DUI charge for assistant state attorn...

DUI charge for assistant state attorney who refused test

There are 3 comments on the El Sentinel story from Feb 14, 2011, titled DUI charge for assistant state attorney who refused test. In it, El Sentinel reports that:

William Charles Gula was charged a day after an officer pulled him over without arresting him.

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Dumb People

Knoxville, TN

#1 Feb 14, 2011
What a bunch of scumbags in Law Enforcement and the Judicial System. This freak was drinking and driving and the cop who is STUPID instead of arresting this loser he gives him a ride home. Folks what does this tell you about corruption in America. Both of these people should lose their jobs.How many other stupid things have these two done that nobody knows about ??
Darwin

Somerset, NJ

#2 Feb 15, 2011
100% agree with you. The driver should be in jail and the cop should be on the unemployment line.

In NJ, Zulima Farber, a state Attorney General, was forced to resign after she got caught trying to 'fix' traffic tickets that her boyfriend incurred.

And here's another one: In this case, the cops did the right thing...

New Jersey: Judge Attempts to Use Position to Evade DUI
New Jersey Municipal Court judge who threatened police officer to evade DUI ends up pleading guilty.

On Friday, a New Jersey Municipal Court judge pleaded guilty to making threats to a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). George R Korpita, 48, ruled over traffic and other cases in Dover, Rockaway and Victory Gardens, but he found himself on the other side of the bench after being caught driving drunk on November 6 at 2:11am. Roxbury Police Officer Jonathan Edmunds had stopped Korpita's black Chrysler four-door on Route 46 West after receiving a call from a concerned motorist.

"I'm a judge, bro," Korpita reportedly said as he handed his judicial identification card to Officer Edmunds when he arrived on the scene.

Korpita urged Edmunds and Officer Matthew Holland to let him off the hook. If they did not, the judge said he would rule against them any time they showed up in his court. The officers chose instead to follow procedures and find that Korpita could not complete the field sobriety tests. The judge later blew an estimated .22 on a breathalyzer, well above the legal limit.

"I am proud to say that members of the Roxbury and Dover police departments never compromised the oath of office and never wavered in the pursuit to do what is right," Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a statement.

As part of a plea agreement, Korpita will serve no jail time. Instead, he will was sentenced to three years probation, 100 days of community service, a one-year driver's license suspension, forfeiture of current and future public office, referral to the Board of Attorney Ethics, Committee on Judicial Conduct and the Pension Board, and a drug and alcohol evaluation.

This is not the first time Korpita has been accused of misusing his office. In August, stockbroker Warren Hartzman filed a lawsuit against Korpita and Rockaway police after Hartzman was jailed for several hours on May 4 for leaning on the judge's Maserati. When Korpita did not recuse himself from the case involving his own vehicle, Hartzman feared he would lose his securities license unless he paid the judge $1,484 to repair the alleged scratches and have the case dismissed.
Central Florida Cop

Elmira, NY

#3 Feb 15, 2011
Officer Gregory is not stupid. He made a judgement call. I don't agree with it. Gula should have gone to jail that evening. Too bad for his career with the State Attorney's Office. Should have thought about that before he started drinking. I just watched Channel 9's video where Chief Scoggins said it was a "judgement call" and he's launched an internal investigation. WHY? He already determined and publicly stated that it was a judgement call. Sounds like he's already off the hook. This is going to taint Officer Gregory's credibility dealing with DUI cases that he's involved in. Defense attorneys are going to remember this case in particular and the first question is going to be...Why did you arrest my client? You could have given my client a ride home instead. Gregory did place Gula under arrest. That was evident in the road side video shown. He should have been taken to the station for a breath test. Where were the supervisors in all this? Why did they allow this to happen? There's another area in this case that needs to be looked at

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