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Superintendent, county attorney accused of DUI

A school board official from Morris County USD has resigned because of drunk driving charges levied against him earlier in the year. Additionally, DUI charges have also been filed against a prosecuting attorney in Morris County. Still, both of these individuals remain as members of the local anti-drug task force.

In two separate incidents, both local government officials were accused of drunk driving events. One man was reportedly stopped by police as he drove his truck near Abilene. The man resigned from his high post on the school board earlier in the week, according to area officials. The female attorney, who has said she will not resign, was also apprehended on DUI charges after running off the road while driving an area judge's vehicle.

Area officials also say that early media publicity surrounding the cases could have led to a de facto conviction for the female attorney, who has so far only been seen as guilty in a court of public opinion. She has not formally been tried in connection with the accident, according to information from local legal authorities.

Neither of the suspects was inclined to speak to media outlets after the charges were filed. Area authorities have said that local residents expect leaders to act in an appropriate fashion, especially if they are committed to anti-drug efforts throughout the region. County leaders say that they feel torn between the legal system and their loyalty to their long-time friends and colleagues.

In essence, these two leaders are experiencing more social and professional ramifications than legal punishments at this time. Not only are the criminal charges likely to affect their financial situation, but the DUI accusations also will negatively impact their ability to perform their professional duties.

The pair will need to recruit the services of skilled defense attorneys that can help preserve their personal and professional reputations while preventing convictions. Court dates have not been set for the two officials.

Source: WIBW, "Morris Co. officials face DUI charges," Suzie Gilbert, Oct. 9, 2012.

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