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Tough DUI judge arrested for same The California Attorney General’s office said it is investigating the drunken driving arrest of a Sonoma County Superior Court judge known for being tough on DUI defendants. Judge Elaine Rushing allegedly drove her Porsche off Riebli Road in Santa Rosa, Calif., shortly before 11 p.m. on June 21. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Christine Jacobs said no other cars were involved, and Rushing was not hurt. The judge was taken to the highway patrol station in Santa Rosa, cited and released. Rushing may have to report the incident to the Commission on Judicial Performance. The judge is probably best known for handing down stiff sentences in two high-profile drunken driving cases last year. In September, she sentenced Harvey Hereford to eight years and eight months in prison for a Highway 12 crash that killed a bicyclist and paralyzed his girlfriend, according to press accounts. One month earlier, she sentenced another man to 14 years in prison for hitting and killing a man riding his bicycle home from Mark West Springs. News of Rushing’s arrest shocked many local attorneys. The judge’s attorney, Santa Rosa solo practitioner Harry Allen, said, “She regrets that it happened and she recognizes the seriousness of the situation. Naturally, we hope to wrap this up as expeditiously and as fairly as possible under these unfortunate circumstances.” Sonoma County prosecutors have referred the matter to the California attorney general’s office, according to the AG’s spokesman, Tom Dresslar. - The Recorder Web site touts judge for justice If President George W. Bush is unsure about who to nominate for the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, advice is only a mouse click away. A Web site launched on June 8 touts Judge Edward C. Prado of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the high court. A spokesperson in Prado’s office said the judge knows nothing about the Web site, www.DraftPrado.org, and declines comment. “This is done completely independent of Judge Prado,” said Arkadi Gerney, a director of StartChange.org, the advocacy group sponsoring the site. Gerney, formerly an associate with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, said a committee of law professors and attorneys selected Prado from a list of about 20 federal and state judges. “Judge Prado is a nominee that a majority of Americans can get behind, and the DraftPrado campaign is intended to ensure the next Supreme Court nomination does not turn into a partisan battleground,” he said. Bush appointed Prado, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas and former U.S. district judge in San Antonio, to the 5th Circuit in 2003. - Texas Lawyer ‘Medicine’ man arrested for drugs Salt Lake City (AP)-A self-proclaimed medicine man was arrested on charges that he lied about being an American Indian to consume and distribute peyote during religious ceremonies. James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney, 61, claims to be a member of the Oklevueha Band of Yamassee Seminole Indians. He openly uses and distributes the hallucinogen in religious ceremonies, which is allowed under federal law by members of recognized tribes. However, federal prosecutors said Mooney’s tribal membership was fraudulently obtained. Court documents said the tribe revoked it and asked him to stop using its name in connection with his religious activities. The Oklevueha Band isn’t a federally recognized tribe and doesn’t use peyote in its religious ceremonies, according to court documents.

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