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Judges’ leniency in OUI cases exposes serious legal gaps

November 20, 2011

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What does it take, exactly, to be convicted by a Massachusetts judge of drunken driving? In recent weeks, the Globe Spotlight Team has detailed a number of cases in which drivers were acquitted in bench trials despite overwhelming evidence they were intoxicated. When prosecutors and police complain, it’s not just sour grapes. The Spotlight Team series exposed serious inadequacies in the law and court procedures but also speaks to a disturbing culture of leniency.

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