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Friday, March 22, 2013

Busted for drinking and driving on Youtube... 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

Mr. Richard Godbehere pictured above in the front row
with the orange shirt was recently busted for a video posted  on  YouTube.
http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Kauai-man-arrested-after-police-see-drinking-driving-video/-/8905354/19398302/-/weys17/-/index.html


Aloha, Check out my opinion article in the (03-25-13)edition of the Kaua'i Garden Island News, "Alcohol or creme soda?"
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-monday-march/article_3239afdc-9516-11e2-a3f0-0019bb2963f4.html




According to The Garden Island news, Mr. Richard Godbehere Jr. was recently busted for  violating the open alcohol container law in a motor vehicle. The irony of this is that  it was from a self produced video Mr. Godbehere posted on Liveleak.com drinking a beer  while driving  as a parody to celebrate finally being out of debt at age 53.

http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-arrested-after-posting-video-of-drinking-driving/article_3985184a-91f0-11e2-8879-001a4bcf887a.html

I understand the consequences of drinking and driving however this was a video on YouTube and how can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Godbehere was drinking alcohol and not creme soda as he argues in his own defense?

Will this now lead to the police arresting people for jokes they play on YouTube?  Will people now be arrested for posting videos of themselves  talking on their cells while driving?

These are videos and there is no way to prove if someone is using a real weapon, fake weapon, real alcohol  or just acting. I've seen Youtubes of people stabbing each other, how can we determine if this is real or a staged act?

I appreciate the efforts of our law enforcement officers but shouldn't they be more concerned with solving  serious crimes like murders and robberies  in lieu of pursuing something that in my opinion is just a waste of time for all involved from Prosecutor to law enforcement to court employees and judges. In the end Mr. Godbehere will walk and the joke will be on us, the taxpayer.



Check out the video that started this whole mess.
http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Kauai-man-arrested-after-police-see-drinking-driving-video/-
/8905354/19398302/-/weys17/-/index.html



Aloha all, check out my opinion article in the 03-24-13 edition of the  Honolulu StarAdvertiser  "Arrest based on video opens can of worms."
http://staradvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

The StarAdvertiser has a pay-wall therefore for those who do not subscribe I am copying and pasting the whole article. Enjoy!

Richard Godbehere Jr. of Kauai was recently busted for violating the open-container law in a motor vehicle.
The irony is that the arrest came from a self-produced video Godbehere posted on LiveLeak.com, allegedly showing him drinking a beer while driving.

How can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Godbehere was drinking alcohol and not cream soda, as he argues in his defense?

Will this now lead to police arresting people for jokes they play on YouTube?

Will people now be arrested for posting videos of themselves talking on their cellphones while driving?
Law enforcement should concentrate on solving serious crimes, rather than pursuing something that is just a waste of time for all involved, from the prosecutor, law enforcement, court employees and judges.

In the end it is likely Godbehere will walk and the joke will be on us, the taxpayer.

http://staradvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx



Aloha, Check out my opinion article in the (03-25-13)edition of the Kaua'i Garden Island News, "Alcohol or creme soda?"
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-monday-march/article_3239afdc-9516-11e2-a3f0-0019bb2963f4.html

9 comments:

Sandra Jennings said...

He should be ticketed for driving on the highway while staring at his video camera instead of watching where he his driving. He also does this in his response video.

KimoRosen said...

I somewhat agree, but how can a jury prove beyond a reasonable doubt prove any of this is real? Winds up being a waste of taxpayer money... maybe instead of policing Youtube the police should try and concentrate on real crimes like murder, rapes and robberies!

KimoRosen said...

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace..." John Lennon

Sandra Jennings said...

Distracted driving is dangerous none the less.

KimoRosen said...

Yes I agree, I am just talking legally, you can not prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt by a video. and on another hand you cannott arrest someone for looking off to the right while driving since everyone does it.

Blanche Lenine-Cruz said...


Via Facebook,
Blanche Lenine-cruz
"....think of all the new safe drivers on the road.......young drivers ....they don't deserve to be subjected to self absorbed video makers..........."

KimoRosen said...

So true Blanche, but again how can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt it was beer and not creme soda. I just playing lawyer here. If he is found guilty it will be on a much lesser charge, otherwise anyone putting on makeup or talking on a cell phone on YouTube could be

KimoRosen said...

Sandra, don't forget to send me your phone number and directions on the FB personal line.

Blanche Lenine-Cruz said...

as well....they should be!:)