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Mel Gibson does deal on DUI
Life Style UK ^ | 18 August 2006

Posted on 08/18/2006 9:59:50 AM PDT by Hal1950

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - Mel Gibson has escaped jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving.

The 'Mad Max' star agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors on Thursday (17.08.06) and in return was given three years probation, ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and told to enrol in an alcohol abuse programme for three months.

Mel - who was also fined $1,300 and had his driving license restricted for 90 days - was arrested on July 28 after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding.

He then launched into an anti-Semitic tirade, during which he allegedly said: "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

Afterwards, the 50-year-old actor profusely apologised for his comments.

Mel said: "I acted like a persson completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable.

"I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologise to anyone who I have offended."

Mel - who signed the plea agreement and waived his right to a jury trial on Monday (14.08.06) - did not appear in court for the hearing. His lawyer Blair Berk entered the plea on his behalf.

Malibu's deputy district attorney Gina Satriano said in a statement: "This was an appropriate outcome which addresses all the public safety concerns of drinking and driving."


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1 posted on 08/18/2006 9:59:51 AM PDT by Hal1950
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To: Hal1950

Everyone is offered that "deal" for a first offense.


2 posted on 08/18/2006 10:01:02 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (((172 * 3.141592653589793238462) / 180) * 10 = 30.0196631)
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To: Hal1950

Will he have to make a PSA Film about drinking and driving called "The Last Temptation of Otis ?"


3 posted on 08/18/2006 10:01:13 AM PDT by Perdogg (Democrats = terrorists)
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To: Hal1950

Not much of a deal if you ask me. My first drunk driving arrest only got me a year of probation and less than $1000 in fines.


4 posted on 08/18/2006 10:01:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Hal1950

Too bad he wasn't arrested in Durham, NC. The gal who says she was raped by the Duke Lacrosse team stole a taxi, drove through two counties at high speed, tried to run over a policeman, and blew twice the legal limit. She got a misdemeanor.

Of course she has a special relationship with the Durham D.A.


5 posted on 08/18/2006 10:02:46 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Hal1950

What were Oliver Stone's 'deals'?


6 posted on 08/18/2006 10:03:50 AM PDT by RushCrush (I like pit bulls better than Democrats.)
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To: Hal1950

I have always had a lot of respect for Mel Gibson. I always saw him as a strong conservative and family man and a good Catholic. He always stood out as an anachronism (along with people like Bruce Willis, Dennis Hopper and a few others) in that putrid city. But with this incident it seems like he is really not much different from the rest of that wretched refuse. Sorry Mel, you just made the list as far as I am concerned.


7 posted on 08/18/2006 10:05:18 AM PDT by stm (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
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To: P-Marlowe

That's right. Now watch them try to blow this out as a sweet deal for a celebrity. It isn't. It's par for the course.

Entertainment tonight should be milking this for all it's worth this evening.


8 posted on 08/18/2006 10:06:01 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Hal1950

"after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding."

Note to the Brits: Maui is an island in Hawaii. MALIBU is a community in California, near the PCH. I know, the spelling is really close. :P


9 posted on 08/18/2006 10:07:38 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: stm
Give me a break, he is a man - not a saint. Im sure everyone we know and respect in life has some sort of skeleton in the closet that no one knows about - in the case of Mel we know everything about him because the media loves to beat the man up. What he did was wrong - and he should and will seek treatment - what more can you ask? What does the bible tell us? Everyone has a cross to bare in life? His cross is that he is an alcoholic and should try to rid himself of this.
10 posted on 08/18/2006 10:10:45 AM PDT by cdnerds (cdnerds.com)
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To: PreciousLiberty

They could also use a little spelling help. "enrol?"


