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Friday, March 24, 2006

SARMIENTO SOUND OFF

ONE POST BELOW HAS BREAKING NEWS: THE GIRL WITH SARMIENTO WAS A SECRETARY AT THE SAO. SHE WAS CONFRONTED BY INVESTIGATIONS AND ASKED FOR URINE. SHE DECLINED AND WAS BEHEADED ON THE SPOT UNDER ARTICLE 5 OF THE GEORGE BUSH ANTI-TERRORISM ACT.


Anonymous writes:


The bottom line is that what Ray did, if true, was stupid and hypocritical. And he's unfortunately paying dearly for that. He had a lot to lose, and he should've been more careful. But how many of you prosecutors also dabble in drugs? Or get behind the wheel after having one too many drinks? Just go to Monty's on a Friday for happy hour to find out. It is hypocritical as hell, b/c the only real difference between you and the ppl you're prosecuting is your bar card and your job. I really like Ray and I hope he gets through this, b/c he truly is a good guy. I just wish it was one of his many asshole colleagues whose arrogant sense of power and entitlement makes them way more deserving!

A reader writes directly to Ray:

Sarmiento,Go private, open an office in Hialeah, get 3 or 4 bondsman on the roll and you're laughing all the way to the bank. The funny thing is that SArmiento had 14 pills on him when he was caught and $300.51 on him, and by the time he made it to DCJ he had 7 pills and $0 on him. Conclusion, not only is Space a career killer but Miami Police are fucking fucking fucking thieves. If this doesn't make Sarmiento go private I don't know what will.


A reader likes what s/he sees:

WOW! What a lot of "stuff"... I liked Ray too and still do.. BUT it is true that an ASA really needs to be extremely law abiding in their personal lives. I keep reading about his "drug problem" and addiction... Are you guys serious??? An ECTASY addict? Now that's funny! Look, I hope Ray comes out on top. I never like to see someone get into trouble.. especially for something I think should probably be legal... X has hurt a lot less people than booze for sure. And please fellow defense atty's let's not foget INNONCENT until proven guilty.. I'd much rather see someone address the bondsman attorney connection than an asa who is charged with a crime. The bondsman attorney nonsense hurts our business THAT needs to stop




BREAKING NEWS:
Former ASA here: In the interview process, EVERY ASA is asked the hypothetical question about what they are to do if they see another ASA at a party smoking weed or snorting coke. The answer that the SAO wants to hear is that they would turn the other ASA in. And while nobody likes a tattle tale, you have to wear the white hat when you are a prosecutor. I don’t know the guy, but the fact that he probably put people in prison for the same thing he was doing outside of the office is pretty sick. He is an idiot for even getting within 50 feet of ecstasy given his job. By the way, spies in the SAO state that the girl he was holding for was a secretary at the SAO. When the SAO found out about the arrest, the SAO investigators told her to submit to a urine test to see if she was clean. She refused and was fired on the spot.

As per SAO spokesman, the amended Miranda warnings that apply to State employees clearly state: "You have the right to remain silent when we tell you to be silent. You have the obligation to speak or pee when we tell you to speak or pee. All orders must be obeyed! If you cannot afford to lose your job, you'd better damn well do what we tell you to do when we tell you to do it. You are presumed guilty because our lawyers are so bad, they would have a pretty hard time proving your guilt if you were presumed innocent."




A reader sounds off:


can you really be so fucking deluded to truly believe that the "defense attorneys" who are disgusted with mr. sarmiento are "the real hypocrites?" i'm a former prosecutor and although i sympathize for mr. sarmiento, i think it's clear to everyone that HE in the REAL HYPOCRITE in this situation... not his critics

And yet:

The real hypocrites are you defense lawyers who say you feel sorry for him becuase he wasnt a hardass like some other prosecutors. So let me see if I get it, an asa who fights hard for the state and believes strongly in his job and doesnt roll over for you guys is someone who we go to the arraignment and cheer his misfourtune? Conversely, if the ASA was useless and plead out every case so he could take three hour lunches, we should feel sorry for him.The real hypocrites are all you defense attorneys taking pleasure in someone else's misfortune. Anyone with a heart should feel sorry for a guy who made a mistake and screwed up his life and is forced to leave a job he enjoyed. The good news for him is he will be given a chance to go to drug court like other first time offenders and he wont lose his license to practice law. Good luck to you Ray and f--k all the defense attorneys who are laughing at you on this blog, they are the losers not you.

Rumpole says…tell us what you really think.

Bottom line: This is not the crime of century. It has happened before and will happen again. Ray may have screwed up and will pay the price for it. We hope that if he did something wrong he learns from his mistake and grows and gets on with his life.
“Life has more imagination than we do” is a wonderful saying.

See You In Court defending the real Miranda rights.

