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Kiefer, Dubya and the DUI Trickeration

9/25/2007 5:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

So how did Kiefer Sutherland's DUI back in 2004 go unnoticed?
Kiefer Sutherland and George Bush
It was quite the bust, with Kiefer blowing a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit. So how is it that TMZ didn't find the case until today? Two words -- Blair Berk.

Mega-lawyer Berk, who has repped Mel Gibson and scores of other celebs, strateger-ily chose to slide into court on November 2, 2004. Kiefer plead no contest and was sentenced to 5 years probation.

So what makes November 2, 2004 so important? It was the Presidential election! While the media was bitching about Bush, Berk snuck Jack Bauer's case in front of a Sauer judge (as in Michael Sauer, Hiltie's sentencer).


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Pleaded is also acceptable, guys.

I suppose you all also think it's hung not hanged (in reference to a person being hanged-and in that instance hanged is the only TRADITIONALLY accepted form).

2553 days ago


He makes $13.3 mil a year and didnt get a driver? What a shame. I love 24 and Jack Bauer. Keeeef!!! What are you thinking?

2553 days ago


Your comments: KMD,"Plead" pronounced the way you gave it is wrong. There is no such word, despite some ill-educated folk in the media and the legal
profession who seem to believe otherwise.

The past tense of "plead" is "pleaded". Not "pled", or anything rhyming with "bled".

Lead, read, bleed, flee, etc. are Anglo-Saxonisms who have kept their old
(German) conjugation. Plead is not related to these words, even though it looks and sounds like them. Plead is French and it entered the language after the German grammar was abolished by William the Conqueror. It's conjugated as a regular weak verb, by adding -ed.

"Pled" is a false construction based on a false assumption. Never assume that two words are related just because they look or sound alike - the English language is too irregular for that.

I won't even savor the irony of a legal term being conjugated illegally (William the Conqueror made it law that the old Anglo-Saxon grammar could no longer be used for new words, despite the older words being grandfathered in).

And Kiefer needs rehab. And a license suspension. I'd cut him some slack if he REALLY worked on his alcohol problem, but he's been drinking like a fish for years and shows no sign of stopping.

2545 days ago
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