Most Ohioans, and some non-Ohioans, know about this. A Supreme Court judge in Ohio, Alice Resnick, blew a .216 after being pulled over at 2:00 in the afternoon (after calls from concerned motorists who watched her swerve all over the road). This after she was told to get out of her vehicle in a gas station parking lot... and she took off. The cops then "nicely" pulled her over a few minutes later. No felony stop as we have all seen on COPS (and was deserved). She also made mention to the officers that she didn't understand why they were bothering her and how she always sides with them in cases! Claimed she hadn't been drunk in the last 22 years... but just happens to be tanked at 2:00 in the afternoon. Oh... she was driving a state vehicle too. IMO... she should be forced to resign. Of course if the state did that, I am sure her number one political $$$$ supporters would represent her in a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. Trial attornies. This whole thing just reeks.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer...
Resnick case can't pass sobriety test
After watching the videos of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick swerving all over I-75, leaving a traffic stop without permission, then scolding the unlucky cops who pulled her over, I thought maybe her public humiliation was punishment enough.
But let's not pretend she was treated just like anyone else. That won't pass a sobriety test.
Resnick flat-out lied to Ohio state troopers, violated judicial canons by reminding them she was a Supreme Court justice, refused to comply with police instructions, refused a Breathalyzer test - and got away with a six-month license suspension, a $600 fine and three days of alcohol treatment. She was not even prosecuted for ignoring a traffic stop.
After several drivers called 911 to report her gold state-issued Jeep Cherokee drifting all over I-75, she was stopped at a BP station near Bowling Green at 1:16 p.m. on Jan. 31. The cops had to rap on her window several times to ask her to step out of the car. She did not. They asked her to take a field sobriety test. She did not. When they said, "You're not free to go,'' she drove away.
"They did not have enough at the time to arrest her," said Ohio Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Rick Zwayer. "This is the type of stop we expect our troopers to make, just as you'd expect your mother or sister to be treated."
Maybe. But the way I'd expect to be treated for running from cops could not be described without using words like "cuffed" and "eating asphalt."
When she was stopped again, Resnick told the cops "you're embarrassing me," and lied, saying, "I have not been drinking."
When they said, "We're trying to help you out" to avoid jail, she replied, "You know, I've always said a Supreme Court justice should have a highway patrolman driving them."
That violated Judicial Canon No. 4: "A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge's activities." It says, "For example, it would be improper for a judge to allude to his or her judgeship to gain a personal advantage such as deferential treatment when stopped by a police officer for a traffic offense."
Canon No. 2 requires judges to "respect and comply with the law." A field test showed her blood alcohol at 0.216, more than twice the legal limit (0.08). But she refused a second test that would be admissible in court. Anything over 0.17 is a "high tier" violation that requires a mandatory three days in jail, plus alcohol treatment. Resnick was allowed to skip jail time and do counseling only.
In Ohio, refusal of a Breathalyzer requires a mandatory one-year license suspension. Resnick's guilty plea allowed a six-month suspension - an option that is legal, but unknown to most Ohio residents.
So is this: Ohio Supreme Court justices discipline lower-court judges. So the Bowling Green judge who heard Resnick's case was sentencing his own boss.
Resnick knows that. She voted last June to suspend a Columbus Judge for his second DUI.
Resnick admitted an alcohol problem. She deserves our compassion - but not special treatment. If anything, we should expect far more from a Supreme Court justice.
Resnick is the only Democrat on the court. But so what? There must be another Democrat in Ohio who is qualified to hear DUI cases without blushing.
Humiliation is harsh. But the cops didn't embarrass Resnick. She embarrassed herself by the way she handled her arrest. She should be suspended by the Supreme Court.
Justice is supposed to be blind - not blind drunk.