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People concerned about fair treatment in Hagarty hearing

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Many people believed Jim Hagarty would get preferential treatment because of his position as the Yakima County prosecutor.

We have received phone calls, emails, a tons of Facebook comments regarding the case.

To try and avoid this the Kittitas County Prosecutor's Office handled the case, and a Kittitas County judge came in to hear it.

We also spoke to an attorney who was not involved in the case who says the punishment did fit the crime.

"With the breath alcohol level being .10 and him having zero criminal history, I think that that's a pretty fair offer," said Alex Johnson, an attorney with Delorie Johnson Law Offices.

Johnson said that most first time DUI offenders are able to plead negligent or reckless driving, so that wasn't out of the ordinary. 

Judge James Hurson also said the same thing. In the over 400 cases he tries a year, this was a very normal, and fair punishment.