Friday, July 01, 2005

People v. Miller (Cal. Ct. App. - June 15, 2005)

Orange County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Shaw had a pretty bad 24 hours. She is reversed during that period not once, but twice, in the Court of Appeal. Both times in an opinion by Justice Moore. And both times in an opinion that was originally unpublished but that Justice Moore thereafter was convinced to published. Ouch.

The first reversal was in People v. Gallardo, where Judge Shaw gets reversed because she suppressed the results of a traffic stop (a case I briefly discuss here). The second is this case, where Judge Shaw gets reversed because she refused to suppress the results of a traffic stop.

Reversals both times. Sometimes you can't win no matter what you do.

P.S. - Judge Shaw apparently has had far worse days, including June 26, 2000, which was the day on which the Commission on Judicial Performance issued a public admonishment of her for, inter alia, a conversation in which asked the defendant: "You know what they do to skinny white boys in prison?" Not exactly what you want to hear from your judge. There's some more stuff about Judge Shaw in the CJP's findings. Looks like she's quite an interesting jurist. Well worth a read.