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LATimes: NBC in touch with Al Michaels after his DUI arrest

NBC said Sunday it is aware of sportscaster Al Michaels’ arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Santa Monica but declined to say whether it would affect his work with the network.

Greg Hughes, a spokesman for NBC Sports, told Associated Press that the network had been “in contact with Michaels.” Hughes declined to elaborate.

A longtime announcer on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” Michaels was arrested at about 10 p.m. Friday, booked into jail and released on his own recognizance early Saturday.

“He was evaluated for suspicion of DUI, brought to the station for a Breathalyzer test, and it came out .08, which was at the legal limit, so he was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning,’’ Sgt. William Heric told City News Service. “He was cooperative and polite the whole time.’‘

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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:30 AM (#4421912)
"Do you believe in DUIs? YES!!!"
   2. Lassus Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:05 AM (#4421929)
This is not even tangentially related to baseball.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:11 AM (#4421930)
This is not even tangentially related to baseball.

Maybe he was drinking high balls?
   4. bobm Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4421938)
Al Michaels does have something to do with baseball, even if not much recently.

From Wikipedia:

In 1971, Michaels moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became the lead announcer for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. In 1972, the Reds won the National League Championship Series and advanced to the World Series. Michaels helped cover the Fall Classic for NBC [...]

In 1974, Michaels left the Reds for a similar position with the San Francisco Giants, and also covered basketball for UCLA. He left NBC that year and announced regional NFL games for CBS Sports in 1975. He called the no-hitter by John Candelaria on August 9, 1976. [...]

Memorable Baseball Moments

[edit]1972 National League Championship Series
Main article: 1972 National League Championship Series

Even though the events of October 17, 1989 in San Francisco are widely considered to be the most dramatic baseball-related moment of Michaels' career, he had several others that were memorable.
In the 1972 National League Championship Series, the defending World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Cincinnati Reds. In Game 5, with both teams tied at two games apiece, the Pirates led 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning and were three outs away from advancing to the World Series. But Pirates closer Dave Giusti unraveled. He surrendered a game-tying home run to Johnny Bench before allowing back-to-back singles to Tony Pérez and Denis Menke before being relieved by Bob Moose, who almost worked out of the jam by recording two outs. But with pinch-hitter Hal McRae at the plate, Moose lost his footing and uncorked a wild pitch sending George Foster, who was pinch running for Pérez, home with the pennant-clinching run and setting off a massive celebration at Riverfront Stadium.

[edit]1985 World Series
Main article: 1985 World Series
Perhaps Michaels' first historic call with ABC Sports while covering Major League Baseball occurred in what is now known by many as the Don Denkinger game. The Kansas City Royals trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in a series that was panned for being low-scoring and dull. After a Royals win in St. Louis forced the action back to Kansas City, the sixth game was also low scoring. However, this contest grew into a tense pitcher's duel.

In the bottom of the 9th, pinch hitter Jorge Orta led off for the Royals against Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell with Kansas City trailing 1–0 and hit a ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark. Clark threw over to pitcher Worrell, who was running over to cover first base in time to beat the speedy Orta and did. Yet first base umpire Don Denkinger still called Orta safe at first. Steve Balboni then hit a pop-up to first which Jack Clark missed for an error, keeping Balboni's at-bat alive, and he promptly singled to put men on first and second.

The infamous and controversial leadoff single by Orta and the Jack Clark error eventually led to the Royals loading the bases and putting the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with one out for Dane Iorg. A dramatic finish and a play at the plate ensued. The Royals went on to win Game 7 11–0 and complete the 3 games to 1 comeback. However, it was Denkinger's dubious 'safe' call, and not Iorg's hit, Clark's error or Jim Sundberg's heroics (for his difficult slide past catcher Darrell Porter for the winning run for that matter) that were most remembered in years to come.

