Judge dismisses "Wall of Shame" DWI p...

Judge dismisses "Wall of Shame" DWI prosecution

There are 56 comments on the Newsday story from Sep 11, 2008, titled Judge dismisses "Wall of Shame" DWI prosecution. In it, Newsday reports that:

As part of Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi's Wall of Shame program, Andrea Sangermano's name and photo were published on the county's Web site and elsewhere after her arrest on drunken-driving charges ...

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Brentwood

Bayport, NY

#41 Sep 12, 2008
I still love the idea of hall of shame......I do think that diabetics are/ could be unfairly judged...but then again, at what cost should it be excused. Ok, she was not drinking, but crashed two cars and more then likely did not care for her condition properly prior to her driving. Yes, fully aware of diabetics and how fast you can crash. But, taking her meds at 5:30 and having that happen at 9:15 means maybe she ate the wrong food or not enough food. If she was the only one out of 80 with an excuse due to medical ok, sorry, but out of 900, who can say thae same.
LI GAL

Valhalla, NY

#42 Sep 12, 2008
Blunt wrote:
The county should be ashamed of themselved and tortured like this woman will be for the rest of her life. http://www.1010wins.com/pages/2258375.php...
Let's not be so dramatic this women could have killed someone or herself thank god the cops pulled her over and arrested her. Maybe she won't drive again unless she has eaten or medicated herself.
Barbershop talk

Glen Cove, NY

#43 Sep 12, 2008
After this incident she might consider giving up her license for her own safety.
starbuck

Farmingdale, NY

#44 Sep 12, 2008
Honestley I think all you people are either retarded, stupid or just plain miserable. I have never in my life. Do this world a favor disappear, go to the afterlife or something we dont need people like you around. Seriously. This is to all you idiots that think this woman deserves to be humilated.
LI GAL

Valhalla, NY

#45 Sep 12, 2008
John Wayne wrote:
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This "Wall of Shame" is the shame of Nassau. In this country we're innocent till PROVEN gulity. I'd be fine with posting these pictures after they're convicted, but I guess that would make them lose their political currency. While everyone hates drunk drivers, Suzzoi/Rice should not be permitted to humilate them just for the purpose of advancing their own careers.
When you lose a member of your family to a drunken driver come back to me and tell me that again. If any of these people are innocent then they have nothing to worry about.
TGC

Greenlawn, NY

#46 Sep 12, 2008
starbuck wrote:
Honestley I think all you people are either retarded, stupid or just plain miserable. I have never in my life. Do this world a favor disappear, go to the afterlife or something we dont need people like you around. Seriously. This is to all you idiots that think this woman deserves to be humilated.
Her driving that night was as dangerous as the driving of a drunk. Everyone on the road near her was at risk. OK, she was not drunk, that has been recognized and publicized. If, and I say If, she has recognized that she has to pay more attention to her medical condition then a useful lesson has been taught. Learning to control her condition will prolong her life, and vastly improve her quality of life. Diabetics who do not control their condition lose limbs, go blind and die early, it is a very dangerous condition when not properly treated. She and every other diabetic must learn how to help themselves, every day. The alternative is severe danger to themselves, and if they drive to everyone else. This case may save some lives, which is the whole point of the "wall of shame".
You Better Watch Out

United States

#47 Sep 12, 2008
What's next-posting pictures of people in foreclosure, bankruptcy, Epileptics, Diabetics? Maybe we'll bring back Public Dunking, or stoning...Don't forget to go to church, though... It must be the hypocrisy of it all that causes the most anger.
JimWoods

Pearl River, NY

#48 Sep 12, 2008
Bound to Happen wrote:
I hope she sues them into the stone age
Cops don't have to be right; only reasonable.

Sounds like a good arrest even though probable cause fell apart later. I hope they still charged her with reckless driving. She's a menace & should not be on the road.

You would whine even louder if the cops did nothing.
Publius

Baldwin, NY

#49 Sep 12, 2008
LI GAL wrote:
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When you lose a member of your family to a drunken driver come back to me and tell me that again. If any of these people are innocent then they have nothing to worry about.
Nothing to worry about ... except it's 6 months between when Newsday splashes their name and face everywhere, and when they are actually aquitted with little fanfare (depsite this example).

People lose jobs. Lose friends. They and their families are humiliated.

If you've lost someone to DWI, you have my deepest sympathies.

Bu there is no reason this Wall of Shame can't go up for people who have been CONVICTED. These people are only accused - and presumed innocent. Why are Newsday and Nassau County punishing them for simply being accused?

If you don't see that, your grief and rage has blinded you to basic fairness.

And it will eventually be turned on all of us when other issues become the focus of public pressure.

