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Adam Clayton Powell IV acquitted of DWI charge, found guilty of driving while impaired

Last Updated: 2:19 PM, March 25, 2010

Posted: 11:54 AM, March 25, 2010

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Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV was acquitted today of driving while intoxicated, but a Manhattan jury did find him guilty of the lesser charge of driving while impaired.

Jurors weighed the two charges -- misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, which carries a one-year maximum, and driving while impaired, a traffic violation which carries up to 15 days in jail.

The judge slapped the Harlem lawmaker on the spot with a $300 fine on top of a $700 surcharge.

Powell, 47, was also sentenced to attend a drunk driving program and suspended his driver's license to 90 days.

The judge, however, nixed the DA's request that Powell be required for one year to have a device installed in his car that would prevent it's operation with detection of any alcohol.

Powell has no criminal record as a result of the sentencing because the conviction amounts to a traffic violation.

Outside the courthouse, Powell said, "What happened to me is what's probably happened to most, if not, all young men of color in this country."

Powell called the cop who arrested him a liar.

"When cops lie, anybody can be guilty," he said.

Prosecutors had showed jurors a police video Wednesday of Powell from the night of March 6, 2008 -- the evening he had been pulled over by cops who said he was driving erratically along the West Side Highway.

"They were trying to nail me," said Powell.

Officer Donald Schneider testified that Powell admitted he had done some drinking and that his eyes were bloodshot.

The cop's s testimony was the only evidence presented by either side.

Jurors said Powell's performance on a police video got him off on the more serious charge.

"He aced the test. There's not doubt about that," one male juror said of the test.

The same juror added, "The whole thing is we didn't think he was drunk."

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    ogre

    03/26/2010 5:55 PM

    THE ONLY REASON HE GOT STOPPED BECAUSE HE CAN'T HANDLE A CAR AFTER HE'S BEEN DRINKING! DO YOU REALLY THINK THOSE OFFICERS HAD NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR SHIFT OTHER THAN TO "SET UP" POWELL.IF HE WASN'T DRINKING WHY DID HE REFUSE A BAC TEST? WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE POWELL IS

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    amd is aok

    03/25/2010 7:32 PM

    The only "Man of Color" about him is his name. He is whiter than any white man I know.

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    You're Stupid

    03/25/2010 6:37 PM

    I told you he wasn't guilty. But there's one thing I don't like here and all b@stard prosecutors do it. They hit him with 2 charges because they know that jurors always compromise. If this guy was charged with DWI then that's the only charge he should have been charged with and he was found Not Guilty. And let's raise these ridiculously low BAC's up to what they formerly were- .15%. I'm tired of all these fooking nanny state females like that jew who started MADD imposing all of these restriction laws on the rest of us.

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    TonyZ

    03/25/2010 6:37 PM

    The defense must have brought the OJ jurors out of retirement for this one.

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    BigJake

    03/25/2010 4:35 PM

    Did he refuse a breath test? Why?

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    tomhunter007

    03/25/2010 3:55 PM

    The man without a chin!

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    jay65

    03/25/2010 3:35 PM

    to a cop on the highway, I think he would look white. Perhaps his driving was eratic because he was texting or making out. I don't think it was profiling.

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    blackchild140

    03/25/2010 3:06 PM

    No comments???? When everyone thought he would be convicted you were all giddy with comments. From he is white to he is a scofflaw. He gets off on the serious charge and it's a ghost town in here.

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