[edit]1986 American League Championship Series
In 1986, Michaels was also on hand for what he says was "the greatest of all the thousands of games I've done." On October 12 at Anaheim Stadium, Michaels along with Jim Palmer called Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The California Angels held a 3 games to 1 lead of a best-of-seven against the Boston Red Sox. In the game, the Angels held a 5–2 lead going into the ninth inning. Boston scored two runs on a home run by Don Baylor, closing the gap to 5–4.

When Donnie Moore came in to shut down the rally, there were two outs, and a runner on first base, Rich Gedman, who had been hit by a pitch. The Angels were one out from their first-ever trip to the World Series. But Dave Henderson hit a 2–2 pitch off Moore for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 6–5 lead. The Angels were able to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings. Moore continued to pitch for the Angels. He was able to stifle a 10th inning Red Sox rally by getting Jim Rice to ground into a double play. Nevertheless, the Red Sox were able to score off Moore in the 11th-inning via a sacrifice fly by Henderson. The Angels could not score in the bottom of the 11th, and lost the game 7–6.

The defeat still left the Angels in a 3 games to 2 advantage, with two more games to play at Fenway Park. The Angels were not able to recover, losing both games by wide margins, 10–4 and 8–1. Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS ended with Calvin Schiraldi striking out Jerry Narron.

Despite the fact that ABC Sports and ESPN had been under the same corporate umbrella (the Walt Disney Company) since 1996, Michaels never served as a regular commentator for ESPN Major League Baseball. The only time that Michaels appeared in an ESPN booth of any kind was as a guest commentator on Wednesday Night Baseball in 2003 as part of ESPN's Living Legends Series.

[edit]1989 World Series
Main article: 1989 World Series
On October 17, 1989 Michaels was in San Francisco, preparing to cover the third game of the 1989 World Series between the home team, the Giants, and the visiting Oakland Athletics. ABC's network telecast began with a recap of the first two games, both won by Oakland. Soon after Michaels handed off to his broadcast partner, Tim McCarver, who started assessing the Giants' chances for victory in the game, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck (at approximately 5:04 pm local time). Michaels exclaimed "I'll tell you what—we're having an earth—" as the network feed was cut off.[11][12] When ABC restored audio via telephone 15 minutes later, Michaels quipped, "Well folks, that's the greatest open in the history of television, bar none!".[13] Michaels then reported from the ABC Sports production truck outside Candlestick Park on the earthquake, for which he later was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting. Michaels relayed his reports to Ted Koppel, who was stationed at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C.

According to Tim McCarver when the earthquake hit, he, Michaels and Jim Palmer immediately grabbed a hold of what they perceived to be the armrests. In reality, the announcers were clutching on each other's thighs and they were each left with bruises the next day. Years later (on a 1999 SportsCenter retrospective about the 1989 World Series earthquake), Al Michaels would boldly admit his strong belief that had the earthquake lasted much longer than 15 seconds, he would have been killed. Michaels added that the only time that he really had been scared during the earthquake was when he moved in a position which he perceived to be backward. The three announcers were sitting on a ledge with their backs turned and no bracing behind them. [...]

MLB Network

On July 8, 2011, Michaels teamed up with Bob Costas (with the two announcers alternating between play-by-play and color commentary) to call a game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants on MLB Network.[23] It was Michaels' first appearance on a baseball telecast since 2003 (when he served as a guest commentator on an ESPN game, as previously mentioned) and his first as a primary announcer since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series on ABC. (Michaels had called Games 1, 4 and 5 of that series with Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver, while Costas called Games 2, 3 and 6 with Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker for NBC.) Michaels and Costas also made appearances on SportsNet New York and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area during the game's middle innings, since the MLB Network broadcast was blacked out in the Mets' and Giants respective home markets.
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 22, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4421960)
tl; dr
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:04 AM (#4421965)
tl; dr

April 22, 2013. The day when RMc makes a more obscure reference than Repoz.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4421969)

sometimes a link can be your - and our - friend

#tmi
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:11 AM (#4421974)
April 22, 2013. The day when RMc makes a more obscure reference than Repoz.

