The daughter of the victim complained the video had taken the focus off her father's death, while Cordle risked criticism that the video was a play for leniency.
Fais opened the hearing with a broader point about the impact of addictions. He noted that two of every three defendants to come before him suffer from a substance abuse problem or mental illness or both.