The Knucklehead of the Day Award
Today's winner is US Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow. This Knucklehead ruled as unconstitutional the Miranda rights read to defendants in a drug smuggling case.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow ruled that statements made by four men accused of smuggling cocaine aboard a cruise ship could not be introduced in court because the Miranda warning failed to spell out they could have an attorney present during -- not just before -- interrogation by authorities.
''From a legal standpoint, the warnings on the Homeland Security form are ambiguous, at best,'' Snow said in her 16-page decision.
''This court cannot conclude, as the government suggests, that a suspect unschooled in the law would infer from the warnings that he or she has the right to presence of counsel at any time after questioning has begun,'' she added.
Snow's ruling was issued July 26 but not made public until Friday by Miami defense attorney Ellis Rubin, who brought successful challenges to similar flaws in Miranda warnings in several high-profile cases in Broward County.
Another instance of judicial nitpicking where the public gets screwed by some judge on a power trip while dangerous criminals get set free. Doesn't it make you feel safer already.
I will say it again if our court systems don't get their act together, a revolution is coming in this country. People will only take so many instances of dangerous criminals being set free and doing more harm to innocents. The breaking point will come and the citizens of this country will rise against these knucklehead judges, greedy attorneys and corruption all around.
For being on an out of control power trip, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow is the Knucklehead of the Day.