And since I'm neither a hockey nor an Olympics fan, I've always thought that "YES!" was associated with Marv Albert, not Al Michaels. I had to google to discover the one very major exception.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:17 AM (#4421978)
I kinda miss Al Michaels doing baseball. Monday Night Baseball was one of my favorite things to watch as a kid, back before we had ESPN. And I always remember him handling the earthquake during the '89 World Series.

Isn't a DUI pretty much a given for sports broadcasters? At least he didn't pull a Reese "Don't You Know Who I Am?" Witherspoon.
   10. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4421983)
tl; dr

April 22, 2013. The day when RMc makes a more obscure reference than Repoz.

That's common 1337 sp34k. Noob.
   11. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4421985)
I do wonder why they brought him to the station before administering the breathalyzer though. Since he came out right on the limit, there is an excellent chance, he doesn't pass if they do it on the spot.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4421993)

I do wonder why they brought him to the station before administering the breathalyzer though.


Maybe they didn't have one on them? I don't know how common it is for every cop to carry one.
   13. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4421995)
tl; dr


Tony LaRussa; drunken reprobate -- obligatory in all DWI-related threads.

   14. Downtown Bookie Posted: April 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4422022)
NBC said Sunday it is aware of sportscaster Al Michaels’ arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Santa Monica but declined to say whether it would affect his work with the network.

I guess NBC wants to hear back from their sponsors before saying anything definatively. After all, Coors, Budweiser, Miller Beer, et al, may not be comfortable buying ad time on a broadcast featuring someone known to consume alcohol.

DB
   15. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM (#4422032)
tl; dr

April 22, 2013. The day when RMc makes a more obscure reference than Repoz.


Behold! I hate it when Mike Crudale has his children taken away.
   16. depletion Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4422071)
for a Breathalyzer test, and it came out .08, which was at the legal limit, so he was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning

So did he not get charged? If he was at 0.08 then that's legal, right? What does released on a citation mean?
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4422074)
So did he not get charged? If he was at 0.08 then that's legal, right?


Perhaps the legal limit is like the foul line. If you hit it, you're not legal.

   18. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4422102)
Reece Witherspoon arrested

Guess Al Michaels wasnt the only one to get popped for the DUI.
   19. tshipman Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4422127)
Eh, if he really was at .08, then he's not really history's greatest monster.

He still should have taken a taxi.
   20. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4422128)
NBC said Sunday it is aware of sportscaster Al Michaels’ arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Santa Monica but declined to say whether it would affect his work with the network.

Did anyone else think when first catching a glimpse of the headline that Michaels was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of Santa Monica?
   21. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4422139)
The bac of .08 is simply the prohibited blood alcohol concentration, not the statutory minimum necessary for states to prove owi.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4422322)
And since I'm neither a hockey nor an Olympics fan, I've always thought that "YES!" was associated with Marv Albert, not Al Michaels.

1. Marv Albert
2. Meg Ryan
3. Steve Howe
4. Daniel Bryan
5. Al Michaels
6. Yoko Ono
7. Michael Kay
8. Virginia O'Hanlon
   23. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4422330)
1. Marv Albert
2. Meg Ryan
3. Steve Howe
4. Daniel Bryan
5. Al Michaels
6. Yoko Ono
7. Michael Kay
8. Virginia O'Hanlon


9. Ed McMahon
   24. beer on a stick Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4422443)
OK so this is kinda OT and maybe I'm missing something obvious, but here goes:

Since Colorado and Washington have legalized smoking dope, have the cops come up with any kind of field test for whether or not someone is too stoned to be driving? It seems there should be some legal point where you are too impaired to drive and will be cited/arrested, right?
   25. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4422446)
Reece Witherspoon arrested

In a Ford Fusion!
   26. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4422455)
1. Marv Albert
2. Meg Ryan
3. Steve Howe
4. Daniel Bryan
5. Al Michaels
6. Yoko Ono
7. Michael Kay
8. Virginia O'Hanlon


