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Sep 28, 2009 9:29 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Attorney: Linda Kabot will be vindicated

Sep 28, 2009 9:29 AM

The lawyer representing Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot said last week that Westhampton Beach Village Police made a mistake in charging his client with DWI early on Labor Day, adding that the evidence he has reviewed—including video of the arrest itself—supports his argument.

“After viewing the [video] tapes, I can say, with full confidence, that, after reviewing all the other evidence, there is not the slightest indication that she spoke with slurred speech, no evidence of bloodshot eyes, no staggering,” said attorney William Keahon, the third lawyer to represent Ms. Kabot in her DWI case. She is “innocent” of the charge, he later added.

In a first interview since Ms. Kabot’s September 7 arrest, the supervisor and her attorney, who provided answers to questions directly related to the criminal case, acknowledged Tuesday, September 22, that Ms. Kabot did drink two normal-sized glasses of wine over several hours before her arrest, but that she was never intoxicated. Mr. Keahon said that Ms. Kabot, who was attending a 40th birthday party at her sister’s home in East Moriches earlier that night, had one glass of wine at around 7 p.m., and a second glass between 9 and 9:15 p.m.

Ms. Kabot was arrested after a traffic stop at 12:25 a.m. when Westhampton Beach Village Police said they observed her vehicle cross the double-yellow line on Main Street while she was making a left turn from Sunset Avenue onto Main Street. Police officials had previously stated that she was making a left turn from Library Avenue onto Main Street—a point corrected by Mr. Keahon on Tuesday.

According to the police report, the arresting officer said that Ms. Kabot’s breath “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage,” and her eyes were “red and glassy.”

Mr. Keahon disputes statements in the police report, including comments that Ms. Kabot appeared to be intoxicated and failed two sobriety tests administered by the arresting officer, identified on the report as Officer Ryan Lucas. Officer Steve McManus was also at the scene at the time of the arrest.

“She did not fail any sobriety test,” said Mr. Keahon.

He also defended Ms. Kabot’s decision not to submit to breath and chemical tests after her arrest, a decision that resulted in her driver’s license being automatically suspended for a year—regardless of the ruling in her DWI trial.

Ms. Kabot—who, on the advice of her attorney, refrained from speaking for most of the nearly two-hour interview—had previously noted that she declined the breath test because she felt “angry and intimidated” by the “overzealous nature” of the arresting officers—a point repeated by Mr. Keahon on Tuesday.

Mr. Keahon said Westhampton Beach Village Police made a wrongful arrest. “The jury will see very clearly the absence of intoxication in her driving and physical condition, and will find, without question, that the [prosecutor] will fail to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt,” he said.

Mr. Keahon did note that almost four and a half minutes of tape and accompanying audio are missing from the video of Ms. Kabot’s arrest, which was taken prior to the arrest. He added that portions of the two field sobriety tests are “memorialized” on the video that he reviewed.

He declined to provide copies of the arrest video, maintaining that the recording—actually, there are three and possibly even four separate videos taken early that Monday morning—is considered evidence in DWI cases and cannot be released to the public because it could taint a jury pool.

The Southampton Press has filed two Freedom of Information Law requests—one with Westhampton Beach Village, and the other with Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office—seeking a copy of the video. The village has denied the FOIL request, and an appeal has been filed.

Mr. Keahon said he has obtained and reviewed three videos of that night from the Suffolk County DA’s office. He believes that there is a fourth tape of the conversation between Ms. Kabot and the police officers while she was being processed at Westhampton Beach Village Police headquarters.

Westhampton Beach Village Police Chief Ray Dean on Tuesday declined to comment on the case and the points raised by Mr. Keahon. Chief Dean did maintain that his officers made a lawful and appropriate arrest.

