On Tuesday an FACDL team (Ben Waxman and Maggie Arias) argue for the retroactive application of Padilla before the Florida Supreme Court in Diaz v. State.
The Herald's Fred Grimm on the expense of the death penalty in Florida.
JUDGE D TAKES A SHOT AT MIAMI-DADE
Federal Judge William Dimitrouleas, sentenced a man to life in prison on Monday for running a brothel with under aged girls in Broward county. And then- commenting on the defendant's extensive priors and the absence of any state prison time, Judge D took a shot at us:
From the Sun Sentinel:
Dimitrouleas also criticized the Miami-Dade criminal justice system for its lax sentencing of Mozie for prior crimes, including armed robbery, possession of a gun by a felon, and drug charges, after serving short jail terms.
"I think Mr. Mozie's criminal history is an indictment of the Miami-Dade criminal justice system … he has never been in state prison," Dimitrouleas said, adding that the system is "overburdened and has not been working for a long time."
Really? The system hasn't been working for a long time? Why doesn't he come down here and tell that to the thirty plus judges who work in our humble courthouse, along with the hundreds of prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks, cops and witnesses who show up every day and do their job?
True, in Miami Dade we don't punish black people 100 times more for possessing crack cocaine than their white counterparts who possess powder cocaine. We don't have specific enhancements for testifying in court and then losing. We don't have prosecutors who threaten defense attorneys when they file motions to suppress- and then file additional charges when the threat doesn't work. We don't have judges over turning jury verdicts when it is revealed the government suppressed exculpatory evidence, like occurred in the prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens.
Seems to us that Judges who work in glass courthouses shouldn't throw stones.
See You In Court.