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Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:10 PM

DWI charges dropped against Bruce Springsteen, who pleads guilty to just drinking in the park

Source: CNN

CNN)Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he imbibed alcohol at New Jersey's Sandy Hook National Recreation Area, despite knowing it was prohibited.

"I had two small shots of Tequila," Springsteen said in a virtual appearance before New Jersey Federal Court.

The plea came after federal prosecutors agreed to drop charges that Springsteen was operating a vehicle under the influence and driving recklessly, charges Assistant US Attorney Adam Baker said the government would not be able to prove.

"The evidence we reviewed indicates that after the defendant's arrest, he submitted to a breath test at the ranger station, and his BAC reading was .02, which as the court is aware is well under the legal limit of .08," Baker said.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/entertainment/bruce-springsteen-charges-plead/index.html



It sounds like the Judge was a bigger fan than the cop.

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Reply DWI charges dropped against Bruce Springsteen, who pleads guilty to just drinking in the park (Original post)
pnwmom Feb 24 OP
efhmc Feb 24 #1
ancianita Feb 24 #33
Paladin Feb 24 #2
COL Mustard Feb 24 #5
stopdiggin Feb 24 #15
dogknob Feb 24 #9
OneCrazyDiamond Feb 24 #13
dsc Feb 24 #23
samsingh Feb 24 #3
madaboutharry Feb 24 #4
pnwmom Feb 24 #7
LudwigPastorius Feb 25 #51
2golddogs Feb 24 #6
paranoid floyd Feb 24 #14
stopdiggin Feb 24 #8
twin_ghost Feb 24 #10
whathehell Feb 24 #11
Rocknation Feb 24 #12
stopdiggin Feb 24 #17
Rocknation Feb 24 #19
ForgoTheConsequence Feb 24 #20
pnwmom Feb 24 #44
Rocknation Feb 24 #48
pnwmom Feb 24 #49
Archae Feb 24 #16
twodogsbarking Feb 24 #18
Archae Feb 24 #21
speak easy Feb 24 #22
VWolf Feb 24 #28
COL Mustard Feb 24 #25
Archae Feb 24 #26
CaptainTruth Feb 24 #31
George II Feb 24 #24
pnwmom Feb 24 #29
Rocknation Feb 24 #27
CaptainTruth Feb 24 #32
Rocknation Feb 24 #43
malthaussen Feb 24 #30
Politicub Feb 24 #34
pnwmom Feb 24 #35
Politicub Feb 24 #36
LanternWaste Feb 24 #41
Politicub Feb 24 #45
ZonkerHarris Feb 24 #39
Cha Feb 25 #52
DENVERPOPS Feb 24 #42
BradAllison Feb 26 #53
pnwmom Feb 24 #37
Steelrolled Feb 24 #38
marble falls Feb 24 #40
ewagner Feb 24 #46
LiberalLovinLug Feb 24 #47
pnwmom Feb 25 #50

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:14 PM

1. That whole thing was weird.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:02 PM

33. imo, the whole thing was trumpcult harassment, an attempt to own his lib fans and send

the fascist 'we're watching you' warning to the liberal celebrity world

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:16 PM

2. Good. Nobody should get busted for a .02 reading. (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:22 PM

5. Can We Get His Jeep Commercial Back Again?

That's the important thing here!

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Response to COL Mustard (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:42 PM

15. always thought that was a bit strange

1) either corporate America is getting way more sensitive towards impropriety in general (while a portion of their consumer base is quite obviously not)
or 2) pressure was applied to corporate through outside sources that we're unaware of (political actions, blue line stuff?)

either way -- I got a feeling he'll be just fine. and from all accounts handled this situation beautifully -- from his first interaction with LE -- to the media -- on through to a legal resolution. kudos.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:31 PM

9. Unless they're an outspoken, influential lib and...

...you're a T***p-loving cop looking for an easy celebrity collar.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:38 PM

13. Under aged drinkers?

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:26 PM

23. they should be busted for the drinking

not as DUI.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:18 PM

3. good

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:18 PM

4. "I had two small shots of Tequila."

The title of Springsteen's next song. Or maybe " Just drinking in the park."

Yeah, it was weird.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:29 PM

7. And the article said the law against drinking there was enacted only 2 years ago.

I wonder how well it was posted.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:34 PM

51. One Step Up (and Two Shots Back)

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:27 PM

6. Song

I read “just drinking in the park” in the cadence of “just dancing in the dark.” 😄

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Response to 2golddogs (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:38 PM

14. Good one. 👍🏻

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:30 PM

8. kinda' wondering. were the other people

(that were handing OUT the shots) ticketed for drinking in the park? Or just Springsteen?

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:34 PM

10. Finally! The nightmare of Springstein drinking in a US park is over.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:36 PM

11. Good..

Love the Boss..Bring back that Jeep commercial.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:37 PM

12. It doesn't excuse his not informing Jeep.


rocktivity

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:47 PM

17. of a drinking in the park charge?

maybe there was implied sarcasm. Not sure I would have rushed off to tell my boss about a 0.02. My BIL maybe ....

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:58 PM

19. I was referring to the embarrasment and ridicule the Super Bowl commerical caused Jeep

Indeed, had Bruce informed them, Jeep could have joined him in publicly demanding how an .02 BAC merits a DWI charge!


Rocknation

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:58 PM

20. No kidding.

It wouldn't even occur to me to bring this up. I'd like to thank this cop for wasting everyone's time.

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:58 PM

44. How do we know he didn't? Maybe they had already spent a lot of money making the commercial

and hoped his charge would be quietly dropped.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #44)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 07:07 PM

48. Jeep released this statement on Feb 10

(MSM.com): “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” a spokesperson for Jeep said... “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”

However:

The Detroit News (3/24/21): Jeep once again will promote its Super Bowl LV ad featuring Bruce Springsteen on its YouTube channel and website after prosecutors dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against the singer-songwriter.

