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Mass. Judges Acquit Droves Of Drunk Driving Cases06:18

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Back in October of 2009, Middelborough police arrived at the scene of a one-car crash. They found a badly damaged vehicle and an injured driver, who told the cops, "I was driving, I'm drunk, and it's all my fault."

But when the case went to court, the driver's attorney chose a bench trail — with no jury — and the judge heard the case and delivered his verdict: not guilty.

Massachusetts is supposed to have some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country, and yet state judges are acquitting the vast majority of those charged with Operating Under the Influence.

That's the conclusion of a Boston Globe investigation, which found that even in cases in which a driver was blatantly drunk, judges are rendering verdicts of not guilty.



This segment aired on October 31, 2011.

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