Former vice president Joe Biden said Monday that “I don’t count drunk driving as a felony” during a Vice News panel on minority issues, despite falsely claiming for years that his first wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver.
Biden’s comments came after he was asked “what exact changes would you bring to ICE as an agency,” and he responded by saying he would fire an agent who tried to deport an undocumented immigrant not charged with a felony.
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired. You are fired if, in fact, you do that. You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony,” Biden said.
Following a 1972 tragedy in which Biden’s first wife and baby daughter were killed when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer, Biden stated that the other driver was drinking at the time of the accident, despite the driver never being charged with drunk driving.
In a 2001 speech at the University of Delaware, he told the crowd that an “it was an errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive and hit—a tractor-trailer—hit my children and my wife and killed them.”
“A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” Biden said while campaigning in 2007.
After CBS aired Biden’s unfounded criticisms in 2008, the man’s daughter told a reporter from the News Journal in Delaware that there no evidence to the accusations.
The family feels these statements are both hurtful and untrue and we didn’t know where they originated from,” Pamela Hamill said at the time. She told Politico last January that, following a 2009 report from CBS on how her father Curtis Dunn “was haunted and was tormented” by the crash, Biden called to apologize.
He apologized for hurting my family in any way,” she said. “So we accepted that — and kind of end of story from there.” https://news.yahoo.com/biden-says-only-felons-deported-174609999.html
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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school principal had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested for alleged drunk driving, court records show.
Plymouth South High School Principal James Hanna, 49, was arraigned Monday. He was fired from the school shortly after.
Hanna pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use, according to court records. He was arrested Saturday night after allegedly rear-ending another driver in Plymouth.
Hanna’s attorney, Stephen Jones, when reached by phone by The Associated Press on Tuesday, said he had no comment.
Gary Maestas, superintendent of the Plymouth Public Schools, released a statement saying Hanna was released from his position “effective immediately.”
Hanna is due back in court March 3.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Warrick County attorney Rick Martin was arrested on drunken driving charges Thursday, less than 32 hours after telling news organizations and political allies he was excited to launch a campaign for the Indiana Legislature.
Indiana State Police stopped Martin, 50, just after midnight on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while intoxicated — endangerment. He was also cited for speeding 65 mph in a 45 mph zone, unsafe lane movement and failure to signal. He was released on his own recognizance from the Warrick County Jail.
Martin, who has held several leadership positions in the Republican Party, was driving a 2008 Mercedes Benz on State Road 261 at Peachwood Drive. He was alone in the car. He refused to submit to a chemical test, although ISP reported a blood-alcohol test was done later after it obtained a search warrant compelling the test. No content reading is expected for several weeks. Martin failed field sobriety tests, according to ISP.
Martin did not return phone and text messages Friday. Warrick County Prosecutor Mike Perry announced he will request a special prosecutor in the case owing to his office’s “close working relationship” with Martin.
State law says a motorist’s driving privileges “shall” be suspended for at least a year if he refuses to submit to a chemical test.
The announcement of Martin’s legislative candidacy came at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in a mass email to journalists and GOP activists. Martin wrote that he was “excited about the upcoming campaign” to succeed Republican Rep. Ron Bacon, who announced on Jan. 10 that he would not seek re-election in House District 75. The district encompasses most of Warrick County and includes portions of Pike and Spencer counties.
Just before 8 p.m. — some four hours before his arrest — Martin posted a Facebook photo of himself at that night’s University of Evansville men’s basketball game at the Ford Center. https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2020/01/24/warrick-based-legislative-candidate-arrested-on-dui-charges-after-announcing/4565082002/
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Sharon L. Ceglie (Photo courtesy: Lake County Sheriff’s Office)
MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW)– A 57-year-old woman was arrested after Madison Township police say she led authorities on a 19-mile chase.
Officers were alerted to an impaired driver on South Ridge Road near Townline Road at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Madison Township police said they tried to pull over the vehicle, but the woman continued driving, failed to stop at a stop sign and crossed the center line several times.
The driver, later identified as Sharon L. Ceglie, of Painesville, drove onto Interstate 90, where she fluctuated speeds between 20 mph and 50 mph, police said. She was eventually stopped when the Ohio State Highway Patrol used spike strips.
The chase lasted about 37 minutes.
Ceglie was charged with failure to comply, operating a vehicle under the influence, operating without a valid license and more. She was taken to the Lake County Jail. https://fox8.com/2020/01/24/woman-leads-police-on-19-mile-chase-in-lake-county-police-say/
It’s an attempt to bypass Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by insisting it’s not an arrest.
A Kentucky lawmaker wants to grant police in his state the power to detain a person for two hours if he or she declines to offer up identification or answer an officer’s questions while they’re investigating possible criminal activity. Lawyers? Miranda warnings? Forget about them.
The bill was introduced by state Sen. Stephen Meredith (R–Leitchfield), and civil rights lawyers are warning that it could open a big, nasty, easily abusable, unconstitutional can of worms.
The bill states that the person who is being detained by police in this process is not considered under arrest, which appears to be a mechanism to try to keep a person from demanding a lawyer. It could also get people to incriminate themselves by making them answer police questions or face temporary detention.
While police are obviously empowered to investigate criminal activity, this bill, SB 89, seems designed to give police the power to target individuals for harassment for the sketchiest of reasons. Meredith told the Lexington Herald-Leader that one of the incidents that inspired the bill (which he acknowledges was pushed forward at the urging of local police) was a man lingering outside an apartment complex, which made neighbors nervous. They called the police, but the man refused to answer their questions and left. They found out later that he had outstanding arrest warrants.
But Rebecca DiLoreto, who lobbies for the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, noted that the police could have tagged this guy for violating the state’s loitering laws, and then they could have used that actual allegation of criminal activity to demand ID and check for warrants.
DiLoreto warns that SB 89’s passage would lead to an environment where police would be able to detain people for up to two hours without having to keep official records because these people aren’t technically arrested. She tells the Herald-Leader:
“The idea that we can detain people because we find them to be suspicious and we think they might commit a crime, that crosses a dangerous line. Now, unfortunately, it has been known to happen. Sometimes it’s in a mostly white community where someone spots a black person walking down the street and they get suspicious and call police.
The ‘crime’ in this case is basically that you’re here and we don’t think, from looking at you, that you should be here. The potential for abuse in that seems obvious.”
It would also most certainly violate people’s Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. https://reason.com/2020/01/21/kentucky-lawmaker-wants-to-give-police-the-power-to-detain-people-who-dont-answer-their-questions/?itm_source=parsely-api