Mr. Keahon also revealed Tuesday that an anonymous letter mailed to Southampton Town Hall about a week after Ms. Kabot’s arrest is also being investigated by her attorney. The letter, copies of which were also mailed to the supervisor’s private post office box and home address, state that “[w]hile you were being field tested for sobriety, a call was placed to Anna by a ranking police officer who told her, ‘We got her.’”

The “Anna” clearly refers to Southampton Town Board member Anna Throne-Holst, the Democratic candidate who is challenging Ms. Kabot, a Republican, in the November election for town supervisor. Though he acknowledges that the letter came from an anonymous source, Mr. Keahon said he plans to investigate the matter and to determine if a call was, in fact, placed to her that night.

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It wasnt Library Avenue after all. Police story is changing, isnt it?
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 9:51 AM
“After viewing the [video] tapes, I can say, with full confidence, that, I am her lawyer"
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 28, 09 9:54 AM
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All this proves is that if you change lawyers enough times you will find one to say what you want.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 28, 09 10:09 AM
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Or if you pay them enough. I wonder how much $$ Kabot had to hand over to get this "vindication" ?
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 09 9:32 PM
ohhh puhhhleeeze!!! Is this attorney suggesting this was a set up!? Entrapment? If she wasn't doing anything wrong then she should have nothing to worry about right? So why didn't she submit to the breath or chemical test. Instead she and her lawyer would rather ruin the reputation of these officers!!!!
By cush870 (31), east quogue on Sep 28, 09 10:14 AM
I cant help but think about 10yrs ago in WHB main st. when a young black man leaving Marakesh was brutally beaten in the parkinglot across the street. Where were the village police then? Or 2yrs ago when the Post Stop was robbed at gunpoint? Or when the fire that started at Beach Bakery made its way across the street before officials were alerted? It seems the WHB poilce are really never around for the REAL DRAMA. But they are always there when you need your car marked with yellow chalk as to not ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 10:28 AM
The incidents they may have MISSED is completely irrelevant and borders on the verge of downright absurdity. You cannot stop an event you do not see, but you can stop a drunk driver when you are present to witness that act. You're argument does Ms. Kabot no good.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 28, 09 1:35 PM
Sam, there were numerous arrests made as a result of the Shane Daniels beatng. Were the police supposed to be in the Post Stop, waiting for the robber? And they are supposed to know about a fire "before" they are alerted? (your words) What are you smoking?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Sep 28, 09 10:42 AM
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The WHB police have nothing to do. I guess thats a good thing. But if they didnt
search around seeking the pettiest little tickets they wouldnt have any tickets to submit to the boss at all. They are never around when you really need them.
Except of course if you need to ask for directions.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 11:07 AM
It seems that you have issues with your local police department, Sam -- anything you need to share with us?

But what sort of directions do YOU need to ask in Westhampton Beach? I'm not even from there, and I figured my way around a long time ago.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 28, 09 2:38 PM
Good news ! I'm glad Linda will be vindicated !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Sep 28, 09 11:09 AM
He meant to say "incarcerated".
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 5:20 PM
Another loophole.......she's not going to be vindicated.....she's simply going to get away with it......
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 28, 09 11:14 AM
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I don't really care about the DWI thing or the 4.5 million budget gap. I do care about the 4.5 million that has been missing and was supposed to be reconciled by last April. A number of finance officials were hired/fired/ rehired/shuffled/replaced/demoted/promotet/shown the door/given a corner office, but with no results. Where are we in this process? Where is the money? This has to be resolved before the election.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 28, 09 3:15 PM
Why hasn't the Press asked for a copy of this letter? If the Press wants the video to post on its site...then why not ask Ms. Kabot for this so called "anonymous" letter and post it on its site for the public to see?

I mean, if Ms. Kabot and her lawyer are so convinced that she is innocent, wouldn't they want the public to view this letter??? and the tape for that matter???

