School Superintendent Paul Enters Not Guilty Plea

January 31, 2008

Superintendent of the Escambia County Schools, Jim Paul, has entered a plea of not guilty to a Pinellas County DUI charge.

According to court documents obtained by, Paul’s attorney Frank Russo entered the plea on Paul’s behalf.

Paul was arrested January 10 near Clearwater, FL, and charged with DUI after his blood alcohol level was tested at 0.128. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08. Deputies said they spotted Paul’s rental car speeding and “weaving dramatically”.

“I didn’t feel in anyway that I was unable to drive,” he told in an exclusive interview on January 11, just one day after his arrest. “But I’m sure everybody says that who’s had drinks and gets behind the wheel of a car.”

“There is no excuse, there’s no rational explanation for what happened. I did something that was against the law. And it was nobody’s fault but my own,” was Paul’s opening statement in his exclusive interview. Click here to hear this comment from Paul in mp3 format.

Paul’s trial is set for 8:30 Eastern time next Wednesday, February 6 in Pinellas County.

To hear Paul’s complete exclusive interview with, click here.


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