"As we stated previously, we paused the commercial until the facts were established," a Jeep representative said in a statement. "Now, that the matter has been resolved, we are unpausing the film."



Rocknation

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #48)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 08:29 PM

49. So? Are you telling us that we should automatically believe the corporation? nt

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:45 PM

16. No wonder he mumbled constantly in his songs.

Or else bellowed like a wounded water buffalo.

Tequila will do that!



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Response to Archae (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 02:56 PM

18. Everyone has a Tequila story

some don't end in arrest.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:08 PM

21. One tequila, two tequila...

Three tequila, floor.

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Response to Archae (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:14 PM

22. Four tequilas pack a punch

and so do many more

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Response to speak easy (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:48 PM

28. Still my favorite :)

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Response to Archae (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:31 PM

25. I Heard It A Little Differently

One martini, two martini, three martini, floor.

Or

One martini, two martinis, three at the most...after four martinis I am under the host. (I think it's attributed to Dorothy Parker.)

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Response to COL Mustard (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:33 PM

26. Hee hee!

The funniest part is, I'm currently 61 years old, but only got drunk once, on my 18th birthday.

Peppermint schnapps.

Next day I decided never to do that again.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:24 PM

31. Oh boy, I remember when it was safe to cross into Juarez for dinner & drinks.

Well, I remember most of it.

I was always glad we had a driver to get us back to the hotel.

The joys of business trips...

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:29 PM

24. I was out for an hour and heard the story on the radio three or four times. Seems like the cop...

...went overboard and the judge saw it.

The funny thing is that the judge asked him how soon he could pay the ~$540, he said he'd pay it right away.

If he blew .02 and the limit is .08, why did he get charged in the first place.

Now, maybe we should all urge Matt Gaetz to move to New Jersey?

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Response to George II (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:02 PM

29. The Federal govt. had a new (passed 2 years ago) law banning alcohol consumption in the park.

So Springsteen did break that law.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 03:40 PM

27. Shades of Jussie Smollett -- if the charge was bogus, why did they offer a plea deal?

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The plea came after federal prosecutors agreed to drop (the) charges...

"His BAC reading was .02, which, as the Court is aware, is well under the legal limit of .08..." (The) Assistant US Attorney...said the government would not be able to prove...(the charge)...

The prosecutors agreed with WHO? A DWI charge so obviously lacking in legal merit never should have gotten out of the police station, never mind into the DA's office. And, of course, everyone involved in filing the charge (why DIDN'T they "settle" for DUI?) needs to be re-trained if not investigated.

(for the Jussie Smollett-impaired)


Rocknation

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Response to Rocknation (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:43 PM

32. Note the charge was "driving while under the influence"...

...not "driving while intoxicated."

Most states' DWI/DUI laws are written to refer to "under the influence." That doesn't necessarily mean "intoxicated." At 0.02 you are in fact under the influence of alcohol but you're not legally considered "intoxicated" until you hit 0.08. So yes, he was "under the influence" but his blood alcohol level was so low it would be difficult to make a court case that his abilities were significantly impaired, so it would make sense to drop that charge as part of a deal.

The whole "under the influence" thing has always made me wonder, if I was driving along & I looked over to read a billboard advertising Jack Daniels whiskey, & got in an accident because my eyes weren't on the road, could someone make the case that I had the accident because I was "under the influence" of alcohol at the time?

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #32)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:50 PM

43. Only if your car had ended up UNDER the Jack Daniels sign LOL

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But if the initial charge had been DUI, everyone could have come out of this smelling better.


Rocknation

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:02 PM

30. Couple of years ago, Dylan was walking in one of the coast cities of Jersey...

... just grooving on the architecture. Woman resident decided he looked suspicious and called the cops.
They didn't recognize him. (Sic transit gloria mundi)
He wasn't carrying ID, so they put him in the cruiser and took him back to his hotel so he could prove who he was.
Moral of the story: a freeborn American citizen can't even walk the streets of this fair nation without some asshole calling the cops. Guess he was "lucky" they didn't gun him down right there.

-- Mal

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:11 PM

34. Privilege must be nice.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #34)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:19 PM

35. His "privilege" might have been what got him arrested. It sounds like the cop

might have had something against a famous Democrat who campaigned against Trump.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #35)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:19 PM

36. Okay. That must have been it.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #36)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:32 PM

41. Nuance and context a bit difficult today, eh?

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #41)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 06:09 PM

45. If you say so.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #35)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:25 PM

39. His privilege got him in trouble and I can prove it. He did two shots of tequila with fans

He was arrested and the fans were not.
None of them were even stopped.
The state cops, which in NJ are total fucking assholes, wanted a celebrity trophy.

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Response to ZonkerHarris (Reply #39)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 05:27 PM

52. TeamPooka, Thanks! Sorry I

mean ZonkerHarris

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #35)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:41 PM

42. Ya Think?

a .02 ????????? vs Limbaugh caught with a Thousand Oxycodone and he got zip...........

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #35)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:20 AM

53. Cops never got over the 41 shots thing. (n/m)

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:21 PM

38. Just Leave Bruce Alone!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 05:28 PM

40. Its just so hard to care one way or another about this, though the concert I saw him at in '74 ...

... was awesome.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 06:16 PM

46. "...drinkin in the park...

and "dancin in the dark"

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 24, 2021, 07:03 PM

47. Why would he even be charged with DWI when he was only .02?

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #47)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:53 AM

50. A Trumper cop, is my guess. n/t

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