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2014-07-21 10:38:45 AM  
Well, that's a dumb use of your position. If you want to keep her so bad, pay her taxi fare every day.
 
2014-07-21 11:23:15 AM  
How about "No"?
 
2014-07-21 12:20:31 PM  
Eh; from what I recall from my last reckless driving charge (sober as a judge, just a lead foot; pled down to speeding), it's not uncommon for a lawyer trying to plead for leniency in sentencing to have you get character reference letters from your boss, pastor, or whoever else you can scrounge up that will call you a decent sort without the laughter being obvious in their handwriting.

That said, considering that she tried name-dropping at the traffic stop, I'd be delighted if the judge said "I'm sorry, but to avoid any appearance of improper influence, the court in this instance must disregard this letter from Assemblyman Wright. Whaddelse da ya gat?"
 
2014-07-21 03:09:19 PM  

incendi: Well, that's a dumb use of your position.


to advocate at a public hearing in favor of an employee?
 
2014-07-21 03:10:11 PM  
Yeah, unfortunately, I'm thinking this is actually a covered case under New York's corruption laws.  You can have conjugal visits with your suspended license in jail.
 
2014-07-21 03:12:54 PM  
How about throwing the boss in jail too for inappropriate use of his position?  If she's so damn important tell her to lay off the booze and have someone else drive her to work.
 
2014-07-21 03:19:14 PM  
Why is the NY Post the only one carrying this story?
 
2014-07-21 03:19:17 PM  
Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.
 
2014-07-21 03:22:23 PM  
Should not get special treatment.
 
2014-07-21 03:23:03 PM  

skozlaw: Why is the NY Post the only one carrying this story?


Because it's stupid. Guy wrote a character letter.
 
2014-07-21 03:23:58 PM  
I am anticipating Fark Independents accusing the more liberal crowd of having a double standard while the more liberal crowd condemns this politicians actions.

Assemblyman Keith Wright pushed a court to reinstate his top aide's driver's license after she was busted for a 4 a.m. DWI in Harlem last month, where she dropped his name and threatened cops, law-enforcement sources said.
"I write to express how extremely important it is that this Court restore the driving privileges of my Chief of Staff, Ms. Jeanine Johnson," he wrote in a July 7 letter obtained by The Post.
"Ms. Johnson is not only an indispensable member of my staff but she is the most senior member of my team."



Get her a bus pass and a schedule then.
 
2014-07-21 03:24:22 PM  

DeaH: How about "No"?

 
2014-07-21 03:24:43 PM  
Mr. Keith Wright should be dragged from his office & beaten with a tactical baton. Until his morale improves. But, JMHO.
 
2014-07-21 03:25:04 PM  
"I have known her [Johnson] for over ten years and always found her to be a dedicated public servant with reverence for the law," the letter continued.


Except the part that caused her to lose her license, apparently.
 
2014-07-21 03:25:20 PM  
As much as I would love to pile on to this Assemblyman and his aide, it appears that the law is being followed in this case.

The defendant has not yet been found guilty.  She has only been arrested and arraigned.  Therefore, presumably her license is suspended pursuant to New York Traffic Code Section 1193(e)(7), which deals with suspensions pending prosecution.  That section contains a "hardship" clause which reads as follows:

"If the court finds that the suspension imposed pursuant to this subparagraph will result in extreme hardship, the court must issue such suspension, but may grant a hardship privilege, which shall be issued on a form prescribed by the commissioner. For the purposes of this clause, "extreme hardship" shall mean the inability to obtain alternative means of travel to or from the licensee's employment, or to or from necessary medical treatment for the licensee or a member of the licensee's household, or if the licensee is a matriculating student enrolled in an accredited school, college or university travel to or from such licensee's school, college or university if such travel is necessary for the completion of the educational degree or certificate. The burden of proving extreme hardship shall be on the licensee who may present material and relevant evidence. A finding of extreme hardship may not be based solely upon the testimony of the licensee. In no event shall arraignment be adjourned or otherwise delayed more than three business days solely for the purpose of allowing the licensee to present evidence of extreme hardship. The court shall set forth upon the record, or otherwise set forth in writing, the factual basis for such finding. The hardship privilege shall permit the operation of a vehicle only for travel to or from the licensee's employment, or to or from necessary medical treatment for the licensee or a member of the licensee's household, or if the licensee is a matriculating student enrolled in an accredited school, college or university travel to or from such licensee's school, college or university if such travel is necessary for the completion of the educational degree or certificate. A hardship privilege shall not be valid for the operation of a commercial motor vehicle."

So at the next hearing the court will hear evidence, including the assemblyman's letter, to determine if she qualifies for an exception under this section.  So while it may be bad politics to name drop and then drag this out in public, neither she nor her boss appear to be requesting any special treatment at this point.
 
