Ruiz case from the 4th DCA
Hamlet: “My words fly up my thoughts remain below, thoughts without words never to heaven go”. Too subtle for the 4th DCA? In a long awaited response to judges who find all cops credible and all defendants not, the 4th missed its chance to send a clear message to Judges in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the 4th District. The court of appeals pulled a case from the trenches and said that a judge must not “be a rubber stamp” for law enforcement, but little more. File this case under “too subtle for me” because I, and most other criminal defense lawyers in South Florida, can’t see why the 4th DCA came so close to saying something then backed off. How about a do-over?