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Unfair DUI in Pennsylvania

Here’s a fine example of how DUI laws are applied unfairly by judges, in this case in Northampton County Court of Common Pleas:

Jury Says Not Guilty; Judge Finds Otherwise

[T]he jury found Trump not guilty of second-offense drunken driving, after she and two people she was with testified she wasn’t the driver of the car.
But minutes later, the judge who presided over her trial convicted her of a lesser DUI offense that he concluded he, and not jurors, should decide. In so doing, Judge Michael Koury Jr. said he accepted testimony that the panel apparently had rejected when they reached their verdict.

[O]fficer John Lakits conceded on the witness stand that he “could not tell for sure” that Trump had been driving the stopped vehicle. Trump testified the real driver was her friend, Brad Wilcox, who had just gotten out of the car to unlock the back door of his home.

Trump said she was a rear passenger, but had gone to the front to grab some bags of food to take into Wilcox’s house. Her story was repeated by the two other passengers, Andrew Polly and Jessy Norwillo, both of whom said Wilcox was the designated driver that night.

Thanks to the Morning Call for publishing this story.

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