Regarding the DWI charges against Mrs. Sayre, Republitarian cited: “Case # for first offense GV03000972-00. Case # for second offense GT063034-00.” I don’t live in the 24th, but I thought it might be fun to do a little fact-checking on this today. (I applaud Republitarian for giving voters the means to independently verify these claims.) I fired up the Virginia Courts Case Information system and started looking. Here’s what I found:
GV03000972-00 (screenshot) is a civil case filed in Rockbridge County/Lexington by the Commonwealth of Virginia against Mrs. Sayre in August 2003. The nature and result of the case is not shown.
“GT063034-00” isn’t a valid case number and returned no matches. I tried some other permutations without any success. I then tried searching for the name “Sayre” in SWAC-area counties and found:
GT06000444-00 (screenshot): A misdemeanor DWI filed in Staunton against Mrs. Sayre in January 2006. It looks like a fine was paid and her license was suspended for a year. I’m not familiar enough with legal lingo to tell whether there was any jail time served. The charge was “amended” (whatever that means) from a “DWI, 2ND” to a “DWI, 1ST.”
From this I’m satisfied that at least one DWI charge is factual and in the public record.
P.S. You might be wondering why I would care about Mr. Sayre’s family since I don’t live in the 24th District. It’s because I believe fact-checking is a crucial part of the modern political process, especially with the apparent ascendancy of completely unaccountable political blogs. Somebody needs to protect the public from overzealous activists. :)
P.P.S. The New Dominion did similar fact-checking, but they must have better “online court records” than I do, because I saw no indication that the 2003 case was DWI-related. (They also called John Maxfield an “editor.”)
P.P.P.S. I should get some kind of medal for spending so much time in the Virginia Courts Case Information system. It’s icky.