Archive for November 21st, 2007

“I’m a Judge, Bro”

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

If only this news story was an isolated incident in the hypocritic "War on Drunk Driving":


Judge to Cop Who Arrested Him: ‘I’m a

Judge, Bro’

 May have tried to use position to avoid DWI

Roxbury, IL.  Nov. 16 – A municipal judge who was charged with drunken and careless driving apparently tried to use his position as a jurist — telling his arresting officer, "I’m a judge, bro" — while handing him a blue state judiciary identification card, a police report stated.

George R. Korpita, 47…has served as a municipal judge in Dover, Victory Gardens and Rockaway. He failed numerous field sobriety tests slightly after 2 a.m. on Nov. 6 to the point where he told police, "I’m done. I can’t do it," according to an arrest report filed by Patrolman Jonathan Edmunds.

Edmunds noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Korpita, and it later was determined that the judge’s blood alcohol level was .22 percent — nearly triple the state’s .08 percent legal limit. He’s scheduled to make his first appearance on Nov. 27 before a Superior Court judge in Union County. Attempts to reach Korpita on Thursday night were unsuccessful.

At the time of the arrest, Korpita was asked for his driver’s license, but he handed the officer a blue laminated judiciary ID card and "nonchalantly stated ‘I’m a judge, bro,’" Edmunds wrote.

Edmunds returned the card and again told the judge he needed to see his driver’s license. As Korpita fumbled through papers in his glove box, he told Edmunds, "I’m OK, bro, I’m OK," and then attempted to again hand Edmunds the blue ID card and said, "I’m a judge, bro."

 

(Thanks to Randy Q.)

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