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McGee Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John McGee avoided a felony conviction Friday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI just 12 days after his arrest following a bizarre night of drinking and bad driving. McGee, his voice breaking, told the court, "I'm truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions that night. ... I hope that I can somehow earn back the trust of those people I've disappointed." McGee will serve three more days of jail time, lose his driver's license for at least 30 days and pay a $750 fine. He has already paid about $12,000 restitution to the victims of his Father's Day joyride. The prosecutor, however, dropped a felony charge in a plea agreement approved by Ada County magistrate James Cawthon/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Former legislator Brandon Durst tweets of this plea: "McGee gets off ez. Good to know the justice system treats everyone equal. The justice system for the connected, that is." Do you agree?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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