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Facebook Friend Suppresses Evidence of DUI

Philadelphia politician Cherelle Parker is scheduled to stand trial for DUI charges resulting from an arrest in 2011. Again.Philadelphia DUI Lawyer Back in April 2011, the police believed they had probable cause to stop Parker for drinking and driving when her car was driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. She was arrested and charged with DUI. At trial her DUI lawyer made a motion to suppress key evidence for the prosecution, which was successful. The suppressed evidence included the results from the breath test, which indicated a BAC of 0.16. Also, the judge  questioned the credibility of the arresting officers’ observations, which noted Parker’s eyes were glassy, that she smelled of alcohol and that she was unsteady on her feet. She was acquitted, and the Assistant District Attorney appealed. As it turned out Parker and the judge were friends and Facebook buddies. On appeal the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge found the previous judge was wrong in dismissing the charges and reversed the acquittal. So now Parker will stand trial once more for the DUI charges. This time an out-of-county judge will preside over the trial. Parker plans to plead not guilty to the charges. Again.

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