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Deeds Son Charged with Alcohol Possession

Anita Kumar

Gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds' 20-year-old son was charged with alcohol possession May 30 for drinking at a party in his native Bath County.

Austin Creigh Deeds, a student at the College of William and Mary, has an arraignment set for next Wednesday, and a court date Sept. 9. He faces a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Deeds has four children. His spokesman Jared Leopold simply said the incident was a "family matter."

See the court document here.pdf

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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So what!

Posted by: asmith1 | July 10, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

So what!

Posted by: asmith1 | July 10, 2009 1:48 PM

Let this have been Marion BArry's son and this thing would have 1,000 comments by now. Another example of racisim in 2009 by the Post, The Media, and the unsilent Majority...

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 10, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

OK, I don't want to state the obvious, but in the pdf, they block out the poor kids age to protect his privacy, but the Post says he's 20 years old, and they list his full name---- doesn't take a rocket scientist-- just sayin'

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | July 10, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If it were anyone else regardless of their fame, all of this information would be in the paper as well as on the news. What makes him so different because he's in the political world? In the African American political world they get casted out on, on a daily basis. This is clearly unfair.

Posted by: kblkness29 | July 10, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Aimhigh2000 -- he is 20 years old, not 17. He is therefore an adult and not a jeuvenile. There is no right to privacy here.

Posted by: Anon44 | July 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Democratic family values at work.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 10, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Let this have been Marion BArry's son and this thing would have 1,000 comments by now. Another example of racisim in 2009 by the Post, The Media, and the unsilent Majority...

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 10, 2009 1:57 PM


Trust me, when Marion Barry's son Christopher was arrested for assaulting police, it was all over the newspaper. Fact is, the Barry family has been breaking the law and using their constituents for decades. When the Deeds family has a similar track record, then you can chime in with your "woe is me" pitty party.

Marion Barry is a career criminal, a narcissist, and an outright fraud. Creigh Deeds would need to start smoking crack today, and continue for 20 years, before he can come close to Hizoner's depravity.

Posted by: lingering_lead | July 10, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so a 20-year old college kid was drinking a beer at a party. *yawn*

Posted by: kevharb | July 10, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I've never seen a republican kid drink till he was 21. They are such moral saints and God's gift to mankind.

Posted by: DrWho2 | July 10, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This is only about as interesting as the Bush girls's troubles with alcohol abuse at the same age, which is to say, not very. Embarrassing for the parents but not such a big deal in the scheme of things. Jenna and Laura turned out okay, I'm sure Austin Deeds will too. His dad has my vote.

Posted by: greyK | July 10, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

You can send an 18 year old kid to war, to be shot at and to shoot other people. But he/she is not old enough to have a beer.

Hmmmm. Something is wrong with this equation.

Posted by: DrWho2 | July 10, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

OH NOES!!!! A 20 yr old drinking! Why are we Americans so weird about alcohol. In a lot of countries, pretty much if you can see over the bar, you can get alcohol.

Posted by: futbolclif | July 10, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This should be filed in the who cares file, but I'd like everyone to think about how this would have been reported if it has been one of McDonnell's kids.

I don't care if it a matter of underage drinking like in this case, or a DWI like Gore's son, or Palin's daughter getting pregnant - it is a family matter. I know too many "good" families - Republican and Democrat - that go through arrests, drugs or pregnancies with their kids to think that this happens to only one type of family.

Lay off the kids, no matter which party.

Posted by: cheekymonkey | July 10, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

OK Marrian Barry, in the paper for stalking a married woman 30 years younger then him, then not stalking her, giving her a government contract that coincided with his make-ups and break-ups. ....

How on earth does a college kid drinking at a party even compare? Barry's offences require a criminal investigation, the other is more likely to result in a kid getting kicked off campus if he has student housing, which really sucks for him but is hardly national news. So he's getting a black mark on his record that most people won't even care about in a few years. The only reason it's news at all is that his father wants to be governor. Trust me, when some friends of mine lost their student housing after they were busted for the same offence at a party, they were the only people crying.

Posted by: persimonix1 | July 10, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

What else is there to do in Bath County?

Posted by: kulwicki7 | July 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I normally say that the kids shouldn't be bothered. However I am under the school of thought that moral politicians should be punished when their kids do stuff that reflects their hypocracy. I don't have a problem with Bristol Palin but I have a huge problem with her mother. It is important to note that her mother is a hypocrit if she claims to be holier then thou when her family does the same things, and more, then most other people's families do. Teen drinking though? Honestly?? The kid is less then a year away from doing this all legally. It's not even like he's 17 or something.

