Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ga. Lawmakers Immune from DUI, Not!

A member of the ruling class today tried unsuccessfully to use his priveleges as a member of the Georgian Politburo to avoid a DUI charge.

No, not Tblisi. This was a Macon, Ga., Republican State Repesentative. I'm all for a vigorous and creative defense but this is ridiculous.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"The centuries-old provision holds that a lawmaker cannot be arrested during sessions of the General Assembly, legislative committee meetings or while they're in transit to a meeting or session. Exceptions are made for cases of "treason, felony or breach of the peace."
Graves — chairman of the House committee overseeing laws governing the alcohol industry — has said that on Feb. 15, he and other committee chairmen went from the Capitol to a dinner meeting, where they conferred about the status of legislation and plans for the next legislative day. His lawyer argued that Graves should have been granted immunity from arrest because he was leaving a gathering that was tantamount to a committee meeting, according to legal filings."

Thankfully a judge in Cobb Co. nipped it in the bud this time. But too often, our local, state and federal legislatures put themselves above the people. Be it pensions, medical benefits, unpaid labor, etc. no wonder they are out of touch with the every day trials of the citizens and small businesses.

This politician's character is already in question. His defense in this matter highlights even further the negative part of his character.