Kernan, who was subsequently suspended from work for six weeks without pay, released a statement expressing remorse for his actions. Acknowledging that there was “no excuse” for his “poor judgment” and that his conduct reflected poorly on Governor Schwarzenegger, who had appointed him in 2008, Kernan announced his intention to plead guilty to DUI charges at a subsequent court hearing.
Kernan entered the guilty plea on July 16, 2009 and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, complete 48 hours of community service and attend a DUI class. According to the CDCR’s 2008 California Prisoners & Paroles report, 2,701 state prisoners were serving prison terms for DUI offenses.
Sources: Sacramento Bee, www.sacramentotrafficattorney.com
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