1) The next time you see a judge acting rude in a courtroom and you wonder why none of the lawyers do anything about it,read this from the Virginia Supreme Court. Now realize that the attorneys who filed the complaints will have to appear in front of that same judge over and over and over . . .
2) Don't buy a newspaper after the judge tells you not to and don't lie to the judge if you do. I bet the punishment ends up being a fine - maybe the typical 10 days for contempt.
3) Who cares if the prosecutor has witnesses, physical evidence and a confession? Make the prosecutor prove it.
4) Ummm . . . I must not be asking enough. The price in the quote seems dead on to me. Of course, if we're talking about a jury, an appeal, or a violent felony the price goes up but for someone who walks in charged with simple possession or larceny I'd feel a little guilty charging much more.
5) The lesson here? Don't work for a prostitute.
6) Questioning grand jurors about prejudice. Not sure the comments quoted support a racial content rather than an assumption that the people in front of the grand jury are criminals. Not that I'd be happy about the second assumption either.
7) Pity the poor white collar criminal. He might have to spend time in prison for embezzling that pension fund. He might even have to spend as much time as a low level drug dealer. And, gasp, he might even be in the same prison. Cry me a river.
Regarding #1 - If you're going to shoot at the King, don't miss.
I have advised clients not to file formal complaints against judges in this district, because the other "judge club" members aren't going to sanction one of their own without a smoking gun, DNA, and a videotape.
Hmm...is this the CSI Effect again?
(Two jokes; one day. I'll quit now.)
Yep, but it looks like they used a shotgun and still missed. Yeesh, send that much lead down range and you expect to hit something.
Of course, I don't know any of the principals involved here and the judge may be a great guy who runs a pleasant and friendly courtroom. But I have to wonder. If a prosecutor and defense attorney who appear in front of this gentleman often were moved enough to act you have to suspect an ongoing pattern of behavior.
What really surprised me was that the Supreme Court basically just made the JIRC meaningless.
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