The District Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County, TX, USA, has decided to publish the names of those charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The names will be published on Twitter during holiday weekends as well, such as the Christmas holidays, Fourth of July and Memorial Day, which are thought of as times when a lot of people drive while intoxicated. The idea is a way of discouraging residents from getting behind the wheel while drunk.
These practices are controversial, and some legal pundits wonder if publishing names on Twitter is going too far. “A person who has been arrested is still innocent unless proven guilty. If the DA dismiss a case against a motorist or should a motorist be acquitted by a jury of his peers, will the Attorney’s office offer a public apology on Twitter as well?”
Names of those arrested for DWI will be posted on District Attorney’s Twitter page http://twitter.com/MontgomeryTXDAO [via]
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