Friday, September 20, 2013

Marco Rubio, I Call Bulls%$t


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."

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.
This position is quintessential Rubio: dishonest and wrong.

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 AND I AM CONFUSED AND THREATENED BY MY VISCERAL ATTRACTION TO HIM AND I OPPOSE HIS NOMINATION ON THOSE GROUNDS.

N.B.: Politics makes me cranky. I knew I should have gone to the beach yesterday.

14 comments:

Godwhacker said...

Get the little prick GB! I wont even complain about fixing your video, again!

South Florida Lawyers said...

I modified the curse word mostly because I hate having my website blocked when I'm on wifi at the Lexus dealer.

Anonymous said...

Well, it is after all YOUR blog, at least until me and Grandpa Joe and the whole family move in and take over.

-GB

CAPTAIN said...


GB. Great post. But no electric chair inFlorida after Ole Sparky caught another defendant's head on fire.

Cap Out. ...

CAPTAIN said...


GB. Great post. But no electric chair inFlorida after Ole Sparky caught another defendant's head on fire.

Cap Out. ...

Anonymous said...

All joking aside, is the issue about judicial temperment the fact that Judge Thomas cried on the bench while handing down the death sentence?

Anonymous said...

@ 9:19 am - who knows? The concern is sufficiently vague as to be a moving target. If the concern is as you articulate, having listened to the horrible facts of the murder, is a judge supposed to just spew venom in imposing a death sentence? Or what, crying is a sign of.....weakness? But I think its a euphemism for Gay. Right? Soft, weak, can't serve in the military, etc. Just ask my friend that "sissy boy" Godwhacker. (Give GW 3 minutes in a room with Rubio and we'll see who the sissy boy is....) Like I said, I call bull on the "judicial temperament" "concern" ...

CAPITAN - I'm embarassed but its another reminder to leave the criminal law issues to the people who know of it. Thanks, however, for your kind words and the correction.

- GB

Anonymous said...

excellent post

Anonymous said...

Rubio's office said "Twice Judge Thomas suppressed confessions of perpetrators of the crime including the confession of Joel Lebron, the man who pulled the trigger killing Ana Maria Angel." Nothing is mentioned about Judge Thomas imposing two death sentences, two 30 year sentences, and 1 life sentence without parole to the perpetrators. This whole thing from Rubio reeks of bovinus excretus.

Anonymous said...

It is only a matter of time before one of Rubio's Republican / Cuban compadres gets busted for diddling a little boy and / or Medicaid fraud. Then, he will be the first to beg for a judge like Thomas who is not afraid to toss a bad confession.

Anonymous said...

SCOTUS Justice Scalia delivers opinion for the court affirming Judge Thomas decision to suppress the evidence in Florida v. Jardines. Someone please tell Rubio that judges are ofttimes required to suppress evidence/confessions.

Anonymous said...

If Thomas had denied suppression of a statement the law required suppressed, it would have added another ground for appeal for the murderer and delayed justice longer for the victim's family.

Rubio is a hack.

he IS going to be palin-ized.

Anonymous said...

i love "come out" out and say it

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