In this season of religious renewal of spirit, soul and body, comes this editorial from the NY Times (the title links to the editorial) that the Death Penalty in Florida costs $51 million dollars a year more than if defendants were sentenced to life in prison without parole. California, which can afford it the least of any state, spends an extra $114 million a year to pursue the death penalty. California has executed 13 people since 1976 for an astounding quarter of billion dollars per execution. Wow!
Speaking of death, the Dolphins lost their starting QB for the rest of the year and are currently 0-3 with the improved Buffalo Bills coming to town Sunday.
Speaking of death, it felt like a slow death Tuesday for the thousands of people sweating in lines that stretched around the block at the REGJB because we again had a Monday off and two days worth of calendars crammed into Tuesday. We don't know what the Chief Judges are doing to address this problem, but lets approach it from another angle- WHAT EVER YOU ARE DOING IS NOT WORKING!!
It still takes an hour to get into the building if you arrive at 8:45 and from what we saw today, many Judges are still not interested in addressing this problem. A/Cs were being issued like free martinis at a judge's conference.
We don't know how to fix the problem, but we do know what it would take: make every Judge on a Tuesday with Monday off wait in the regular line to clear security and enter the building. After an hour or so sweating with the hoi polloi, we are certain that our otherwise mild manner robe wearers would raise hell and fix the problem.
Speaking of high costs, how many people hours are wasted by having thousands of people wait an hour to get into the court house?
And finally, the US and California are seeking extradition of 76 year old film director Roman Polanski who in 1977 fled the US on the eve of his sentencing for having sex with a 13 year old girl. Lest you have forgotten the facts of the case, Polanski pled guilty to the charge and was awaiting sentencing. The transcript of his plea is at the Smoking Gun site here.
What do you think is an appropriate resolution in Polanski's case?
Speaking of high costs, how much is it going to cost California to bring Polanski back and house him in protective security while this mess gets sorted out?
See You In Court.