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Jan 20, 2010 12:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot's court date is delayed for a third time

Jan 20, 2010 12:04 PM

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot will now have to wait even longer for her DWI case to be heard after her trial date was postponed for a third time this week.

Ms. Kabot’s hearing, which had been previously rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, at Riverhead Town Justice Court was canceled with almost no warning. It was not immediately clear why the hearing was rescheduled as neither Ms. Kabot nor her attorney, William Keahon, returned calls this week.

A date for Ms. Kabot’s hearing will be set in the next couple of days, according to the Riverhead Town Court clerk’s office.

Ms. Kabot was arrested by Westhampton Beach Village Police and charged with DWI on Labor Day. Ms. Kabot said during an earlier interview that she refused a breath test and other chemical tests that night because she felt “angry and intimidated” by the “overzealous nature” of the arresting officers.

According to the police report, the arresting officer stated that Ms. Kabot’s breath “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage” and her eyes were “red and glassy.” The report also notes that she failed two field sobriety tests.

Ms. Kabot’s first court date was scheduled for October 29, just prior to Election Day. But that hearing was pushed back to December 10 because Mr. Keahon had other court obligations that took priority. The same reason was given for postponing that hearing until January 19.

Ms. Kabot lost her reelection bid to then-Southampton Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst. Ms. Throne-Holst took over the supervisor’s seat on January 1.

Hallie D. Martin

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By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 20, 10 12:57 PM
She will never go to trial. riverhead will delay it like they allways do .They have nothing
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jan 20, 10 1:41 PM
Why don't you all lay off her ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 20, 10 4:21 PM
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That is the right thing to do at this point.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jan 21, 10 7:26 AM
She brings it all on her self.
She blames everyone else for everything that has gone wrong.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 21, 10 12:21 PM
Undoubtedly, the delay was at Mr. Kehone's request. This action is a misdemeanor. It will continued to be postponed whenever there is a scheduling conflict with a more serious, i.e. felony, case.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 20, 10 5:58 PM
um, excuse me people but i seem to recall that Kabot's attorney asked for at least one of the previous postponements. Once she realized she couldn't make election day hay with her conspiracy theories and innuendo she suddenly wasn't in a hurry for the trial.

I'll leave her alone the moment she leaves us alone and owns up for her role in our financial mess.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jan 20, 10 6:44 PM
everyone who served on that board from 2001 to 2007, everyone who signed off on an audit certifying all was well,and everyone who served as controller/financial analyst shares the blame.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Jan 20, 10 8:32 PM
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Lay off !!! Linda brings all this on herself. We voted her out of office. Go Away !!!! Writing letters about the bad things she was sitting there approving.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 20, 10 9:00 PM
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This postponement was NOT at the behest of Linda Kabot but, rather, of her attorney, who has a more important action that conflicts. Postponements of this type are s.o.p.

Of course, on the other hand, Kehone's claim shortly after the arrest that he hoped to have the matter disposed of before the Nov. election was pure bovine scatology.

If a statistical study were available to determine what percentage of contested DWIs were adjudicated within that time frame, the result would ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 20, 10 9:21 PM
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so much for the right to a speedy trial.
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jan 21, 10 9:15 AM
How so banjack? She clearly has that right, she is choosing to waive it.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 21, 10 9:46 AM
What happened to the claim that her attorney made that this would be cleared up quickly??
Maybe if she did not get her driv. linc. back she would want this to get to trial.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 21, 10 12:20 PM
she did not take the test, they have nothing, why should she not have a licence?
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jan 21, 10 3:50 PM
"they have nothing"
I assume that means you have access to all the "discovery" information?

why should she not have a licence?
Because she refused the test, which results in the loss of ones license regardless of conviction of DWI for a year.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 22, 10 3:28 PM
Hello she's driving.
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jan 23, 10 5:00 PM
just let linda have her day in court......it won't be that bad......an illegal over here was convicted of dwi....he works for a friend of a friend....my understanding is that he got a 700 dollar fine,thats it................
By paulgabe1 (29), riverhead on Jan 21, 10 4:50 PM
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By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 21, 10 10:19 PM
If this were cleared up quickly then Linda would have no way to get herself into the headlines.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jan 21, 10 10:48 PM
A breath test is not needed for a conviction, refusal of a breath test is an automatic one year revocation of your drivers license, not taking a breath test is foolish and makes for a very expensive and lenghty process in the court system, if it were so easy no one would take the test. Anyone who refuses a breath test knows they should not of been driving.
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Jan 22, 10 11:21 AM
and linda can't drive for a year.you dont understand dont you?
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jan 23, 10 4:57 PM