2014-07-21 03:25:30 PM  

salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.


As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.
 
2014-07-21 03:27:59 PM  

GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.


Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?
 
2014-07-21 03:28:22 PM  
 Subby seems a little too desperate to work "Democrat" into a sentence when "farking idiot" would have sufficed. The next time a Republican leaves the bathroom with toilet paper hanging from his ass, should I be sure everyone knows what party he belongs to?

 .
 
2014-07-21 03:28:49 PM  

salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?


Try reading my post again.
 
2014-07-21 03:33:30 PM  

GoldSpider: As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.


 I'm sorry but...where are you getting this? The article says that she "name-dropped," and that she threatened to go over the officers' heads to police brass (presumably while saying, "I'll have your badge!"). Lots of stupid drunk people make the same threats every day. At no point did she suggest retaliation via her boss. That doesn't mean she's any less retarded; just that you're presuming facts that aren't there.
 
2014-07-21 03:39:36 PM  

GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.


I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.
 
2014-07-21 03:41:36 PM  
That his mistress. She told him to "clean this up or else!"
i705.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-21 03:44:48 PM  

salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.


So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?
 
2014-07-21 03:48:50 PM  

GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?


Unless you have access to information that isn't in TFA it appears you did.
 
2014-07-21 03:49:40 PM  

GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?



No, the made up part is where you implied the Assemblymen made the threat to protect the employee. The Assemblyman writing a letter asking for the liscense to be re-instated is not using his political position to circumvent the law. It would be no different if the shift manager at Cracker Barrel wrote a letter to a judge asking that the restraining order requiring you remain 100 yards from anyplace children gather be removed because you a such a valuable member of the busboy team.
 
2014-07-21 03:53:26 PM  

jst3p: I am anticipating Fark Independents accusing the more liberal crowd of having a double standard while the more liberal crowd condemns this politicians actions.


Condemn him for what? A quick search shows that it's pretty common to submit character references and hardship descriptions when seeking to have your driver's license reinstated after a DUI.

Hell, my white trash mother in law got an exemption between her bust and conviction that allowed her to drive to and from work and she couldn't even afford a lawyer. I assume that laws in New York aren't that drastically different so I would be a bit surprised if this WEREN'T happening.
 
2014-07-21 03:55:03 PM  
A politician NY Democrat calls for drunk-driving laws to apply to everybody except other politicians and their staffs. members of his staff
 
2014-07-21 03:55:21 PM  

max_pooper: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?


No, the made up part is where you implied the Assemblymen made the threat to protect the employee. The Assemblyman writing a letter asking for the liscense to be re-instated is not using his political position to circumvent the law. It would be no different if the shift manager at Cracker Barrel wrote a letter to a judge asking that the restraining order requiring you remain 100 yards from anyplace children gather be removed because you a such a valuable member of the busboy team.


What I actually posted implied no such thing. You simply either misread it, or you are deliberately mischaracterizing it as something easier to rebut.
 
2014-07-21 03:58:00 PM  

skozlaw: jst3p: I am anticipating Fark Independents accusing the more liberal crowd of having a double standard while the more liberal crowd condemns this politicians actions.

Condemn him for what? A quick search shows that it's pretty common to submit character references and hardship descriptions when seeking to have your driver's license reinstated after a DUI.

Hell, my white trash mother in law got an exemption between her bust and conviction that allowed her to drive to and from work and she couldn't even afford a lawyer. I assume that laws in New York aren't that drastically different so I would be a bit surprised if this WEREN'T happening.


Yeah, I typed that before I fully understood the situation. Was trying to get the post in as quickly as possible. My bad.
 
2014-07-21 03:58:55 PM  

GoldSpider: What I actually posted implied no such thing. You simply either misread it, or you are deliberately mischaracterizing it as something easier to rebut.


What you actually posted was this:

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?

Which is incorrect.
 
2014-07-21 03:59:06 PM  
"Johnson allegedly refused to get out of her 2001 Acura.."

You need to pay her better, asshole.
 
2014-07-21 03:59:09 PM  

jst3p: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?

Unless you have access to information that isn't in TFA it appears you did.


"She then threatened to call NYPD brass to get the responding officers in trouble, according to the sources."

I guess that means something different to you than it does to me.
 
2014-07-21 04:00:25 PM  

jst3p: GoldSpider: What I actually posted implied no such thing. You simply either misread it, or you are deliberately mischaracterizing it as something easier to rebut.

What you actually posted was this:

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?

Which is incorrect.


We can go with partially correct I guess.


 where she dropped his name and threatened cops, law-enforcement sources said.

...

She then threatened to call NYPD brass to get the responding officers in trouble, according to the sources.


