Dog bites man....no story. Man bites dog....story.
Judge denies request for bond.....no story.
Judge grants request for bond in murder case.....STORY.
Why is it that "Spanish language television" doesn't spend all week interviewing the families of defendants being held in jail on no bond? There's fifty of those stories a day at the REGJB. Somehow, that story just doesn't play into the media stereotype of the criminal justice system.
But let one judge do his job one time....
When Judge Milt Hirsch heard the evidence on a murder case and decided to order conditions of release ($100,000 bond and house arrest) the "Spanish language media" in this town went bezerk, splashing the next of kin all over television bemoaning the "turn em loose" nature of the justice system, when nothing can be further from the truth.
It's these rare events (Black Swan events, for those of you that have read Nassim Taleb's great book) that drive the television coverage than in turn drives two bit legislators to try and get a "tough on crime" reputation by sponsoring some bill to address the case that has received all the attention.
In this case, the question is not if a "Bill to prohibit the release of people charged with murder" will be introduced in Tallahassee this spring, but, sadly, when.
Kudos to Judge Hirsch, not for granting bond, but for not being afraid to do his job, damn the consequences.
See you in court.
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