This is in response to the Nov. 22 letter to the editor, questioning why Superior Court Judge Mary Dingledy received a one-day jail sentence for drunken driving.
Well, of course she did. Duh!
In the article printed by The Herald on Nov. 2 it states that she asked the police to remove her bag, knowing they would discover her robe. Obviously she had premeditated her drinking and driving. Oh, sorry, that was a wine tasting.
I wonder if she spent the weekend in the general drunk tank with everyone else?
She didn’t wreck because she was cut off, she wrecked because she was drunk.
If she had been sober she would have seen what was happening around her, and would have reacted differently and made it home.
The article says she “installed an ignition interlock as a condition of her sentence prior to Wednesday’s hearing.” How do you have sentence before a hearing? She only received a $350 fine. One day in jail is the bare minimum allowed by law, the interlock is required by law.
The article doesn’t mention the required loss of license for at least 90 days. Of course if she violates any conditions she “could” go to jail for 30 days, pay $4,650 in fines more.
The state judicial watchdogs waited until December to reprimand her, and at the same time said “it appeared to be an isolated incident.” So they reprimanded her, and forgave her in the same breath.