Russell Co Prosecutor Matthew Leverid...
Stone thrower

Russell Springs, KY

#23 Mar 10, 2009
i am hello wrote:
...pillheads get dui's also
Well, good luck. Maybe you won't get caught.
wild

Russell Springs, KY

#24 Mar 10, 2009
actually in most cases it helps look at kerr after him and HK got a dui everyone said he wont make it at re-election but you know what he did!!! whats that say about our little county.
Any Which Way

Russell Springs, KY

#25 Mar 10, 2009
WJRS 104.9 FM radio touts itself as the "News Voice of Russell County" but once again today they have chosen to screen important local news and only WHVE 92.7 FM "The Wave" reported on the Saturday DUI arrest of local Commonwealth Attorney Mathew Leveridge. Radio news listener opinions might wonder is there a behind the scenes reason for this story being quashed , a secret agenda, courtroom favors-hmmmm ?
R U Smoking Crack Again

Lexington, KY

#26 Mar 10, 2009
He plead guilty. In Somerset. Are you smoking crack again. How can there be any courtroom favors here in RC?
WELL NOW

Gradyville, KY

#27 Mar 10, 2009
Stone thrower wrote:
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The election is not until next year. Even then, who do you want to nominate for the position? How about our current County Attorney? He doesn't do ANYTHING in that job, maybe he could do even less as the Commonwealth Attorney.
Or maybe you could pick a local attorney who never drinks any alcohol. There's ahh...hmmm...how about...no...ummm...let's see...
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This is a FIRST offense DUI. I don't think that qualifies him as abusing alcohol. You want to report a DUI 1st to the KBA? LOL!!! I'm sure a bunch of lawyers would be shocked and dismayed to learn one of them was drinking alcohol!!!
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He was driving in his car. I don't think that qualifies as "public behavior". Oh sure, it was on a public street, but you're acting like he was staggering around cussing people out in Wal Mart or something.
Look everybody!!!! There's a mole hill!!!! There's a mole hill!!!!!
"You're acting like he was staggering around cussing people out in Wal Mart or something..."

No, it's worse than that. This man was drinking while driving over 2000 lbs. of steel with children, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, and grandpas ALL ON THE ROADWAY!!!!! HELL NO IT ISN'T A MOLE HILL~~~~ITS A MOUNTAIN OF WRONG!

blonde ambition

Jamestown, KY

#28 Mar 10, 2009
let it go haters he is human just like the rest of us flesh and blood and subject to mistakes...
hypocrit

Russell Springs, KY

#29 Mar 10, 2009
please keep in mind that he was caught in pulaski co. Burnside serves alcohol. i wonder if that's where he was drinking. seems hypocritical to me to arrest a guy for trying to drive home from an establishment that carries the weight of the law in serving booze.
WELL NOW

Gradyville, KY

#30 Mar 10, 2009
blonde ambition wrote:
let it go haters he is human just like the rest of us flesh and blood and subject to mistakes...
You're absolutely right....and I guess some of us have a higher degree of self control than others. Some of us can simply IMAGINE ourselves on the road and killing someone, or having a loved one killed due to DUI. It isn't hard for most of us to have that thought scare us into being LAW ABIDING citizens! All the more reason to find it hard that people like you would defend someone like him whose standards should be higher than MOST due to his title as COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY...Sorry, but some of us can't help but be down right angry.

Since: Jan 09

under a rock

#31 Mar 10, 2009
Stone thrower wrote:
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Well, good luck. Maybe you won't get caught.
im not a pillhead you idiot
sam

Grand Rapids, MI

#32 Mar 10, 2009
Its just a misdemeaner, he won't get anything except a little embarrassment. I think he should resign because he is the top law enforcement official in the county and should not break the law.
bytheway

United States

#33 Mar 10, 2009
Although, yes DUI is bad, but have you heard the recent on James Faller. The U.S. Supreme Court on Feburary 23, 2009 reviewed his requests and found it no merit so they declined it, research "Order List : 555 " "Number 08-902" Faller v. United States it is in PDF form.