21 comments:

big brother blog boss said...

please try your call again later, the blog is currently in moderation mode

Anonymous said...

the blog is dead

Anonymous said...

if an investigator of the SAo asked me for a urine sample I would tell him to open his mouth and agree to do it with pleasure.
ppppsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Rumpole said...

these posts were edited for obvious reasons:

anonymous wrote:

"_____ is a coke head

Hey ____ please don't censor this!"

Rumpole notes: we don't care who you think we are. Accusing anyone of using drugs is not allowed. Sorry. Do you really think that adds to any discussion?

Rumpole said...

What is up with Scola urine testing otherwise innocent defendants as they appear for arraingment? Read your Constitituion [deleted by Rumpole] __. What is up with prosecutor Blake asking the judge for this? Does she want the court system to be a vehicle for her to enjoy her peep show? Go to New Orleans for this if you're really in need.

Rumpole notes: Reader: You write a good post with a valid comment and then you ruin it by making a derogatory comment about the judge's appearance.

What is so hard here? Accuse her of strong arm tactics, or being a prosecutor on the bench, etc (your feelings, not ours) . No problem. Make a derogatory comment about her appearance? Problem.
Your comment about her appearance is the reason for this moderation.

Rumpole said...

If there is any confusion, the first part of the above post was what a reader wrote in about, not our observations or our comments.

Rumpole said...

A reader wrote in:

" speaking of ASAs, I heard that ASA M____ and ASA M____ are dating"

Rumpole notes: we see the conspiracy here to just ruin everything. We don't know if the above prosecutors named in the post are dating, we don't know if their married, and therfore, we had to edit this comment. Sorry folks, but your stupid behavior shows why we had to do this. You caused this problem, not us.

Rumpole said...

In conjunction with the post about the attorney using drugs, another scholar wrote in with some disjointed comment about ejaculating in or on that attorney. We couldn't figure out what to do with that except post it this way.

Who said Miami Lawyers didn't have class and brains?

Anonymous said...

another one of our circuit judges was drug testing defendants for "appearing in court," for a couple days until the 3rd DCA told him to stop.

I don't know if mentioning the judge is a violation of the god damn policy.

Anonymous said...

Judge Young was bitch slapped by the Third for drug testing defendants.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead, make our day (and name the judge).

Anonymous said...

I propose a poll on how many State Attorney's use illegal drugs versus how many Public Defender's use illegal drugs versus how many
private attorney's use illegal drugs.

No names, just percentages, so as to get by your new rules.

Anonymous said...

i say 15% of all lawyers use drugs. when the number hits 50%, i'll be flipping to the prospective defendant side :)

Rumpole said...

A reader wrote in with this comment:

What is wrong with making fun of a Judge's appearance. It is an opinion. Are we that superficial that I could say that Barzee is the most horrendous, pro-State, cowardly Judge I can recall, and that is OK. BUT, if I say that she is also [edited by Rumpole]
That is ridiculous Phil. Let it stay up.

Rumpole says: 1) A judge can respond to a comment about their fairness. Probably because we are so hideously ugly ourselves, we shy away from ad hominem attacks on people, especially the way they look. Looks have no place in comments about a person's ability. However, we allow some gentle comments and teasing if someone looks particulary attractive. Intellectually inconsistent? Yes, but it works. Sorry, but calling a Judge fat (you did not call Judge Barzee fat) just makes this blog mean.

By the way- do you really think you are testing us by addressing your comments to poor Phil R? Is that some test to out us? Hasn't he suffered enough? If you think he is the blogger, offer some proof. Haven't we posted every dumb comment directed to him? Does that mean he is the blogger or not? No. It just means you lack the intellectual ability to offer real proof one way or another.

Anonymous said...

"It just means you lack the intellectual ability to offer real proof one way or another."

He must be an ASA. Hahahaha!

Anonymous said...

shut up phil...go threaten someone or something

Anonymous said...

Lack the intellectual ability? How would one gain that in the context you speak of?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. Sarmiento is a wonderful person; but as an SAO he needs to get canned and prosecuted if he violated the law. Good riddance. BTW, what about Rundle and her skills as a mother? Where is her accountability?

Anonymous said...

Is Judge Young sentencing straight men to more jail time than homosexuals? Are there any statistics regarding the known gay and lesbian judges? It seems like he wants to become the next Ellen Morphonious.

Anonymous said...

Rump, the David Young post should have been censored. The writer asks a question about whether or not Young sentences certain people differently from others with no supporting information. It's like allowing an attorney to say, "did you beat your wife today?" If someone's going to ask the type of question, he or she should have (and provide) some kind of factual basis. Otherwise, it's just a not so clever way to spread lies and sully a person's reputation.

Anonymous said...

Ray is a super guy. Ray, however did what many prosecutors do, but he did it in public. Ray losing his job is the proper thing. But, why does KFR not test prosecutors before they start working? Why is there not random drug testing?

How many times has KFR been DUI? Now KFR has a driver? How many times has a prosecutor and dj been involved with such activities? Hmmmmmmmmmmm