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Judge Resigns After DUI Arrest

Alcoholism is no respecter of status or position. The mighty and the powerful are just as susceptible to the booze demon as anyone else. Now, a Lee County magistrate has resigned after DUI charges were levied against him.

Judge (now former) Setphen Moses registered a 0.21 on a breathalyzer test, more than twice the legal limit to drive in South Carolina. Worse, the test was done almost two hours after police picked him up when he crashed his car. He wasn’t injured in the crash and his car ended up on someone’s front lawn.

The ex-justice declined to comment as he left jail after his bond hearing and appearance, where he told his fellow judge he wasn’t doing to good.

For some, this story came as no surprise. The comments at the WMBF News website are enlightening.

“It happened late afternoon?? He blew a .21??? What the heck was he doing that drunk in the afternoon? They need to jack the jail up and throw him under it. He could have killed anyone driving that drunk. Think of all the people he put in jail for DUI? They need to make sure his days of public service is OVER! Anyone who was that drunk in the daylight has a BIG problem.”


“Only a true Alcoholic could still walk, talk and function at such an extremely high BAC, so I think that this guy is one of those little old pickled brained type drunks that I am always telling you about. These are the kind of fools that are destroying our country, one vote at a time.”

The good citizens of South Carolina are none too pleased about the matter. And while other judges have kept their jobs after being arrested for DUI, it does seem inappropriate to have someone sentencing people for an offense he himself committed.


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