Monday, October 13, 2008

Nassau County's DWI Hall Of Shame is challenged in court

Long Island's newspaper, Newsday, published an article on October 9, 2008 about Nassau County's Wall Of Shame. Here is a snippet from the article:

One of the defendants on Nassau's drunken driving Wall of Shame has sued the county, demanding that her name and photograph be removed from the online gallery of defendants because it's unconstitutional.

Attorney Brian Griffin of Garden City says that by posting the names and mug shots of people who are arrested on drunken driving charges, County Executive Thomas Suozzi is punishing people who have not yet been found guilty of a crime. Griffin wants his client, Alexandra Bursac, 27, of Plainview, to be removed from the county's Web site immediately. She has pleaded not guilty.

"I don't think you need a law degree to understand that this fundamentally goes against a system of justice in which punishment occurs after you've been found guilty," Griffin said.

Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca is expected to issue a decision on the issue in the next few days.

To see the Wall Of Shame click here.

The Daily News published in Batavia, NY regularly publishes the names of people arrested for DWI.


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