BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A disgraced former prosecutor was sentenced to 15 days in jail,but was set free just hours later.
Some say she got off to easily for trying to cover hertracks. Former prosecutor Anne Adams was sent to jail andreleased all in the same day. In the courtroom, Anne Adamsfeared for her life in jail.
Some people have no sympathy for a woman they say knew whatshe was doing when she drove drunk and tried to cover it up. "I'm not here to take vengeance on you today or to beat you up,"said Michael Griffith, Acting Supreme Court Justice.
For the first time in her life, Anne Adams found herself in thesame position as some of her previous clients - standing in frontof a Judge, waiting to be sentenced on a DWI charge.
Her defense attorney asked the Judge for leniency because ofher damaged reputation, the loss of her teaching job and the factthat she will never be able to practice law in the state again.
"I'm not sure if it's more like a greek tragedy, shakespearanplay or a john grisham novel," said James Harrington, Adams'Attorney.
Adams received a 15 day jail sentence.
Bridget Trudell who lost her father five years ago to a drunkdriver that was defended by Adams. "It made me sick," shesaid when she found out Adams was released from jail after spendingless than six hours there.
"Anne Adams was saying she couldn't sit in jail because shefeared for her life. Well, she shouldn't fear for her life. Sheknew what she was doing," Trudell said.
"It's understandable that some people might be upset about thatbut the reality is that it's common place and routine. everyindividual has an absolute right to an appeal," said Terry Connors,News 4's legal analyst.
"It's just not right," Trudell said.
Erie County DA Frank Sedita has a similar thought, "There hasto be some punishment some public punishment for actions such asthis."
Adams was released early from jail because an appellate judgegranted her a stay of sentencing.
Her defense attorney plans to appeal her 15 day sentence.
Legal experts tell us that most people who get a DWI for thefirst time do not go to jail.
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