And why didn't the Press ask Ms. Kabot if she had any idea who might've had sent the letter? And would she ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 09 3:27 PM
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FrankWheeler: I have never had occasion to ask for directions in Whb. I was speaking of the hundreds of out-of-towners whom I see & hear stop the officers for directions constantly. If it wasnt for them, the Whb police officers would have nothing to do. Believe me, Im not the only one who feels that way.
Let the main st. police officers spend one day on the streets of NYC. They would call their mommies crying.
Joelhassoul: The caption of the picture states that it was Kabot's father who ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 5:51 PM
Sam: Regardless....it was supplied by Ms. Kabot to the Press...and not taken by the Press...and is aimed at supporting her claims. It is propaganda....
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 09 6:30 PM
Joelhassoul
So you thinkt the SH press is supporting Kabot’s claims and the information they are printing is propaganda?

If you feel so strong about what you are saying why don’t you just send a letter to the editor and SIGN YOUR NAME TO IT instead remaining anonymous?

It seems you may have some kind of axe to grind with the press, are you an ex-employee that got canned?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 28, 09 9:49 PM
BTW Joelhassoul
Ask yourself why didn't Throne-Holst reveal the name of the caller or the time the call was placed?
All of your questions can be answered very easily, you would not want to see the jury tainted, would you?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 28, 09 10:13 PM
There is no doubt in my mind that this note DOES exist. I think that the question shouldn't be its existence, but its origin. It is not outside of the realm of possibilities for a political figure (or her lawyer) to mail such a letter to themselves, in an attempt to distract the community from the legitimate facts of the case. If this letter exists, (and I'm sure it does) why wouldn't the lawyer bring a copy of it to the county police to investigate the officers involved. There is a simple answer ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 28, 09 10:19 PM
NY STATE LAW
If the police think you have been drinking and you do not take the test you lose your linc.
Maybe the letter that was not signed was sent in by the same person who called a local redio station and guess who the radio station found out that person was HER HUSBAND
Finally going from EM to Quogue
WHY would you end up on main street in WHB???
and please don't tell me she was just there to see what was going on
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 28, 09 11:05 PM
AlwaysLocal, Why are you so sure that the police do not have a copy of the letter. Didn't ATH admit that she received the phone call? Are you assuming only Ms. Kabot's attorney is investigating the letter because you read this in the newspaper or do you work for the police department.
sjd, Ms. kabot has already given the reason that she was on Main St., not that it's your business. I think we all have a right to drive wherever we want. Crossing a yellow line while making a left turn is not ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 6:55 AM
Vindicated? Maybe. Re-elected? NOT. Denial is not a river in Egypt.
By blbandit (21), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 7:25 AM
Come on now people to think that she mailed the letter to herself and the lawyer is in on it. Thats a bit of a stretch with all this drama.
AlwaysLocal
How do you know the Lawyer has not taken the letter to the police?

Why didn't Throne-Holst just tell the press who called her and what time it was. Could it be maybe she will be needing a lawyer.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 7:49 AM
Linda Kabot gets arrested for driving drunk and somehow its the fault of Anna Throne-Holst?
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 8:07 AM
What Keahon is really saying is " After I received my retainer i can now state that she was not drunk".
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Sep 29, 09 8:23 AM
yearrounder
No one said it's Throne-Holst's fault. The question is why did someone make a phone call to her, who was it, and what time was the call made. She didn't have to answer and she didn't. I guess we will eventually gets all these answers during the trial under oath.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 8:40 AM
Hey, golfbuddy: Yes, I do have an axe to grind....as a citizen! First off, Linda Kabot, not Anna Throne-Holst was arrested.... You are acting as though she's the one who got pulled over.... not the supervisor....Had Trhone-holst...or chris nuzzi....or whoever, been pulled over by the cops, charged with drunk driving...and then claimed it was a set up and said an anonymous letter supporting those claims...I'd be saying the same thing...and if the "paper of record" or any othe outlet published such ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 9:38 AM
@joelhassoul:

You make a fair point--so we're posting an image of both the anonymous letter and envelope, copies of which were provided to us by Ms. Kabot's attorney, William Keahon. You'll note the stamp at the top showing when the letter was received at Town Hall--which, by the way, makes it public record, and subject to the Freedom of Information Law, which I think is why the attorney provided a copy to us in the first place. Copies of the same letter also were sent to Ms. Kabot at her ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 9:41 AM
When is the paper of record going to stop being the trumpet for Kabot's mouthpiece? We already know that her attorney has unilaterally determined her innocence.

