Friday, June 01, 2007

Scalia's daughter gets probation for DUI -

Scalia's daughter gets probation for DUI -

WHEATON, Illinois (AP) -- The daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

Ann S. Banaszewski, 45, of Wheaton, Illinois, on Wednesday accepted a plea agreement under which prosecutors dropped four other charges including endangering the life of a child and failure to secure a child younger than 8 in a child-restraint system.

She was arrested February 12 while driving away from a fast-food restaurant in Wheaton, 20 miles west of Chicago. Three of her children were inside her 1996 Ford van when someone called police to report a suspected intoxicated driver, authorities have said.

Banaszewski didn't contest the automatic six-month suspension of her driver's license for refusing to take a breath test.

A DuPage County judge also sentenced her to 140 hours of public service and to attend counseling sessions, according to Paul Darrah, a spokesman for the DuPage County state's attorney's office.

Banaszewski's attorney, Donald Ramsell, said the plea agreement was fair to both sides.

Scalia, who began serving on the Supreme Court in 1986, has nine children.

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