11 posted on 08/18/2006 10:17:39 AM PDT by JRjr (hMMM?)
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To: Hal1950; P-Marlowe; cripplecreek; DoughtyOne

I don't know if Gibson has priors on the record, but he has confessed publicly to having driven drunk before this incident. He was also going something like 87 mph for this one. He clearly has a long term problem, totally apart from his sick rant. On top of this, he had plenty of opportunity to get a cab when people at the bar suggested that, and he can also afford to have himself chauffered around in a limo that waits for him while he gets drunk in bars -- an option not available to most people.

I think he got off obscenely easy -- the idea that he'll be fine to get behind the wheel again 3 months from now is just insane. Obviously he has to kill someone before the courts will do anything to stop him. And yes, appallingly, this is "par for the course", and not just for celebrities.


12 posted on 08/18/2006 10:17:48 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Hal1950
In other news the kid that that played with Bruce Willis in "The Sixth Sense", Haley Joel Osment was arrested for marijuana posession and DUI (he blew over .15).

I see drunk people!

13 posted on 08/18/2006 10:17:56 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (This space for rent.)
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To: Perdogg
"The Last Temptation of Otis ?"

LOL...

14 posted on 08/18/2006 10:18:37 AM PDT by RJL
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Remember Patrick Kennedy?


15 posted on 08/18/2006 10:21:43 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: ladyjane

Really? When was this? I hadn't heard/read of it.


16 posted on 08/18/2006 10:23:22 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: cdnerds

If it was just the DUI thing that would be one thing. I would be a hypocrite if I said I have never driven over the limit, I have, though I do not any more. Fortunately I have never been stopped. But his outbursts, assault on a police officer(s) and anti-semitic rhetoric was inexcusable. That's the kind of stuff Sean Penn, Johnny Dope, Martin Sheen and others do. I expected a lot more out of Mel Gibson.


17 posted on 08/18/2006 10:23:43 AM PDT by stm (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
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To: theDentist

Here is a link to the Haley Joel Osment story:
http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2006-08-18/


18 posted on 08/18/2006 10:27:39 AM PDT by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Well a drunk person is thinking correctly so not calling a cab is understandable however I agree that is pretty scary to think that a confessed alcoholic only gets 90 days and no other restrictions?
A huge percentage of automobile accidents are caused by drinking drivers
It doesn't say he has to drop for a alcohol test for a certain period of time either but that may be part of the plea also?
19 posted on 08/18/2006 10:27:46 AM PDT by apackof2 (They wait on you hand and foot so they can charge you an arm and a leg)
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To: Hal1950
He then launched into an anti-Semitic tirade, during which he allegedly said: "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

So how come you can allegedly say something without allegedly launching into a tirade?
20 posted on 08/18/2006 10:28:42 AM PDT by yevgenie (Q. What is the first sign of AIDS? A. A pounding sensation in the ass.)
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To: Mike Darancette
The biggest thing I got out of this whole story is a new term for my inner-childish vocabulary.

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"Sugar T*ts"

21 posted on 08/18/2006 10:31:59 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
I don't know if Gibson has priors on the record, but he has confessed publicly to having driven drunk before this incident. He was also going something like 87 mph for this one. He clearly has a long term problem, totally apart from his sick rant. On top of this, he had plenty of opportunity to get a cab when people at the bar suggested that, and he can also afford to have himself chauffered around in a limo that waits for him while he gets drunk in bars -- an option not available to most people.

All of that is legally irrelevant. The law does not take into consideration a man's income in determining the sentence to be imposed. Mr. Gibson was treated exactly as you or I would have been treated by the same court. For some a $1300 fine would be a harsh punishment and for someone like Gibson it is like tipping a waitress for a cup of coffee and a donut.

Obviously he has to kill someone before the courts will do anything to stop him. And yes, appallingly, this is "par for the course", and not just for celebrities.

I suspect that he will not be drinking and driving again any time soon. I trust that he now sincerely acknowledges his problem. The eyes of the world will be upon him and for those who were spiritually touched by his movie on the Passion, I suspect that the prayers of millions will be offered on his behalf.

