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County Attorney Plasters Faces of Individuals Convicted for DUI on Billboards and Internet Sites.

In Florida we have seen several counties whereby persons arrested for DUI have their names and facts surrounding the incident posted in the local newspaper. One county attorney in Arizona however, has taken humiliation of convicted individuals to a whole new level. Maricopa attorney, Andrew Thomas, has financed a billboard campaign and internet site which displays the mug shots and names of suspects who have been convicted for DUI. It is uncertain at this point whether slandering suspects will actually lead to a reduction in the amount of DUI cases and is criticized as being relatively harsh for alleged crimes that lack the culpability such as robbery or crimes of violence.

The Florida legislature has enumerated such a long list of mandatory minimums for people that have been convicted of DUI that I find it inherently wrong for the elected top prosecutor to take it into his own hands to punish individuals even further.

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