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
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
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.
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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.
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