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  • elkerster Apr 25, 2013

    lew1967- pharmaceutical company and pharmacy are not the same thing.

  • Hatchcover Apr 25, 2013

    "Actually, he was an incredibly talented ENT and plastic surgeon. His practice may have had some basis in the purely cosmetic but he also was very skilled at repairing and reconstructing the faces of patients that were taken to WakeMed after suffering horrific facial trauma. I hope that if someone you know ever gets shot in the face or flys face first thru a windsheild, they are lucky enough to have someone with half his skill care for them." - mama2two

    Dr. Josef Mengele was pretty adapt to the medical practice too. Very skilled individual. None which excuses their actions!

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  • mystuff1505 Apr 25, 2013

    Getting behind the wheel and driving while that impaired is a crime. He knowingly knew drinking all day and getting in the car was a hazard and could have killed himself and/or someone else when he decided to do so. Just like when purchasing a gun you are supposed to know what it can and can't do what it should and shouldn't be used for. The car was his weapon. He should have to pay the price for killing someone. He should have his rights taken away since he cared so little about anyone else's rights when he got in that car and killed Ms Shapiro.

  • jsok123 Apr 25, 2013

    " matters, what else is new?..."

    Yes. I hate this town and am looking forward to moving out west soon. Any flaming responses will be promptly ignored.

  • snowl Apr 25, 2013

    Wow, I remember my 88 year old family member saying that this 'doctor would soon be out of prison and practicing medicine again'.....(and that was at his sentencing hearing.) Correct!! Grrrr.

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  • chrisnrali Apr 24, 2013

    money matters, what else is new?

  • diane7183 Apr 24, 2013

    I am not sure how I feel about this story. It was noted on the news last night that the work release and home visits are the way these types of cases are handled, and Cook was not given "preferential treatment". If this is true than it needs to be explored in this context. I think what Cook did was heinous but he has fulfilled the judgment that the Court decreed too. I do feel very sorry for the Shapiro family. Elena was a beautiful, young woman with so much to offer. I hope that the Shapiro parents bring a civil suit against Cook.

  • lwe1967 Apr 24, 2013

    How is this possible? Why is he allowed to work at a pharmacy. This is medically related. Was not his license to practice medicine taken from him? I agree this is a slap in the face of the Shapiro family and a higher court needs to look at this and reject it.

  • lyteoflife Apr 24, 2013

    This is wrong on so many I guess the truck driver that killed the little girl this week by passing a stopped school bus because he was under the influence can be let go too??? You can do with one if you are not going to do for others in cases like this. He is no better than anyone a matter of fact, the physician should be held to higher standards! (well, maybe) I thought the state was trying to strengthen DWI laws???? This is a smack in the face to the family and lawmakers and those who serve and protect us!

  • lisa4 Apr 24, 2013

    Glass Half Full....My thoughts exactly!!

  • Sherlock Apr 24, 2013

    He is serving his time as the courts have ordered. He must return to prison at night. The prison is doing what is paid by tax dollars to do.

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  • dare107 Apr 24, 2013

    Someone needs to disclose what judge or public figure authorized his work release and home visits! Should me made public!!
    There is something inheriantly wrong here!

  • bgibson3 Apr 24, 2013

    We all want "justice" unless we are the guilty party. I have to remind myself that, "I want forgiveness," and if I want forgiveness for me, then I have to want it for you also. What he did was wrong. If work release, and family weekend visits, don't seem like punishment... well, yeah, they're not. The dead can't speak for themselves, so the living have to.

  • Glass Half Full Apr 24, 2013

    So sorry for the Shaprio family. Have to wonder what kind of sentence he'd be serving if it had been a judges wife or daughter that had been killed. This is wrong.

  • OneLove Apr 24, 2013

    "This is what happens when a rich guy kills you." WELCOME to the bottom line, folks!

  • Deb1003 Apr 24, 2013

    To those coming to his defense because of his "incredible" skills as a plastic surgeon...all of his skills couldn't save the incredibly talented ballet artist. He plowed into her car in his drunken state. Some may be able to overlook that young woman's loss of life, I can't. There are many plastic surgeons out there...time to look beyond the prison yard to find them.

  • raleighlynn Apr 24, 2013

    Why so surprised? The state psychiatric hospital houses many "not guilty by reason of insanity" murderers. They are allowed to walk the grounds freely, smoke, and some are given money to go to Wal Mart (all at state expense) And none of them are doctors.

  • Deb1003 Apr 24, 2013

    He only got three yrs, which is shameful enough and now he didn't serve them before he was let out on work release and weekend visits w/ his family. What does this say to the parents of that beautiful young woman that was killed by the Dr? What does this action tell all of us, our criminal justice system does indeed represent the criminal, certainly not the victim!

  • 678devilish Apr 24, 2013

    How many murderers you know gets a work release, putting them out of prison for awhile? Is this safe for the public?

  • 678devilish Apr 24, 2013

    This why the law is so confusing to many of us. This man was given time in prison, yet he is allowed out during the week and a 48 hour past. What makes him so special than the other prisoners that is locked up? Its time the doctor be put behind the bars and served his time like he is suppose to.

  • kateyezkateyez Apr 24, 2013

    Not your classic harmful criminal. geraniumposey

    So in your opion how many people will have to die by his choices before he becomes harmful?

  • Recalcitrant Apr 24, 2013

    This is what happens when a rich guy kills you. If you are ever unlucky enough to become the victim of a violent crime, pray that your assailant is poor so that your family may find justice. On the bright side, if a petty thief steals your purse in the middle of your Wal-mart nap, rest assured that we will throw the book at him. And in all seriousness, it is my hope the Shapiro family may find some peace. Even if the justice system can't help in providing it.