Is the next article going to be devoted to his microscopic examination of the records of the WHB officers involved, or statements by family members attesting to her sobriety, or more insinuations of political sabotage?

How about a little journalistic restraint? Or maybe you should go the other way and do a profile of her ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 5:33 PM
P.S. They're also a part of the "photo slideshow" attached to the story--you can view the letter and envelope by clicking on "see all images" just below the top photo above.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 9:55 AM
Thanks, Mr. Shaw, for posting the letter:

But you've got to be joking? This letter is taken seriously? So, this so-called single mother of 2...gets a call from a girl friend....who heard directly from throne-holst....who heard directly from an officer????

if this person was "outraged"... why didn't she call the supervisor on the phone...or the press....or anna throne-holst directly? or the why didn't the girl friend who heard directly??? this is incredible that you would give this ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 9:56 AM
Maybe I'll send an anonymous letter ...
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 5:34 PM
Ps...and to say Keahon's not alleging anything makes no sense.... the reason he is using it for his defense is that it points to a conspiracy.... if not, why use the letter. Either she was intoxicated or she wasn't.

and if he is not suggesting that anything in the letter was accurate ... then why use it?

I can't believe this... the lawyer himself says the letter... an anonymous letter at that, may not be accurate...but it's being used as part of her defense anyway and the press ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 10:32 AM
@ Joelhassoul:

Criticism accepted. But what would you propose? That we simply not report this at all? The letter exists, after all. It is a fact in the case. I would think most people would take something like this with a grain of salt--in the midst of a political campaign, and, as you correctly point out, considering that the anonymous author herself (himself?) cites the phone call and what was said as at least thirdhand information at that point. Anyone reading that might well conclude, ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 11:46 AM
why is Anna Throne-Holst refusing to release her phone records??? Is it because if she did we would find out it was a police official who called her at 1 pm. in the morning (right Anna, it was the morning) and telling her that "we got her"!! Anna says its none of our business-WRONG-it is our business to find the right candidate to represent ALL the people-not just the few she favors. Anna-you are like a black widow spider-spinning your webs of intrigue and telling half truths.
Humor us, dear ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 12:09 PM
This is the typical Republican strategy - create a diversion. Blame someone else and completely ignore the illegal act of the accused politician.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 12:42 PM
Mr. Shaw: VERY WELL SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you know this has become more of a complainant site than commentary.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 29, 09 12:18 PM
the very fact that the letter is reported...and that the press asked throne-holst about it...gives it credibility....

it would be no different than if there was an anonymous letter stating that a certain town official stole money.... you could say that you were leaving it up to the public to decide its credibility... but if you reported the letter...and then went to that certain town official and aksed them about it... that very fact, that they had to defend themselves against an anonymous ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 12:39 PM
Just reviewed the letter-there is not a court in this country that would allow that document to be entered as evidence.
By eastquogueguy (22), East Quogue on Sep 29, 09 12:50 PM
eastquogueguy is absolutely right:

btw...I just received a call from a friend that just received an email from another friend that was at Magic's the night of Ms. Kabot's arrest and saw her doing shots.... if i send that to the press...will you guys publish it?

