From the DBR:
"The nomination of Judge Thomas has also been thoroughly reviewed, and Senator Rubio has determined that Thomas's record on the state court raises serious concerns about his fitness for a lifetime federal appointment," Sammon said. "Those concerns include questions about his judicial temperament and his willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences, particularly in the two high-profile cases."This position is quintessential Rubio: dishonest and wrong.
Rubio's office mentioned the case of Michele Traverso, who killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident on the Rickenbacker Causeway while driving on a suspended license. Thomas sentenced Traverso in January to less than a year in jail.
Also noted was the death sentence imposed in January on Joel Lebron for the notorious 2002 gang rape and murder of 18-year-old Ana Maria Angel, who was kidnapped along with her boyfriend while walking on Miami Beach. Thomas wept as he recalled the brutality of the crime before handing down the sentence.
So.......Thomas sentences a murderer to death in the electric chair, yet Rubio claims to question Thomas' willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences? What, he should have ordered tires placed around the murderer's neck so he could be set on fire in the public square then have his body dragged through the streets?
In the traffic case, the defendant was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Thomas imposed a sentence that will result in the defendant serving almost 24 month in jail followed by 48 months of community control. The state criminal sentencing guideline range calls for a minimum 23 months incarceration. Thomas declined the defendant's request to depart below the state sentencing guideline range. I understand that the family of the victim wanted more time for the driver. I get that. But don't use the family's grief as a ruse for your political agenda. That's awful.
In the cases Rubio referenced, Thomas exercised careful judgment according to law and made difficult decisions in conformity with what the law required.
On the other hand, if you want an example of a soft, pandering, flip-floppy official catering to an arbitrary agenda and apologizing for his beliefs, check this out.
Marco, have the courage of your "convictions." Come out and say it - "WILLIAM THOMAS IS A GAY BLACK MAN
N.B.: Politics makes me cranky. I knew I should have gone to the beach yesterday.