Justice delayed is justice denied.
Taught aspiring lawyers the first week in Criminal Law 101. Every lawyer knows it. Every Judge. Some Judges are forgetting, however.
The shocking truth: More than a half million Americans are held in jail more than one year. The Constitutional right to a speedy trial forgotten.
The tragedy occurs in most instances where a defendant cannot afford bail. The defendant is locked up. To await trial. A trial that does not occur. The inability to make bail in effect a prison sentence in itself.
It is happening all over the U.S. Louisiana and Cook County, Illinois two examples.
Louisiana jails are overcrowded. No wonder. One thousand five hundred seven have been in jail 1-2 years awaiting trial. Four hundred forty eight, 2-3 years. One hundred forty one, 3-4 years. Eighty five, 4 years or more.
Something wrong here!
CBS News reported that nearly half of Cook County’s inmates should not be in jail. Based on an interview with the Sheriff. The Sheriff described the County Jail as a dumping ground for the poor, mentally ill, and gang members.
A national problem. Intrinsically wrong. Needs to be rectified. Not easy. It is going to take time and money. Plus, a national awareness and outcry.
What bugs me is that Judges know about these things. Yet do nothing.
I continue to feel under the weather. Remained in again yesterday. Must get out today. Not healthy. At least a walk.
I spent the afternoon writing this week’s KONK Life column. It publishes next Wednesday.
Interesting topic: Can An Independent Be Elected President In 2020? I think so. I spelled out the history of independents, reasons why not successful in modern times, how it could happen, those involved, etc.
Watched the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on TV in the evening.
Trump has avoided the dinner two years in a row. A coward. He is incapable of meeting what he perceives as the enemy. For whatever reason, he fears confronting them. Calling them names when alone is easy. Calling them names when they are in front of you more difficult.
First time I have seen the comedian Michelle Wolf perform. Tough! Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway were obviously uncomfortable when she zeroed in on them. Proof the truth hurts. They should have smiled and laughed as the audience did.
There is something wrong with people who cannot laugh at themselves.
Trump in the meantime was in Washington Town, Michigan. At a political rally. Before his people. A safe encounter.
Whenever Trump speaks in such an environment, he bends the truth and rabble rouses. Not healthy for the country.
Continuing to lose weight. Thirty six pounds! So says the scale 5 days in a row. I am thrilled!
Crocodiles and alligators keep showing up in the Keys. More in the northern Keys. Rarely in the lower Keys. However that “rarely” has been occurring with more frequency in recent times.
I have been told by many we have to learn to live with them. They were here before us. We are the invaders, the intruders, who have taken their land.
Chris Guino is a crocodile expert. He is with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Crocodile Response Team. He is speaking Wednesday at 6 at the Key West Garden Club at 1100 Atlantic Boulevard. His topic: The Awesome American Crocodile.
Guino refers to crocodiles as the true rock stars of the animal kingdom.
Enjoy your Sunday!