3/8/2005Judge Arrested After Trying to Talk Her Way Out of Ticket
D.C. judge who argues with cop over speeding ticket ends up in jail.
Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge Susan R. Winfield was arrested and taken into custody after she tried to talk her way out of a speeding ticket on Sunday.
At 11am Winfield was pulled over for doing 40 in a construction zone with a temporary 20 MPH speed limit. She got out of her car -- leaving her daughter behind -- to argue with the police officer who immediately instructed her to return to her vehicle. She refused, told the cop that she was a judge, and argued that she was only driving 30.
The officer handcuffed her for "failure to obey an order", which carries a $75 fine. Winfield has served 20 years in the courts and is a former assistant U.S. attorney.
"My first thought was my daughter," [Judge Winfield] said. "I hate that she saw that, because you're supposed to be a role model. And then, of course, I was thinking about my job. You're not supposed to get arrested for anything."Source: Judge Arrested Over Spat During Traffic Stop in NW (Washington Post, 3/8/2005)
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