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Oct 7, 2009 11:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot DWI case moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court

Oct 7, 2009 11:26 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s DWI trial has been moved to Riverhead Town Justice Court, though a trial date has not yet been set, her lawyer said Tuesday.

William Keahon, Ms. Kabot’s attorney, said he is still waiting for the trial to be scheduled. He added that he remains optimistic that it will happen before the general election on Tuesday, November 3.

Ms. Kabot, who was arrested on September 7 by Westhampton Beach Village Police and charged with DWI, is running for reelection on the Republican ticket. She is being challenged by Southampton Town Board member Anna Throne-Holst, who is the Democratic Party’s nominee.

Ms. Kabot was scheduled to appear in Westhampton Beach Village Justice Court on Wednesday, September 30, but that meeting was cancelled after two village justices recused themselves from the case. Justice Court Judges Robert Kelly and Gair Betts both know Ms. Kabot personally.

Mr. Keahon has maintained that his client is “innocent,” adding that he has no intention of pursuing a plea bargain.

Ms. Kabot was arrested following a traffic stop at 12:25 a.m. on Monday, September 7, 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. Ms. Kabot refused a breath test at the scene and other chemical tests at Westhampton Beach police headquarters because she said she believed that the officers were “overzealous” in their approach.


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Funny she does not say her husband was "overzealous" when he showed up
all she had to do is TAKE THE TEST
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Oct 6, 09 6:03 PM
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By rocky (79), shampton on Oct 7, 09 1:16 AM
I first began posting about Supervisor Kabot when she was arrested for a DUI in Westhampton Beach. I thought that this might be another example of cops pulling over an innocent motorist without probable cause. However, I dismissed the idea that the arrest was conspiratorial. Cops know that it is a bad career move to arrest political big wigs in traffic stops, and professional courtesy doesn’t extend to busting people to benefit cops in departments other than one’s own. I still do not think that ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 6, 09 6:49 PM
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Yes, we know, the cops are corrupt and out to get Linda, breathalyzers lie, Anna Throne Holst knows where Amelia Earhart is but won't tell anyone, and Kabot is the best town supervisor since Floyd the barber. I have to run now, the police have come to take my children.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Oct 6, 09 7:49 PM
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Town detectives had been shadowing the supervisor for months hoping to find – or if necessary create – a compromising situation for her. But time was running out, the election was only weeks away.

Then a situation report was radioed in: late in the evening, Kabot was at a private party. This was the chance they had been waiting for. There was only one snag: Kabot was in Westhampton, out the jurisdiction of Town Police.

A quick call later the Westhampton Village Police were on ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 8:55 PM
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This is an invention -- a lengthy and detailed one -- of a very disturbed mind.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 6, 09 8:55 PM
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Yet another extraordinary invention, but even less credible that the one by HighHatsize!

Here's where your fanciful scenario falls apart:

"There was only one snag: Kabot was in Westhampton, out the jurisdiction of Town Police."

In order to get from her sister's pace in the Moriches to her home in Quogue, the Supervisor had to twice enter Southampton Town PD jurisdiction: from Brookhaven Town to Westhampton Beach, and again from Westhampton Beach a short way into Quogue ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 6, 09 9:03 PM
Yes, the cops are overpaid, (disgustingly so) ... but I very much doubt that these overpaid cops are capable of these elaborate conspiracies to frame Kabot.

and no one believes these breathalyzers-arent-accurate comments. No jury will either.
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 09 11:44 PM
I believe Noah's Way was being sarcastic.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Oct 7, 09 8:12 AM
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There is only one reason to refuse a breathalyzer - you've had too much to drink and are over the legal limit. As any attorney will tell you, if you have even the slightest doubt whether you'll pass the breathalyzer, DON'T take it.

Here's why: A DUI jury must decide if you were driving while impaired. If you take the breathalyzer and blow over the legal limit, the jury is instructed to basically assume that you were impaired. Breathalyzers (and blood tests) provide objective evidence ...more
By CoweeDewey (110), East Quogue on Oct 6, 09 7:28 PM
Of course you've never heard of cops falsifying breathalyzers... they also falsify media reports to control and manipulate you. Thank god for fair and balanced Fox News to free us of this oppression!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 6, 09 8:22 PM
highhatsize: thanks for the info... some of that I did not know.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Oct 6, 09 8:42 PM
Is there a better way to prove that police officers were overzealous than to take the breathalyzer and blood tests?

