Fox News host Jeanine Pirro pleaded guilty to speeding after being clocked going 119 mph in a 65-mph zone. However, she was able to plead the offense down to going 95 in a 65-mph zone, and therefore did not lose her license.

A New York State Trooper issued Pirro the ticket on Route 17 in Nichols on November 19. Pirro had been heading to visit her ailing 89-year-old mother in Elmira, where she grew up. She knew that she was speeding, but said in a statement via a Fox spokesperson that she didn’t realize how fast she was going as she’d been driving for several hours.

Pirro was fined $300. A court clerk in Nichols confirmed that she paid the fine and a $93 state surcharge by mail on Feb. 5. She will also have to take a defensive driving course.

In all honesty, Pirro got off pretty light. In the state of New York, going 40 miles per hour over the speed limit – as Pirro was clocked – can result in a license suspension until the driver completes a defensive driving course. However, Pirro was able to plea her offense down to 30 miles above the speed limit, which is just six points on a license in New York.

Pirro served as the Westchester County District Attorney from 1994 to 2005. She negotiated the plea deal with the Tioga County District Attorney’s office. Interestingly, the current Tioga County DA, Republican Kirk Martin, resigned from his position as Tioga County Second Assistant DA in 2006 following a guilty plea in the Town of Owego court to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired. Martin reportedly stopped drinking after the incident.

Perhaps Pirro used her legal and debating skills to talk down her speeding ticket, or perhaps she used her connections. Either way, she dodged a bullet.

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