Sweeney pleads not guilty to DWI

Sweeney pleads not guilty to DWI

There are 61 comments on the WNYT Albany story from Aug 17, 2009, titled Sweeney pleads not guilty to DWI. In it, WNYT Albany reports that:

Former Rep. John Sweeney was arraigned Monday morning in Saratoga County Court on a felony DWI charge.

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Bob

United States

#1 Aug 17, 2009
I have never had a driving conviciton and I am not an attorney. I like many citizens know this law and the punishment for a second conviction. I would think that an attorney would deffinately know all of this and never put himself in a position of a possible felony. I feel sorry for Mr. Sweeny but the law is the law and justice should be equal even for attorneys.
Jail Time

New York, NY

#2 Aug 17, 2009
He should go to jail and reflect to what low his life has become.
ex con

United States

#3 Aug 17, 2009
everything in sweeney's life has been turned upside down ,ever since the abuse of his wife was made public. maybe he will be treated like a person without money an a high priced attorney......
Granny

United States

#4 Aug 17, 2009
Lawyers should know the law. They shouldn't escape the punishment that lawyers wrote into the law to protect those of us who don't drive drunk. What kind of an asinine defense is Jones throwing out there? Sweeney shouldn't be convicted because he's a lawyer. Remember the sweet deal his son got after he did permanent damage when he was impaired? Sweeney should have learned a lesson that time and not tested the system again.

Since: Jun 08

Guilderland, NY

#5 Aug 17, 2009
the TU Website says E. Stewart Jones is complaining about him not being treated fairly. Why should he? He's trying to avoid and delay, just like any high level criminal would.
Lets be Fair

Albany, NY

#6 Aug 17, 2009
Look, I think Sweeney was a tool when he had power and he abused it whenever it suited him. That being said, a person shouldn't lose their livlihood for DWI's. The DWI laws are over the top and this mans job shouldn't hinge on his verdict.

Since: Jun 09

Schenectady, NY

#7 Aug 17, 2009
Step 12 wrote:
the TU Website says E. Stewart Jones is complaining about him not being treated fairly. Why should he? He's trying to avoid and delay, just like any high level criminal would.
If E. Stewart wants his client treated fairly then the judge should sentence him to 5 years in jail. That's being treated fair. nevermind him being a Congressman, he is a citizen like th rest of us. This is his second offence in 18 months. I want this judge to hand down a sentence just like you and I would get. No special treatment
I thought

Schenectady, NY

#8 Aug 17, 2009
I have two DWIs. The first was a misdemenor, the second a felony. No one cared that I didn't hurt anyone in either case (in fact, in the first I had pulled over in a parking lot and was alsleep with the engine running). No one cared that the conviction made me loose my job, loose my apartment and resulted in me being homeless for several months. If they take those reasons into account for him it will only be because of his money and power.

Oh, and for me, loosing everything ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. I've been sober for 10 years and have a completely different and far superior life. IT would never have happened with just a another slap on the wrist.
I thought

Schenectady, NY

#9 Aug 17, 2009
jail time would be a bit much. Most people get a huge fine, probation and court ordered group therapy. Very few actually get jail time.
are you kiddin

Woodside, NY

#10 Aug 17, 2009
Jail time is what is needed. DWI laws are not over the top, in fact they are not strict enough. Just because no one was killed or injured THIS time, what about the next time? Are you people for real...he or no one else has the right to take my life or my children's life because they want to be stupid and drink and drive. Shame on you for saying he deserves less than jail. Stop making excuses, let him lose his job and to bad he has had a rough go of life, so had millions and that deosn't give anyone the right to put lives in harms way. Enough is enough!!! Stop making excuses, grow up and accept responsibility for your poor decisions!
Sara

Troy, NY

#11 Aug 17, 2009
If Sweeney doesn't want a felony on his record and doesn't want to lose his law license, maybe he should have thought of that before he decided to drive while he was intoxicated.

The law looks at the fact that you were driving drunk, this is your second offense, and you could have placed lives at risk.

If Sweeney didn't learn the first time he was charged with a DWI maybe some jail time will do him some good.
Sidda

Averill Park, NY

#12 Aug 17, 2009
Too damn bad for Sweeney, he should be treated no differently than anyone else. It is a felony the second time around. I don't care if he has an alcohol problem he chose to get behind the wheel. This case is not unique! I know people who did not harm anyone else and yes they were charged with a felony for the second DWI. E. Stewart Jones, what a joke, how much is that costing you Sweeney?
johnny dizzel

Pittsfield, MA

#13 Aug 17, 2009
Too bad for him. I've had my troubles in the past and nobody took it easy on me. Tough crap! You get what you give, it's called karma! I'm sick of these rich and influential people getting off,aka O.J.. Make an example of him. As for his job, waaa.
Sidda

Averill Park, NY

#14 Aug 17, 2009
Jail time is the NORMAL for a second offense. Anyone else would have to serve time and Sweeney should as well. He is digusting
johnny dizzel

Pittsfield, MA

#15 Aug 17, 2009
I thought wrote:
jail time would be a bit much. Most people get a huge fine, probation and court ordered group therapy. Very few actually get jail time.
You don't have a clue dumbass about what people get for dwi's!
livelovelaugh

Clifton Park, NY

#16 Aug 17, 2009
the former congressman should be treated like any other convicted felon (if found guilty). the position he held in government should not hold any bearing on keeping him out of jail. it was not his first offense and being a lawyer he knew full well the conquences of his actions.
Sal

New York, NY

#17 Aug 17, 2009
Boo Hoo....Poor John....btw what ever happened to that State Police cover up with Sweeney?
Raffaviv

Germany

#18 Aug 17, 2009
Throw the book at em. This ´´man´´ likes to bribe judges when his kid gets into a street fight and sends another to the hospital, charges were dropped . Then smacks his wife around,
charges were dropped.

No more dropping Johnny boy. You have dropped enough shit on society!
Stephen Dawes

Poland, NY

#19 Aug 17, 2009
Why should this gentleman be any different than a common person like myself? If he had taken the sobriety test even if intoxicated there could be the possibility of negotiated charge reductions to eliminate the felony charge. But by refusing to take it the law is very specific. Let him face what the rest of us would! Or is the legal community immune to the laws?
Albany RN

AOL

#20 Aug 17, 2009
Ending up in jail could save his life. He has health issues related to high blood pressure and all his partying made it all worse. Maybe if he dried out for real (long term) he could turn his life around..

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