Friday, June 01, 2007
The headline, "Family values, Republican style, links to a Chicago Tribune story about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's daughter, Ann S. Banaszewski, the mother of five kids, who "was stopped by police" while driving under the influence of alcohol. She had three of her children in the vehicle.
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.