Texas: McAllen Police release dash-cam video after prosecutors claim no evidence exists to convict Judge Nora Longoria of DWI

SAN ANTONIO — A DWI case against a South Texas appeals judge who failed a field sobriety test in July was dismissed last month, the McAllen Monitor reported Wednesday.

Nora Longoria, a 13th Court of Appeals judge, was pulled over last July while going 69 mph in a 55 mph zone in the Rio Grande Valley city. Longoria, who failed a field sobriety test but refused a Breathalyzer, showed an officer her judicial badge and asked him to let her go home, the Express-News reported after the July arrest.

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New York: Post-Star editorial questions collusion for good ole boy connections of Steven Sharp in DWI charges

But Sharp was charged in May only with driving while intoxicated and was allowed last month to plead guilty to a lesser charge — driving while ability impaired, a noncriminal violation.

He was fined $340 and paid a $260 surcharge. His license was suspended for 90 days, but he was allowed to get a conditional license so he could travel back and forth to work. He had to listen to a victims impact panel.

We hope Sharp did listen and learn from the stories of lives lost and ruined.

We hope he did not take to heart the more obvious lesson of his case: that his family connections allowed him to walk away from a serious crime with a minor punishment.

Sharp’s sentence should have been proportionate to the seriousness of the offense, and it wasn’t.

He should have been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony vehicular assault. Then, if he had been allowed to plead, he could have pleaded down to no less than driving while intoxicated, and would have faced more severe penalties, including losing his license for six months.

Sharp could have learned a different lesson: that he was going to be held responsible for his actions, despite his family ties. That would have discouraged him from further recklessness.

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South Carolina: DUI killer who only got one year in jail sentenced again on DUI charge

A man who served time on a drunk driving conviction in connection with a 2011 fatal crash has been sentenced on a second DUI charge.

A judge ordered Robert Darren Craft, 40, to serve nine months in jail this week for a count of DUI second offense. The latest incident took place back in December of last year, when he was pulled over after an officer said he was driving suspiciously. Officers said he failed field sobriety tests.

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Maryland: victims of DUI driver let Judge Thomas Miller III know what they think of his weak ruling in DUI case of Devin Fraser

Kaitlynn Elizabeth Warner, 28, 601 Pleasantview Ave., Pasadena; charged Feb. 1, 2014; pleaded guilty DUI; bac refused; jail 60 days, suspend all; probation 18 months sup; AETD, VIP; fines/costs not listed.

Tyler David Bradfield, 19, 8512 Crooked Tree Lane, Laurel; charged March 2, 2014; pleaded guilty DUI; bac refused; jail 60 days, suspend all but 6 days, credit two days time served, to be served as two weekends; probation 18 months sup; $42.50/costs not listed.

Devin Gray Fraser, 27, 8354 Capel Drive, Pasadena; charged Sept. 21, 2013; pleaded guilty DWI; bac .22; jail 6 months, suspend all but 2 days; probation 18 months sup; $42.50/costs not listed.

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Nationwide: DUI fatal trial updates from Kentucky, Illinois, Nevada, Colorado and California; no jail time for DUI killer Frank Lazarin; Las Vegas stripper pleads guilty

A former Las Vegas strip club dancer accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a father and injured his 2-year-old son pleaded guilty today to a …
Dabbing tears from her eyes, a former Las Vegas strip club dancer pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of alcohol during an accident that killed a man and fractured the skull of his 2-year-old son.

Shauna Miller’s plea came a week before her trial in Clark County District Court was scheduled to begin and more than a year after the crash in which James Joseph White, 33, was killed.

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North Carolina: Rabah Samara finds being sober behind the wheel not his deal; now gets easy treatment from another silly judge

A Cary man involved in a hit-and-run 11 years ago that killed a reporter has since faced three drunken driving charges, much to the dismay of the reporter’s parents.

Stephen Gates, a sports reporter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was changing a tire on the shoulder of Interstate 40 in Orange County on Oct. 4, 2003, when he was hit and killed.

Rabah Samara was a passenger in the Cadillac Escalade that hit Gates, but when driver Emily Caveness stopped, he got behind the wheel and drove off. He said at the time that he thought they had hit a deer, although prosecutors said two truck drivers had told him that they had hit Gates.

Stephen Gates was changing a tire on the side of I-40 when he was mowed down by a couple in a Escalade, which then sped away.  Photo courtesy of WRAL

Kentucky: Judge allowed Cody File out of jail on probation in DUI plea deal after he killed Caroline Minks; busted again for DUI

Authorities say in 2009, 18-year-old Caroline Minks was killed in a drunk driving accident with Cody File behind the wheel on River Rd. He was sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter, but only served eight months before he was granted shock probation.

Last month, 23-year-old File was arrested again for driving drunk in Henry County. He’s charged with DUI, failure to report a traffic accident and operating on a suspended license.

Cody File faces serving the rest of his 14 years in prison after another DUI arrest.

Pennsylvania: plea deal by wimpy prosecutor and approved by clueless judge nets David Eugene Foy with probation for killing passenger while DUI on pot

Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers questioned the response of Catherine Foy’s family to developments in the case.

“They are not happy with the plea, but I think it’s legally appropriate,” Rahauser said, noting that the relatives had hung up on him when he called.

Foy, 50, illegally passed a vehicle on Pa. 16 prior to the crash. The 2007 Subaru Outback he was driving left the road and hit a porch in Peters Township, Pa.

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