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Drunk Driving Matthew Cordle Video Confession Orginal

Youtube Murder | Matthew Cordle Confesses To Killing Man In Drunk Driving Crash (VIDEO) Matthew Cordle Confesses To Killing Man In Crash (VIDEO) Man Confesse...
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This is the original confession video that went viral and shocked the viewer. Matthew Cordle used the nonprofit Because I Said I Would's promise card to accept responsibility to killing a veteran during a blackout drunk episode.

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Criminal Confession: Art or Social Media Campaign? - Flip the Media

Criminal Confession: Art or Social Media Campaign? - Flip the Media | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
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He even brands his message with our current era's badge of sincerity, a hashtag: #saveyourvictim.
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This is a critical piece that considers the cinematography of the video and parses out whether Cordle is honest or not. We find out that Cordle's video confession is patterned after a cinematography project called "The Apology Project" by artist Allan Bridges. Bridges gave criminals the chance to make amends with their victims via video.

 

I knew Cordle's video was a little too "professional" to just be an at-home confession. What I didn't know is that, according to this piece, Cordle used specific visually rhetorical techniques to make a moving video. 

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Survivor Of Carrollton Crash Reacts To Drunk Driver Confession

Survivor Of Carrollton Crash Reacts To Drunk Driver Confession | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
A man hurt in the deadliest drunk driving case in American History is speaking out about a confession that’s been seen by millions.
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"Harold Dennis, a survivor of the Carrollton Bus Crash in 1988, said he respects Matthew Cordle for owning up to his mistakes." This is a very different kind of response video, partly because it is spurred and produced by a media outlet but also because this is a well-spoken victim of drunk driving who was a survivor of the most deadly driving accident in America. Dennis says that he tried to get his perpetrator to speak to him for decades, but Mahoney won't apologize.

 

This is a really considerate response video that I can appreciate. Dennis doesn't care of Cordle is doing it for a shorter sentence; he just respects the fact that Cordle is willing to accept responsibility. Dennis, disfigured and missing pieces of his friends who died, sincerely wants the same apology from the man who struck his bus. I'm inclined to be pessimistic of Cordle's actions because I don't trust alcoholics; however, Dennis made me realize that it doesn't matter what Cordle's motives are- he is at least taking responsibility.

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YOU KILLED A MAN NOW PLEAD GUILTY MATTHEW CORDLE

MATTHEW CORDLE ACCEPT CULPABILITY NOW
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*Language Warning*

 

Viral videos always elicit response videos, and ELPRESADOR posted a doozy. Besides calling Matthew Cordle "Anthony" and the really offensive language, the author calls Matthew to the mat for not pleading guilty in his first hearing. ElPRESADOR also acknowledges his own alcoholism and screams that Cordle is just trying to get a lighter sentence.

 

Despite the really offensive language and bad facts, this response video is a gold mine. As a self-described alcoholic and former prisoner, Elpresador doesn't pull punches in his belief that Cordle is trying to get off easy and that he isn't "accepting culpability" for his actions. This is also the epitome of response videos- sitting alone in a room, screaming at a one shot camera, and missing key facts in the case. When contrasted with Matthew's confession video, Matthew certainly comes across less manic and more put together.

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Twitter / Search - #saveyourvictim

Twitter / Search - #saveyourvictim | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
The latest and best tweets on #saveyourvictim. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.
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The overwhelming number of tweets with Cordle's #Saveyourvictim hashtag are supportive and imploring others to watch the video and get the message against drinking and driving spread to others.

 

One thing that haunts me is a specific tweet in which the author admits to drinking and driving. It is clear that this young man feels kinship with Cordle and wants others to stop making their mistake.

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Man confesses to killing killing someone during a drunken hit-and-run

Man confesses to killing killing someone during a drunken hit-and-run | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
Matthew Cordle used an online video to confess to a June 22 hit and run that left a man dead on an Ohio highway.
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In this article, we hear from the victim Vincent Canzani's wife. His wife calls Cordle a "good man" for stepping up and outing himself. Another piece of the puzzle falls into place, however, as the Franklin County Sheriff confirms that Cordle was a suspect in the case when the video was released. This piece of information could support the theory that Cordle released the video to get a lighter sentence because he believed he was about to be charged.

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Driver who said he 'killed a man' in online video officially indicted, turns ... - NBCNews.com

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Cordle's 3 1/2 minute video confession, which went viral after it was released Sept.
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The victim's daughter thinks that Cordle made the video "to mitigate" the sentence that he will receive, which is really interesting. I think he could be trying to get a more lenient sentence by making this confession and video to raise awareness to drunk driving. However, in his confession, he states that he consulted "high powered attorneys" and could have been found not guilty- but that is heresay by a 22 year old drunk driver. I'm not sure how believable he really is.

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Because I said I would - A New Year of Promises

http://becauseisaidiwould.com http://youtu.be/4jWJsMxw5fo Because I said I would is a social movement and non-profit organization dedicated to bettering huma...
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Alex Sheen, founder of the project Because I Said I Would, discusses how his dying father inspired him to launch the project that encourages people to keep their promises via small cards. When someone makes a promise, they write it on a card and give it to the promisee. When they fulfill that promise, the card is given back to them and serves as a reminder that they can do what they say that will.

