http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punew...yword=topstoryA Gloucester mother of two was cleared of drunken driving charges yesterday by a jury, some of whose members expressed frustration with what they believed were holes in the prosecution's case.
Mary Favazza, 47, walked out of court, thanking two jurors she passed in a hallway. The not-guilty verdict spares her a minimum mandatory two-year jail term — because had she been convicted it would have been for the sixth time.
That long history of drunken driving was kept from Salem District Court jurors — under the rules of evidence in Massachusetts it would have been considered prejudicial — though two jurors interviewed after the trial said they did wonder why Favazza had been driving on a restricted license.
Favazza was arrested two days before Christmas 2007 and spent the holidays in jail after Danvers police saw her sitting in a parked and damaged minivan with two flat tires outside Wal-Mart on Route 114 in Danvers. They arrested her after a series of field sobriety tests and, back at the station, a breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of .15, almost double the legal limit of 0.08.