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Tuesday, August 05, 2003


Paul Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, August 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The 17-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean agreed Tuesday to participate in a court diversion program for allegedly being the getaway driver while four friends tried to steal beer from a country club.
“I think this is a good outcome for Paul and for his friends, and that's what the program is designed for,” Howard Dean said.

The program allows first-time and low-risk offenders to resolve their charges without appearing before a judge. In a few weeks, the younger Dean is to appear before a community board that will determine his punishment, which could include community service, writing a letter of apology or making restitution.

The inevitable media coverage of Dean' son is entirely a function of Dean's increased profile. Rather than try and whitewash the event, Dean has been completely up-front and straight with the press about it, choosing to meet the media scrutiny head on, unflinchingly.


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