Given the message these justices are sending, Imperato should give serious thought to resigning before the case goes much further …
Thankfully, the Supreme Court is sending a clear message that soft penalties are insufficient for those who would sit in judgment of us.
Given the cloud hanging over the bench in Broward, the high court’s high standards are welcome.
If her appeal fails, she should leave the bench. Even if the appeal succeeds, voters in 2016 — if she runs — would be justified in asking whether her attitudes toward police and breath tests are in keeping with attitudes a circuit judge should display.
“The thing that sticks out in my mind is that she was always a very hard worker and always very diligent,” (Peter) Weinstein said. “On a personal level I’ve gotten to know her very well. My wife and I have become very friendly with her and her husband. They are wonderful people, and as a judge she will really be missed.”
(Peter) Weinstein, the chief administrative judge, praised Rosenthal’s work ethic and said she was an effective judge despite the controversy that ultimately overshadowed her career.
“She’s done a wonderful job,” he said. “Her work ethic and ability in the courtroom were excellent. I just hope we get a replacement who is as hard-working and competent as Judge Rosenthal.”
Weinstein Email To 17th Circuit Judges After News Broke:
I am sorry to report that Judge Lynn Rosenthal has decided to resign her position effective October 31st. This will allow sufficient time to work out coverage for her division.
Judge Rosenthal has worked diligently in each of her assigned divisions and I know I speak for many of you that she certainly will be missed. I would like to wish her the best.
(Justice Margot) Botsford’s opinion followed (high court) rulings in 2011 and last year finding that the odor of burned marijuana alone does not provide grounds for police to order occupants to exit a car, and that the smell of burned or unburned marijuana does not justify searching a vehicle without a warrant …
Oregon was not the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, which happened through a state ballot vote last November, nor is it the largest. But in preparing to begin retail marijuana sales next month, it is nonetheless blazing a profoundly new trail, legal experts and marijuana business people said.
“Oregon is one of the first states to really grapple with the issue of what do you do with a record of something that used to be a crime and no longer is,” said Jenny M. Roberts, a professor of law at American University in Washington, D.C., who specializes in criminal law and sentencing.
In the wake of national public anger over killings by police in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, landmark California legislation to protect minorities from racial profiling and excessive force won Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Saturday.
At the same time, the governor issued a blunt warning against the proliferation of laws criminalizing behavior as he rejected a trio of proposals intended to bar the misuse of unmanned drones.
In a forceful veto message, Brown said lawmakers were unnecessarily complicating California’s criminal code, which he said had grown to more than 5,000 provisions “covering every conceivable form of human misbehavior.”
“During the same period, our jail and prison populations have exploded,” Brown wrote. “Before we keep going down this road, I think we should pause and reflect how our system of criminal justice could be made more human, more just and more cost-effective.”
“Ninety-nine percent of the male population of the Western world — and beyond — would give a limb to live the life of Mick Jagger, and he’s not happy being Mick Jagger.”