Updates to past blog posts

In the past few days, there have been several updates to stories that I have discussed on this blog:

  • Alia Bernard, the young woman who was involved in a fatal accident, which only became a felony level offense instead of a civil lawsuit because there was some trace amount of marijuana in her blood (and all sides agreed that she was not impaired by that in any way) was sentenced to seven years prison for aggravated DUI.  She will have to serve 85% of her sentence.
  • L.A. Dodgers first baseman James Loney’s DUI case was dismissed when blood and urine test results came back negative — leaving many to wonder why he acted in a very bizarre manner after he crashed into three vehicles.
  • “Final Destination 3” star Ryan Merriman plead no contest to his DUI, and received three years unsupervised probation, alcohol classes and $390 in fines plus costs.
  • Raihan “Ray” Sayeed, the young man whose request to travel to attend the Grammys was denied by the judge overseeing his reckless driving probation, claims that he had written apology letters to his victims and delivered them to his probation officer three days after his sentencing.  He claims to be “truly and sincerely sorry.”
  • Representative Elaine Nekritz’s bill (HB3944) allowing citizen’s to video record police officers in the course of their duties, passed the Illinois House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 9 to 2, thus sending the bill to the full House floor for a vote.
  • Frank Trout, the former Westmont Fire Chief, was found not guilty of DUI.
  • And, while its not quite an update, it is another celebrity DUI in the news:  Bronco’s running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested for a DUI, with license plates that read “SAUCED”

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