Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Judge Speaks Her Mind

By Chris Thompson
Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

The CoCo Times reports that Alameda County Judge Christine Moruza has been "admonished" by the state Commission of Judicial Practice for getting a little loose with her opinions. Here's a gem: in 1999, some guy was convicted for taking a baseball bat to his neighbor's noggin; the, ahem, victim had apparently been boinking the guy's wife and 16-year-old daughter. As prosecutors were making their arguments, Moruza broke in and said the guy had it comin': "The court feels there was almost every excuse for the defendant's behavior in this offense. ... There was a day in this country not that long ago when if a man's young daughter was raped and his wife was seduced by a neighbor, who he considered a good friend, that man would have been privileged to go ahead and take care of that matter and in a way similar to what (the defendant) did and it wouldn't have gone any further ... And frankly, this court understands perfectly well why he did what he did. Unfortunately we have the system of criminal justice that you're not allowed to do that anymore. Some people would say our system of criminal justice is immoral because of that. However, it is what it is and I must apply it." The Commission whacked her on the knuckles for demonstrating "disdain for the legal system."

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