Thursday, July 28, 2016

Attorney: Mercy McCune-Brooks administrator will fight DWI charge

Joplin attorney Judd McPherson tells the Carthage Press that his client, Mercy McCune-Brooks Administrator Scott Watson will fight DWI charges if they are filed in Joplin Municipal Court. A decision on that will likely not be made before an administrative hearing 1:30 p.m. September 16 in Jasper County Circuit Court:

The Joplin Police arrested Watson, the longtime Newton County prosecuting attorney, 1:15 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Mile Marker 9 on eastbound I-44. Watson refused to take a breathalyzer test.

“There's two aspects to a DWI, criminal and administrative,” McPherson said. “I don't talk about specifics about a case while it's pending, but I will tell you generally, every case where there is a DWI and a refusal, the burden is on the state to show that there was probable cause to ever request a test. That is an issue that we're addressing, whether there were indicators to establish probable cause to even request a test.”

McPherson said the state will have to prove that the stop was justified in this administrative hearing. If that can't be proven, the state likely has no probable cause for a criminal case, he said.


Anonymous said...

A cheat cheating his entitled way out

Anonymous said...

A citizen who knows the law exercising his rights.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Watson is an attorney,officer of the court and former prosecutor who refused a sobriety test and breathalyzer test. His background makes him "more" than an ordinary citizen at large. The, very, sad part of this is what a hypocrite he apparently is, not to mention his poor judgement to drive while apparently impaired for if he had not been impaired why not just blow. Spin it anyway you like the appearance is self evident and telling.
Way to go Mr.Prosecutor you set the bar very high for others with your behavior.
Joplin has one of the best records in the area for removing impaired drivers from the roadways and you apparently chose to test them, and at the same time endanger the innocent lives of others.