WPLG Editorial: Villanueva community service request bears scrutiny (3/25/2012)

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Ivanna Villanueva

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - But for the glare of public attention, a teen accused as an underage drunken-driving killer might be taking a break from house arrest to attend this weekend's big music festival.

Ivanna Villanueva withdrew that request, but it still deserves scrutiny.

The 19-year-old's life of partying and privilege came to an end with her arrest last fall, when she killed a woman in a high-speed rear-ending. She awaits trial on house arrest, wearing an electronic monitor.

But Ivanna devised a plan to ask a judge, if he would allow her to attend Ultra Music Festival, she would work for one of the vendors and call it community service.

Just the request is insensitive, at best. At worst, it's a sign of entitlement and disrespect for the law.

As her case goes to court, we hope Villanueva learns what serving the community really means.

That's our take on things. Let us know what you think.

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