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The High Court of Justice ordered the state on Tuesday to respond to a petition
filed by the family of Shachar Greenspan, the 14- year-old girl left
quadriplegic after being struck by a car.
Greenspan’s parents filed the
petition on Monday, against a plea bargain struck between the police’s legal
department and Mark Patrick, the driver of the car that struck
Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger said the state must file
its response by February 23. Named on the petition are Attorney- General Yehuda
Weinstein, State Attorney Moshe Lador, Traffic Police head
Asst.-Ch. Bruno Stein and the Petah Tikva Traffic Court.
November 2009, Patrick, who was intoxicated, swerved his car onto a Netanya
sidewalk and hit then 12-year-old Greenspan as she stood talking with a
Her friend was lightly injured, but Greenspan suffered severe
head trauma, and doctors doubted she would live. She survived, but is a
quadriplegic who can only communicate via eye movement.
In a March 2011
ruling that outraged Greenspan’s family and road safety groups, Petah Tikva
Traffic Court Judge Tal Ostfeld- Navy accepted a plea bargain that Patrick’s
defense team had struck with the police, and sentenced him to six months of
community service and a fine of NIS 1,000, and revoked his driver’s license for
In the petition, Greenspan’s parents, Israel and Nechama, say
the plea bargain is “unreasonable, disproportionate, contrary to public interest
and against all sense of natural justice.”
“In these very moments, when
the young girl is fighting every day to make even minimal physical actions, to
move, to blink her eye, in order to communicate, the defendant is completely
free and has moved on with his life as if nothing ever happened,” the petition
Greenspan’s parents say that police did not inform them of the
plea bargain, despite requests that they be kept updated. The plea bargain was
presented to the court without their knowledge, they added.
bargain was ‘achieved’ contrary to proper administrative procedures,”
Greenspan’s parents argue in the petition, saying there is a “real suspicion
about the involvement of extraneous considerations.”
asked the court to order the state to annul the criminal proceedings against
Patrick, and to file new charges or annul his sentence and reopen the sentencing