Dakota County judge is charged with gross-misdemeanor DWI

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 20, 2013 - 7:21 AM

Charges say Judge Michael Sovis crashed an SUV into parked vehicles in St. Paul on Christmas Eve.

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deerguyDec. 27, 12 4:47 PM

I wonder how light he'll get off for not knowing the rules for drinking and driving! But, he'll still get to rule and lecture how bad it is to get a DWI to people in his courtroom!

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nppd03Dec. 27, 12 5:11 PM

It is too bad he made the decision to be in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Fortunately, he did not hurt or kill anyone. Since it does not say otherwise, the writer leads me to believe Judge Sovis must have been somewhat cooperative with the law enforcement officers, as he provided a breath sample at the scene as well as at the PD. In addition to that, St Paul PD deserves credit for employing ethical officers that performed their duties without showing favoritism to Judge Sovis simply because of his position as a judge.

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elle2008Dec. 27, 12 5:50 PM

Yeah, but he will probably just hire Sensor's lawyer and pay to get off the hook. Isn't that what money buys in this great country of ours, these days?

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basia2186Dec. 27, 12 6:03 PM

Oh my gosh-he's human. Knowing our current politicalal "trends" he will be treated harshly. Let it go libs. If this were the most dangerous activity going on we should be relieved! I am surprised the strib didn't sweep this under the magic progressive rug.Worry instead about 1 out of 6 citizens receiving food stamps (compared to 1 out of 50 in the early 70's). Worry that so many of you want to go back to a "feudal" system where the masta takes care of all of your needs. Just remember-the government will own you. Freedom is a good thing,don't be afraid. .

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edma0012Dec. 27, 12 6:50 PM

Dude made a mistake, he'll pay his price to society and be even up just like everybody else would be. He'll get no special treatment. He'll probably get it worse.

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mrwalleyeDec. 27, 12 7:11 PM

I imagine since the Star Trib. did not indicate any previous charges/convictions, this is the first DUI Mr. Sovis has received. Given the fact that he has been on the bench for 20+ years dealing with all levels of society, there is NO WAY he should lose his job, and if anything, I hope he gets the help he needs as judges are people too. I can only hope and imagine he will get the same treatment as any other person on their first DUI considering no injuries occured.

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rjr2205Dec. 27, 12 7:27 PM

I am pleased to see the police doing their legal and ethical duty! I believe the majority of police would do the right thing! As edma0012 said "dude made a mistake" and will pay his dues! Anyone who does or did drink alcohol has likely made similar dumb decisions. I count myself in that group. I no longer drink acohol but I did a lot in the service and after I got out, but booze lost it's allure over the years. Good luck judge, man up to your mistakes and move on in positive/responsible ways!!

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PatitodehuleDec. 27, 12 8:28 PM

He'll plead not guilty and claim he was sober as a judge.

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duckofdeathDec. 27, 1210:08 PM

No way was he that drunk after 6 drinks, unless it was big glasses of straight vodka. Hate to say it, but I want judges on the bench who've been in trouble and have experienced that side of justice, to give them a perspective that most of the "holier than thou" types that normally sit in judgement don't have.

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simplyhotDec. 27, 1210:19 PM

....good luck judge...this too shall pass...but you were really lucky.

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