  • Wacky_dood Apr 24, 2013

    "Actually, he was an incredibly talented ENT and plastic surgeon. His practice may have had some basis in the purely cosmetic but he also was very skilled at repairing and reconstructing the faces of patients that were taken to WakeMed after suffering horrific facial trauma. I hope that if someone you know ever gets shot in the face or flys face first thru a windsheild, they are lucky enough to have someone with half his skill care for them.

    There is no shortage of surgeons who can perform these tasks. This man killed an innocent young woman. IMO, the sentence is way too lenient. I hope this man never regains his medical license in this or any other state or country.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 24, 2013

    I never did hear how he was forced to consume all those drinks. And to think he will be soon applying for his ,medical license and just like Easly applied to practice law he will soon be getting it back.

  • geraniumposey Apr 24, 2013

    He is not exactly a criminal--one who intends to hurt others, or rob and kill; he likely can be depended upon not to make the same mistake again--drinking and driving at high speeds, and he has a talent and a skill that he can offer society. I can see his being out of jail. Not your classic harmful criminal.

  • lost in translation Apr 24, 2013's the interpretation of the law and how it is applied. You want liberal got them.

  • prodigalrn Apr 24, 2013

    Nobody would be upset if this were not in the press/media!
    April 24, 2013 11:08 a.m

    That's because no-one would know about it. The media keeps us all informed of the world around us. You prefer to live under a rock and know nothing?

  • kateyezkateyez Apr 24, 2013

    Nobody would be upset if this were not in the press/media!

    Really? I would bet that her family/friends would be upset even if it never hit the news outlet. Makes me upset and I didn't know her. Would have made me upset had I only heard it on the street. Would make me upset if I was his neighbor. What are you saying that we only get upset on things reported in the news?

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 24, 2013

    "The Judge has no guts at all;" -dehowell2

    The Judge sentenced him to prison under the law. The Dept of Corrections is what used the law to allow this prisoner to go out and work and visit his family. Don't blame the judge.

  • babedan Apr 24, 2013

    mama2two, I would hope if I or a loved one needed someone with his skills, that I would get a doctor that cared more for human life than he apparently did. After all he is educated enough to know not to drink and drive.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 24, 2013

    "How disappointing. Just another example of "different spanks for different ranks." -bluecanary

    No, it's the way the Dept of Corrections operates for a lot of their prisoners. Y'all would be surprised, there are prisoners who have committed homicide who are working in hair salons, cafeterias, and pet-grooming places.

  • Brian Jenkins Apr 24, 2013

    Does he drive to work and home?

  • averette57 Apr 24, 2013

    Money must be talking again!!

  • 426X3 Apr 24, 2013

    Deb1003: Totally agree

  • beachlvr0804 Apr 24, 2013

    Our justice system is a joke. He gets to have 'home' visits and his victim never will. I feel sorry for the victims family. A slap in the face as if her life never meant anything.....Sad day for this broken family who will never have their daughter sit at their dinner table, or perform ever again.

  • Deb1003 Apr 24, 2013

    This is an outrage. There is no reason this "doctor" should be released for any reason until his sentence is served in full. How can our "justice" system serve such an INJUSTICE to the young woman he murdered?

  • luxurytravel Apr 24, 2013

    I hope the friends and family of Miss Shapiro put up another memorial for her at that intersection. Somehow it gives me some consolation to think he will have to look at that every time he drives past it (since he lives right down the street)

  • JAT Apr 24, 2013

    mama2two - but just think how unlucky you'd be if he was drunk when he had to operate on your face and couldn't make a straight suture line. And with someone who had a drinking problem as bad as this guy sounds like he did, I find it hard to believe he never worked with alcohol in his system.

  • JAT Apr 24, 2013

    so he has a job and he goes home on the weekends? pretty much sounds like he's not serving any time to me.

  • luxurytravel Apr 24, 2013

    If he made a conscious decision to drink and drive, what makes anyone think that he would not make a similar decision to practice medicine under the influence? Both can have (and DID in this case) have catastrophic consequences.

  • bluecanary Apr 24, 2013

    How disappointing. Just another example of "different spanks for different ranks."

  • Good Bye WRAL Apr 24, 2013

    "...such that we should let his talent influence his sentence for crimes he committed." - Lf3

    Good point. Justice is meted out by the crime, not the 'value of the citizen'. This is often why politicians and rich people try and get away with such bad behavior. They think they can balance the scales of justice with their sense of self-worth. Goes against the truth - "Do the crime, do the time".

  • 1nclady Apr 24, 2013

    This makes a joke of the criminal "justice" system and I'm sure only adds to the grief Miss Shapiro's family is suffering. My heart goes out to them.

  • White Cross Apr 24, 2013

    Not defending him,but there are a lot of inmates who committed more serious crimes and are on work release,getting week end passes. At least they have to pay rent. One inmate refused parole because he couldn't live that cheap on the out side. The day he got out he bought a Corvette.

  • flippernnb Apr 24, 2013

    He has not really been punished for killing this young woman. This is so sad and sends a bad message. I feel for her family. May god be with them.

  • beachbum1 Apr 24, 2013

    WRONG WRONG WRONG...if I remember correctly he had a drinking problem and had several DWI's or DUI's. He didn't learn then and not now with a slap on the wrist. Mean while the girls family is still paying for his lack of accountability with their daughter gone.

  • KermitDFrog Apr 24, 2013

    There are two justice systems in America. The 'well-to-do' do little or no time. Crimes that are predominantly committed by the poor get "Zero Tolerance" and "Mandatory Sentencing".

    It's what allows doctors to take a life or a banker to steal millions and traipse out of prison within months. A street-kid selling a few ounces of drugs gets a mandatory sentence.

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