By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 12:59 PM
yearrounder there is nothing typically Republican about the strategy of creating a diversion to draw attention away from the main story. It's a tactic with bi-partisan appeal. In fact I would dare say it was raised to an art form by one William Jefferson Clinton. More to th e point, what other elected Republican official at the local level was ever indicted of a crime and deployed such tactic that you know of? Pretty unfair to keep painting all local Republicans with the worng brush. Though not ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 1:09 PM
Let me guess - Republican
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 3:08 PM
you're right! Clinton's "diversion" was doing things like passing laws... running the country... and leaving office with a massive surplus. Of course, a few little wars and billions of tax cuts have pissed it all away. but hey we have a black socialist president now, he's good for diversions!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 30, 09 11:32 AM
I agree with DJI13: it's not about parties... it's just dirty politics, and neither the democrats or republicans are immune to it....first off, any elected official who would malign the character of the cops is beyond the pale...regardless of party affiliation....

everyone has talked about kabot being innocent til proven guilty.... so are the cops....not only is keeping the roads safe from drunk drivers important work...it's dangerous for the cops....

what this is about is besmirching ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 1:23 PM
Nice huge highly visible sign supporting Anna Thorne-Holst at the Southampton Town Police PBA Lodge on Old Country Rd in Speonk,,Hmmm????
By jrw1262 (8), Westhampton on Sep 29, 09 1:51 PM
well, jrw1262, good job...you just cracked the case... she and the PBA are guilty... their endorsement of her totally proves the conspiracy true...

now, if we can just figure out who tipped off all the Israelis who worked in the WTC not to show up for work that Tuesday...we can indict Bush for planning 9/11 with Bebe....
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 2:18 PM
wow your smart!
By jrw1262 (8), Westhampton on Sep 29, 09 2:34 PM
There are a lot of flippant comments here about an extremely serious issue. We have some pretty ugly "anonymous" allegations flying around, and an elected public official who is refusing to provide relevant information. I for one am embarassed and furious. Who is it that thinks they can interfere with our inalienable rights to express ourselves in our elections?? And where is the press on this?? One foundational reason for a free press is so that they can hold our government officials accountable. ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 3:04 PM
"We have some pretty ugly "anonymous" allegations flying around"

We sure do: “After viewing the [video] tapes, I can say, with full confidence, that, after reviewing all the other evidence, there is not the slightest indication that she spoke with slurred speech, no evidence of bloodshot eyes, no staggering,” said attorney William Keahon, the third lawyer to represent Ms. Kabot in her DWI case. She is “innocent” of the charge, he later added.

"an elected public official who is ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 5:39 PM
totally agree! Elected officials who spend years in government and end up "losing" millions of our dollars on their watch should step down! so should so-called "leaders" who get popped for DWI and then blame everyone under the sun... except herself!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 30, 09 11:31 AM
Look, I'm not trying to be smart....honestly... but this anonymous letter suggests that throne-holst and the cops engaged in a very serious crime....don't you think it's a little unfair to publish a letter without having any clue who wrote it or why? it would be unfair no matter who it targeted....

i don't think any town official, including kabot, would be party to such a heinous offense....and I would have to see clear cut proof that the cops would do such a thing...

don't you ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 3:18 PM
foxnfowl: i respect your passion...but you are mistaken on one count: the accusations against throne-holst are coming from an anonymous source that no one can substantiate or give any legitimacy to... you are forgetting...Kabot was arrested.... she is on trial.....no one else... You mean to tell me that throne-holst has to now prove her innocence based upon this shallow claim that no court in the country would even accept into evidence... ? In that case...anybody could accuse anybody of anything ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 3:23 PM
Rules lawyers are supposed to live by:

DR 7-107 Trial Publicity

(A) A lawyer participating in or associated with the investigation of a criminal matter shall not make or participate in making an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication and that does more than state without elaboration:

(1) Information contained in a public record.

(2) That the investigation is in progress.

