Judge Who Told Twin Cities Police Officer “I Am A Ramsey County Judge” Charged With DUI.
Ramsey County District Court Judge G. Tony Atwal was charged with DWI on January 2 as a St. Paul police officer asked him to get into the squad car on New Year’s Eve even though the man had told him “I am a Ramsey County Judge”. Patrick Cotter, who is Atwal’s attorney, stated that Atwal had made “regrettable statements to the arresting officer”. Atwal pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor in the afternoon on January 2nd, 2018. Atwal has been re-assigned to handle child protection cases and was earlier assigned Ramsey County District Court’s criminal division. Thomas Sipkins, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Judicial Standards said the board is “looking into the matter”.
Michael Brodkorb who is a blogger and a former state Republican political operative stated that he sought details in the case since he believed Atwal had received special treatment, being a judge. However, Cotter and Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal stated that Atwal received no special treatment while her office handled the case to avoid a conflict with their St. Paul counterparts.
Segal stated that Atwal wanted to resolve the case and had hired a defense attorney who reached out to the prosecutor. As per police reports the breath test of Atwal showed alcohol concentration of 0.17 which is way above the legal limit of 0.08 in Minnesota and faced an over 80 charge. Atwal had pleaded guilty to DWI, a gross misdemeanor and most of his sentence was stayed and he served 18 days on electronic home monitoring and received 2 years of supervised probation.
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