 

This is the card on which Cordle writes his promise to take responsibility for the murder he committed. Except, Cordle didn't take responsibility initially. He didn't go immediately to a police station and make a confession. He didn't even plead guilty during his arraignment because he could not be satisfied that the judge would view him favorably, opting instead to have another judge randomly assigned. He has promised to plead guilty in the next phase, though, but we will have to see if he does keep that promise.

 

Because I Said I Would published Cordle's video on their site, but I don't think it really exemplifies their message. The project is about teaching people how to build character via kept promises. It is a very uplifting message- one that is full of hope, but Cordle is seeking redemption. He can't give anyone anything that will make his actions justifiable. To whom is he going to give his card? Giving it to his victim's daughter is the most logical choice, but it will remind her everyday that her father's death was ultimately a huge part of a nonprofit's upstart marketing campaign, whether intended or not? 

 

An argument can be made that by publishing the video, he is making the promise to his audience in general. However, he has already broken that promise by pleading "not guilty" at first chance.

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Why Matthew Cordle pleaded "Not Guilty" - Not what you think!

He pleaded "not guilty" so he wouldn't be accused of unfairly choosing a favorable judge and is still pleading "guilty" to all charges on September 18th. In ...
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According to the founder of Because I said I would, Cordle has to plead not guilty, so he could get a randomly selected judge to hear his case. He followed up with the Franklin County representative who is in charge of convicting Cordle, and the representative called it a "matter of procedure."

 

Cordle's attorneys argue that if Cordle had pleaded guilty, he could be accused of "judge shopping" in the future.

 

I think that Cordle has done more to disrupt his reputation by pleading not guilty than if he had been accused of "judge shopping." The media response to this case has been so strong that I think the chances are better that he would have been sentenced and starting serving his time. The accusation of shopping for judges would probably come if he were trying to appeal his conviction in the future. However, he has promised to take full responsibility for his actions, so there should be no reason to appeal.

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Confession video... - because I said I would.

Confession video... - because I said I would. | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
On August 9th, a man sent a message to our Facebook page asking for my help. We receive thousands of messages each month, but this particular message was unfortunately unique.
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Alex Sheen dedicated a page of his website to Matthle Cordle's video and Alex's reasons for getting involved. Toward the bottom, however, he also encourages his supporters to make a donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the victim's name.

 

It appears that Alex helped produce this video, and I wonder how much of it was scripted. As a rhetorical tool, this video elicits a sympathetic response from the viewer, which I think is caused by the clean cinematography and scripted confession of "I drink because I'm depressed" before we actually see his face.

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Overwhelming response to 'I killed a man' viral confession has nonprofit ... - Upstart

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Nonprofit BecauseISaidIWould.com spoke out on their Facebook site about the viral video, stating that Cordle is not a hero. He made a terrible mistake, and should not be applauded for it.

 

I agree. Cordle is not a hero. He killed a man, and he hid behind an artsy video to confess to the murder. However, he did give the nonprofit a lot of exposure and certainly lends some credibility to their message. In all, though, I think that BecauseISaidIWould.com would rather have the veteran that Cordle killed alive; he is a true hero.

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22-Year-Old Who Confessed To Drunk Driving Death On YouTube Is 'Riddled With Guilt,' Now Plans To Plead Guilt

22-Year-Old Who Confessed To Drunk Driving Death On YouTube Is 'Riddled With Guilt,' Now Plans To Plead Guilt | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it

Lawyers for Matthew Cordle, 22, said they entered the not-guilty plea so a new judge could be randomly assigned, according to CBS News.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/youtube-confessor-matthew-cordle-plans-to-plead-guilty-2013-9#ixzz2esk3pDye
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Cordle plead not guilty, so he could get another judge assigned to his case because his lawyers don't know how the first judge would sentence Cordle. In his video, Cordle said that he would take responsibility for his actions, but he is showing that he will only take the responsibility if he can predict the punishment. This goes against the fundamental message of his video.

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Matthew Cordle to be charged to maximum penalty for DUI

Matthew Cordle to be charged to maximum penalty for DUI | Confession of a Drunk Driver | Scoop.it
Ohio prosecution announces they will charge Matthew Cordle to the maximum extent of the law regardless of the video. Some argue leniency.
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In her defense of Cordle, law blogger Beth L. argues that "accepting personal responsibility, creating a service announcement and sacing the state time and money should count for something." I agree. Cordle has made the only possible amends that he can- he has apologized to the victim's family, and he has promised to accept responsibility. While he should go to prison for what he did, he doesn't necessarily deserve the maximum sentence. At 22 years old, Cordle is battling alcoholism, depression, and the terrible reality that he killed someone's father and husband. Moreover, his chances of becoming a productive, employable member of society now rest solely on his ability to have a nontraditional job based on his admission. He will forever be the Ohio man who made a video confession, and rotting in jail won't help society the way that speaking in schools and at AA meetings will.

 

Cordle shouldn't get off without punishment, but I believe this is a case where he should be utilized as a teaching tool instead of punished for the sake of punishment.

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