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Posted: 8/2/2002 9:57:47 AM EDT
[size=4]Moyers Vows to Contest DUI Charge[/size=4] Fri Aug 2,12:39 PM ET ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Journalist Bill Moyers was charged with drunken driving after he left a friend's birthday party, but has denied the accusation and vows to fight it. "I intend to contest the charges," Moyers said in a statement faxed Thursday to the Bennington Banner, which first reported the arrest. "Not only was I observing the speed limit, but my companions — my wife and two friends — testified they had detected no signs of any problem with my driving, and that I appeared to be in full control of my faculties, as indeed I was." Moyers, 68, of Bernardsville, N.J., who served as special assistant to President Johnson and publisher of Newsday before turning to public television in the 1970s, was stopped by state police Saturday in the southern Vermont town of Arlington. Moyers said he had just left a friend's birthday party about 10 p.m., and admitted to the arresting officer he had drunk a glass of champagne and "a small amount of wine." According to Trooper Travis Kline, Moyers, who said he was staying at a hotel in Manchester, was stopped after he swerved repeatedly across the centerline of the road and had trouble negotiating a curve. [b]A roadside breath test showed Moyers' blood-alcohol level at .10. The legal limit is .08. A follow-up test 90 minutes later showed Moyers' blood-alcohol level had dropped to .079, which is within the legal limit.[/b] Moyers, who hosts a weekly program on PBS called "NOW with Bill Moyers," was ordered to appear in court Aug. 12 and released from the police barracks. Police did not immediately return a call for comment Friday. In 1998, Moyers was host of a five-part PBS series on substance abuse called "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home." At the time, he said his son had battled drug and alcohol addiction. [url]http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=519&u=/ap/20020802/ap_on_re_us/moyers_dui_1&printer=1[/url] Sorry, folks, but I can't think of a person that I'd rather see in trouble! Eric The(AndHe'sATexan!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:01:57 AM EDT
> Sorry, folks, but I can't think of a person that I'd rather see in trouble Why?
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:03:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:07:46 AM EDT
Well, if he was in complete control, maybe he always drives that way. In which case they should take away his driver's license anyway.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:26:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: [b]A roadside breath test showed Moyers' blood-alcohol level at .10. The legal limit is .08. A follow-up test 90 minutes later showed Moyers' blood-alcohol level had dropped to .079, which is within the legal limit.[/b] Eric The(AndHe'sATexan!)Hun[>]:)]
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Seems strange that he was given a second test. Wonder if the patrol car had a video camera?
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:50:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Emoto: > Sorry, folks, but I can't think of a person that I'd rather see in trouble Why?
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'Cause he's a liberal, NPR-type, idiot! [:D] Eric The(ToPutItMildly)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 10:57:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Originally Posted By Emoto: > Sorry, folks, but I can't think of a person that I'd rather see in trouble Why?
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'Cause he's a liberal, NPR-type, idiot! [:D] Eric The(ToPutItMildly)Hun[>]:)]
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I could tell you didn't like him, but is he specifically responsible for putting out bad info or something, or is it only because of his NPR affiliation that you dislike him? I'm not trolling; I just like to know the basis of a negative opinion before I decide how I feel about something or someone. I haven't seen or heard enough of his reporting to have much of an opinion. The only thing I can think of was his series on Joseph Campbell, the theologian, which I though gave Campbell a great forum to discuss the history of religion. At least I think that was Moyers...
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 11:06:03 AM EDT
That was Moyers that did the series on Campbell, but he is still a liberal prick by anyone's standards! And I [u]love[/u] Mara Liasson (a regular panelist on Brit Hume's Special Report on FOX News), who is an NPR reporterette! So it's not the NPR connection I loathe about Bill Moyers. Check out this website article on Bill Moyers and you will get my drift! [url]http://secure.mediaresearch.org/news/mediawatch/1988/mw19880101jca.html[/url] Eric The(Anti-Moyers)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 11:12:31 AM EDT
I catch your drift now. I don't like either liberal or conservative bias in reporting, and tend to take it all with a huge grain of salt. seems like just about everyone with the ability to get on TV has an axe to grind about something.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 11:17:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Hmanjr: Seems strange that he was given a second test.
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Standard proceedure, at least around here.[beer]
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 11:36:23 AM EDT
The test according to prosecuting attorneys where I live is not required for conviction. They say all that is required is the arresting officer's testimony he believed you were intoxicated. Then all the breathalyzers, blood tests and video field sobriety tests are for is to prove the officer correct. You don't have to have blood alcohol of .08 percent to be convicted of DUI. I'd like to hear informed comment on this.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 11:45:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Originally Posted By Emoto: > Sorry, folks, but I can't think of a person that I'd rather see in trouble Why?
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'Cause he's a liberal, NPR-type, idiot! [:D] Eric The(ToPutItMildly)Hun[>]:)]
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Doggon' it, you fellas jest don't git it. You're supposed to be saying [b]LIMP-WRISTED LEFTIST-LIBERAL.[/b] It has more zing to it.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 12:13:40 PM EDT
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I am a generally of a liberal political persuasion but I didn't like him. The accumulation of so many clods like him who admire and openly ape European Socialist/Green politics without much thought into their basis is why I left the Democratic party and became a Republican.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 12:36:31 PM EDT
.10 is far from drunk imho. .08 is a beer and half for most people. Two beers and most will blow above .08 I am a certified Driver's Education instructor, so I have seen all the propaganda. DUI is a feel-good-for-the-SUV-Soccer-Mom voters. You MIGHT hurt someone so you are guilty. you MIGHT shoot someone so you are guilty?
