Judge Palermo has passed away.
Both of our Brethren South Florida Blogs covered the death of Federal Magistrate Peter Palermo at 97, but the nod goes to DOM who has the newspaper article announcing Palermo's appointment to the newly created position as federal magistrate. Judge Palermo was one of the two first federal magistrates in the Southern District. We didn't know that. And as both blogs point out, he was a gentleman, a wise judge, a WWII hero, and a wonderful and caring man and a pillar of our community. He was truly one of the greatest generation.
YOU'RE IN...YOU'RE OUT.
Well, here's a big problem that we're happy the legislature is working on.
Florida House Bill 9 will make it a 1st degree felony, punishable up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, to “knowingly be” in the state of Florida after being issued an order of deportation.
Rumpole wonders, why just a 1st degree felony? Why not a 1st degree PBL?Or even better, a 1st PBL with a 25 year minimum mandatory. Sure, if we catch em here when they don't belong here, lets pay for their upkeep for the next half a century. That will show them. Or even better- why not a capital felony? Execute em all and let the good lord sort em out.
This is an example of the typical election year "yokel-tough-on-crime" crap that legislators introduce to help with their re-elections or their further political careers. The problem is that some of this stuff gets enacted and the next thing you know Florida taxpayers are paying to warehouse a generation of people because Billy-Bob wanted to make the leap from State House to State Senate and campaign that he was tough on illegal immigrants.
See You In Court.