Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meanwhile, in Florida

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Seminole County Judge Fred Schott let a prosecutor HAVE IT! Before we go on, let's get you caught up on the backstory: Back on Nov. 15, 46-year-old Licette Gonzalez was arrested by Sanford Officer Michael Wagner after he saw her sipping from a can of Natural Ice beer while driving. She was taken to jail. Officer Wagner testified at her trial that no one qualified to perform a breath-alcohol test was there, so he booked her into the jail and left. On the DUI citation, however, he checked a box that said her blood- or breath-alcohol level was above 0.08, the legal limit, and as a consequence, her drivers license was immediately suspended. Two months later she was pulled over by an Altamonte Springs officer and ticketed for driving with a suspended license. That's the back story. She was on trial in front of Judge Schott on March 11 and was found guilty and the judge handed down a sentence, but after learning Officer Wagner lied under oath, the judge demanded the prosecutor charge the officer with perjury. "I want you to take him up for perjury," the judge said. 'He lied. He lied on a sworn citation. … He broke the law." When she refused, the judge threw out the jury's guilty verdict and his sentence. The next morning, he said in an interview: "I was angry. I probably got more emotional than I should have, but I really feel this woman was treated unfairly." He also made an order granting Licette a new trial.

source: WKMG
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