Thursday, March 08, 2012

Pizzuto v. Arave (9th Cir. - March 8, 2012)

It's just so strange to see a Ninth Circuit opinion that says:  "Pizzuto claimed . . . that Judge Reinhardt made public statements of his intent to impose the death penalty before the sentencing hearing."

Man bites dog.

Obviously, this death penalty defendant isn't talking about this Judge Reinhardt (the one on the Ninth Circuit).  He's talking about this one:  the state court judge in Idaho.

Though both of 'em have the middle initial R.

And, to my knowledge, have never been seen together in the same room.

I'm thinking a Clark Kent/Superman thing.

P.S. - On a serious note, check out this line from Judge Betty Fletcher's dissent:  "I am shocked by the conduct in this case."  Including lots of testimony about Judge Reinhardt's alleged secret involvement in the case.

Sort of makes you want to read the whole thing, eh?