WTKK's Graham Pleads Not Guilty, Wants Jury Trial
February 18, 2009 at 5:03 AM (PT)
GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK/BOSTON middayer MICHAEL GRAHAM has filed a not guilty plea in his driver's license revocation case in FRAMINGHAM, MA. GRAHAM, who has demanded a jury trial and is scheduled for a MARCH 13th pre-trial hearing, was arrested last week for not renewing his car insurance in his former home state of VIRGINIA in a widely-publicized incident which has provided GRAHAM with the opportunity to continue his criticism of the state REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES and local police departments, some of which have been in the news in recent weeks for allegedly writing tickets solely to raise funds.
On his blog, GRAHAM writes, "...we are on schedule for the day when I will stand before six licensed drivers with cars registered in MASSACHUSETTS and ask them to judge the way the RMV treats me, you and every other citizen in the Commonwealth. I'm calling one witness, and one witness only: Registrar RACHEL KAPRIELIAN. She'll be lucky if they don't throw HER in jail.
"As I've said from the beginning, this case isn't about me. I'm not a perfect person or a perfect driver. This case is about how we let the state of MASSACHUSETTS treat us -- like suspects, like convicts, like ATMs for 'good ol' boys' up on BEACON HILL. There is no reason to drag some mother out of her car on the side of a busy highway because the RMV is too lazy or stupid to get her records right. Putting some sales guy trying to make a few bucks in jail because the RMV refused to notify him that his license was revoked/suspended/expired is just plain wrong.
"These abusive policies exist for one reason: generate government revenue. They're put in place by political appointees who are more interest in expanding their pensions than serving the public. My case is our chance to fight back, to get these policies changed, to put the RMV back into the public service business.
"And I'm taking it all the way."