Yes! Refuse the tests, get arrested, have your license suspended for a year, and then spend a pile of money on a criminal attorney known for defending cop killers.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 8:57 PM
You folks need to put your tin foil hats on.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Oct 6, 09 9:02 PM
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Do ya think?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 6, 09 9:04 PM
Noah Way-Please explain to me how this team tracking Linda got her to turn off Montauk Hwy onto Sunset and down to Main Street where the WHPD was waiting for her. All these conspiracy theories fall apart.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 6, 09 10:02 PM
With a detour sign of course. You have to understand that dozens of operatives were involved in chain reaching from SHPD to the WHB Highway Department, all of whom have been paid very well to keep quiet. Maybe this is Heaney's revenge?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 9:03 AM
Hi guys! I have another, or additional theory: A private detective who works for the Town has a significant other who icontinues to be furious about LK comments regarding her performance as former comptroller.
Oh and the typewritten letter to LK re: ATH involvement points to the very estranged wife of said detective for 3 reasons.
By heath (18), southampton on Oct 6, 09 10:48 PM
Why does the video of the arrest have 4.5 minutes missing? Can anyone answer this question?
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 12:06 AM
You don't know this.

Yeah, I know -- you HEARD it somewhere.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 7, 09 1:17 AM
it is interesting that only the people on this blog are concerned with a conspiracy theory. Ms. Kabot has never alleged that the police followed her, nor that they knew who she even was until she produced her driver's license. This was all made up on this blog. What she has said is that she knew she wasn't drunk and felt that she passed the field sobriety test. if you asked her today she might feel that she should have taken the breathalyzer test, but at the time she decided to exercise her right ...more
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 6:04 AM
I wanted to add that as an American who believes in fair reporting by newspapers, that is to say, news should be reported and not interpreted; I find it disturbing that the reporter of this story used quotation marks around the words innocent and overzealous. Where has impartial reporting gone? We all just accept this bias.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 6:08 AM
And she was housing illegals in her trunk with the intent of crossing the border into SH Villiage to drop them off for work!

Stop reading so much into this, let the courts and elections play out as they will.

I'm not a Linda fan, but it seems like someone is trying to create a long involved story from a few moments of bad judgement on Linda's part!
By wondering (63), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 6:44 AM
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Treewoman, the reporter is quoting people, hence the quotes. The first instance "innocence" was a quote from Ms. Keahon. In the second instance, "overzealous", the reporter is quoting Ms. Kabot. Perfectly proper grammar.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Oct 7, 09 8:16 AM
Thanks for attempting to make the obvious even more apparent, DD -- I think we all need to get away from our computers and change our diets.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 7, 09 9:54 AM
Why did the WHB police edit out 4.5 min of the video?? What part do you think they edited out? Is that fine with you that the tape was edited? The video is evidence and should not have been tampered with.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 8:26 AM
I have never seen nor heard that the video was edited. If so, she'll likely win because it will destroy the cops' credibility.

But how do you know it was edited? What is the source of your statement? I have not seen that anywhere (except in a post above). Do you have some sort of inside information? Or are you just repeating as fact what someone posted? Sounds like that would be front page news but it hasn't been reported anywhere - what's your source?
By CoweeDewey (110), East Quogue on Oct 7, 09 9:32 AM
I am a Linda supporter. However I do not believe there was any conspiracy theory as far as her arrest THAT NIGHT. She either was drinking or driving below average. (I have been guilty of the latter.) But in light of what highhatsize revealed I now know there is probably a conspiracy to nail her to the wall.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Oct 7, 09 9:17 AM
yes! totally agree... In fact I just got an anonymous letter from someone... A hard working father of 4 whose wife died, so you know you can trust him... anyway, he heard someone talking in line at waldbaums... they said the town's missing 5 million dollars was actually STOLEN by the police so they could hire all these secret operatives to tail Linda and frame her!

I'm so glad we've solved this case and exposed all the dirty cops. I am sending my letter to the today! I can't wait for ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 7, 09 9:27 AM
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High Hat Size just gave her lawyer a defense strategy..........he's well-paid enough, stop doing his job for him......
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Oct 7, 09 9:31 AM
dagdavid i do know what a quote is, but these are not really quotes, they are just words taken out of a complete sentence. I think if the reporter wanted to quote either Ms. Kabot or her attorney, it should have been quotes of a complete sentence.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 10:38 AM
The reporter is quoting keywords from the statements. It is perfectly acceptable and is not indicative of bias.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 11:25 AM
Coweedewey the tape being edited comes from a story in this newspaper, dates 9/28/09 here is a QUOTE "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."
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 10:44 AM
Give a rest lady, we get your point and it's a stupid one.
By RealLocal (76), Bridgehampton on Oct 7, 09 10:48 AM
Littleplains Regarding your last attempt at humor, on second thought, never mind. it was just too silly.
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 10:46 AM
Yes, treewoman totally agree. Addittionally when you put quotations around a word there can be an inference that the writer is trying to emphasize that word, or highlight it in some way, altho I don't think the writer in this case was doing so..
By heath (18), southampton on Oct 7, 09 10:48 AM
and the beat goes on, and the beat goes on!
By jrw1262 (8), Westhampton on Oct 7, 09 11:48 AM
Anna Throne-Holst FOR SUPERVISOR!!!

