Prognosis Negative! That can be the only conclusion when evaluating the chances of REGJB Judge Will Thomas's chances of ever getting a confirmation vote on his nomination as a United States Court District Court Judge after reading the DBR's summary of a statement from Senator Marco Rubio (Pluto-R) on why he has withheld permission from the senate to vote on Thomas's nomination:
"The nomination of Judge Thomas has also been thoroughly reviewed, and Senator Rubio has determined that Thomas's record on the state court raises serious concerns about his fitness for a lifetime federal appointment... Those concerns include questions about his judicial temperament and his willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences, particularly in the two high-profile cases."
Rubio's office mentioned the case of Michele Traverso, who killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident on the Rickenbacker Causeway while driving on a suspended license. Thomas sentenced Traverso in January to less than a year in jail.
Also noted was the death sentence imposed in January on Joel Lebron for the notorious 2002 gang rape and murder of 18-year-old Ana Maria Angel, who was kidnapped along with her boyfriend while walking on Miami Beach. Thomas wept as he recalled the brutality of the crime before handing down the sentence.
Senator Rubio is upset with a judge who....judges? Who is human and who has feelings and who issues sentences he believes are appropriate where his definition of appropriate is not always the maximum?
H/T to South Florida Lawyers who speculated on Friday whether other, "extraneous" factors might have something to do with the hold on Thomas's nomination.
This much appears to be certain: unless the White House is willing to go to battle for Thomas and expend political capital and make his nomination a small part of a larger political deal (something that is normally almost unheard of in district court nominations) Thomas's dream nomination appears on life support at best. Prognosis: Negative!
Football picks: If you followed our picks on Sunday, you were able to impress your friends with picking the Cleveland Browns over the Minnesota Vikings- which just might be the upset of the season so far, as well as the JETS over the Bills and the Colts over the 49'ers.
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