Monday, July 09, 2007

People v. Smith (Cal. Ct. App. - June 29, 2007)

I'm no fan of people who molest their 13-year old stepdaughter. At all. And I found it a little shocking, to be honest, when I read that the defendant was simply sentenced to probation for that offense, rather than some actual jail time. As I said, I'm no fan of child molesters.

But, notwithstanding my predispositions, Justice Vogel is totally and completely right in this opinion. The Los Angeles County Probation Department was acting totally unreasonably here. And Kenneth Smith was, in my mind, clearly entitled to the relief ordered by the Court of Appeal.