A couple of stories struck me this morning as belonging in the “Laws for thee, but not for me” category. So, here they are along with a couple more that fit the criteria.

Beaumont, TX 12/29/10

Beaumont Police Lieutenant given pretrial diversion(?) for DWI charge in lieu of actual punishment. The article quotes Jasper County DA as saying pretrial diversions are granted all the time or as he put it, regularly. Yea, real common. Any of you commoners familiar with the term? They say it’s like deferred adjudication, but without the trial. The Beaumont Enterprise headline states the charges were dismissed. If it would have been one of us common folk, I have to ponder on what kind of diversion we would have been offered.

Back in March, a spokeswoman for MADD said she was pleased with the way the case was being handled.

I wonder what she says now.

Hartley Co. TX 12/28/10

Colorado lawmaker in wreck that kills pregnant Texan.

The lawmaker reportedly said:

“It’s a tragedy that I now have a personal experience with a highway accident,” Williams told the television station by phone from Texas. “It’s been very traumatic.”

Umm, yes. Tragic. Traumatic. Especially for the lady who died and the baby that may not make it and the husband and children left behind.

Austin, TX

In October 2010, Texas State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez had his DUI charges dropped after a court ruled the officer had insufficient reason to pull him over in the first place. Sweet! I’ll file that one away for future use. I’m sure it will work for little ol’ me.

Frequent readers of this blog will remember Rep. Rodriguez’s name from the Socia.list page on this site.

Also, in 2008 in Austin, Judge Dismisses Texas DWI Against Former Lawmaker Mike Krusee.

Comments
  • Randy_G December 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Let me know how that excuse works out for you Robo…..Heh.

    • robot December 31, 2010 at 9:43 am

      I hope I never have to try it.

  • Kid December 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds like Russia in the old days… or the new days

    • robot December 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

      Hey Kid! Yup, these are the days of the new. Wait. Isn’t there a band with that name? All the old are new again for sure.

  • Adrienne December 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    My attorney nephew is working on his 4th DUI from Sept. and Christmas Eve stomped his roommate (a guy), broke his collar bone (probably when he dropped a dumbbell on him), knocked out teeth and collapsed a lung. I don’t anticipate him doing any jail time. His attorney will pop him back into rehab and tell the judge his client is really, really sorry about that collar bone.

    • robot December 31, 2010 at 9:47 am

      Adrienne! Happy New Year dahlin’!
      Attorneys, judges, politicians of the same feather (except true conservatives), policemen and doctors have their own fraternities and we ain’t invited.

  • Matt December 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Wow, nothing like a two tiered system.

    When I was in college, I dreamed up a counter group to MADD…

    DAMM: Drunks against mad mothers.

  • robot December 31, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Heh, I always thought DAMM stood for My Mother’s Against Dyslexia.

    Happy New Year Matt!

  • Woodsterman December 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Proving once again “rank” does indeed have its privileges. Staying home tonight as per the tradition for the last 20 years. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL !

    • robot December 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Something sure smells “rank” around here Odie. 🙂
      Hope 2011 brings you better things, Sir!

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