I’ve seen some bullshit in my life, but this is just amazing.
A Maricopa County detention officer tried to explain Friday why he and a fellow sheriff’s office employee swiped a document from a defense attorney’s file in a bizarre scene that was caught on courtroom videotape.
This sort of behaviour is what passes for courtroom conduct?
Under state law, an officer can seize evidence or make an arrest if he sees a crime taking place. Essentially, that’s what Stoddard said he saw — or at least what he thought he saw — at the sentencing of Antonio Lozano on that day.
Hold it, who was committing a crime? What was the crime? Shouldn’t it be evident in the video? And how is this piece of paper “evidence” of said crime?
Donahoe said he would not even consider holding the sheriff’s employees in contempt for the seizure unless Lozano waived his attorney-client privilege.
What the fuck over? If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with this, just go kill yourself now because I can’t explain it.
As Radley Balko writes in his coloum:
If this is an accurate portrayal of the hearing, stand back and admire the absurdity: Judge Donahoe is refusing to punish Stoddard for possibly violating Lozano’s attorney-client privilege unless Lozano waives his attorney-client privilege.
The 6th Amendment. Does this make me a Sixther?
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Apparently “public trial” means that just anyone gets to look through your lawyers paperwork.