MNGOP endorsed Supreme Court candidate who faces DUI trial

Categories: Crime, Law, MNGOP
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Michelle MacDonald
Two weeks ago, Michelle MacDonald, a family law attorney with three Twin Cities offices, won the Minnesota Republican Party's endorsement to run for the Supreme Court against incumbent Justice David Lillehaug.

Now she's in the news for very different reasons -- it just came to light she faces a criminal trial this fall stemming from an April 5, 2013 DUI arrest.

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According to a charging document we obtained from Dakota County, MacDonald was pulled over at 11:18 p.m. that night on Highway 3 in Rosemount because she was driving "38 and 39 miles per hour" in a 30-mile per hour zone.

As MacDonald sat by herself in her vehicle, "Officer Eckstein detected an alcoholic odor and noticed [MacDonald's] eyes were watery."

"Sergeant Burkhalter observed that [MacDonald] had slurred speech, she was not making sense in the conversation, her eyes were glossy, and he could detect an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle."

The officers asked MacDonald, 52, to perform field sobriety tests, but she allegedly refused and told officers she was going to walk home. She also told Officer Eckstein she's an attorney, but that didn't work any magic on the cops, who attempted to place her under arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

But MacDonald "refused to comply with commands to exit the vehicle by tensing up and grabbing onto the steering wheel."

"After removing [MacDonald] from the vehicle, Officer Eckstein read the Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory to her," the complaint says. But MacDonald "refused to submit to a test of her breath."

MacDonald was ultimately charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test, 4th degree DUI, obstructing the legal process, failure to produce proof of insurance, and speeding.

Though news about the charges was just broken publicly today by the Star Tribune -- even MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey says he didn't know about the situation until Strib reporter Abby Simons contacted him -- Simons, citing a conversation with MacDonald, reports that members of the MNGOP's Judicial Election Committee were aware of the charges, but weren't concerned about them.

(For more, click to page two.)


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Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

And tell us how your life is so perfect Valerie Voeks

Valerie Voeks
Valerie Voeks

Imagine the hypocrisy should this woman become a judge and then start tossing people in jail for DUI.

Valerie Voeks
Valerie Voeks

Mistakes most often means you're gonna pay for it. Period. Taxis are readily available as most of the headbangers figured out years ago. Guess that's too tough for a potential judge to figure out.

Patrick Neil
Patrick Neil

Ditto, we all make mistakes at one time or another. What we do because of those mistakes is what defines us.

KennyX
KennyX

Meanwhile in other news.....................


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claimed Friday that it cannot produce Lois Lerner's emails to and from the White House and other administration departments due to a 'supposed computer crash'.

The IRS previously agreed to hand over all of the ex-IRS official's emails from 2009 to 2011 to the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Dave Camp. But the IRS claimed Friday that it has Lerner's emails to and from other IRS officials but it cannot produce emails to and from the Treasury and Justice Departments, the Federal Election Commission, or Democratic offices.

The IRS' computer crash may go down in history next to the eighteen and a half minute gap in the Watergate tapes, which was supposedly caused by a mistake by Richard Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods.

How's that Hope & Change working for you now, America ?


Oh. did I mention Iraq?


LOL!!

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

About as much as the married Democratic President getting blow-jobs from an intern under his desk shows family values. Pretty weak argument.

Kenny Rustand
Kenny Rustand

Process her like everyone else! Plain and simple!

Jacob Grippen
Jacob Grippen

I don't think political parties should be endorsing judges in the first place.

george
george

A drunk white -- is there any other kind?

Jonathan David
Jonathan David

She says she told the nominations committee, which didn't think it was an issue. The delegates were not told.

KennyXIsOnWelfare
KennyXIsOnWelfare

@KennyX Hope and Change is actually going GREAT for those of us who aren't racist pieces of shit  who feel a need to blame the government for everything going wrong in our lives. The nation's on a way better course than what it was under your hero Dubya. Why don't you just stay in your little bubble in the suburbs, scared of the world around with your gun while the rest of us enjoy America.

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

It's disgusting and terrifying that any party could have control over judge.

KennyX
KennyX

@george You clearly have never driven down Franklin Ave.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@KennyXIsOnWelfare @KennyX


"blame the gov"


vs



demands the gov gives them other peoples money in another


revenge disguised as justice garbage



hoops and chains obams style


and calling someone racist for being against slavery is low



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