G1223, on Mar 3 2004, 09:15 AM, said:
I am going to wonmder what the courts will do up there when the next suspect pulls out his checkbook and says he's ready to pay the 3,200 dollars fine and is ready to go onhis way.
Technically, I think her punishment is in line with what a first-time offender would face in Wisconsin. However, I can't help but think that as Attorney General--who was driving a state vehicle at the time of her arrest, and who refused to take a blood-alcohol test--she should be expected to step down.
It's the refusal to take the test that causes the automatic 1-year driving suspension. A first-time DWI arrest requires a 6-month to 1-year suspension. So I should think that Lautenschlager would have at least an 18 to 24-month suspension. But I guess not.
Here's what Governor Doyle had to say,
The governor says pleading guilty tooperating while intoxicated doesn't excuse her from driving a state vehicle after drinking. Governor Doyle, who was the previous state attorney general, is especially upset that Lautenschlager refused to take a blood test.
"This is not just that she was picked up, that's bad. I often said I was very unhappy she refused to the take the test. We really as A.G. and [district attorney] tried to preach for years you should take the test, that's what the law requires you to do."
The governor went on to say, "I think she is not done with this. She does have to answer both on the facts that occured and the level of discipline is, and I think how I'm going to feel about this is really going to depend on what her next step is."
Governor Doyle has not called on Lautenschlager to resign -- she is an elected official, so he holds little power over her office. The governor said the two have not spoke since her arrest.
Prior to being elected to the Governorship, Doyle was Attorney General.
Edited by Drew, 03 March 2004 - 10:45 AM.