22 posted on 08/18/2006 10:34:51 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (((172 * 3.141592653589793238462) / 180) * 10 = 30.0196631)
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To: stm
What you expect from someone and what they are - are 2 different things. When your an alcoholic you will do exactly what he did - outbursts, crazy remarks and such. Unlike the other people you listed Mel Gibson takes responsibility for his actions and faces them (i.e. seeks treatment and is sorry for his outburst). Those other lib crazies blame it on other people, the media and never themselves.
23 posted on 08/18/2006 10:37:49 AM PDT by cdnerds (cdnerds.com)
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To: Baldur

Ayep. Bruce Willis somewhat shuns the label as conservative or Republican, as does Tom Selleck, but they are very conservative in their ideologies. I wonder if they shun it publically for career reasons, although both are well established actors.


25 posted on 08/18/2006 10:45:01 AM PDT by stm (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
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To: JRjr
They could also use a little spelling help. "enrol?"
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Sorry. I looked it up. In the U.K. it's spelled with only one "l"
26 posted on 08/18/2006 12:35:04 PM PDT by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

Your first? How many are there?


27 posted on 08/18/2006 12:36:05 PM PDT by Hildy (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.)
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To: Hal1950
arrested on July 28 after being pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway, in Maui, for speeding.

Maui??? Actually we call it the Honoapiilana Highway not the Pacific Coast Highway.  :-)


28 posted on 08/18/2006 12:42:49 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: stm

Did you see the photos of him getting chummy with the two young ladies in the bar? Not a family man! He also thinks his Anglican wife "might not get into heaven". I guess he pays her to stay married to him. He is insufferable.


29 posted on 08/18/2006 1:08:05 PM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: juliej

Nope, never saw that one. More disappointing news.


30 posted on 08/18/2006 1:10:25 PM PDT by stm (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
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To: juliej

Nope, never saw that one. More disappointing news.


31 posted on 08/18/2006 1:10:30 PM PDT by stm (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
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To: theDentist
Most of the threads about the Duke Lacrosse Rape saga are in Chat.

The entire case is very bizarre. Both of the 'exotic' dancers have records. The one embezzled $25,000 but never did time, never paid it back, and the DA reduced the penalties. The other one had 5 or 6 different er...uh... 'contacts' the days before the event supposedly occurred. She also claimed another gang rape a few years ago and was the one who stole the cabbie's car after giving him a lap dance and stealing his keys. No jail time either. Misdemeanors.

To hear more sordid details go to chat. There is usually a thread going on. A keyword is DukeLax. Another is Nifong - the name of the DA. Fascinating reading.
32 posted on 08/18/2006 1:19:36 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: stm

Mel is not a conservative - he hangs out with Michael Moore and spouts anti-Bush rhetoric. HE should never have been embraced by conservatives: he has cheated on his wife in the past; is an alcoholic; will not stand up to his Old Man - which is probably the source of his alcoholism (unresolved conflict). And I do believe he is an anti-Semite as his father is. He also does not recognize the authority of the Pope. Conservatives embrace him because he opposes gay marriage? so does Fidel Castro!


33 posted on 08/18/2006 1:26:30 PM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: juliej

He is very strongly pro-life.


34 posted on 08/18/2006 2:00:34 PM PDT by karnage
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To: Hildy
Your first? How many are there?

Just two more than 10 years apart but I don't drink anymore so I'm done with that crap.
35 posted on 08/20/2006 7:24:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: juliej

You say Mel is not a conservative-Oh really and just what does constitute a conservative in your eyes?
He is pro-choice, anti-stem cell use, pro death penalty, pro second amendment, he came out for Terri Schiavvo, he is for lowering taxes. What do you mean he hangs out with Michael Moore? They met one time at the People's Choice Awards?
You say he cheats on his wife?
How do you know this? Oh, perhaps you are the other woman. You must be because you say it so emphatically. It can't be that you just read it in some rag magazine, could it? No, I am sure you would be too smart to just read something in some rag.
Yes, you are correct he is an admitted alcoholic. He is trying to get help for that.
And no, he has not as yet broken the commandment to go against his father, perhaps that would make you happy Julie.


