Padilla Not Retroactive: Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it's landmark decision in Padilla v. U.S was not retroactive. The ruling deals a severe blow to thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of aliens who had criminal convictions- many of them minor- that they now cannot reverse, even though they were never told of the immigration consequences of their plea. Here is the SCOTUS blog on the case.
Moonoo to the rescue!
In South Africa, a criminal investigation drama is playing out on a world wide stage. The drama is worthy of a story line usually seen in South Florida. A defendant who is an olympian with no legs- was charged with killing his model girlfriend by shooting her through a closed bathroom door. The police detective- a Detective Botha- was reportedly torn up pretty good on cross the other day during a preliminary hearing. And that was before it was revealed he was being investigated for attempted murder!
Now a senior police detective with over thirty years experience is taking over the case. Exit stage left Detective Botha. Enter stage right Lieutenant General Inspector Vineshkumar Moonoo.
Detective Botha has a scheduled May court appearance for opening fire on a crowded taxi that committed some sort of traffic infraction. What with court appearances, an arraignment, bail discovery and such, it was decided Botha didn't have room in his schedule for investigating this new case.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
The Miami Herald is last to report the firing of the ASA for flashing his badge at a local strip club. The article is here.
Note the fine writing, the meticulous attention to detail, and although our modesty makes us a bit shy to admit it, it certainly was swell to be recognized as the blog which broke this story. Those guys at the Herald are tops in our book.
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! The incident was first reported HERE! On the best damn blog in Miami. And we intend to let Mr. Viglucci know about it.
Here is our blog post dated Tuesday February 12, 2013.
The New Times Riptide blog post is here, dated February 20, 2013.
WE DEMAND A CORRECTION.