The only conspiracy here is Linda Kabot's supidity!

Stupid is as stupid does... Now if she were 26 and Supervisor I'd let it go at youth, but the lady is what - over 60 or something?!?? I think someone of her stature could remember to get a driver, I mean by golly, she is only supervisor of the richest polo horse poop dump on the planet.

I think we should all just accept the fact that everyone in Southampton loves to drink and party! ...more
By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Oct 7, 09 12:28 PM
reallocal I guess all opinions are welcome on this blog as long as they are in agreement with your views. Now that's pretty stupid!
By treewoman (44), hampton bays on Oct 7, 09 1:10 PM
Hopefully she get's something out of it! Not just a slap on the wrist....
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 11:01 PM
Apart from sympathy for someone having personal difficulties, it's a shame this incident has come along to confuse the issue of who should be Southampton's next Supervisor. In fact, there are ample reasons, having nothing to do with this DWI charge, not to vote for Linda Kabot. She has made disastrous mistakes of both policy and administration, which have left the Town in a financial hole of historic proportions.

It may be that Southampton has never been in worse condition, and this is ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 10, 09 10:31 AM
To Turkey Bridge:

The most important question that the candidates have to answer is whether or not they will vote to retire some of the 27 STPD cops who are being employed supra-contractually after over twenty years on the job.

Be you Democrat or Republican, it is clear that the fairest way to release money to mitigate the termination of forty-eight town employees which the budget envisions is to require those cops who are not essential to retire.

The argument that you ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 11, 09 5:20 AM
As per a letter to the editor written by Mike Anthony (past leader of the democrat party) he stated that the audit was first suggested by Dennis Suskind after he left office. I ask what credit should be given to Throne-Holst for this suggestion. In any case it was a suggestion to audit the police department due to the $4.5 million deficit. It was no secret that a $4.5 million deficit existed during the years that Heaney was supervisor and the democrats held the majority on the town board for most ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 12, 09 9:57 AM
With respect, Golfbuddy, your comment demonstrates ignorance of at least three things:

[1] The process of government -- A mere suggestion by a former officeholder, Dennis Suskind, that an audit should take place, does nothing to make it happen. It takes a resolution, not a suggestion, by a current officeholder, in this case Anna Throne-Holst, to make the audit a reality, and this is what happened and why Ms. Throne-Holst deserves the credit.

[2] The different audit functions ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 12, 09 1:30 PM
Now your showing your ignorance Turkey Bridge
A resolution needs at least 3 yes votes in order for it to pass. I believe these passed with all 5 boards members voting yes. A mere suggestion does nothing to make it happen. They get the credit for the suggestion but they failed miserably with any follow through on a solution in cutting spending.
Throne-Holst and Pope have done nothing (knowing about the deficits) to fix the problem? ATH has been in office for almost 2 years, has she made any ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 12, 09 10:16 PM
You're right, Golfbuddy, a Town Board resolution needs three or more votes to pass, but someone has to introduce it in the first place, and even before that, someone has to ask the questions that cause the resolution to be introduced. In the case of these audits, that was Anna Throne-Holst and Sally Pope. We'll never know how long the people who created the problem, Ms. Kabot, Mr. Nuzzi and Ms. Graboski, would have sat there doing nothing if Throne-Holst and Pope hadn't spoken up. Regarding what ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 13, 09 10:32 AM
you never did answer the question. It's ok you have no answer.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 14, 09 12:05 AM
Wrong, Golfbuddy, I answered it by saying that Throne-Holst and Pope can't do anything without a third vote, and none of the Republicans seems willing to join with them to cast that third vote. Until that happens (or until we elect some new blood in November -- that would be Bridget Fleming), no one will accomplish anyhting.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 14, 09 2:48 PM
3rd vote on what proposal? Explain what you are talking about.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 15, 09 7:56 PM