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Lawmaker Admits Guilt

February 5, 1997
By: Phill Brooks
State Capital Bureau

The latest Missouri lawmaker to be arrested for drunken says he might actually give up his office because of his action. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:

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Northwest Missouri House Member Phil Tate says he's made no decisions -- and will not make a hasty decision concerning any resignation.

But, he said, he does consider his mistake serious enough that it might warrant resignation:

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Contents: [201K WAV file - Rep. Phil Tate says he's disappointed in himself and in how his irresponsible behavior reflects on his family and the legislature.]

Tate fully admitted his guilt to drunken driving -- saying he will plead guilty.

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The latest Missouri lawmaker to be arrested for drunken driving says he is guilty. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:

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In the past, lawmakers have avoided reporters like the plague after being arrested for drunken driving.

But not northwest House member Phil Tate.

On his first day back in his Capitol office since his weekend arrest, Tate called in reporters to answer questions...and to admit his guilt:

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Contents: Rep. Phill Tate says he broke the law and that he plans to admit his guilt and take the consequences.

Tate says he's considering stepping down from his House seat, but that he'll not make a hasty decision.

He's the second lawmaker this session to be arrested for drunken driving.

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