9. Ed McMahon


Yeah, but how many of them other than Albert use it as their signature call about 800 times a day, and without any prefatory buildup like "Do you believe in miracles?"? The only one of those I hear on a regular basis is Kay, and his main tagline is "SEE ya!"
   27. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4422509)
1. Marv Albert
2. Meg Ryan
3. Steve Howe
4. Daniel Bryan
5. Al Michaels
6. Yoko Ono
7. Michael Kay
8. Virginia O'Hanlon


9. Ed McMahon

"Molly" Bloom.
   28. KT's Pot Arb Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4422534)
Since Colorado and Washington have legalized smoking dope, have the cops come up with any kind of field test for whether or not someone is too stoned to be driving? It seems there should be some legal point where you are too impaired to drive and will be cited/arrested, right?


Probably not necessary.
   29. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4422550)
Nice going, Alfalfa.
   30. china_dave Posted: April 22, 2013 at 06:19 PM (#4422561)
10. Harry Truman
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2013 at 06:29 PM (#4422572)
It wasn't that long ago that .08 would have been legal in 50 states, and it still is in some. I'm no expert, but my impression is that the science hasn't changed, but the neo-Probibitionists who have taken over the anti-drunk driver campaigns have changed the political climate. Which is not to say that drunk drivers aren't a problem.
   32. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:46 PM (#4422642)
.08? Really? In Santa Monica, he was probably one of the better drivers on the road that night.
   33. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM (#4422902)
It wasn't that long ago that .08 would have been legal in 50 states, and it still is in some.


not anymore. By summer of '05 if you weren't down to .08 you risked losing federal highway $, same strategy which forced states to adopt a 21 year drinking age in 1986.
   34. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM (#4422913)
Maybe the DBacks will hire Michaels as a coach.

I think Jon Anderson wins the "associated with Yes" competition.
   35. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM (#4422941)
I think Jon Anderson wins the "associated with Yes" competition.


Steve Howe's still in the band. Jon Anderson isn't.
   36. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4422966)
NBC said Sunday it is aware of sportscaster Al Michaels’ arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Santa Monica but declined to say whether it would affect his work with the network.

I guess NBC wants to hear back from their sponsors before saying anything definatively. After all, Coors, Budweiser, Miller Beer, et al, may not be comfortable buying ad time on a broadcast featuring someone known to consume alcohol.

DB
Heck, maybe they want to figure out whether he's guilty, first. Okay, probably not...

...but the neo-Probibitionists who have taken over the anti-drunk driver campaigns have changed the political climate.


Yup. I think we can figure 98% of legislators voting to drop BAC limits have no idea what the differences between .10 and .08 are, and how meaningful they are.
   37. PerroX Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM (#4422977)
Since Colorado and Washington have legalized smoking dope, have the cops come up with any kind of field test for whether or not someone is too stoned to be driving? It seems there should be some legal point where you are too impaired to drive and will be cited/arrested, right?


I served on a jury last year in the case of a young woman who was being tried for misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving while impaired. She had allegedly scratched another vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store while pulling into a space, witnessed by an off-duty cop from an adjacent locale. The cops then went to her residence -- from which she was moving that day -- took her into custody and down to the station, gave her a sobriety test and then a breathalizer, which she flunked.

She took the stand and claimed her trip to the grocery store came earlier in the day and that she was sober and had no idea she had nicked the other vehicle. I believed that story was of an earlier trip, and that she later returned a bit wasted. Still, she would have gotten off because the cops misinvestigated the hit-and-run and it was plausible that she may not have been aware she even scratched the other vehicle. And the cops also botched the breathalizer test, and there was no real way to tell if she was drunk before returning home.

