UPDATE: a "Ruff" First appearance in Broward for the Dunkin Donuts accused shooter.
UPDATE: OJ SIMPSON, ACQUITTED KILLER, convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. See you in 2024 Juice. (although rumor is he is eligible for parole in six years.) Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman who Simpson was held civilly liable for murdering, said "Now this monster is behind bars."
MONDAY ON THE BLOG: WEEDED OUT!!!!
The JNC for the 5th DCA sent Governor Crist six names for an appointment as an appellate judge to the 5th DCA. Crist sent the list back, noting that "I have been advised that at least three well qualified African Americans applied for nomination....In the interest of diversity on our courts I am hereby rejecting the list of nominees..." The title of the post links to Crist's letter.
The 5th DCA has no black Judges and one woman judge.
Rumpole says: Diversity is a great ideal. As one commentator noted, a diverse court helps litigants accept unfavorable opinions in difficult cases. However, what if the next Benjamin Cardozo was on the list of white men and women that Crist rejected? Or the next Learned Hand, or the next William Douglas, or even the next Antonin Scalia?
Our point is that at what point does the goal of diversity conflict with the goal of having the very very best and brightest appointed as Judges? What serves our great state better- a brilliant opinion authored by three great legal minds who are all of one race and sex, or a mediocre opinion issued by a panel consisting of one black judge, one hispanic judge, and one asian female judge?
This is not to say that female or minority judges cannot issue brilliant opinions. That issue is too ridiculous to merit further discussion. Our point is, what if the very best candidates the JNC could come up with have already been sent to the Governor? Now what?
OJ Simpson, a resident of South Florida lately, gets sentenced to today in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is facing a minimum of six years and up to life in prison.
Simpson was acquitted of double murder charges but was later found liable civilly for the death of Ronald Goldman.
Query: To what extent should the sentencing judge take into account criminal conduct for which a defendant has been acquitted? The US Supreme Court says such factors are permissible for consideration in sentencing. If that is a fair thing to do, then shouldn't the sentence today be nothing less than life in prison?
See You In Court.