Brown County DA disciplines employee for oversight

October 9, 2009

MADISON - Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski says he has disciplined an employee whose oversight resulted in the dismissal of a third-offense drunken driving conviction.

Appeals Court Judge Gregory Peterson this week blasted the state for repeatedly failing to respond to Brian Cayce's (kay-SEE) appeal of his 2008 conviction.

Cayce, of Green Bay, argued that first-offense operating while intoxicated should not count against repeat drunken drivers as a prior conviction because it is not a crime.

Peterson called the dismissal drastic but appropriate given the state's egregious conduct in failing to respond.

Zakowski said there's no excuse for what happened and the discipline was handled internally.


Associated Press