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Friday, September 12, 2008

BEACH COP MACIAS GUILTY

SUICIDE PICKS UPDATED BELOW

The Herald reports that Miami Beach officer Eduardo Macias has pled no contest to battery for groping a female he had arrested for DUI. IA got involved in the case when the female came forward and said Macias gave her his phone number. She called Macias and set up a meeting that was recorded by IA. Macias had a couple of drinks and then tried to kiss her.  What guy can't sympathize with having some liquor to get a little courage before making a move on a woman they are coercing into a relationship? Macias was married at the time and his wife was pregnant. Nice to know the quality of officers the Beach hires. 
The title to the post has the link to the Herald article. 

Update: In the comments section a reader makes a great point- to which we will add our thoughts:  The reader  opines that we finally get evidence on a dirty police officer disgracing their badge- and Rumpole notes that lord knows the odds of this being officer Macias's first time coercing a female he has arrested being slim and none, and - as the reader points out- Macias gets less punishment than his victim would have received if she was convicted of DUI. Something doesn't sit right with that.

JUST HOLD ON JUDGE BLAKE
A reader has reported, and we have not been able to verify whether the 3rd DCA has halted the plan for the ROC to take all 3rd degree felonies filed as of Monday. There is mass confusion, as a few PDs were planning on cutting out early Monday to go fishing, now that they don't have to handle third degree felonies. Stay tuned. 


SUICIDE PICKS- email them now.We're going with Seahawks over 49'ers.
RUMPOLE: Seahwaks
David O Markus - Giants
Rick Freedman - Seahawks
Shumie Time-JETS
Steel Curtain- Arizona
Michael Feiler-Colts (?????)
The Q- Bengals
IFFY- with the reach of the week so far, KC over the Raiders. Someone has to win this game I guess. If I had to pick, I'd go with Da Raiders. 

IKE: It wasn't but a week ago that we were all nervously eyeing Ike. Now this Cat 2 hurricane which is an astounding 500 miles wide is bearing down on the Texas towns of Galveston and Houston.  While Texas owes the nation an apology for sending you know who to Washington, they don't deserve Ike. Our thoughts are with our Texas neighbors and all of us should consider a donation on Monday to an appropriate relief agency. Unfortunately it looks like they're  gonna get slammed. 




19 comments:

Anonymous said...

In this business we know why the beach cop got probation and a with hold. The prosecutors are too lazy to try the case.

But, then again, how often does a cop ever plead to anything?

I guess Catalano's DUI client really was assulted.

Anonymous said...

W/H, SES and back on patrol?

Anonymous said...

Lets call it early on Friday. Shumie time. Tobacco Road, and sing the Migna/Miami song. Who's with me?

Anonymous said...

Rump= your long time readers may remember that when you first started the blog, there was the Allan/Chris duo. They were the first blog contributors to gain fame and fortune which they turned into a nice paying gig at a Department of Interior blog where they were Frank and Harry, two well known supervisors at the Department. Now with word of the cocaine/sex scandal at the department, it turns out Allan-frank/Chris-Harry are out of a job. Will you take them back?

Rumpole said...

4:32- you are seriously demented. Plus while I won't ban it, enough with the shumie time already. Moveon.org

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/news.html?news_id=50608

curious george said...

Rumpolium- I was talking with an old timer who said that in the mid 1970s Judge Winton of county court became enraged with the decision in Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, and led a revolt among county court Judges to not apply the decision, which caused great consternation among the PDs. The case deals with consent searches I believe, and apparently there were a lot of those back then and the Judges didn't want to grant all the motions to suppress the PDs were filing.

What do you know or remember of the great "Schneckloth revolt" as it was known?

Anonymous said...

confirmation 3d08-2272. Oral argument set in November.

the trialmaster said...

iliked Judge Winton, but he was not a smart man.

Anonymous said...

We finanly catch a cop doing something really bad and he gets less punishment than the girl would have received if convicted of the dui.

Anonymous said...

Once Again: not all cops are bad, especially Miami Beach cops. You have no idea the type of work enviroment that a Beach cop has to deal with. On another note, Macias and the girl, this was NOT their first encounter! This story is not what you all make it out to be, some unknowing female, that just happened to have been popped for DUI. Catalano is a dirty lawyer, a liar and manipulator. It is because of his actions that the case couldnt go anywhere. He meddled too much. Dont blame all cops of transgressions of one or another...

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Hey, Look at me!!! said...

Methinks Catalano and Freedman went to the same University of Self Promotion.

Anonymous said...

the Rick Freedman and John Roberts suicide pool thing was hysterical. Why'd you take it down? Did feet of clay kaiser complain

Anonymous said...

Palin is and the christ right wing are being used by John McCain. We he is elected, the joke will be on them and they will be pushed into a corner.

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God Bless America!

Attorney Rejected By The Princess,
proud member since 2008

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. 9:38 am,

Boy are you full of shit.

You have no idea what happended in that case. Catalano had nothing to do with the problems with the case. The IA cops had real bad tapes and there was very little to back up the woman's story.

Thanks for being such a smart guy.

If you condone that kind of behavior by cops, please move to another country.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Mike did to piss off that guy in the 9:38 post?

I have delt with him on numerous cases and he was not "dirty." He just gets too excited sometimes.