I took that to mean the only actual threat she made was to call the brass but I could see your interpretation too.
 
2014-07-21 04:01:25 PM  

GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: GoldSpider: salvador.hardin: Reinstatement hearings are a part of the law subby. The judge is literally applying the law to this employee. Unless there's a local rule against character references, there is nothing exceptional going on here.

The NY Post isn't fit for lining the bottom of a bird cage.

As is threatening arresting officers with political retaliation from your connected boss? Yes, working precisely as intended. It's not abuse of power when MY side does it.

Where did the assemblyman threaten political retaliation?

Try reading my post again.

I went back and read your post, and I think I pieced together where things went wrong.

Headline: Assemblyman thinks employee above law
Article: Assemblyman writes letter to a judge as part of license reinstatement proceeding
Me: Assemblyman writing a letter isn't being above the law, it is a part of the law
You: Someone else did something else phrased as a question? BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

Moving the goal posts while spewing sub-literate partisan hackery can sometimes lead to these sorts of misunderstandings.

So you're saying I made up the part where the staffer threatened to have her politically-connected boss retaliate against the arresting officers?


One of these things is not like the other.

What law is not being applied to the staffer? What action has the assemblyman taken to subvert said law?

Hints: The staffer and the assemblyman are two different people, and having your name dropped is not an action.
 
2014-07-21 04:01:37 PM  

GoldSpider: "She then threatened to call NYPD brass to get the responding officers in trouble, according to the sources."

I guess that means something different to you than it does to me.


To be pedantic, threatening that she will call them is not the same as threatening to have her politically-connected boss call them.
 
2014-07-21 04:02:37 PM  
If she is so important cant they just get her a driver?  There is no reason she has to be the one driving to do her job.
 
2014-07-21 04:09:12 PM  
No, this particular sleazy Dem. state assemblyman is not calling for his driver to be exempt from drunk driving laws. The NYP article says the judge is scheduled to decide whether to reinstate her license. The assemblyman is advocating on her behalf. But THIS IS AN OUTRAGE, whatever
 
2014-07-21 04:12:48 PM  
He's bonin' her, I guarantee it.
 
2014-07-21 04:13:13 PM  

jst3p: To be pedantic, threatening that she will call them is not the same as threatening to have her politically-connected boss call them.


I agree, that is pedantic.  Otherwise, what position would the staffer believe she was in to make such threats?

salvador.hardin: What law is not being applied to the staffer? What action has the assemblyman taken to subvert said law?


I didn't argue either of those points, only that the staffer threatened the officers with political retaliation.

salvador.hardin: and having your name dropped is not an action.


Indeed, the name-dropping and the threat were two isolated acts completely unrelated to one another.
 
2014-07-21 04:15:07 PM  

Farkenhostile: If she is so important cant they just get her a driver?  There is no reason she has to be the one driving to do her job.


NY Post headline:

"Democrats in DRUNKEN booze cruiser scandal!"
"Pay for LIMO SERVICE on taxpayer dime for DUI staffer who assaulted hero cops"
 
2014-07-21 04:15:42 PM  
Democrat shows loyalty to one of his employees, naturally Republicans are sickened by the thought.
 
2014-07-21 04:15:54 PM  
Take a farking cab or have someone pick her up. Geeze.
 
2014-07-21 04:16:34 PM  
I'd probably have a drinking problem too if I had to work for democrats or republicans.
 
2014-07-21 04:18:34 PM  
It's New York City.  Who the hell needs a car.
 
2014-07-21 04:19:24 PM  
He is a Democrat in name only. Hes acting like a Republican, not a true Democrat.
 
2014-07-21 04:26:20 PM  
True to form, a Democrat Republican politician is presented with an opportunity to show the people that nobody, not even people on his own staff, are above the law, and naturally decides against that course of action.
 
2014-07-21 04:27:31 PM  

GoldSpider: True to form, a Democrat Republican politician is presented with an opportunity to show the people that nobody, not even people on his own staff, are above the law, and naturally decides against that course of action.


How so?
 
2014-07-21 04:36:07 PM  

max_pooper: How so?


The little people to whom the laws actually apply don't have high-ranking city officials at their disposal to vouch for them.
 
2014-07-21 04:40:52 PM  

Farkenhostile: If she is so important cant they just get her a driver?  There is no reason she has to be the one driving to do her job.


Who wouldn't want to drive a sweet 01' Acura.?
 
2014-07-21 04:42:04 PM  

GoldSpider: max_pooper: How so?

The little people to whom the laws actually apply don't have high-ranking city officials at their disposal to vouch for them.


So would you rather the employee be forbade from having her boss write a letter to the judge explaining her situation just because said boss is an elected official?

The assemblyman has done nothing illegal or unethical in this case.
 
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