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‘Cash register justice’ for the poor means no justice for many in Florida courtsNovember 16, 2015
By: Jack Strickland
By Jack Strickland
Cash register justice is flourishing in Florida. These days, In criminal courts in the Sunshine State, you can get the amount of justice you can afford to buy.
Defendants with money can expect to get more favorable treatment in court, and shorter jail sentences, than those who who are broke and unable to pay, when they come before the courts.
Rex Dimmig, the Public Defender for Florida’s 10th judicial circuit, protested the practice last week. He said people he represents are given a choice: Pay hundreds of dollars to the court to help fund the prosecutor’s office and get a favorable plea bargain, or go to trial and risk a longer prison sentence and/or harsher punishment. Dimmig claims this practice creates unequal justice under the law for the poor people who come before a judge. He says the practice violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.
In an interview with the Associated Press Dimmig said, “My office represents indigent people, and they ought to be entitled to the same punishment for the same offenses as someone who has money. If they can’t pay . . . they are unable to get the same deal. This violates the principle of equal protection.”
State Attorney Jerry Hill defends the practice. He is the elected state attorney for the counties of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee which make up Florida’s 10th judicial circuit in central Florida.… (Read More)
If Jeb Bush ever really went to prison in Florida, he wouldn’t get a happy receptionNovember 08, 2015
By: Jack Strickland
Jeb Bush made an interesting statement when he appeared recently on “Meet The Press” —NBC’s national Sunday television program. To emphasize his love for his father he said he would… (Read More)
Court fails to convict police officer in NC shooting death of former FAMU football playerAugust 26, 2015
By: Jack Strickland
“We’ve got to keep them from killing our children,” the mother of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, lamented as she stood on the courthouse steps in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Georgia… (Read More)
Part One of Three Parts Following
It’s been a short time since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in which it held that the Constitution protects the right of marriage for same sex couples. I read… (Read More)
By Jack Strickland
Subject: A Day In Court
Everyone should spend a day at a courthouse sitting in a courtroom. Watching justice dispensed is both educational and thought provoking. It’s not unlike the process of making sausage or drafting laws… (Read More)