Judge Thomas Remington of Okaloosa County is apparently that type of man. Presented with a plea deal in which a young woman with no prior record was going to enter a plea requiring him to impose the 25 year minimum mandatory for possession of hyrdocodone, the Judge said "no." The punishment in this case, in his opinion, does not fit the crime. (For another time- what kind of lawyer pleads his client into a 25 year min man????)
Isn't this what we elect and appoint Judges to do? Don't we want the life of an individual in the hands of an experienced and impartial jurist, and not a prosecutor who in all likelihood is younger and less experienced than the Judge?
It's time for the legislature to start trusting Judges again. (Yes, even we had to make sure we were really reading that statement on this blog.)
Repeal minimum mandatories and let Judges do their job.
Here is the article from the NWF Daily News.
Thanks to the Broward Blog for the tip. They have an interesting article on Broward SA Mike Satz (motto "charge em all- guilty or innocent, let the jury sort it out.") Actually, that very much approximates his motto, as we have been told over and over again by prosecutors North of the Border.
See You In Court with a picture of Judge Remington in our wallet.