North Carolina: Judge in trouble for extra effort to ease the pain for DWI driver

From Charlotte Observer.com
For the second time in a year, Mecklenburg District Judge John Totten is in trouble – this time facing misconduct charges for allegedly suppressing a drunken driving defendant’s alcohol level so the man wouldn’t be punished as harshly as N.C. law requires.
Totten is accused of signing an order he knew or should have known was “false and misleading,” allowing the DWI defendant to avoid having an interlock device installed on his car.
The device, which prevents convicted drunken drivers from starting their cars if they’ve been drinking, is required for drivers whose blood alcohol level is .15 or more.
In this case, defendant Glenmore Hopkins pleaded guilty with an alcohol level of .17 – more than twice the legal limit of .08.   ….MORE