Patterico's Pontifications

8/7/2003

CAREFUL THERE, BUDDY: Cruz Bustamante

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:41 pm

CAREFUL THERE, BUDDY: Cruz Bustamante earns the name Mr. N-Word for having uttered said N-Word in a speech he delivered to some 400 black people at a Black History Month event. It was a slip of the tongue, he said afterwards.

He’d better be careful how he pronounces the name “Schwarzenegger.”

THIS IS ME: Back in

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:16 pm

THIS IS ME: Back in June, the folks at The Onion ran a story about a guy who sounded like me. Well, they’ve done it again:

Half-Asleep Man Pauses 20 Minutes Between Socks

SANDPOINT, ID—Seated on the edge of his bed, Carl Thompson, 38, paused for 20 minutes with one sock on his foot and the other in his hand Tuesday. “Ugh, tired,” said Thompson, who was otherwise silent from 6:30 to 6:50 a.m. During that period, Thompson stared at the wall and teetered perilously close to a reclining position six times.

NO, NO, NO, NO. .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 am

NO, NO, NO, NO. . . WELL, YES: Our local judiciary has some explaining to do. A story in this morning’s Dog Trainer follows up on a recent event that has gotten some attention here in Los Angeles. The story takes a while to tell, but here is the bottom line: someone was murdered because three judges decided that they weren’t going to keep court open past 4:30 p.m.

The background: after Memorial Day weekend this year, there was a large group of defendants who needed to be arraigned (a common situation after a three-day weekend). It was important that the arraignments take place that day, because under the Constitution, an in-custody defendant must be released within 48 hours of his arrest. (This is common knowledge among criminal practitioners.) Virtually all of the in-custody defendants were coming up on their 48-hour time limit.

Despite the fact that some dangerous folks were among the group waiting to be arraigned, three presiding judges downtown decided that court proceedings were ending at 4:30 — come hell or high water. If any defendants weren’t arraigned by 4:30, they would be ordered to come back the next day.

These judges knew that not everyone could be arraigned by 4:30. They also knew that those not arraigned that day would have to be released. This didn’t stop them. The presiding judges sent word to the court commissioner in the arraignment court downtown: close court at 4:30 sharp.

The D.A. had a list of the 15 or so defendants that appeared to be the most dangerous, and implored the commissioner to prioritize their arraignments. His efforts were unsuccessful. The 15 (and dozens of others) were simply told to come back the next day. Deputy district attorneys and law enforcement officials worked into the night to hold people on unrelated warrants. But they couldn’t hold everyone.

Many of those ordered to return, didn’t. (Surprise, surprise.) One of those defendants is now a suspect in a murder, committed after his release.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot of finger-pointing going on. An association of deputy district attorneys (of which I am a member) has filed a complaint against the judges. The judges blame the D.A.’s office for bringing cases in late. I am not interested in the blame game in this post. What I want to report to you are the conflicting statements offered in defense of the judges — and the failure of the Dog Trainer to point that out in today’s story. I report, you decide.

As reported in the Pasadena Star-News, a spokesman for the Superior Court, Allan Parachini, defended the judges. “Parachini said there is no statutory requirement that those suspects who were released could not have been kept in custody and returned the next morning for arraignment. [Correct in a Clintonian sense, since the authority is based on case law and the Constitution, rather than a statute. — Patterico] ‘In other words, all of those people could have been brought into court the next morning, still in custody, not released and been arraigned,’ Parachini said. ‘We did not order anybody released. We did not do anything that should have compelled their release.‘”

It is flatly untrue that the judges didn’t cause these defendants to be released — but don’t take my word for it. Jump forward to today’s Dog Trainer story, which reports greater detail based on transcripts of the court proceedings that day:

“Prosecutors were concerned that some defendants — no one knew which ones — were close to their 48-hour limit and would be released; public defenders feared that their clients would remain in custody in violation of their rights. Harkavy [the commissioner handling the arraignments] assured the public defenders that those defendants would be released, according to the transcripts.

Did you get that? As to the violent defendants who were released, Parachini said that the judges “did not do anything that should have compelled their release.” But transcripts show that when public defenders stated concerns about their clients being held past 48 hours, the commissioner (who was following orders from the presiding judges) “assured the public defenders that those defendants would be released.”

Pretty blatant contradiction, I’d say.

I wonder why the Dog Trainer did not mention Parachini’s previous comments, which had been widely reported (including in the Times).

This story is not gonna die, folks. I promise to keep you updated on any developments.

MORE ARNOLD HEADLINES: Below, we

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:25 am

MORE ARNOLD HEADLINES: Below, we tried out “Total Recall.” There’s now also: “The Running Man” (Slate) and “End of [Davis’s] Days” (WSJ). But come on! There have to be more! Submit your entries to me by clicking on the “E-mail me” link to the left.

MR. N-WORD IS NOW OFFICIALLY

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:07 am

MR. N-WORD IS NOW OFFICIALLY IN THE RACE: So says the Dog Trainer, so it must be true.

ARNOLD’S CHANCES: This article analyzing

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:59 am

ARNOLD’S CHANCES: This article analyzing Arnold’s prospects seemed like a flight of fancy a few days ago when it was published, but seems worth passing along to you now.

ARNOLD ON LENO: Well, I

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:44 am

ARNOLD ON LENO: Well, I stayed up way later than I normally do to watch Arnold on Leno.

Arnold’s appearance was annoying, with a canned speech and irritating references to his movies and persona. It’s “Hasta la vista” for Gray Davis, and he’s going to “pump up” Sacramento. Please.

But Leno got off a couple of good lines in his monologue. After mentioning that Larry Flynt is running, he asked whether you really want guys voting for Larry Flynt going ahead of you into an enclosed booth. He also pointed out that the whole country is laughing at us, and noted that it’s really bad when even the people in Florida are laughing at you.


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