Skip to comments.Sheriff's Office releases reports from judge's DUII arrest after DA declines to prosecute [Oregon]
Posted on 02/16/2014 10:01:28 AM PST by QT3.14
The Washington County Sheriffs Office has released police reports about the January impaired driving arrest of Circuit Court Judge Donald Letourneau, who was cleared this week of criminal wrongdoing.
The reports, disclosed Tuesday in response to a public records request, offer some new details about the incident, which was reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorneys Office. Letourneau has been a judge for 21 years in Washington County.
The district attorneys office Tuesday released its charging decision, which stated prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Letourneau, 63, was driving impaired.
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Does the DA's office apply the same standards to the unwashed masses? Or is it a case of Animal Farm?
Enforcing laws against the common folks but not against the insiders. This prosecutor and judge should be impeached, put on trial and defrocked. It is quite insulting to all citizens.
Me? I'm nobody and I don't know anybody. So I live in fear. [shrug] It's America. A police state. Just the way it is.
Letourneaus blood alcohol-level was .06 percent during the incident. The legal limit in Oregon is .08 percent, but prosecutions can occur with lower blood-alcohol levels, if impairment can be proven.
It's not worth prosecuting and pissing off every judge they have to bring cases in front of.
Grounds for suspicion, but he passed the breathalyzer. And .08 is a pretty tough standard.
It’s good to be the (black-robed) king.
He had two glasses of wine at DINNER..
It appears I over-reacted in my post above. Sorry.
.06 is not DUI. DA made the right call. Just because some cop says blah, blah, blah, the breathalyzer says differently. No Animal Farm here.
If the readings are to be believed, .06 is not above the legal limit. If someone drinks at a bar and stops when they know their BAC is below the legal limit, they are drinking responsibly. Cops love to catch drunks. They get brownie points and awards for catching drunk drivers. They will always write their reports to shed the best light on why they did what they did. Sitting outside a bar and following someone who leaves is like shooting fish in a barrel. This time the fishie swam too fast. While I would love to see the legal establishment types be hoisted on their own petard, in this case the “judge” was not legally drunk and was not liable for conviction, under the law. Perhaps he will get busted later. Perhaps not.
This entire incident reeks of government corruption and in fact there is little in the article I believe..
No you didn’t.
There are so many lies and deceit in the article, it’s hard to tell if anyone told the truth here.
From the cops statements to the judges... It just reeks...
But I do love the comment from the corrupt judge that he, “Did not trust the deputies”.
What a hoot..
If these same deputies brought someone else before this judge’s court, the judge would trust them???
What total government BS....Government corruption seems endless.
Maybe you did over-react, but then again maybe you didn't. The judge refused to take a field sobriety test when he was first pulled over. He claimed that he didn't trust the tests.
I find that odd. I wonder if the judge accepts the results of field sobriety tests when he is conducting a trial. I'll bet that he does.
Now, that doesn't mean he's guilty. But I wonder...
Has this judge been trusting of what LEO’s say in his court before this?
We may never know. But, if he has any integrity, he will always weigh with impartiality the words of both the defendant and the prosecutors.
Sitting outside a bar and following someone who leaves is like shooting fish in a barre.
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There used to be a cop in DC (I normally use Police but not this time) that would grab people coming out of a bar and getting into their car. Even if you blew .06 and he didn’t like your ‘attitude’ he would charge you with DUI and use the excuse ‘IN HIS OPINION’ you may have been under the limit BUT you were under the influence.
Virginia went to 2 man DUI arrests and after being pulled over they would wait till the 2nd car arrived before doing much anything - after the Officer had determined you MAY be under the influence he would call for the ‘duty expert’.
The cop in DC may have had a lot of cases thrown out BUT he sure did manage to ‘ruin’ a lot of peoples reputation etc because you had to go through the ‘process’ before court.
How it is possible people are being convicted and sent to jail if even the judge stated he does not trust his own law enforcement?
How in the *#+* does that work?
How does the law have any integrity at all, when it even considers judging the statements from those they don't trust?
Deputies? Where did he say that?
He did refuse sobriety tests because he didn't trust the tests.