The decision is here.
"Considering Gardiner’s dishonest conduct during the trial
and in her subsequent testimony before the JQC and the impact of her actions on the administration of justice in a death penalty case, we conclude that disbarment is the appropriate sanction."
What is the lesson we can all learn from this?
Perhaps we can draw from the tragedy of Hippolytus by Euripides: as we all know, the story begins when Hippolytus refuses to worship Aphrodite. Aphrodite avenges her honor by causing Phaedra-Hippolytus's stepmother- to fall in love with him. When Hippolytus rejects Phaedra, she hangs herself and leaves a note accusing Hippolytus of raping her. Upon reading the note, Hippolytus's father-Theseus, places a curse upon his son, which leads to Hippolytus's death.
Either that, or Judges should not sleep with prosecutors who are currently handling a case before them, and when caught, should not at first lie about it.
Either way, there is a lesson somewhere here.
Personally, we just refuse to handle cases in Broweird. It's tough enough to win a case without trying to get a ruling from the judge against her lover.
This photo was in the Sun Sentinel
|Judges Imperato, Pollack, and Rosenthal from L to R|
Notable is that Imperato and Pollack declined all breath and blood tests. Rosenthal blew a 0.0 but refused a blood test after telling the police she was impaired due to Ambien.
Query: If Judges won't follow the implied consent law, why should anyone else?
Miami Dade Officer Fernando Villa was convicted of DUI Wednesday. Judge Bill Altfield sentenced him to ten days DCJ starting June 10. This is NOT the officer Funny-Face trial which is still on going before Judge Tinkler-Mendez.
Officer Villa was found passed out in his police vehicle at a Kendall intersection.
The Herald article is here.
Asa's Rebecca Gray and and Alexis Perez for the state.
Ten days jail for a first DUI?
Seems like a trial tax to us.
Not a good week so far for law enforcement in Dade County.
See You In Court.