Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. v. Rodriguez (9th Cir. - June 19, 2014)

If I hadn't have read them straight from the pages of the Federal Reporter, I'd have thought that the details of this case came from Hollywood rather than out of a federal prison in Victorville, California.

Read the first fifteen pages or so of Judge Rawlinson's opinion.  Then remember that if all that stuff is routine in a maximum security federal prison -- routine drug use, alcohol consumption, murder, etc. -- then imagine what it's like in a state prison.

Why read Lord of the Flies when you can get a similar, nonfictional recitation from the Ninth Circuit.