Three issues today: Cops who lie; violence in prison; and trying to file a complaint against cops. We urge all prosecutors and Judges to click on the link that has the transcripts of undercover reporters trying to get a form to file a complaint. The web page may look blank, but scroll down and the transcripts of what occurred are there. Shocking.
The Honorable Roberto Pineo makes his debut on the blog, responding to term limits. (But quite frankly we couldn’t locate the post and we’d like to think his honor wasn’t drinkin and bloggin) :
Term limits for judges?! I've been publicly wearing my robe for over 16 years and still learn something new everyday (yeah,I know I leave myself open for: "Given how little he knew in the first place, he needs the time!")Nevertheless, d'y'all want a musical chair judiciary or an experienced and committed one?(I'll leave the commitment venue up to you) Judge Pineiro
Rumpole Responds: Hang on tight your Honor, these posters can be a bit rough behind the cloak of anonymity.
Jason Grey weighs in on the cop arrested for perjury:
Every ten years or so they charge a cop with perjury so state attorneys can somewhat credibly argue in closing " Why would officer so and so risk perjury charges to come in here and blah, blah, blah".Cops commit perjury all the time and almost no one cares. The cops consider untruths little white lies as long THEY believe a subject is guilty. prosecutors and Judges often look the other way. In a swearing contest between your client and a cop...well, you know . Does anyone care if a cop falsely claims something was in plain view so long as she hasn't planted it? I believe Very few cops would lie to frame a person they believe is innocent. How much does it matter when cops lie to convict people who are guilty?
Why don't we send Rundle's kid to boot camp??
And a poster trying to be funny writes:
It is a legal impossibility that Iven Hernandez or D'Arce operated illegally from the SDJC--THEY ARE NEVER THERE! The last time Hernandez worked on a Friday, Ford was President
SHOCKING: Go to this link, the top part of the page may be empty. Scroll down and read the transcripts of undercover reporters going into police stations and trying to get a form to file a complaint against a police officer. We particularly like the one where the police officer threatens the reporter: “take one more step forward and you will see what happens.”
HEY PROSECUTORS- GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS? OR ARE YOU STILL JUST GOING TO QUESTION WITNESSES WHY THEY DIDN’T FILE A COMPLAINT WHEN THEY TESTIFY THEY SAW THE OFFICER BEAT UP A DEFENDANT FOR NO REASON???
Hey Rump. Your readers should take a look at the transcripts on this link
They are of copys refusing and threatening undercover reporters asking for complaint forms at various local stations. Should be prosecuted in a couple cases.
Why hasn't Bennett Bummer's office ever go after bad cops? When was the last time you saw Bennett, Weed, Rory, or Warren giving a press conference on the need to clean up these departments? When eas the last time anyone even heard from these hypocrites about lying cops? Thank god for attorneys like Lynn Overmann.
Rumpole Responds: what if they called a press conference and nobody came? Who would eat all the Danish?
Anonymous writes in response to the comments on the blog about what should happen to the cop arrested for perjury. These comments are well put and on the money.
All you criminal defense attorneys who are getting in line to gang rape this cop in prison are really showing your true colors. Need I remind you all of this thing called PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE?? Or does that only apply when you represent the defendant or when the defendant is one of you? For all those of you who are so eager to see this cop get it, maybe you should remind yourselves that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. You all who are posting your fantasy punishment for this cop are just a bunch of HYPOCRITES. It is no wonder that criminal defense attorneys are viewed by society even lower than used car salesmen and county court judicial assistants.
Rumpole Responds: In the Federal side of things, the guidelines have enhancements for abuse of a position of trust, so police officers (and judges and attorneys) get higher sentences for committing crimes in which they abused their position. Criminal defense attorneys should be ashamed of advocating violence in prison. Violence in prison is one of the things this country should be most ashamed about. What happens to the human psyche after being exposed to danger and violence on a daily basis for a decade or so? What can we expect this person to do when released?
Also, with the high rate of innocent people being sent away ( see our previous posts on the number of innocent people sentenced to death, and then consider the other 100,000 cases nobody is looking at) violence in prison compounds the problem. Attorneys who posted and celebrated impending violence on this officer should hang their heads in shame. This officer is innocent until proven guilty, and if guilty, the punishment of a long prison sentence is sufficient without having daily acts of violence and rape to deal with.
Re Printed from the blog, originally posted January 13, 2006:
A Fallen Judge Rethinks Crime and Punishment Until 2001, Mr. Amundson, who is 56, was a highly regarded judge who sat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the state's second-highest court. Mentioned in legal circles as a likely nominee to the State Supreme Court…Then he was caught taking $400,000 from a trust fund he oversaw for a woman with the mental capacity of a 3-year-old, money he spent on marble floors and a piano for his house as well as model trains, sculpture and china service for 80, all bought on eBay. The Judge was prosecuted and sentenced to prison.The former Judge said: "Judges can say they have no idea what's going on in prison," Mr. Amundson said from a worn couch in the halfway house. "But if you know what's going on and you are still callous, God help you. If you are part of the system that does the things the system can do, God help you."
Violence in prison is common. Reprehensible, but common. We are seeking what thoughts any members of the judiciary have on this issue. Come on Robed Readers, many of you are intelligent and eloquent. You have a forum, so use it.
See You In Court.