Glasgow Sentenced

Submitted by Everyone Murders on July 14th, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Graham Glasgow got sentenced today for his drunk driving foolishness earlier this year (ARTICLE).  He drew a pretty hefty sentence for a first offense:  12 months' probation, MADD impact panel session, $800 fine, and six days of community service.  He also has to abstain from alcohol and take alcohol awareness classes, and also is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

He made a serious mistake, and he's paying a price for it.  (Nothing compared to what he would have faced had anyone been hurt.)  Let's hope this is a lesson learned, and that he has a great year on the field and in the classroom.


Everyone Murders

July 14th, 2014 at 12:32 PM ^

I agree, and think that the judge did a good job here mixing punitive elements with education elements.  Not that it's the first or last drunk driving case that judge will see, of course.  But I think it's a just sentence, given the amount of alcohol consumed and the brazen behavior.

Over time he will hopefully realize he was lucky no one was hurt.  Maybe he already does.  In any event, I hope he meets his probation requirements, readjusts his attitude toward drinking (esp. drinking and driving), and continues to have a great career on and off the field.


July 14th, 2014 at 12:29 PM ^

This should help keep him focused on doing the right thing. But, it will be hard since he's young (lacks experience) and at college (plenty of opportunities to make another bad choice).

Hope this past incident is one-off occurrence!


July 14th, 2014 at 12:53 PM ^

...or feet.  I went through four years in A2 as a pedestrian and got to class, ate, and had fun just fine.  Just walked to the grocery and cabbed it home for dirt cheap; anything else was a twenty minute walk.  Ann Arbor is one of the most pedestrian-friendly towns I've ever been in.


July 14th, 2014 at 2:02 PM ^

I never had to take a car once when I was drinking in my 5 years. A mile can go by quick when you are drunk.

Only time we needed a DD was for Windsor and that was always a short straw type situation.


July 14th, 2014 at 12:41 PM ^

There are many counties in this State where that would have been his MIP punishment--if not worse.  Seriously, other than the MADD course, it is very close to the MIP punishment everywhere but perhaps Ann Arbor.  And driving drunk is a whole lot worse.


July 14th, 2014 at 5:07 PM ^

I had more than one MIP outside of Ann Arbor and paid a $105 fine each time.  Nobody is getting a year of probation, random testing, victim impact panel, etc. for an MIP, Ann Arbor or not.


July 14th, 2014 at 5:40 PM ^

$500-$1000 fine, 40 hours of community service, online class, random testing and 6-12 months probation are most definitely the norm throughout the state of Michigan--save a few college towns.  Most Oakland County judges are even stricter and almost all  Kent County ones stricter still.  Same with outside of East Lansing proper.   Jail time, while very rare, isn't unheard of.  In fact, if your at Grand Valley, jail time is almost certain.




July 14th, 2014 at 10:45 PM ^

MIP has no provision for probation and it's illegal for the court to require such.  neither is the court allowed to use it's contempt powers to boot strap an MIP into a jail sentence.   the court must offer a deferred sentence for an MIP first, and may not incarcerate under any circumstances for that offense.

case that holds this is People v. John Williams, and it comes from Oakland county.  


July 26th, 2014 at 3:24 AM ^

I didn't have a lawyer at all.  There was no need for one.  At the time I received my MIP, it was a $105, period.  It didn't matter how many priors you had.  It was a ticketed misdemeanor.  Maybe things are different now, but LOL @ the thought of needing a lawyer for underage drinking when I was <21.


July 14th, 2014 at 12:41 PM ^

with the probation requirements. It will be challenging, give he attends college with thousands of peers who drink alot, and there are daily temptations in that regard. Best wishes GG.


July 14th, 2014 at 12:42 PM ^

with Glasgow as a player.  It has to do with a college kid who made a mistake.  Fine, I can accept that.  But the "I made a mistake will never let it happen again" rhetoric is just so over the top for me.  I would certainly hope that MICHIGAN goes above and beyond the opening game suspension. 

It's his first offense but it only takes one to kill somebody because of your actions.  Having lost a family member to a drunk driver, I dream of the day that Michigan makes him truly learn from his poor judgment and I don't think a one-game suspension does that. 


July 15th, 2014 at 11:07 AM ^

No, it means that you punish people for things that they've actually done and not the things that they could do. You could go out and start selling drugs tomorrow, but just because you have the capability to do that doesn't mean we're going to arrest you and send you to prison for "possibly selling drugs" just the same as we're not going to send you to prison for possibly killing someone while driving your car. Just like we're not going to punish Mr. Glasgow for possibly killing someone while driving intoxicated.


Ruining someone's life because of a single mistake that did not actually ruin anyone else's life is not an effective way to build a just society. 


July 14th, 2014 at 12:58 PM ^

but do agree that DUI should be punished severely. However, I don't understand why he cannot have a drink for one year. Is he underage? Does he have a drinking problem? If he is of age and unless there are extenuating circumstances, telling him he cannot have drink is beyond reasonable and unjust.


July 14th, 2014 at 1:01 PM ^

from drinking because he has already demonstrated poor enough judgment that his drinking needs to be legislated against. Pretty typical given the circumstances.


July 14th, 2014 at 1:08 PM ^

I like the punishment. It is mostly centered around him not repeating the offense with classes, abstaining from alcohol etc. Too many times we send people to jail and they get a big mark on their record which causes them to go back to being a drug dealer or whatever because they could never get a job again.


July 14th, 2014 at 1:34 PM ^

This is pretty standard for a first offense. For those (like myself) who don't believe his punishment should be harsher, or less harsh, because he plays football, this seems about right.

Bando Calrissian

July 14th, 2014 at 1:59 PM ^

Except how many DUI's occur at a busy urban intersection with too many people in the car and a girl hanging out a window at the waist? This wasn't just a classic traffic stop or checkpoint DUI--he was doing things that were egregiously stupid beyond driving after a solid ten Natty Ices.

The Carter 16

July 14th, 2014 at 5:40 PM ^

A different beast altogether from the ice (about a percent difference iirc)9. I agree w BISB though, in fact it's kinda light (naturally) on the driver responsibility fees which are either 1000 or 2000 depending on how much you mess up. This sentence seems standard but slightly mitigated for whatever reason, possibly because all details such as driver responsibility fee, probation oversight fees and the like are not taken into account


July 14th, 2014 at 5:15 PM ^

abstaining from alcohol must be a mighigan thing. as far as i know down here in shitio they just either throw you in jail, or suspend/revoke your lisence. they don't want to stop you from drinking... just from driving at the same time.


July 14th, 2014 at 5:53 PM ^

In Idaho it depends on whether or not you have "supervised probation" or "unsupervised probation."  For supervised, they can put just about any conditions they want, while unsupervised just means the sentence can be reimposed if you screw up.  Judges here often impose alcohol bans, even for non-alcohol-related charges.


July 14th, 2014 at 5:17 PM ^

So glasgow is getting suspended by Hoke for the year right? That's what I would do, anything less than 6 games is a joke.

M go Bru

July 14th, 2014 at 8:19 PM ^

They were pulled over by the police because items were falling out of the rear hatch of the SUV.

The girlfriend was hanging out the passenger window.

Very stupid actions obviously drawing attention.

Hey Glasgow if you are going to drive drunk how about trying to drive sanely not drawing attention to yourself. NOT!

This isn't just a mistake; this is beyond stupidity.