You're just plain wrong.
GMC

Bronx, NY

#50 Sep 12, 2008
Yeah, and notice the dramitic decrease in DWI's since this program was started!!(being sarcastic)

Thank God the lady didnt die in their custody!!

There will be more non convictions, which will mean more law suits im sure.
PLEASEEEE

Concord, NC

#51 Sep 12, 2008
starbuck wrote:
Honestley I think all you people are either retarded, stupid or just plain miserable. I have never in my life. Do this world a favor disappear, go to the afterlife or something we dont need people like you around. Seriously. This is to all you idiots that think this woman deserves to be humilated.
f.....u......
Funny

Bronx, NY

#52 Sep 13, 2008
Let me get the record straight. SHe takes her insulin twice a day(morning and at 5:30 everyday). SHe ate right before she drove and unfortunately still had a diabetic seizure in the 32 years she has been driving. SHe does limit her driving and before that night tested herself every 2- 3 hours. Now she does it every hour. Its unfortunate what happened and she is lucky she did not kill anyone that night. But the point is when she was finally aware of what was going on she told the cop she was a diabetic and they refused to get her an ambulance even after she blew a 0 and consented to a urine test for drugs and found an insulin bag on her with a letter stating she is a diabetic. COps are supppose to call an ambulance and they would test her and if its low would give her glucose. Once she comes out of it she would be "normal" and they would know then it was her condition and not drugs. They refused to listen to her and to her family and refused to get her medical treatment until 5 hours later and still choose to proceed with arrest. It took four months and they wasted tax payers money and she has had to pay alot of money as well. Oh and the county forgot to take her picture of the wall of shame. SHe has learned from this but the county should really consider changing the wall of shame to after they are convicted. The number of arrests are not going down. They are actually going up.
response to "she should not drive anymore" - people who are tired can fall asleep at the wheel (i know someone who killed themselves falling asleep at the wheel)people with heart disease shouldnt drive as well, they can have a heart attack. Oh and how about talking on your cell phone - its a law but I still see people doing it. Seizure disorders. And people over the age of 80 - you know this is definitely true. Things happen and we should learn from it.
I dont know how you can think this was fair.
micky62

Bronx, NY

#53 Sep 13, 2008
Wall of Shame huh? Sure, why not? I mean I can't tell ya how many folks will think twice about that third beer. Wait a minute there Bill, you don't wanna end up on the wall of shame do ya? Well, the lawsuits will come fast and furious and put an end to this nonsense. One thing is for sure, the idiots who thought this up and will cost the taxpayers a ton of dough, belong on a wall of shame. They won't be photographed though.
GMC

Bronx, NY

#54 Sep 14, 2008
Agree!! They should have taken her name off the list before it even went on it in the first place. Nassau did not apoligize until the lawsuit got started, then they mention probable cause for the arrest to cover up. The point was more about the wall of shame, not the arrest. They had 4 months to get her off the list, and didnt. Now, they have a law suit. Given the odds, and the amount of people arrested, bet there will be more than one lawsuit. They should do this by convictions.
Funny wrote:
Let me get the record straight. SHe takes her insulin twice a day(morning and at 5:30 everyday). SHe ate right before she drove and unfortunately still had a diabetic seizure in the 32 years she has been driving. SHe does limit her driving and before that night tested herself every 2- 3 hours. Now she does it every hour. Its unfortunate what happened and she is lucky she did not kill anyone that night. But the point is when she was finally aware of what was going on she told the cop she was a diabetic and they refused to get her an ambulance even after she blew a 0 and consented to a urine test for drugs and found an insulin bag on her with a letter stating she is a diabetic. COps are supppose to call an ambulance and they would test her and if its low would give her glucose. Once she comes out of it she would be "normal" and they would know then it was her condition and not drugs. They refused to listen to her and to her family and refused to get her medical treatment until 5 hours later and still choose to proceed with arrest. It took four months and they wasted tax payers money and she has had to pay alot of money as well. Oh and the county forgot to take her picture of the wall of shame. SHe has learned from this but the county should really consider changing the wall of shame to after they are convicted. The number of arrests are not going down. They are actually going up.
response to "she should not drive anymore" - people who are tired can fall asleep at the wheel (i know someone who killed themselves falling asleep at the wheel)people with heart disease shouldnt drive as well, they can have a heart attack. Oh and how about talking on your cell phone - its a law but I still see people doing it. Seizure disorders. And people over the age of 80 - you know this is definitely true. Things happen and we should learn from it.
I dont know how you can think this was fair.
Wanna Bee

Bronx, NY

#55 Sep 14, 2008
why are most from shanty towns of Long island like Levittown Mastic Lindenhurst ?
PHIL

Flushing, NY

#56 Nov 3, 2009
if you drink and drive please pull over so you do not spill any..

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