(3) The ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Sep 29, 09 4:11 PM
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With the help of the SH Press Keahon has already fatally contaminated the jury pool.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 29, 09 5:46 PM
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Joelhassoul
Is it that you have a problem with the press or are you defending the democrat candidate for supervisor. The press did not publish the letter they just printed what the attorney stated in an interview.
"We’re not making accusations at this point, but it certainly triggers an inquiry,” Mr. Keahon said, referring to the anonymous letter."
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Let me tell you, it was you that asked for the letter to be viewed on this blog, and knowing the nature of some of those that blog ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 4:17 PM
Golfbuddy: I AM defending the democrat candidate.. AND the police...and I would be defending the supervisor had an anonymous, baseless letter been published accusing her of something so eggregious....

but she aint' the only one with rights here... all have rights and shouldn't be defamed by such a letter....and no, it shouldn't trigger an inquiry because it has no merits... If the person who wrote it comes forward and identifies him/herself...and is willing to go on the record...different ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 4:43 PM
jrw1262: yes that poster board of ATH in front of the PBA is life size isnt it!
Its the most arrogant campaign poster Ive ever seen! And, I for one, am glad the press posted the anonymous letter. The letter itself is hysterical, but it needed to be published.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 29, 09 6:13 PM
hey, sam; whether the campaign poster is arrogant or not is irrelevant.... it has nothing to do with kabot's dwi...or this so called conspiracy...as jrw1262 suggests by his "Hmmm?" i believe they endorsed other candidates as well...perhaps they were in on it too...?

and maybe you think it's hysterical...i don't know why you think that... but if it was suggesting you engaged in a criminal set up.. and causing people to question your integrity, perhaps it wouldn't be so funny
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 6:30 PM
why do you even waste time trying to get these nimrods to understand this?
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 30, 09 11:40 AM
oelhassoul. Geez, where to begin... First of all Ms. Kabot is not on trial here, thankfully. Yes, she crossed a yellow line and was arrested because the police say she failed the sobriety test, which she says she did not fail. That's all I know, do you know something more about that night? Maybe the police didn't pull her over because they knew who she was but it would be naive to think that they didn't call their supervisor to see how to handle the situation.So maybe that supervisor called a few ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 8:51 PM
treewoman: what I mean by trial...is she was arrested here and is pleading innocent and taking her case to court.... I don't mean she is on trial...I mean she is taking her case to court...my mistake...

and yes, there are anonymous tip lines to protect people...but the tips are not made public, that's what I am talking about....when you call crime stoppers the police don't go pubic with accusations...they check out the tip and make sure it is credible, they don't run to the press and say ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 09 10:01 PM
Joelhassoul
I understand you passion. I think you are overlooking (and maybe on purpose) that Kabot was the one arrested for DWI unjustly. The video of the arrest was tampered with, 4.5 minutes are missing. Based on this information I am very suspicious of the police. How could anyone have the nerve to edit this very important video.This is a person life that they are playing with. How can you defend the police after reading that they edited this video. Why are you not screaming about that? ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 29, 09 10:14 PM
Lets just think if it was anyone of us.
If we did not take the test we would have ended up the same way Linda did.
Now how much press would have we gotten???
How many of us would have went thru 3 attorneys till we found someone who said we did nothing wrong???
How many of us would have went to our sisters birthday party without any of our family (husband,children)????
How many of us would have driven from EM to Quogue via main street WHB after midnight to go home to our family????
Lets ...more
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Sep 29, 09 10:24 PM
ummmm foxnfowl, 1p.m. is after the noon hour....watch out---your ignorance is showing!! Ms. Throne-Holst isn't the one who broke the law here.
Facts are facts; Linda Kabot would have simply taken the test the police asked of her and gone home...IF she had nothing to hide, and that's a big IF. She was drunk and knew what the ramifications were. It's pretty pathetic when you have to try 3 lawyers before one will agree to proclaim your innocence. You pay them for that.
The WHB police are trying ...more
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Sep 29, 09 11:04 PM
sjd & EQme
I think both of you should be forced to take an IQ test before they allow you into the voting booth to vote. Thats all you have to do is take the test.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 12:32 AM
Make sure they save a seat for you.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 8:40 AM
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Hah! Right on.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 8:50 AM
sjd: im just responding to your question "how many of us would have driven from EM to quogue via main st after midnight" well my answer is "i would have!" I repeat, in the summer time (weekend nights) I drive thru Main street all the time to see whats going on. Sometimes I park and hang out and other nights I just drive thru. Just answering your question.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 7:07 AM
sjd- I am curious, where do you get your facts? It must be strictly from newspaper articles, or a blog or two. First of all, regarding three attorneys, so what? I don't know how educated you are or what your life experiences are, but I can enlighten you about attorneys. You don't need to change lawyers to find one who will say you are innocent; they will all do that for their client. Clearly Ms. Kabot had another reason for changing attorneys. That's her right and her business, Really why does that ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 7:18 AM
EQme- Are you serious??? Now you're saying that the WHB were preventing a life from being taken that night? Your supervisor, Ms. Kabot, is not a drunk. You may not like Ms. Kabot's politics, but don't forget she is your neighbor. She grew up here and has raised a beautiful family, has made a career of public service. What evidence is there in four decades that she is a drunk? Please deal with your anger and lay off the slanderous remarks. I have a right not to take a breathalyzer test, so do you, ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 7:26 AM
oh, please
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 8:41 AM
um, excuse me, but wouldn't anonymous letters alleging criminal conspiracy also be considered libelous? You can't have it both ways.

