Monday, January 18, 2010

Off the Hook in Rhode Island

As we suspected, the political connections of embattled Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan of Rhode Island paid off. Sullivan, a member of the Rove Republican Racket, was busted on Thanksgiving morning for allegedly drunk driving.

Last Monday, the DUI/DWI charges were dropped. Here is the news report from the Providence Journal:

WARWICK, R.I. -- The drunk-driving charge against federal prosecutor Gerard B. Sullivan was dismissed in District Court on Monday morning. In a quick procedure, as the judge called the calendar for the day, Sullivan and his lawyer, Kevin J. Bristow, stood before Judge Frank J. Cenerini as the judge said the state was submitting a request for dismissal.

Cenerini mentioned that after Sullivan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, Sullivan had admitted in Traffic Tribunal last week that he refused to take a chemical breath test.  "As is the customary disposition in these matters, the DWI -- if there is a refusal submission -- is dismissed," Cenerini said.

In the hallway after the brief proceeding, Sullivan said he was "not at liberty to speak" about the matter. Sullivan, 50, was one of eight people charged by the Warwick police during Thanksgiving weekend with refusing to submit to a chemical breath test for suspected drunken driving. He was the only one of those eight who was not also charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a misdemeanor. He was later charged with driving under the influence after Warwick Police Chief Stephen M. McCartney and The Journal reviewed the arrest reports for all eight drivers.