From the NY Daily News:
A Los Angeles man confessed to a fatal drunk driving wreck as TV cameras rolled, telling the unsuspecting reporter he didn’t want to drive, but was forced to because his drinking buddy was more intoxicated.
“We were drinking. Record it,” the suspect, identified only as Jose, said as hewalked up to a FOX 11 news crew at the scene of the crash Monday.
“He was drunker!” Jose blurted out.
The accident early Monday killed Jose’s cousin Juan, who was riding in the passenger seat, officials said. Jose fled from the scene before he realized Juan was dead, and returned while the local news team was setting up their cameras.
Jose told the reporter that after a night on the town, Juan started to drive the pair home but stopped in the “middle of the freeway” and demanded Jose take the wheel.
“He was drunk already, and I told him I couldn’t drive, so he made me drive,” Jose told the reporter as cameras rolled. “And he made me drive, and I told him I couldn’t drive.”
Jose said after he started driving, he lost control of the car and slammed into a light pole. He left to go get help, he said, and found first-responders and the news team on the scene when he returned.
As he confessed the saga to the reporter, Jose — unaware the crash killed his cousin — asked how Juan was doing.
Police delivered the heartbreaking news, then gave Jose a field sobriety test and arrested him.
Click her to see the full story and video: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/watch-man-confesses-fatal-dui-wreck-tv-interview-article-1.2541065
Tip of the hat to Springfield attorney Theodore Harvatin for posting this on social media, where I first saw this.
From the Chicago Tribune (via the Associated Press):
The Illinois Supreme Court has deemed a four-year pilot program allowing media coverage at certain trials a success and is making the policy permanent.
A spokeswoman for the state’s highest court said Monday the rollout of the program has gone so well that justices decided to end the experimental phase.
Bethany Krajelis said nine of the 24 judicial districts in Illinois that haven’t applied for the cameras-in-court program won’t be forced to join. And strict criteria will remain for when and under what conditions cameras and audio are allowed.
Some observers worried cameras could be disruptive and undermine defendants’ rights. But Krajelis says there have been no such “red flags.”
She says cameras have been permitted in dozens of cases across the state, including in Chicago.
I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, and today the Committee has released its ratings for the 2016 Cook County Judicial Primaries.
From the CBA website:
Candidates for judge appearing on the ballot in Cook County are evaluated by the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC). In the Green Guide to Judicial Elections, the JEC offers evaluations of each candidate with the rationale for the evaluation as well as an in-depth explanation of the evaluation process. The separate Pocket Guide is a single sheet that can be printed out and carried into the voting booth for easy reference when you vote. Please share this information with your coworkers, friends and family.
The Chicago Bar Association urges voters to elect only qualified judges. Vote for candidates that have been found Highly Qualified or Qualified in the March 15, 2016 election
This is a video taken of Chicago-based car reviewer Jill Ciminillo of Auto Matters attempting to perform the “walk and turn test” while wearing an alcohol impairment simulation suit.
The suit was designed by Ford Motor Corporation to show how alcohol impairs your motor skills and coordination. Ford has been taking the suit to high schools across the country to demonstrate to teens how alcohol impacts their ability to drive safely.
In the video, Jill wears goggles which blurs her vision, headphones which impairs her hearing to and wears unbalanced body weights which make her wobbly and uncoordinated.
You can try it yourself by going to the Ford Motors Display at the Chicago Auto Show.
Read more about the impairment suit here. You can get information about the Ford Driving Skills Academy here.
Follow Jill on Twitter at @JillCiminillo
Thanks to our budget impasse, Illinois has stopped mailing vehicle emissions notices. This comes on top of its previous decision to stop sending vehicle registration renewal notices.
From the Daily Herald (story by Erin Hegarty):
As another casualty of the state budget impasse, Illinois will no longer remind you when you need to go for vehicle emissions testing, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.
This comes on top of the state suspending mailing residents reminders that their vehicle registration is expiring, a move Secretary of State Jesse White said could save $450,000 a month.
The state stopped sending the emissions testing notices in December and says drivers whose license plates expire in March will be the first to not receive the reminder notices.
Of course, it’s simple to look at the sticker on your license plate to figure out when your registration expires, but how will you know when your vehicle needs an emissions test?
The state EPA says most vehicles that need to be tested in 2016 include those with an even model-year from 1996 to 2012. The agency also says most vehicles manufactured after 1996 are subject to an emissions test after they are four years old.
Diesel and electric vehicles are among those the IEPA says are exempt from emissions testing.
Illinois residents can sign up for vehicle registration reminders via email at www.ilsos.gov/greenmail/, and drivers are notified whether a vehicle emissions test is required before the registration is renewed.