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Judge Refuses All Tests

Friday, December 8th, 2006

"What should I do if I'm stopped for a DUI?" Do what judges do:

Illinois Judge Charged with Drunken Driving

Bellevue, Ill. December 7 — A judge driving with his boss was charged with drunken driving after a wreck that sent another motorist to the hospital, and the other judge was seen by an officer pouring out a can of beer, police said.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young, 58, was handcuffed and arrested and charged with drunken driving after the Sunday crash, about 20 miles from St. Louis. He refused a sobriety test, authorities said…

Young's attorney, Clyde Kuehn, said Thursday his client was "absolutely within his rights" to refuse a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer test, saying the tests have proven unreliable.

If they are so unreliable (and they are), why does this judge always allow them into evidence in cases he's presiding over? And why does he probably throw the book at defendants for refusing to cooperate?

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