Kabot didn't have to take the test... but it was a fast, free, simple way to prove innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. and she didn't do it. Now her lawyer is breaking every ethical rule in the book (see rules posted above) in an effort to (surprise!) taint the jury pool and blame others.

Meanwhile our missing money is nowhere close to being ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Sep 30, 09 11:46 AM
Well just this morning the Today show did a segment on how talking on the cell while driving and/or texting while driving is becoming more dangerous than drunk driving. (their study, not mine.) So how many of you commentators have ever been guilty of talking on the cell while driving? Guess that makes you as guilty as Linda.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 7:53 AM
Does someone else's guilt absolve Linda Kabot of hers? You are really grasping at straws here. Besides, both offenses are against the law in New York.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 8:49 AM
What is Ms. Kabot guilty of beyond crossing a yellow line? Remember we are all innocent until PROVEN guilty. Until the Constitution is re-written please refrain from referring to Ms. Kabot as guilty of dwi. She has stated that she is innocent and so she is.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 9:09 AM
yes both offenses are against the law. So that makes us all hypocrites for judging.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 9:23 AM
Why does it make ALL of us hypocrites? I don' t drink and drive and I don't use a cell phone. What she is alleged to have done is criminal and she deserves to be punished if guilty.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 11:23 AM
Personally this all sounds like a whole lot of partisan smoke screening from both sides. I am trying to make a non-partisan point. Let us see the letter. And let us see the phone records and answer the questions. Something from both sides. It's all public now already - we HAVE to sort it out. I accept that there anonymous sources are sometimes necessary and important (as does the professional press). I think there is credible circumstantial evidence of POSSIBLE election tampering - based on what ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 9:43 AM
foxnfowl: I agree. By the way you can see the letter on this site, the editor has published a link. ATH admits to getting the phone call, so why not reveal the rest of the details about the call?
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 10:40 AM
Okay, my last comment: this is getting beyond boring and absurd:

Fact: For any media outlet, be it the SHP, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, TMZ....whatever...to publish an anonymous source...be it an anonymous correspondence, quote...or information gathered from an anonymous source....the editors giving the greenlight MUST know who that source is...

