Nov. 2, 2012
Change urged for drunken driving cases
A special counsel urged the state’s highest court Thursday to embrace measures to help erase the “appearance of leniency’’ in drunken driving cases decided by judges instead of juries. Judges in some Massachusetts courts, particularly in Worcester County, acquit nearly all of the drunk driving defendants who waive their right to a jury trial, according to a year-long study of the court system. The study was commissioned by the Supreme Judicial Court last year in the wake of a Globe Spotlight series.