Disgraced lawyer Melvyn Weiss violated his parole by drinking and driving but a federal judge isn't sending the sad sack back to jail as reported by Dana Feldman and Nate Raymond for Reuters:
Weiss, 77, reached a deal with federal prosecutors on the eve of a Friday hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on whether to revoke his release following an arrest in December for driving under the influence in Boynton Beach, Florida. The agreement came after Weiss pleaded guilty to the DUI charge on April 18 in Florida and was sentenced to 12 months probation and 50 hours of community service, court records show. At a Los Angeles court hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter said that Weiss had been publicly embarrassed by the DUI episode and had learned his lesson.
Weiss was a founding partner of Milberg Weiss, and convicted in 2008 on a racketeering charge for his role in an alleged decades-long scheme in which serial plaintiffs were paid kickbacks out of the attorneys' fees for filing their shareholder lawsuits. The once high-flying legal eagle was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, and still on probation when pulled over for allegedly doing 90 mph in a 65 mph zone in December as then reported by Toni-Ann Miller for The Palm Beach Post.
When the deputy approached the vehicle, he said he smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and that the driver appeared impaired. The report says the driver's eyes were "bloodshot and glassy," his speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet.
From his back seat in the patrol car Weiss asked "Do you know who I am?" and then answered his own question by stating a "pretty well known person" at which point the self-important little man fell asleep according to the arrest report as reported by Joe Patrice for Above The Law: "'Pretty well known person.' Aww, Mel still thinks it's 2006."
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