UPDATE: Judge Murphy taking flak in Miami Herald comments for his override. Read the comments here.
WHO IS PHIL HUBBART? Read below, follow the link, and find out.
Today Judge Dennis Murphy once again showed the world why a real judge is an individual who can do more than total the scoresheet and impose the maximum sentence.
In the sentencing hearing Wednesday on State v. Brandon Rolle, Judge Murphy overrode the 8-4 recommendation of the jury for death and imposed a sentence of life without parole.
Congratulations to attorneys Bruce Fleisher and Charles White for saving their client's life.
It takes courage for a Judge to follow their conviction in the face of the prosecution's blood lust and the possible attendant negative media.
REGJB Trivia: What was the name of the Judge the last time a jury's recommendation was overrode? Bonus: briefly describe the facts of that case.
Please: for those of you just yearning to fire off emails and comments saying that we are only praising Judge Murphy because he didn't impose the death penalty, save your breath. Judge Murphy has the well earned reputation of being a hard working and thoughtful judge. We have no doubt that he would impose the death penalty if he thought it was appropriate and we commend him on his independence and courage and not the result per se.
WHO IS PHIL HUBBART? It's a crying shame most of you do not know just who Phil Hubbart is. So for you 20 somethings in the SAO or the PDs office, put down that Starbucks Latte and head over to Roy Black's blog and learn about the Giant on whose shoulders you are standing .