they can withold and protect that source from the public...but they MUST be able to verify the source is credible and be able to ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 09 11:52 AM
The Press DID publish the source in which they got the letter from: They got the letter from Ms. Kabot. They really dont have to go back any further than that, they are not private investigators. They are obligated to tell us where they got the letter from- and they DID THAT. The person(s) who THEY RECEIVED THE LETTER FROM is not anonymous. Regarding your statement: "they MUST be able to verify the source is credible and be able to stand behind the legitimacy and the credibility of that source. ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 12:12 PM
Its the cops job to find out who wrote & sent the letter, not the Press. DUH.
And was the Press supposed to know that the Police initially reported the incorrect street address where the line-crossing happened too? They reported that it was Library avenue, which ended up being wrong. Is that the Press's fault too? Are they now supposed to investigate the accuracy of police records too? And while we're at it, why doesnt the Press get the letter tested for fingerprints?? Cmon. They told us the ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 12:21 PM
Sam: with all due respect, you are dead wrong: Kabot and her attorney are not the SOURCE...they just received it... for all you know...Kabot...and I'm not saying she did... but she could have written it herself and sent it to herself....or a friend could've... there is no way of knowing...

not knowing who wrote it amounts to nothing more than hearsay:

the SOURCE is who WROTE it...your analogy would be like kabot saying someone told her this and it not being written down... just ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 09 12:31 PM
Sam: Unlike the letter in question...the Press knows the source of the police reports....the Police. That's my point.

There is a world of difference between reporting so and so did such and such, "according to police," as opposed to so and so did such and such "according to an anonymous source, that no one knows who it is, states in a letter that he/she heard from a friend..?"

anyway, tired of arguing....as I said in my earlier post.... Ms. Kabot has her day in court.. as she ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 09 12:39 PM
Actually, in my opinion there is a difference as to a newspaper accepting something for print and a judge accepting something into evidence.
I dont feel that comparison is on a level playing field.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 30, 09 1:11 PM
fine, sam; that's your opinion, whatever, you win:

let the press publish anything that alleges anything about anybody....regardless of where it comes from or who says its legitimate... everybody's fair game....

and no longer does the press have a responsibility to ensure what they report is credible.... so long as someone says there is an anonymous letter or source that says something favorable to them...that's good enough....

welcome to the dumbing down of America

i'm ...more
By Joelhassoul (34), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 09 1:49 PM
The letter propably was sent in by one of the questionable signatures from the Integrity Party!!!!!
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Sep 30, 09 2:07 PM
You guys seem to be making fox and fowls point. all this anonymous stuff doesnt matter if Anna Throne Holst proves it wrong by showing her phone records and answering the ?s.
By Baywtcher (1), Sag Harbor on Sep 30, 09 4:18 PM
Thank you Baywtcher! Why doesnt the SH Press interview ATH on this? I mean the paper already ran headlines and photos of Kabot and her attorney. The damage is done. In fairness, ATH's responses should be front page news too, whether they reverse this thing or put the final nail in the coffin. We need an agressive balanced press out here. If we dont hold our elected officials accountable, then we deserve what we get (which is just what we've been getting!)

I want to know - Joe Shaw, are ...more
By foxnfowl (17), Southampton on Sep 30, 09 4:24 PM
ATH is such an air head she can't remember the time of the call. Great canidate for town offical.
By eastquogueguy (22), East Quogue on Sep 30, 09 4:59 PM
The use of pseudonyms and anonymous letters is a well-established and honored tradition in American history - indeed the Federalist Papers were largely published with pseudonyms without identifying Madison, Hamilton and Jay as the authors.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Sep 30, 09 7:06 PM
Are you fine Westhampton Beach citizens kidding me with this crap!? Linda REFUSED take a breathalizer test...amidst all these petty details about phone calls and police supposedly changing their stories...did we forget about this...? Why would a town representative refuse a test that would PROVE her innocence??? Personnally, as a westhampton beach citizen, i am proud to live in a village where police officers protect their people, and make the streets safe for us all to drive on. Especially by taking ...more
By tookatz (83), westhampton beach on Oct 8, 09 4:40 PM