Update: Mimi Coffey has responded to this post and to Sen. Patrick. Read it here.
You’ve probably seen Mimi Coffey’s provocative signs and billboards around town, defending social drinking.
She’s a well-known DWI lawyer, so it’s not surprising that she’d go to Austin to voice her opinion about a proposed bill that would give first-time drunken drivers deferred adjudication.
But during her testimony before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee – when she said only 14,000 people have died in alcohol-related traffic fatalities - she offended Sen. Dan Patrick (R, Houston) who chewed her out afterward.
Take a look:
-- Melody McDonald