Today we have two stories that provide stupid defenses, or get of jail free cards for those that break the law.
I like to call the, the Chewbacca Defenses – never heard of that either? Then check out the video at the end of the post.
An Ashland man who prosecutors say was arrested on a first-offense drunken driving charge with a blood-alcohol level of 0.41 — more than five times the legal limit — was freed without bail yesterday.
Richard W. Creighton, 62, was released on personal recognizance after being arraigned in Framingham District Court on charges of drunken driving, negligent operation and failure to stay within marked lanes, said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone.
“We did not request bail because he did not have any previous record,” she said. Efforts to reach Creighton yesterday were unsuccessful.
Police say a slur-ring, stumbling driver initially denied drinking when officers responded to a midday one-car crash Monday.
“A few moments later, he said he had been drinking vodka earlier at his house,” Framingham police Lt. Ronald Brandolini said.
That someone with such a high blood-alcohol level was even conscious stunned veteran defense attorney William L. Harvey III, whose OUI client list includes President Obama’s illegal-alien half-uncle.
“He was still alive?” Harvey asked. “It could be a red flag that the machine isn’t operating correctly, because it’s so grossly high. That’s close to toxic levels, alcohol poisoning, where he should be dead. He shouldn’t even have been able to put the keys in the ignition.”
The arrest comes weeks after Rhode Island cops accused a Brockton man of blowing 0.384.
A law is on the books in Michigan that will allow medical amnesty for minors who get help for alcohol poisoning either for themselves or someone else.
Under past law, minors under the age of 21 could receive a misdemeanor offense for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol.
Lawmakers hope medical amnesty in the new will encourage minors to get help sooner if they or another appear to have alcohol poisoning.
"Ensuring the safety of our youth is a priority,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Removing the fear of penalty when seeking emergency assistance can help save lives.”