Man interviewed on TV confesses to fatal DUI crash: “I drove because he was drunker”

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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.

 

Illinois Supreme Court makes cameras in court rule permanent

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.

Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluations are now available for the March Primary

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.

 

Please Note:
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

 

 

 

New York Judge arrested for DUI – on her way to court!

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From CBSNews.com:

Authorities say a Rochester judge has been arrested on a drunken driving charge after being pulled over on her way to court.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says Judge Leticia Astacio was arrested Saturday morning after being stopped by New York State troopers on Interstate 490.

New York State troopers say they were dispatched to I-490 westbound near Mount Read Boulevard around 8 a.m. Saturday for an accident involving one car, reports CBS affiliate WROC.

Police say Astacio refused to take a Breathalyzer test, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

Astacio, who was elected to the judicial post in 2014, was released with an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court in March. She hasn’t immediately returned a call for comment.

Doorley says Astacio was stopped on her way to court, where she was scheduled to preside over criminal court arraignments. Another judge was called in after Astacio was arrested.

A spokesman for the state court system did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Astacio’s arrest.

Denver Bronco’s Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

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From the Denver Post:

Broncos reserve free safety Shiloh Keo was arrested for driving under the influence in Idaho early Saturday.

“We are aware of the matter involving Shiloh Keo and are in the process of reviewing it,” said Patrick Smyth, the Broncos’ vice president of public relations.

Keo, 28, was booked into the Ada County jail at 2:19 a.m. Saturday by the Idaho State Police. Keo recently tweeted he was heading from Denver to his offseason home in Idaho.

KBOI first reported news of his arrest.

Keo gained notoriety when the Broncos signed him late in the season after he reached out to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Twitter. Phillips coached Keo with the Houston Texans and needed depth following injuries to safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward.

Keo played in four regular-season games with one interception. His biggest moment came in the AFC championship game when he recovered the New England Patriots’ onside kick to preserve the Broncos’ 20-18 victory. He finished with two tackles in the postseason, and served as a backup punt returner.

Keo could face a possible suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

See a simulation of how alcohol impairs your coordination by @JillCiminillo

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

Illinois no longer mailing vehicle emissions test notices

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.