Diabetic woman sues Nassau over 'Wall of Shame'

A Bellerose woman is suing Nassau County over its ?Wall of Shame? DWI program, alleging her photograph remained on the county?s site long after charges against her were dropped. The initiative publicizes

News 12 Staff

Sep 12, 2008, 11:34 PM

Updated 5,782 days ago

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A Bellerose woman is suing Nassau County over its ?Wall of Shame? DWI program, alleging her photograph remained on the county?s site long after charges against her were dropped.
The initiative publicizes the mug shots of every driver over 19 charged with DWI. The program began in May after an officer was struck by an alleged drunken driver.
Since its launch, many have complained those on the ?Wall of Shame? are prematurely convicted in the minds of the media and the public, when in reality the drivers have only been charged and not convicted.
Andrea Sangermano says her name and photograph were posted on the county?s Web site and released to the media after she crashed her car over Memorial Day weekend. Her lawyer, Louis Cerrato, says Sangermano suffered a diabetic seizure and then struck another car that night.
Sangermano passed a sobriety test after the crash, her lawyer says, and has always maintained the crash was caused by her diabetes. The charges were dismissed in July, but Sangermano?s picture remained on the Web site until Thursday, she says. Sangermano says the experience was humiliating.
A spokesman for Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi?s apologized in a statement saying ?we hope this will restore her good name.?


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