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01-29-11, 11:12 PM #1
Lynn mom loses appeal on fourth drunken driving conviction
LYNN - The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of a Lynn mom nabbed for her fourth drunken driving offense in 2008 after she crashed her car into a local restaurant while en route to pick up a food order.
Shelley King, 51, formerly of Millard Avenue and currently serving a 5-year sentence at the women's prison in Framingham, challenged the guilty verdict handed down at her Lawrence Superior Court trial on May 15, 2009.
King was convicted of operating under the influence, fourth offense, as well as reckless and negligent driving and driving with a revoked license.
King's appeals lawyer, Deborah Bates Riordan, vowed Friday to take the case to the state Supreme Judicial Court. She argued on appeal the verdict was marred because Judge John Lu failed to limit the jury's exposure to press coverage of the case, which might have influenced their decision.
The attorney also claimed the judge exercised his personal feelings rather than rely on objective criteria when imposing the 41/2-5-year prison term with a consecutive - meaning one after another - term in the House of Corrections.
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01-29-11, 11:47 PM #2
wait... 4 DWIs and she's upset about the sentence???
here's a concept...
STOP DRIVING DRUNK YA TOOLBAG!!!!!
because that's just the ones you were caught AND convicted of...-=Twan007
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01-29-11, 11:51 PM #3
Very glad & somewhat surprised to hear she lost her appeal. Massachusetts has disgustingly weak drunk driving laws. Interesting that the defense is claiming the judge used personal feelings in the judgement, given that a minimum mandatory sentencing law was enacted on Oct. 28, 2005, providing for 5 to 25 year sentencing. Enjoy your stay at the Framingham B&B, Ms. King.The true measure of your character is what you choose to do when you think no one is looking.
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