Thats his last appeal so it is official Faller is now is a FELON !!!!!
FYI

Manchester, KY

#34 Mar 10, 2009
Russell County, Pulaski County Kentucky March 8, 2009; At 12:10 a.m. EST

Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew B. Leveridge was arrested after being observed by Somerset Police Officer Michael Correll drinking an alcoholic beverage while at the wheel of an automobile.

Leveridge, the elected prosecutor for Russell and Wayne Counties was taken into custody after being stopped by officers and given a field sobriety test. According to the test seen below Leveridge failed the test, admitted that “he had drank a few alcoholic beverages earlier.”

Leveridge was also given a breathalyzer test which he failed after blowing a

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.116, far in excess of the legal limit of .08 in the state of Kentucky.

(DID YOU GET THAT? YOU WANT TO MEET THIS A**HOLE ON THE ROAD AT 3AM... NOT ME!)

Leveridge was released a little after 3 a.m. after being held in the Pulaski County Jail. In recent press releases...

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Leveridge has been regularly seen asking for large sentences of those caught driving under the influence and even taking some of those stops to the Grand Jury to be indicted.

(DID YOU GET THAT... HOLIER THAN THOU, AIN'T HE)

It will be interesting to see how Leveridge handles this matter.

The history of Leveridge as a prosecutor, and even before as the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney under the infamous Larry Rogers has been tattered at times for various ethics concerns.

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Rumors were abound that Leveridge was involved in a drinking incident on the lake and escaped prosecution.

(DID YOU GET THAT... THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME!)

During the call for a Special Grand Jury regarding public corruption, Leveridge made substantial efforts to assist in what the former Kentucky Bureau of Investigation was sued for as well as other matters, all of which will be following this story over the next several days including, dodging subpoenas, hiring violations and other matters sure to keep you coming back to USJW.

NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY... ALL YOU IDIOTS THAT ARE EXCUSING HIS EXTREME LACK OF JUDGEMENT AND HIS CHOICE TO DRINK AND DRIVE TOTALLY WIPED OUT?!!!!

Since: Jan 09

under a rock

#35 Mar 10, 2009
well i dont live in his area so if you guys are happy with him as your commonwealth attorney , its not any of my business, but the criminal was driving around in my town so keep your drunks in your own town
even more information

Murray, KY

#36 Mar 10, 2009
FYI wrote:
NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY... ALL YOU IDIOTS THAT ARE EXCUSING HIS EXTREME LACK OF JUDGEMENT AND HIS CHOICE TO DRINK AND DRIVE TOTALLY WIPED OUT?!!!!
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The US Justice Watch is a joke. US???? You cover crap from coast to coast or just in Russell County? You do realize Russell County isn't the entire United States, right? Does that stand for United States or does it stand for "us" - as in Faller and one stooge? Get a job.

(DID YOU GET THAT?)
hereitis

Hazard, KY

#37 Mar 10, 2009
WHAT IF

Russell Springs, KY

#38 Mar 10, 2009
Know the facts wrote:
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FYI the county attorney prosecutes DUI. Not the commonwelth Atty. If he was picked up sat nite and plead on Monday morning, he didn't try to get out of anything. hell i've had a few drinks with buddies on many afternoons and think I'm fine to drive. and i probably am unless I get pulled over and tested. You can hit the legal DUI limit with one dose of robtussin cough medicine. Good thing there is no breathlyzer test for pills and pillheads. This county would be all locked up!
What is you had an 18 yr old kid to get drunk and hit a family head on killing all of them and this guy who in fact has a dui trys to get the death penalty on your child how would you feel about his mistake then.I have no beef with the guy dont even know him but his job in my opinion does come with certain moral responce abilty no matter if he is a good dad bad dad or what ever.I like a beer or six myself but I also know to stay at home and drink or have a driver .According to the law he paid his fines which is all well and good the real point is there is just some jobs or positions out there that do require a liitle higher standards out of a person after all people in his position are in power to really change peoples lives forever just my honest opinion.
blonde ambition

