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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

US Supreme Court Looks at Intoxication Proof Issues

The US Supreme Court has granted certiorari in a case that will have critical imposrtance to proof of intoxication defense in many workers' compensation claims. (Missouri v. McNeely) The issue is whether a law enforcement officer may obtain a nonconsensual and warrantless blood sample from a drunk driver under the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement based upon the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream.

Blood samples taken warrantlessly  are notoriously utilized by the defense to establish bood levels of alcohol in the defense of workers' compensation injuries.  Many workers' compensation statutes provide for defense of intoxication to work related accidents. Some states require intoxication to be the sole and proximate cause of the work related accident in order to defeat the claim.

US Supreme Court Docket
No. 11-1425
Missouri, Petitioner
Tyler G. McNeely

Docketed: May 25, 2012
Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Missouri

Case Nos.: (SC 91850)
Decision Date: January 17, 2012
Rehearing Denied: March 6, 2012

~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May 22 2012 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 25, 2012)
Jun 8 2012 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 25, 2012.
Jul 25 2012 Brief of respondent Tyler G. McNeely in opposition filed.
Aug 8 2012 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 24, 2012.
Aug 14 2012 Reply of petitioner Missouri filed. (Distributed)
Sep 25 2012 Petition GRANTED.

~~Name~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   ~~~~~~~Address~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  ~~Phone~~~
Attorneys for Petitioner:
John N. Koester Jr.Cape Girardeau County, Missouri 100 Court Street(573)-243-2430
    Counsel of Record100 Court Street
Suite 204
Jackson, MO  63755
Party name: Missouri
Attorneys for Respondent:
Steven R. ShapiroAmerican Civil Liberties Union Foundation(212) 549-2500
    Counsel of Record125 Broad Street
New York, NY  10004
Party name: Tyler G. McNeely