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Cody Hall is Getting his 15 minutes of Fame, and then some

Original post made by cyclist too, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2013

Just heard on NPR a news story about Cody being charged with murder. All the details were included and the announcer stated his outrage with the social media bragging, etc. Not news you say? Ah, but this NPR station was being listened to nearly 3,000 miles from Pleasanton. Seems the news services have picked up the story of our own little home grown sociopath.

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Posted by right
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

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Posted by Libertarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

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Posted by cyclist too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh please spare me the drivel about NPR. When you are traveling and searching for a station you get what you get. I am hardly the only person outraged by the behavior, and complete lack of remorse, shown by this kid. High praise is owed to the PPD and the DA for having the guts to make a murder charge where it is clearly due. His social media bragging and his continued flaunting of orders from the judge have played into his own fate. I can hardly believe that the defense attorney has not briefed the kid about how his smirking and posturing at the courthouse will hurt his case. His lack of character continues to shine through with his behavior and it appears that even the judge gets it. No bail indeed, just what the kid deserves since he refused to behave when out on bail before.


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Posted by Libertarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

So, "cyclist too," does this mean you're against NPR as the anti-moral, anti-religious, tyrannical government station it is?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I don't get it. Did any of you actually read the article or listen to the broadcast? I'm no fan of NPR (no fan of Rush Limbaugh, either), but this news piece is factual, not an op-ed.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Web link to NPR article:

Web Link


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Posted by Libertarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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Posted by troll bridge
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Ignore the trolls, Cyclist Too!

Thanks for posting the article.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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Posted by Al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

I just read the online NPR article and its comments, which contain some high-quality discussion on the relevant legal points, helping me understand the "what's next?" part of this very sad story.

As usual, the NPR piece is factual and accurate, which is why NPR is the only station I listen to in the car.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The other Pleasanton news web site is an AOL/Huffington Post site. So rest assured that all the comments on that site will end up going national just like when that crazy woman wrote a book mocking Pleasanton parents. They'll surely use this situation in the same way while mocking us as a community again. It's only a matter of time. This is why I read PW and only respond on here. PW is a bay area owned publication which to me is a better source for local news. And PW doesn't try to stir things up to create a national story to put on the Huffington Post. But it will go there because of the other site and they'll likely mock us again.


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Posted by ha!
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

This story is also on Fox News, UPI, Colorado Newsday, CNET, The NY Post and numerous other websites. Why does virtually every post on this site degenerate into an off topic debate about right versus left?


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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

Mary, what you say about "the world" seeing the comments made here is very true. This forum has been linked to these articles that are being picked up by the AP. There is no mocking of this town, just pointing out the message the postings here creating about out town.

People may post anonymously on this forum, but they are creating a digital reputation for Pleasanton by what they write, the same way Cody's online postings have created insight to who he is.

To expect kids to think about what they post online and then discount what the adults in this community are posting is naive. Pleasanton wont be mocked for something that is fiction, they will be called out for what has been going on here on the blogs for quite some time.


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Posted by cyclist too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

For Mary and BP -- how can it put Pleasanton in a bad light when we post, almost unanimously, our contempt for what Cody did? We look like a place that will not tolerate the reckless and remorseless behavior of a punk by calling it a mere "youthful mistake". What Cody did was not a mistake. He drove that way every day, his parents made it possible by continuing to supply more cars when he wrecked the current ones, he posted about his stupidity and then he ultimately killed someone. Since that time not one word of regret, sympathy or compassion has come from the Hall family toward the victim. If I lived in a town that took this all in stride and did NOT condemn Cody Hall it would really be time to worry about public perception. Writing about contempt and disgust for his actions that led, willfully and inevitably, to the death of an innocent victim is not the crime.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Let us thank young Cody for giving us this opportunity to reflect upon our failures as a society and look for ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Mike


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Posted by Al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thanks from me too, Joe, for posting the NPR link. I defy anyone to identify any points about which that article is inaccurate or not factual.

I'm noticing that none of the current crop of articles is mentioning:
-- the photo (presumably made by Cody) showing him speeding
-- his earlier arrest for speeding that seems to have had no consequences
-- that he wrecked a total of three cars (parents replacing the first two)
-- the results of the toxicology testing
-- whether he was or was not using his phone just before the crash

I suppose there is a lot of fancy legal footwork happening on both sides as a prelude to whatever comes next.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 19, 2013 at 4:31 am

Not sure if the drug/alcohol tests and whether he was or wasn't using a cell phone even matter in this case. In most driving accident cases such facts are useful in determining if the driver was impaired and at fault. But that doesn't seem necessary in this case. It's already been established by the crash investigation that he was speeding at about 83 mph just before the accident. Finally, which is scarier?: The idea that Cody was speeding at 83 mph down Foothill because he was totally drunk, or the idea that Cody was speeding at 83 mph down Foothill while perfectly sober and in full command of his senses? In the first case we have a homicidal drunkard and in the second case we have a homicidal sociopath. Take your pick.


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Posted by Trace
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Trace is a registered user.

My take from reading the NPR article Sunday wasn't that they were intersted in the event, people are killed by motorists everyday, but that the judge was using Mr. Hall's own social media input against him. That was the news. Using someone's own words from their public Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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