UPDATE: as predicted below, Judge Tunis sentenced Tavares Calloway to death for the execution murders of five men during a drug ripoff.
Good Friday Morning!!!! The Dolphins play the cheaters at home Monday night, and speaking of Monday....while the first Friday is October is meaningless, the First Monday is not. We welcome a new Supreme Court and the first term of Obama's second appointment- Justice Kagan.
Regarding the post yesterday about Judge Glick and the pregnant defendant, the comments were solidly against Judge Glick's sentence. However, we are surprised no one has mentioned this: When you incarcerate a pregnant woman, you are incarcerating an innocent child. The child will be born in prison and then taken away from her mother. What an awful way to start a life. Our question is this: were the crimes of the defendant so horrible and was her conduct so dangerous to the community that the need for incarceration outweighs the child's needs? Just a thought.
If you don't read the JAAB blog, you are missing the soap opera like atmosphere of that wonderful courthouse north of the border. With the judicial elections finished, and a new election for chief judge on the horizon, the long knives are out. A criminal court judge of 20 plus years experience is being rotated-against her will to civil (Judge Leebow), while other judges stew and snipe. And then there is the Public Defender, who is being sued in federal court by a psychologist who claims his supportive testimony for outgoing Judge Aleman before the JQC caused Howard Finklestein to retaliate against him by ordering his office to no longer use his services, causing losses of $500,000.00 per year!!!
Somebody needs to get a film crew and start the reality show: "The Real Life Judges And Lawyers of Broward County."
The big murder case before Judge Murphy ended with a guilty verdict Thursday night. Gail Levine notches the win for the State, while Charles White takes the loss. Next up: the case now proceeds to a sentencing phase with Bruce Fleisher for the defense.
Meanwhile Judge Tunis sentences a defendant to death today after a 7-5 recommendation, and the Baby Lollipops sentencing phase starts up Monday before Judge Reemberto Diaz.
That's it for now. See you in court.