Judge Eileen O'Connor just sentenced a potential juror to 4 months in jail!
Sound familiar? To me this has scary echoes of my experience (chronicled here in Legal Affairs Magazine) with Judge Phyllis Skloot Bamberger here in the Bronx
Judge O'Connor aught to be ashamed. What kind of message does it send when you lock up an african american kid who actually SHOWS UP for jury duty (65 percent of people in Broward County don't.) Well, it seems to say--don't bother showing up. Is is possible that a judge appointed by Jeb Bush is sending a 'don't show up' message to the african american community? Sadly, with decisions this absurd (she opted not to even afford the kid a lawyer before throwing him in) I'm afraid the answer is 'yes.'