Ohio Judge to Face Drunk Driving Charge


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Original poster
Jan 4, 2002
Ohio Judge to Face Drunk Driving Charge
.c The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state Supreme Court justice pulled over for drunk driving urged a police officer not to arrest her and cited her rulings in drunken driving cases, according to police videotapes.

Justice Alice Robie Resnick, 65, of Toledo, is scheduled to appear court Monday, one week after police pulled her over on Interstate 75 in northern Ohio. Her attorney, Sheldon Wittenberg, filed a request last week indicating she wants to change her innocent plea, but he did not say what the new plea would be.

In the video, shot by a camera on the dashboard of the patrol car and released Friday, a police sergeant questioning Resnick in the front seat tells her he can smell alcohol on her breath.

Resnick assures the officer that she can drive safely, but he asks her to take a portable breath-analysis test. She then lowers her voice and says, ``I did have something to drink.''

Resnick also repeatedly asks to be let go, saying, ``My God, you know I decide all these cases in your favor. And my golly, look what you're doing to me.''

Resnick's blood-alcohol content registered 0.22 percent, more than twice the legal limit in Ohio of 0.08 percent. However, the portable test cannot be used as evidence in court.

She refused to take an official Breathalyzer test, which means an automatic one-year license suspension and a three-year ban from driving state vehicles.

Resnick could also receive as much as six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000 if she is convicted.

Resnick later apologized in a statement. A justice since 1989, she is the court's only Democrat.


macrumors 603
Aug 15, 2001
The Cool Part of CA, USA
Well, now that's just embarassing.

Not to mention the concept of "I'm tough on drunk driving, so you should let me go when I do it!" Then again, she was probably so drunk that her judgement on such matters was severely impared, as if that makes it any better.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 22, 2003
The people of ohio tend to elected idiots. I live in cleveland ohio, and i didn't vote for anyone who is in columbus. The wonderful people who run are state tend to make sure money isn't used, "disappears", or isn't used in the right place. ect ect.. </bitter>

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