36 posted on 08/21/2006 4:51:37 PM PDT by brigada
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To: juliej

Did you hear the two young ladies in all the interviews? They were fans, they asked him to take pictures, and he said yes. And did you read what they talked about. He talked about his wife and his family and his religion with them. Yeah, he was really getting chummy with them Julie. And why don't you put there what else they said, that he was drinking water the whole time.
Yeah, he has to pay his wife to stay married to him. If she divorced him, she would be worth half a billion dollars. You know Julie, it sounds to me like you are a little jealous.


37 posted on 08/21/2006 4:54:39 PM PDT by brigada
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To: brigada

Oh, yes, I am jealous and lie awake at night going "Mel, MEl, do it to me, big boy - show me your lethal weapon."


38 posted on 08/22/2006 10:01:56 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: brigada

HE has ranted and raved about Pres. Bush and his latest lousy movie, Apocalipto, is a bomb in the Mayan language, which is supposed to make is think about Iraq! What I am thinking about is what a moron Gibson and his flunkies are! And yes, he is an adulterer. Now, go take a chill pill.


39 posted on 08/22/2006 10:03:18 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: brigada

Oh, yes, "arrested for DRINKING WATER"!


40 posted on 08/22/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: Hal1950
Deal? Its special treatment. Us regular stiffs wouldn't get a pass like that for a first time DUI. I guess they figured its next to impossible to convict a celebrity. They are god-like to the public.

( No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)

41 posted on 08/22/2006 10:05:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: cripplecreek
My first drunk driving arrest only got me a year of probation and less than $1000 in fines.

You didn't call the judge a Jew Bastard, I'm guessing.

42 posted on 08/22/2006 10:07:12 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: karnage

So is Pat Buchanan who is a vicious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. Now, he is one pro lifer I would not vote for in a million years! There is more to being conservative - AND A DECENT PERSON - than being pro life! (And I happen to be pro life and a decent person, I hope.)


43 posted on 08/22/2006 10:07:38 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: goldstategop

The Gibson defenders will never admit that he is an anti-Semite who does not have the guts to stand up to the old man. Furthermore, I hear that his latest "film" is a total fiasco.


44 posted on 08/22/2006 10:08:51 AM PDT by juliej (juliej)
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To: juliej

How do you know that is latest movie his lousy? Have you seen it? And how do you know that he is an adulterer? There are only two choices, either you are the woman he is cheating on his wife with? Or you read the National Enquirer? Which is it Julie? I would really like to know. And you know for someone who seems to have so much dislike for Mel Gibson, you certainly know an awful lot about him. It is funny that you brought up dreaming about him?? Mmmmm? Yes Julie, I do think you are jealous. You need to take a chill pill.


45 posted on 08/22/2006 11:37:50 AM PDT by brigada
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To: juliej

Julie, stop reading Page 6 of the New York Post and the National Enquirer for your reading material. You would be much more informed woman. They are not worthy publications to be your info here.


46 posted on 08/22/2006 11:39:37 AM PDT by brigada
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To: juliej

You sound like a jilted lover.


47 posted on 08/22/2006 11:40:35 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: goldstategop

You are absolutley incorrect. My father is a judge in the state of California and that is standard punishment. If anything, Gibson was treated more harshly, BECAUSE he is a celebrity. Don't have a knee jerk reaction.


48 posted on 08/22/2006 11:41:57 AM PDT by brigada
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To: bonfire

My thoughts exactly bonfire!!


49 posted on 08/22/2006 1:03:05 PM PDT by brigada
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To: brigada
He talked about his wife and his family and his religion with them...

Right.

50 posted on 08/22/2006 1:05:09 PM PDT by veronica (NEW LITERARY AND ARTS JOURNAL offers free advertising for writers, bloggers, artists. FRmail me...)
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