Maybe She Should Have Appealed

It’s nice to know that the neo-feudalists are occasionally brought to justice. No, I’m not taking about the slave owners on Long Island. I’m talking about Antonin Scalia’s daughter.

A daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia pleaded guilty Wednesday to drunken driving in Wheaton in February.

Ann S. Banaszewski, 45, a Wheaton mother of five, had three of her children in her van when she was stopped by police.

Banaszewski accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin to 18 months of court supervision. She also was ordered to perform 140 hours of public service (of which 40 hours must be beneficial to children), attend counseling and treatment sessions, attend a victim-impact panel and pay $1,500 in fines and fees.

Assistant State’s Atty. Michael O’Donnell, as part of the agreement, dropped four other charges, including endangering the life of a child, failure to secure a child younger than age 8 in a child-restraint system, improper lane usage and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

It’s good to see that in these kinds of cases, the law is strict and effective. Not like those lax laws in Virginia Beach. Oh. But wait! According to Bill O’Reilly that wasn’t a drunk driving issue. Well, maybe the borders were too porous but obviously the drunk driving laws were fine.

But imagine Ms Banaszewski actually going to court, being tried, convicted, appealing etc. It goes before SCOTUS – how far can states go in punishing mothers driving drunk? Then Antonin would have to recluse himself because of conflict of interests. (He could go to the bar. Bwahahaah.) American justice. Gotta love it.

I just wonder if she learned her lesson, if justice has been done.

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