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Ex-prosecutor gets 2-year suspension over 100s of calls and texts with judge in death-penalty case

Jun 25, 2013, 01:00 pm CDT


This is why we should do away with the death penalty. I have no problem with execution if we know a killer is guilty and deserving, but we don't know for sure because our system is full of incompetent and even corrupt prosecutors, defense counsel, and judges like these two idiots.

By Goober on 2013 06 25, 3:39 pm CDT

They probably never talked about the case.

By Pushkin on 2013 06 25, 4:41 pm CDT

1,400 documented ex-parte communications, an extramarital affair (two, if you could they were both cheating), all during a capital case where the defendant was sentenced to death. In any other state besides FL they'd both already be disbarred for life.

By Michael on 2013 06 25, 4:43 pm CDT

@2 You are correct, apparently nothing was communicated about the case. Here is what the Florida Supreme Court's linked Opinion stated about that key point::

" It is not disputed that their conversations were personal in nature and did not pertain to the Loureiro case. However, it is also clear that their communications were not casual or administrative, such as the type of communication that might occur when a lawyer and judge pass each other in the hallway or when they serve on the same committees. "

By Charles Victor Szasz on 2013 06 25, 5:00 pm CDT

@ 4 - The plot thickens.

BTW - Any relation to Thomas Szasz?

By Pushkin on 2013 06 25, 5:17 pm CDT

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