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JALEN ROSE'S LAWYER

DUI SENTENCE

"OUTRAGEOUS"

7/27/2011 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jalen Rose's lawyer is LASHING OUT at the Michigan judge who just sentenced the former NBA star to serve 20 days in jail for his March DUI ... claiming the sentence is an "abuse of discretion."

Attorney Keith Davidson tells TMZ, "The 20-day jail sentence issued today by this Michigan judge is outrageous."

He adds, "Today we saw a horrendous example of judicial temperament and discretion."


Davidson insists Jalen is a "model citizen who has personally donated millions to charity, established inner city charter schools and a medical center in the Congo" and most importantly ... "has NO PRIOR criminal record."

Davidson adds, "[Jalen] was the victim of abuse of discretion; lack of proportionality in sentencing; legislating from the bench & instituting illegal minimum mandatory sentences for DUIs in violation of law. "

"Mr. Rose is examining all of his legal options based on today's events."

Relevant Fun Fact: In Michigan, there's NO minimum jail requirement for first time DUI offenders.

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31.

Lisa    

BRAVO! Maybe if a 20 day jail sentence was mandatory in every state for a first time DUI we wouldn't have so many repeat offenders.

1130 days ago
32.

Fabienne    

People probably feel confused with this as they have watched Lindsay get away with you name it pick your crime over and over.

1130 days ago
33.

eva    

He should count himself very lucky. Edmonton Oiler Goalie (Nikolai Khabibulin) got charged with DUI in Phoenix. Today he ended up with a 30 day sentence, $1500.00 fine and must attend an alcohol program. Actually I think the sentences should be much harsher for all those caught drinking and driving. Just my opinion.

1130 days ago
34.

justsaying    

20 days? That's it??? What black person only gets 20 days in jail for anything? He must think he has a white man for a client. There are other blacks in jail right now, looking at his sentence and saying "WOW! HE MUST GIVE RADICAL BJ'S."

1130 days ago
35.

nicole    

What a wusss! I don't care how much money a person has &/or donated, it's against the law, plain & simple.
Hell, I got sentenced to 6 months, this lil punk needs to get over himself! 20 days will equate to MAYBE 10 days, probably less. GTF outta here!

1130 days ago
36.

Sienna Sacha    

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. . . .Don't drink and drive, dumbarsssssssssss

1130 days ago
37.

Heidi    

Drinking and driving is illegal!!!! If you can't do the time, don't do the crime! I'm sick of all these celebrities and athletes thinking they're above the law. It's about time judges started throwing the book at them.

1130 days ago
38.

J.D.    

In Grand Rapids, MI there is a 12 day minimum sentence for 1st time offenders. Your facts are wrong. Believe me I learned the hard way.

1130 days ago
39.

Barney    

Jalen got off light. Judge Smalls from Michigan is known to give ALL first time DUI's jail sentences and they are normally 90 days. He should consider himself a very lucky man, and stop whinning, it could have been a manslaughter charge.

1130 days ago
40.

Angel    

He has twenty days to think about it! It is what it is he'll get over it stop complain it's done and over with other people such as myself for first time have to have seven months no license and owe the state 1000 dollars each year! for first time offense and no priors and commiunty service on own time. he got off lightly so stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you do the crime u do the time!

1130 days ago
41.

JordanH.    

Yeah, well, when you're killed by a drunk driver, you stay dead forever. If the guy is saying he regrets doing it, he needs to just suck it up and do the time. He's lucky that's all he's dealing with and not homicide charges or being in a wheelchair. Drunk driving isn't cute.

1130 days ago
42.

Jay    

Thats why celebs should stick to breaking the law in LA!

1130 days ago
43.

steve    

this judge is a freaking joke u sent him too jail
mr rose has helped hundreds off people and for this judge
to lock him him up u gotta be kidding me yes drunk driving is a no no but come on judge people make mistakes shame on u judge u should off gave him a huge fine take his car away suspend his lisence there were so many other option u could off did but u didnt i know people that have 3or4 dui and never did a day judge this is what i think u wanted your 2mins off fame but it should be shame on u if i was jalen rose i would never give a dime too charity u have a big heart and this stupid judge might even cost your job i sure hope she gets pulled over on a dui and lock her up for life lol.good luck jalen the system failed u bro

1130 days ago
44.

scott    

He should have gotten more time than that...

1130 days ago
45.

steve    

this judge is a freaking joke u sent him too jail
1st time offence wow shame on the judge jalen has done soo much
too the community he made a mistake the judge could off gave him a big fine take his lisence away and hic car now he might loose his job over this believe me people i oppose drunk drivers people make mistakes this judge wanted her 2min off fame she should get 100yrs off shame on her if i was u jalen i wouldnt give charity a dime anymore nobody cares i sure hope this judge gets her pay back good luck too u jalen if i was u i would leave michigan for good your a good person that made a mistake

1130 days ago
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