But her taped confession nailed her -- she admitted smoking pot, which along with the doubtful timeline, convicted her under state law.
   38. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4423147)
   39. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM (#4423228)
#28 -

Did they even do a control run of the course before they drove it after smoking? Doesn't appear they did from the video.
   40. ASmitty Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM (#4423294)
Since Colorado and Washington have legalized smoking dope, have the cops come up with any kind of field test for whether or not someone is too stoned to be driving? It seems there should be some legal point where you are too impaired to drive and will be cited/arrested, right?


When Michigan legalized medical marijuana they did not override the zero-tolerance provisions for driving with marijuana in one's system. If any amount of THC showed up in your blood, you got popped for an OWI, whether you were visibally impaired or not. It was a big court case a year ago.

I would assume that Colorado and Washington just have the same eyeball test that you would use for someone driving under the influence of Vicodin or whatnot.
   41. SoSH U at work Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4423308)
Steve Howe's still in the band. Jon Anderson isn't.


I thought Gonfalon was referring to the other Steve Howe, who had a pretty solid reputation for defying Nancy Reagan's edict with a resounding "YES."
   42. bigglou115 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 01:35 PM (#4423386)
I do wonder why they brought him to the station before administering the breathalyzer though. Since he came out right on the limit, there is an excellent chance, he doesn't pass if they do it on the spot.


This is not true. Because of the absorption rate of alcohol, there's a window where your BAC climbs rather than drops after you stop drinking. There's one judge in LR who will actually let anybody tested at the station with a .08-.082 walk.

Aside from that, field breathalyzers are notoriously unreliable. The level of precision they claim to have is simply not there. This stems mostly from the fact that most units are not subject to regular maintenance and calibration, despite those being mandated to occur every several months.

The ridiculous field sobriety tests are even worse. The only field test they can administer that carries any accuracy (the others are a coin flip at best) is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test (pen test or eye test). That test is itself routinely botched by officers who don't realize its impossible to pass if moving objects are in your field of view. For example, that test is faulty if they point you towards their cruiser with lights flashing, or the road with cars passing.

I'm not pro-DUI or anything, but field testing as a whole is in a sad state, and the fact that most judges are terrified to ever find someone not guilty of a DUI because of interest and advocacy groups is worrisome. I know one judge who found someone not guilty of a DUI because, and I"m dead serious here, he wasn't the guy. The wrong "John Smith" or whatever had been served the notice to appear. MADD still started a letter writing campaign against the judge.

Similarly, I've seen cases where the alleged drunk driver passed the breathalyzer, field sobriety, and blood tests. He was still found guilty. The judge later confided that it was easier to issue the citation (for which no jail time would be served) than to deal with MADD.
   43. Rants Mulliniks Posted: April 23, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4423395)
I've only ever blown a breathalyser once. I was coming out of a parking lot after a concert and there were cops all over the place. I got pulled over because I had a headlight out, unbeknownst to me. They asked me if I'd had anything to drink so I told the truth and said I'd had two light beer. So I got in the back of the cop car and blew .00, but they thought I hadn't done it right so they asked me to do it again. I took the deepest breath I could and blew as hard as I could and still registered .00. I don't know why they would expect a 200-lb man would be over the limit from drinking two light beers over a 5 hour period, but that's cops for you.
   44. bigglou115 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 01:53 PM (#4423417)
I don't know why they would expect a 200-lb man would be over the limit from drinking two light beers over a 5 hour period, but that's cops for you.


I expect they assumed you were lying. Police tend to suffer from a kind of confirmation bias that makes them believe they have a 6th sense about such things. Most officers with experience will tell you they can tell lies from truth better than a polygraph (itself little better than a coin toss). Not only are they wrong, but research shows non-cops actually tell lies from truth at a higher rate. This whole thing is made much worse by movies and film, which have created a public perception that an officer's "20 years on the force" gives them some magic power to detect lies.
   45. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 23, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4423792)
Bigglou, as a criminal defense lawyer who has handled many DUIs, I am grateful for your contributions to this thread, and I wish I could get more jurors like you.
   46. bigglou115 Posted: April 23, 2013 at 08:16 PM (#4423883)
Bigglou, as a criminal defense lawyer who has handled many DUIs, I am grateful for your contributions to this thread, and I wish I could get more jurors like you.


