It starts as a mumble, progresses to a grumble, and eventually the complaints reach our ears and eyes and email in-box.
So just wondering which federal judge, former state court judge, is not making friends with the lawyers by rejecting pleas and complaining about the leniency of pleas and suggested sentences? This difficult attitude culminated Tuesday in the Judge, on a one year recommended sentence by both parties for a young woman, after expressing displeasure at the sentence, eventually accepting the sentence, and then rejected the agreement and request from both sides not to take the defendant into custody, ruling that "The Holidays are no reason to allow a surrender at a later date" or words to that effect. BAH! Humbug.
So now, on a relatively low sentence, the defendant was taken to FDC and will be housed there until sent to a facility for a few months, and then released. It's more expensive for the taxpayers, and it's more punitive than either party wanted. And that's okay- Judges are required to make decisions that sometimes no one agrees with. But this is- we are told- not an isolated incident.
So what's going on with a judge who took the bench with great promise?
Why the difficult demeanor and harsh treatment of defendants?
Is the Bloom off the rose? That would be very sad and disappointing.
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