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Democrat Lawyer Arrested for Being Drunk in Court

Democratic attorney was 'slurring her words and stumbling on her feet' in the courtroom

 on 24th October 2018 @ 3.00pm
democratic lawyer michelle rivera was arrested after she was found to be drunk in court © press
Democratic lawyer Michelle Rivera was arrested after she was found to be drunk in court

A Democratic county lawyer was arrested in court after a criminal complaint was filed that she was drunk in the courtroom.

42-year-old Michelle Rivera, who is soon up for reelection, apologized and begged her Iowa voters to allow her to continue her work after she was accused of "slurring her words and stumbling on her feet" in a Clarke County courtroom.

Democrat Rivera has been charged with public intoxication, according to Clarke County court documents.

A sheriff's deputy reported that he noticed Rivera showing signs of being heavily inebriated in the Osceola courtroom last Thursday afternoon. 

Clarke County Sheriff's Deputy George Barber III then arrested Rivera after she refused to take a breath test.

Rivera is up for re-election on November 6 and is running against Republican Adam Ramsey.

michelle rivera was drunk in the clarke county courtroom © press
Michelle Rivera was drunk in the Clarke County courtroom

According to Fox News, she issued a statement in which she said she's "taking every step necessary to get help, to fix this problem and to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again."

She apologized for what happened Thursday and said she hopes voters "will afford me the opportunity to continue this endeavor next term."

According to Des Moines Register, Deputy Barber was on duty at the courthouse in Osceola at the time, he wrote in the complaint.

He alleges Rivera, 42, "sat in a chair and swayed her head back and (forth), actions common with being intoxicated."

He asked to speak with Rivera in a small room outside the courtroom and smelled a strong odor of alcohol, the complaint states.

Rivera declined to take a breath test and Barber arrested her on a public intoxication charge and took her to the Clarke County Jail. Rivera was cooperative, the complaint states.

Rivera later posted a $300 cash bond and was released from jail.

A judge has ordered Dallas County Attorney Wayne Reisetter to serve as a special prosecutor in Rivera's case, court documents show.

Rivera, a Democrat, is up for re-election this year, according to the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune.

michelle rivera  a democrat  was  slurring her words and stumbling on her feet  in court © press
Michelle Rivera, a Democrat, was 'slurring her words and stumbling on her feet' in court

In a statement, she apologized and said: "I am taking every step necessary to get help, to fix this problem and to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

"I have worked extremely hard for Clarke County for the last seven years and have truly loved doing so. 

"I sincerely hope the voters will afford me the opportunity to continue this endeavor next term," Rivera said in the statement.

Read Rivera's statement in full:

"I genuinely apologize to my family, friends, law enforcement, colleagues, and my community for all that transpired last Thursday. 

"I can assure you all that I am taking every step necessary to get help, to fix this problem, and to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again. 

"I have worked extremely hard for Clarke County for the last seven years and have truly loved doing so. 

"I sincerely hope the voters will afford me the opportunity to continue this endeavor next term. 

"Thank you so much to the many for all of your kind words and support during this difficult time."

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