Thursday, November 02, 2006

Drunk judge can stay in office

A judge who drove while drunk, experienced blackouts and consumed a half-gallon of whiskey a day can remain in office if he complies with terms of a six-month suspension, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled.

The judge's law clerks and court reporter testified before the commission that Judge Allen Krake smelled of alcohol and appeared disheveled and trembling on a daily basis.

Witnesses called Krake's alcoholism the "worst-kept secret in Grant Parish," and on one occasion, a sheriff's deputy followed the judge home instead of arresting him for driving under the influence. Source.

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