Charles Ajoloko is a victim of the Florida Criminal Judicial System.
The prosecutors decided that they did not have to follow the law in its entirety. In their quest to convict my son; they overlooked the fact that their job is not only to prosecute but also to guard the defendant’s rights against insufficient police reports and investigation. Prosecutors are the check and balances of our judicial system
Prosecutor are the single gateway to the court. Their power is important and changes the lives of all that is caught up in the system.
“PROSECUTOR’S RUN OUR SYSTEM” are excerpts from an article that I found online that truly expresses what is wrong with our criminal justice system.
Monday, May 28, 2012
“Prosecutors run our federal justice system today,” Judge William G. Young of Federal District Court in Boston wrote in this sentencing memorandum. “Judges play a subordinate role — necessary yes, but subordinate nonetheless. Defense counsel take what they can get.”
On the twenty year anniversary of his closing argument in USA v. John Gotti, former federal prosecutor and current United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York Judge John Gleeson is also at his wits end over the decisions of federal prosecutors to seek lengthy minimum mandatory sentences for small time drug offenders. “Just as baseball is a game of inches,” Judge Gleeson wrote, “our drug-offense mandatory minimum provisions create a deadly serious game of grams.”
From the Times article on the case before Judge Gleeson:
The prosecutors’ decision to invoke the law calling for a mandatory sentence in Mr. Dossie’s case meant that Judge Gleeson had no choice but to send Mr. Dossie away for five years. Had his hands not been tied, Judge Gleeson wrote, “there is no way I would have sentenced” Mr. Dossie to so long a sentence.
“We had a ‘sentencing proceeding’ that involved no written submissions, no oral advocacy and no judging,” he wrote. “The proceeding had all the solemnity of a driver’s license renewal and took a small fraction of the time…. The only reason for the five-year sentence imposed on Dossie,” Judge Gleeson wrote, “is that the law invoked by the prosecutor required it. It was not a just sentence.”
Rumpole says: There are similar problems in state court. We have written many times before of the strange scenario played out countless times in state courts where the legislature has invested more power and discretion in the hands of a twenty five year old prosecutor two years out of law school than in the hands of a fifty five year old judge appointed by the Governor or elected because of his/her (supposed) wisdom, experience and abilities.
Strange. Sad and frustrating, but strange nonetheless.
Welcome back DOM.