Sadly, as a criminal defense lawyer myself, I'm pretty sure I'll never sit on a jury. I do think it would be a fun experience though (I bet lawyers are the only ones who ever say that).
   47. Tripon Posted: April 23, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4423900)

Sadly, as a criminal defense lawyer myself, I'm pretty sure I'll never sit on a jury. I do think it would be a fun experience though (I bet lawyers are the only ones who ever say that).


You'd be right. My one time I sat on a jury was a frustrating experience where the majority felt we had information that was missing, yet still was expected to reach a verdict on the case. Its an experience I would not like to revisit if I could choose.

I'm not against the jury system per-say, but the current way its being implemented just makes me shake my head.
   48. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 23, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4423982)
As a former prosecutor I cannot quibble with anything bigglou has said about DUI matters. There are generally 2 types of cases where there was almost no dealing with a Defendant, OWI (that's what it is in Wisconsin) and Domestic Violence cases. The attitudes of the bench are no different.

I will also say, the field sobriety test is a charade. Yes, some obvious tells are observed by a Cop, but the same could be learned by simply talking with the drivers. They are set up for failure. You're on a road shoulder (often) sometimes inclement weather (at least wind) you're staring back into headlamps, and now you do these little stunts. Perform these for yourself while sober. The walking line, spin and return is not that simple sober.

btw: the recent Supremes case on warrantless blood tests is going to have huge shockwaves in DUI/OWI law. Look for increases in the number of 'refusals' by drivers. W/o briefing the entire case, warrantless blood tests will pretty much not be allowed following the arrest of a driver under suspicion for OWI/DUI. This will cause sweeping changes by prosecutors in a large # of states.
   49. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: April 23, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4424004)
You'd be right. My one time I sat on a jury was a frustrating experience where the majority felt we had information that was missing, yet still was expected to reach a verdict on the case. Its an experience I would not like to revisit if I could choose.

I'm not against the jury system per-say, but the current way its being implemented just makes me shake my head.


My one time on a jury was a case of legal malpractice. Basically, a client was suing his lawyer. The case went on for 3 days, and at the end, the only discussion among the jury was as to damages. That the plaintiff proved his case was beyond obvious to all 9 of us. A week later the judge threw out the verdict and found for the defendant. What a big fat waste of my time.
   50. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM (#4424048)
For some reason, I've only been called for jury duty once. I sat there for 3 days during selection for what sounded like it was going to be a case about vehicular homicide and recklessness with drugs involved. I was the next-to-last person called from the pool, and had to tell them my grandmother had been killed by a hit-and-run driver. You will no doubt be shocked to learn I was thanked and dismissed. Anyway, I got a lot of reading done.
   51. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM (#4424139)
I was a prosecutor in the county that charged Mark Chumura with sexual assault. Within months of his acquittal, I had a jury trial scheduled (forget the case) and one of the things you do in jury pool prep is to check the names. Chumura was in my jury pool. I called down the Judge's office and the clerk said "Don't worry, we called him and told him not to come."
   52. Howie Menckel Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM (#4424141)

"I thought Gonfalon was referring to the other Steve Howe, who had a pretty solid reputation for defying Nancy Reagan's edict with a resounding "YES." "

I have a first-hand story on this topic, but will save it for a more relevant time.

Chicagoans would recognize the 'scene of the crime' - I met my future wife there 3 years later...



   53. We don't have dahlians at the Palace of Wisdom Posted: April 24, 2013 at 02:17 AM (#4424156)

1. Marv Albert
2. Meg Ryan
3. Steve Howe
4. Daniel Bryan
5. Al Michaels
6. Yoko Ono
7. Michael Kay
8. Virginia O'Hanlon


The Daniel Bryan reference made my night.

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