Posted by: persimonix1 | July 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe a twenty year old with a beer can get twelve months in prison! And I thought marijuana laws were stupid...

Posted by: monongahela79 | July 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

And it's not like this kid was even mentioned in the governor's campaign. Sarah Palin's family were all lined up for show at all the conventions, all the time, and that is why they are celebrities. Because their mother made her family a central part of her political campaign and then complained when they came under scrutiny.

Posted by: persimonix1 | July 10, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lingering_lead | July 10, 2009 2:11 PM

Thanks for proving my theory.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 10, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So what X2!

Folks, who cares. Does it make him (Dad) a bad father? No. Does it make him (Dad) a bad role model? No. Does it make him less worthy to lead? No. Is it relevant to his public life? No. Anyone who is a parent knows this. You do the best you can and even the best kids will almost certainly screw up a few times in the course of growing up and being young adults. Find something newsworthy. What about stories that matter? Barry? Palin? Putin? Obama? Pellozi? Why is the mainstream press going the way of Hardcopy, TMZ, Enquirer, and Family Guy (but I actually love Family Guy)?

Posted by: MdLaw | July 10, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

News Flash: 98% of 20year olds in College drink alcohol, BFD!

Posted by: lek91091 | July 10, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow this is important news. Meanwhile the Washington Post diligently ignores less significant stories like McDonnell getting payoffs from big business lobbyists or that Jerry Connelley (Congressman from Fairfax County) is becoming more and more of a puppet for big defense contractors.

Posted by: AD11 | July 10, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think we should handle this the same way Palin haters handled Bristol's pregnancy.

It's my understanding that they left her alone since it was a family matter. There was no talk of the candidate parent being unfit or anything like that. Besides, what grown adult would would draw a conclusion from an inexperienced teenager's (or in this case just barely over teenager) mistake that it's the parent's fault?

I'm just glad that people from the Democrat side of the aisle aren't going to be hypocritical about this and slam Creigh Deeds after giving Sarah Palin such a pass.

It's such a shame, though that the RNC and CPAC went after Joe Biden's daughter so ruthlessly. That Letterman crack about doing lines with A-Rod in the 7th inning was the last straw, I think. I'm surprised he hasn't quit the vice presidency by now and told everyone to go eff themselves.

Posted by: ReaganTMan1 | July 10, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Have to wonder, where did you get this pdf document?

Did it, perhaps, come from the Republican operatives that you, yourself, reported on so recently:

Why is it irrelevant, in this report, to be mentioning where you got this material?

Posted by: siegead1 | July 10, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are adults and not "kids" or "teens" meaning that age group can't be called those terms. Since Deed's son is a man, the drinking age should've been in respect to his age. The current drinking age is ageist and must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program to respect the age of majority and instill alcohol responsibility to young adults. This plan is supported by Choose Responsibility.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | July 10, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

His only crime is that he goes to William & Mary.

Posted by: alc0f7 | July 10, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The .pdf is just a screen capture from the state courts website. The state website blacks out the age, as a bit of a privacy protection maneuver. It's not hard to get the state courts website.

I assume that the McDonnell campaign was just trolling on the website, plugging in the name "Deeds" and seeing whether anything pops up.

FWIW -- when the case goes to court, he will end up being put on pre-conviction probation; if he attends some classes and does some community service, the case will be dismissed. This will not be special consideration -- it would happen for anyone.

Posted by: cvllelaw | July 10, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

You can have sex at 18.

You can get married at 18.

You can join the military at 18.

You have to wait until age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages legally.

This temperance movement has gone way too far.

Posted by: jbartelloni | July 10, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Leave the kids out of it. If we all learned anything from the Palin offspring controversies, it is that nothing constructive comes from making an issue of the children of candidates.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | July 10, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

WaPo... you forgot to put a (D) after Creigh Deeds name. I wonder why?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 10, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok people. Wither 20 or 200. What worries me is was he in a car, was he going to drive? If so, then he deserves a year in jail. When this country wakes up and starts to see that driving while impared, as MOST underage drinkers tend to do, are not only a danger to themselves, but a danger to us all. Come out a scrape what is left of their "mistake" of the highways some night.

ANd then you all complain about gun control.

But I do agree with one thing said here. If you can carry a rifle for your country you should be able to buy a beer.

We in EMS just get tired of seeing kids die for stupid reasons like drinking unresponsibly, or anyone for that matter.

Posted by: lemontecristo | July 10, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Big deal.Who cares.

Posted by: union4you | July 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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