Karina and Elias Schulte's Journal
Written Sep 3, 2013 2:36pmI'm writing this to the anonymous writer "disgusted." The reason I don't post here often is to prevent misunderstandings and retain some level of privacy. I didn't ask for any of this and really don't need to write this message. I could just ignore you.
BUT just to be clear: you misunderstand our cause here. My sole priorities are to, in order of importance:
1) Do all I can to take care of my wife and child for the long haul and
2) Do whatever I can to make the penalties for DUIs more stringent in the meantime.
You presume to know my intentions, but as far as I can tell you don't even know me personally. You do not understand the meaning of our lawsuit. And it seems you don't know the extent of the damage done to my family.
I am not in it for the money. We are doing this to find some resemblance of life as it used to be, when we were all healthy. My family is entitled to compensation for the harm done to cover a long list of medical and other expenses, some of which we will likely endure the rest of our lives. I want to make sure I do all I can to take care of them. There's nothing more important to me than ensuring we can endure as a family.
But putting all that aside, it is also about the message and making sure the people responsible for keeping repeat DUI offenders off the road are accountable for their actions. In this case, they failed. I don't want it to happen to other families. Our case, I hope, will encourage those responsible to be more careful and diligent in the future.
If you still feel let down, please come public and I will reimburse you for any funds you sent our way.
To all others out there, I apologize for burdening you with all the messages today. This will be the last one.
DUI PAC - disgraceful
Written Sep 3, 2013 1:00pmHi again,
Although this post isn't directly about Karina or Elias's health I wanted to post a message about a topic that hit me hard when I found out about it.
Here in Washington there is a political-action committee (PAC) made up of DUI defense attorneys. This group appears to be influencing the election of local judges, and in turn one could argue, the outcome of DUI cases. I find this PAC disrespectful, shameful and very disturbing. The group is called Citizens for Judicial Excellence, but it should be called "DUI Defense Lawyers Trying to Buy Judges." Judges, please don't let them buy you!
Here's an article in the Seattle Times about the group:
And their website:
I just want to be on the record to say that this group is not about "judicial excellence" and it's not regular "citizens" that make up the group. The funders of the group are well-known, local DUI criminal defense lawyers. I feel the fact this group exists needs to be more public. I hope that my voice will be louder and stronger than their voice in the shadow of the tragedy that hit our family.
If DUI defenders have a strong defense case, they don't need a PAC like this! They just need to provide evidence. Driving under the influence is a big crime that kills people (like my parents) and critically injures as well (like my son and wife.)
DUI lawyers should be defending their clients to make sure they aren't charged if they are not guilty and make certain they clean up if they have a drinking problem. Everyone has the right to a good defense. These lawyers should not be buying judges!
If you want to add your voice, please comment on this post. And make it public in your own social sphere (especially if you live in Seattle) as loud as you can.
Dan, Karina and Elias Schulte
In memory of Dennis and Judy Schulte
Post surgery Update
Written Sep 3, 2013 12:38pmKarina and Elias continue to make lots of progress in their recovery.
Karina's surgery last month -- the cranioplasty -- went very well. It's been almost three weeks and she is now stronger and safer than before the surgery. She still has to make some big steps before going home, but is moving rapidly in the right direction. She is walking more and more all the time and working diligently and daily on strengthening her knee and hip.
Karina's other limitations are with speech and the use of her right arm. Progress on those front is slow but she is bravely pushing forward. I'm very proud of all the progress she has made but as the doctors have said, "it's like a marathon."
Elias is a great baby boy. He is acting much like any other normal 5.5 month year old child. He will have another surgery on his skull ahead in the coming months but we hope nothing major between now and then. The best recent news is that it seems he is no longer suffering from any seizure activity. We're crossing our fingers this remains true for the long term.
Thanks again for all the well wishes and support! We won't forget it. If I haven't reached out to you personally, please understand I wish I could. I have read every post here and all the other messages sent my way and they mean a lot to me, even if I'm not here posting that often.
Also, note there is another post coming today about DUIs. Please take time to read it too.