McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Officials at a Marine Corps base in Virginia are changing their get-tough policy on drunken drivers after a federal judge tossed out five DWI cases against Marines.
U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga dismissed the cases against the five enlisted Marines at the Quantico Marine Corps base earlier this month after ruling that their constitutional rights were violated. Trenga says the Marines were essentially fooled into waiving their right to a court-martial. As a result, they were exposed to double punishment - administrative sanctions from the military and a criminal conviction in civilian court.
Officials at Quantico said Friday they are changing their policies in light of the judge's ruling.