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Trial excerpts: Getting to ‘not guilty’

How a driver who told police, “I was driving, I’m drunk and it’s all my fault,” was found not guilty by a Massachusetts judge

The crash

“He was unsteady, speech was slurred, glassy eyes.”

In court, Middleborough police officer Steve Valerio testifies about the 2009 car crash that sends a passenger to the hospital.

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I did.

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The defense

“Whether he thinks he's guilty or not, it's irrelevant.”

In this excerpt, the defense argues that there isn't enough corroboration of intoxication.

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The prosecution

“He's drunk. We have his own admission.”

The prosecutor, Christopher Davidson, emphasizes the defendant's words to the police.

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The verdict

“Let me think about it for a couple minutes, all right?”

Judge Thomas S. Barrett reaches a decision in the May 2010 case.

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The trial resumes 35 minutes later. After accepting a plea of guilty for negligent operation, Judge Barrett announces his decision on the OUI charge.

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Tom Giratikanon / Globe Staff
Source: Audio recording of trial, police reports
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