Nassau alters Wall of Shame initiative

October 21, 2008 11:25:11 AM PDT
Nassau County has announced a major shift in a controversial anti-DWI campaign, saying it will no longer single out suspected drunken drivers on its Web site until the accused is found guilty of a crime.The decision by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi comes a day after a judge ruled that posting suspects' names and photographs online under a headline "Wall of Shame" violated their right to due process.

Suozzi said the county will appeal the ruling but is making the policy change to avoid potential lawsuits.

Nassau initiated the effort last spring after a highway patrol officer who had stopped one suspected drunken driver was struck and seriously injured by a second driver, also suspected of being under the influence.

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