And Judge Rosa Rodriguez here.
Judge Ward's denial of a 3.850 in Henad v. State was upheld. Ward reasoned that the defendant who took a 5 year prison sentence when faced with a 15 year minimum mandatory in a case that carried a very high likelihood of conviction was not believable when he argued that if his attorneys had told him he would be deported he would have turned the plea offer down. Can't really argue with that decision. Better to be a free man in Colombia then serve an extra ten years in the US.
Pretty quite in the 3rd DCA in criminal cases the last two weeks.
SAO Firings: It's a bit early as the holiday season is not yet upon us, but the powers that be are cracking their collective knuckles and warming up over at the SAO for one of their favorite activities- trying to crush the careers of young lawyers during the Christmas season. Any way, as rumors fly over the firing of a division chief, we have a pretty good idea what has happened, but if anyone wants to confirm it by sending us an email, we can run with this quite a bit further.
We have been out of town for 10 days now and the late Senator Ted Kennedy's autobiography True Compass is turning into a very compelling read and a good companion in this quiet southern town we find ourselves in. We never agreed much with Senator Kennedy's politics, but his compassion and fond memories of his family as a boy growing up under remarkable circumstances reveal him to be a very decent human being. He had more than his share of tragedy and of course he caused some himself. But this book is an open and honest heartfelt account of the good and the bad and we see the Senator in a different light. We highly recommend True Compass.