Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lawyer banned from road after courtroom switch on drink driving case

Occasionally … when media interest rears its head … a court has no choice but to hand out punishment, this time, on a lawyer who has been convicted of drink driving.

Oh don’t worry consumers, lawyers aren't required to disclose criminal convictions to you .. even though there are a few in the profession who do have criminal records …

The Sunday Mail reports :

Drunk lawyer banned from road

Aug 24 2008 By Norman Silvester

A LAWYER sacked as a prosecutor over allegations of drunkenness has now been convicted of drink driving.

Jamie McGhee, 51, was last week banned from the road for two years and fined £500.

McGhee - dubbed the drunken pleader - admitted driving in Kilmarnock on July 23 while almost three times the drink limit.

The case, at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, was moved to another courtroom and heard by visiting Sheriff David Clapham.

This was to prevent local sheriffs who know McGhee from taking the case.

McGhee's not-guilty plea to refusing to give police a breath sample when he was stopped outside his home was accepted by the Crown.

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