Other than booking my crim pro class in law school.
But I do know something about the 3d and PCAs:
Two years ago, a jury chose not to commit Miami-Dade serial rapist Juan F. Vega to indefinite locked-down confinement after he finished 25 years in prison."Injustice" Mr. Rier, have you read the 3d's decision?
Despite the jury’s verdict, a judge nevertheless shipped Vega off to a secure therapy center for sexual predators — a legal first that drew indignation from defense lawyers.
Last week, a Miami-Dade appeals court upheld the decision of the judge, meaning Vega will remain at the Florida Civil Commitment Center in Arcadia. And because the Third District Court of Appeal did not issue a written opinion, defense lawyers will have a tougher time appealing the ruling.
“We’re committing Mr. Vega despite the fact that a jury said let him go,” said his defense lawyer, Andrew Rier. “And to not issue a written opinion is an injustice.”
The decision of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens was believed to be the first time in Florida that a court has sent a convicted sex predator into civil confinement over a jury’s verdict.
The Third DCA’s decision on Wednesday came just two weeks after a panel of judges heard oral arguments on Vega’s case.
Before ROTHENBERG, LAGOA, and FERNANDEZ, JJ.Come on -- what more could a hungry public want?
Now, would it have been helpful to offer guidance and legal reasoning/authority so that trial judges could benefit from applying the precise legal rationale to similar fact patterns in the future?
You know, that whole stare decisis thing we used to hear a lot about in law school?
Rump, help a brother out here.