"Montana Sen. Greg Barkus has been charged with three felonies in the wake of an Aug 27 Flathead Lake boating accident in which he and four others - including Congressman Denny Rehberg - were badly injured.
Prosecutors say Barkus' blood-alcohol content registered twice the legal limit for driving - at .16 when sampled nearly two hours after the crash.
Barkus has been charged with one felony count of criminal endangerment and two felony counts of negligent vehicular assault.
The endangerment charge comes with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The vehicular assault charges each carry a maximum 10-year, $10,000 penalty."
This is the first I've heard of this even though it happened about two months ago.
Politicians are such great role models...
what does this have to do with his political outlook?
The accident itself or the legal repercussion, nothing at all. I intentionally left his party affiliation out of the original post because it's not about left or right. The media however, will usually find a way to make things like this a party issue no matter how irrational they have to get to do it. I'm still really surprised that I've heard zero coverage of this from national news outlets. Maybe I just missed it when it really broke, but it seems I never would have heard about it if I hadn't seen it on another forum.
Apparently his laywer has released as statement saying that they can prove that he hadn't had that much to drink, wasn't impared, blah blah blah. Any normal person that blows a .16 who can't afford a high dollar lawyer is going down hard, and I think trying to weasel his way out of this will end up hurting him bad by the time this is all done. Politicians from every party should know by now that if you do something really damning, just admit it and take what's coming to you. If you try to cover it up and fail that's what will really sink you.