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 1:19:14 PM EDT
A Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)of .08 equals (for an averaged-sized adult male) 3-5 drinks within a one hour period. One drink (12 oz of beer, a glass of wine or 1 oz of hard liquor) equals somewhere between .015 and .03 BAC for an average person, depending on a lot of factors, like weight, metabolism, what the person has had to eat, and so forth. A person generally metabolizes .02 to .03 an hour. If someone registers a .10 when stopped, and a .079 90 minutes later, they have had several drinks. My own experience, having dealt with many, many, many DWIs is that .08 is not a "safe" level of alcohol in one's system to be driving a vehicle. There is nothing "feel good" about .08 (or even .10) laws; there is nothing pleasant about a DWI for any of the parties involved, including the ones on the criminal-justice system side. DWIs are time-consuming, generate much paperwork and are always likely to escalate into something else. Drunks like to fight, and drunks getting arrested like to make a mess (they urinate and vomit everywhere). I am glad Mr. Moyers got caught, and I certainly hope he gets convicted, and I would feel the same way about anyone else in the same situation.
Link Posted: 8/2/2002 4:23:03 PM EDT
Sounds like a slam dunk case to me. I hate to say it but some of our fellow Republicans have been drunk behind the wheel. Has anyone heard of Tennessee senator Carl Koella?
Koella was on his way home after spending the afternoon with Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, who had traveled to Koella's home district to bolster political support. According to witnesses, a mini-van made a left turn across the southbound lane of U.S. Route 321 in Blount County south of Knoxville at about 6:07 p.m. When the van started its turn, they said, Barnard's motorcycle was 30 to 40 feet from it and traveling approximately 45 mph in a 50-mph zone. Police reports indicate that Barnard struck the side of the van and caromed off it into a car that was stopped behind the van. The accident happened at a highway turnoff into a campground. And Sen. Koella happens to live along that same campground road. Witnesses described the vehicle that caused the accident as a powder-blue mini-van bearing a state Senate license plate. They gave police the license number. Koella drives a powder-blue mini-van bearing a state Senate license plate. The numbers matched. And an hour later, Koella called the sheriff's department to say he might have been involved in an accident. Yet it was nearly four hours before anyone bothered to question the senator about the fatal hit-and-run accident in which he apparently was involved. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain Larry LaRue, his department received a report of the accident at 6:21 p.m., about 15 minutes after it occurred. Troopers showed up at the scene at 6:37 p.m. and Barnard was life-flighted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. Officials at the accident scene included two state troopers, Blount County sheriff's deputies, Sheriff Jim Berrong and state District Attorney General Mike Flynn. They received the description of the mini-van from witnesses. Meanwhile, Koella placed a call to the sheriff's department at about 7 p.m., requesting an officer. He allegedly said that he thought someone behind him on the highway had run over a sign. But he also said he had been told that he hit someone. Again according to News-Sentinel accounts, The officer who took the call said Koella mumbled and sounded confused.
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Link Posted: 8/2/2002 4:24:56 PM EDT
By 8:30 p.m., no officer had arrived at Koella's home, and he called back. Then at 9:30, he allegedly received a phone call from Ben Atchley, the Senate Republican leader in Knoxville. Atchley reportedly told Koella that he had received a phone call from "someone listening to a police scanner." Radio traffic on the scanner indicated that an accident in Blount County had involved a vehicle with state Senate license plates. "He sounded chipper, just as alert as he could be," Atchley told the newspaper. While all of this was going on, Grady Lindsey, the owner of the campground where the accident occurred, drove up to the senator's house. Lindsey showed Koella marks on the side of the van that indicated it had been involved in an accident, and he advised Koella to call the sheriff's department again. According to Lindsey, Koella said he would call them in the morning. Finally, at about 10 p.m., the police showed up at Koella's house. They charged the senator with leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality, a class A misdemeanor. He is slated to be arraigned December 19. They then took Koella to Blount County Hospital, where a blood-alcohol test was administered at 10:50 p.m., almost five hours after the accident. When the investigating officers were asked by the News-Sentinel if it was standard operating procedure to wait almost four hours to question, and five hours to administer a blood alcohol test to a hit-and-run suspect, one officer replied, "You don't just go up to a man's house and say you're involved in a hit-and-run accident." In a statement to police, Koella said he didn't realize he had been involved in an accident. "I heard a thunk and thought I had run over a sign or a rock or something on the road," he said. Koella added that he drove across the road, then got out and checked the driver's side of his van for damage. He said he noticed a traffic accident across the highway, but he got back into his vehicle and drove away. All of that -- the hit-and-run accident, the motorcyclist killed, the slow response in tracking down and testing the supect -- is ugly enough. But it got even uglier. Why? Because election day was approaching.
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Link Posted: 8/2/2002 4:41:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Emoto: I haven't seen or heard enough of his reporting to have much of an opinion. The only thing I can think of was his series on Joseph Campbell, the theologian, which I though gave Campbell a great forum to discuss the history of religion. At least I think that was Moyers...
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The power of myth is about the only good thing he's done. Everything else he inserts his left-wing politics into, though it's often well camouflaged; and of course as taxpayers we get to pay for his outrageous remuneration (he's made millions off PBS, while PBS says they are different than the fatcat corporate media, all the while hiding their books from the public). I used to give to PBS when they had decent Mystery and Masterpiece Theater programs, but rarely find anything of interest anymore. I'd just be paying to help my political opponents spread their message, while fatcats like Bill Moyers feed at the trough. He was probably [s]D[/s]UI during all the crap he put out this year.
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