Jamestown, KY

#39 Mar 10, 2009
even more information wrote:
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The US Justice Watch is a joke. US???? You cover crap from coast to coast or just in Russell County? You do realize Russell County isn't the entire United States, right? Does that stand for United States or does it stand for "us" - as in Faller and one stooge? Get a job.
(DID YOU GET THAT?)
Thank you! I knew that all along glad the people of RC can finally have the truth revealed concerning this individual.
Intentionally misleading

Russell Springs, KY

#40 Mar 10, 2009
You know, Leveridge was 110% wrong for driving under the influence and was caught and arrested like he should have been. And as I read somewhere, he pled guilty to the charge on Monday and will no doubt be given the same penalties as any other 1st offense DUI offender.

But I'm gonna have to call BS on the claim that ".116, is far in excess of the legal limit of .08 in the state of Kentucky"..116% BAC is NOT "far in excess" of the legal limit of .080% unless you have trouble understanding fractions and decimal points. That is roughly one and one half beers over the legal limit for the average Joe. Bad enough? Most certainly. But not nearly as bad as you are trying to make it sound or appear. In fact, you wouldn't even be able to tell that level of impairment on most healthy adult males his size and weight by their outward appearence alone. And Kentucky's (and many other states) presumptive impairment level was only lowered to .080% from .100% several years ago to appease the federal government in order to keep federal highway dollars coming to the state.

I've also got to call BS on this statement;

"Leveridge has been regularly seen asking for large sentences of those caught driving under the influence and even taking some of those stops to the Grand Jury to be indicted."

While it may be true (I really don't know one way or the other though) that he has been seen in court asking for stiff sentences for DUI offenders, the part you failed to mention in your attempt to mislead others is that he DOES NOT handle misdemeanor DUI cases. First and second offenses are handled by the county attorney in district court. The ONLY DUI cases the Commonwealth Atty handles are felony cases which requires 3 or more convictions within a five year period.

So there is quite a difference in being charged with misdemeanor DUI 1st and felony DUI 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th etc etc etc. The law reckons that everyone should be able to make one bad mistake or bad decision or whatever you want to call it without being charged with a felony. Only habitual offenders progress to the felony level, and I guess the arguement could be made that if they don't learn their lesson after the first time or two, then they deserve to face stiffer penalties. And I think that is the intent of the law and the reason the legislature upped the ante for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
LMAO

Russell Springs, KY

#41 Mar 10, 2009
I want to know if there is some kind of requirement on the books that states you have to be a liar,really horny a drunk or all three to get elected to an office in this county.
Intentionally misleading

Russell Springs, KY

#42 Mar 10, 2009
WHAT IF wrote:
<quoted text>What is you had an 18 yr old kid to get drunk and hit a family head on killing all of them and this guy who in fact has a dui trys to get the death penalty on your child how would you feel about his mistake then.I have no beef with the guy dont even know him but his job in my opinion does come with certain moral responce abilty no matter if he is a good dad bad dad or what ever.I like a beer or six myself but I also know to stay at home and drink or have a driver .According to the law he paid his fines which is all well and good the real point is there is just some jobs or positions out there that do require a liitle higher standards out of a person after all people in his position are in power to really change peoples lives forever just my honest opinion.
First off, you can't be given the death penalty for a fatal DUI crash. Remember the Carrollton church bus crash? 27 people killed by a drunk driver in a single crash and they couldn't give him the death penalty as much as they would probably have liked to.

Second, I personally don't see how the prosecutor being convicted of first offense DUI would have any bearing on prosecuting someone for some form of manslaughter for a fatal DUI. The misdemeanor DUI charge would still be handled in district court just like any other DUI would. Only the felony charges relating to the death would be prosecuted in circuit court. And if the prosecutor had any personal qualms with prosecuting the case, he could and should ask to be recused from the case.

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