“…there currently exists no death penalty in the state of Florida…”
Since the Supreme Court struck down the procedure Florida used to impose the death penalty in the Hurst case, there is currently no legal method to proceed on a death penalty case at this time. A Pinellas judge said as much this week, merely stating the obvious, as he rejected a prosecutor’s notice of intent to seek the death penalty. The legislature has already indicated they are going to address the death penalty procedure. The bigger question will be whether the courts apply the Hurst ruling retroactively, which would effectively preclude imposing the death sentence to the current death row inmates.
Background on Crimcourts.
Authorities in Clearwater got a tip that a Pinellas County inmate, Scott Lambert, was trying to dig out of his jail cell. When they searched, they found that he had in fact started a hole under his bunk, though it was only 6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. He was quite a way from Shawshanking out of there like Andy Dufresne.
Two (of course these stories have to come from) Florida residents have been arrested in the past week for domestic violence incidents involving food. Both actually stem from Pinellas County.
First, Daniel Plunkett of Treasure Island stands accused of throwing pizza at his roommate. Plunkett, for his part, says that he was actually the victim of the pizza throwing, and the officers did note pizza sauce on his clothing. Unfortunately for him, he is being held without bond as this charge violates his probation.
Meanwhile, just a few days later, Clearwater resident Rykihia Moore was charged with striking her boyfriend with a hamburger she threw. She was up front, admitting to deputies that she did throw the burger and said, “it may have hit him.” Apparently the argument stemmed from concerns that she was being unfaithful.
To say the least, it’s been a busy week in the domestic violence division of Pinellas County, Fla.
Because this is Florida, between the time that I wrote this, and scheduled publication, there has already been another food battery, also with burgers. 19 year old Vero Beach man Tanner Wolf became irate at his father and chucked a McDonald’s bag at him. Wolf also admitted to his crime against family and food. (Thanks @_Floridaman)
Posted in Criminal Law, Florida
Tagged battery, clearwater, daniel plunkett, domestic, hamburger, pinellas, rykihia moore, tanner wolf, treasure island, vero beach, weirdbattery
Rugs at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
The misprint on the rug reads “In Dog We Trust”. We do trust in dog.
Bryan Zuniga mug
Bryan Zuniga ran from the cops. He turned up later at the hospital, with multiple puncture wounds, and explained that he’d been bitten by a gator. Kids… it’s a bad idea to run from the cops. It’s an even worse idea to do so in Florida where the wildlife comes equipped with big teeth!
Zuniga got lucky, in spite of the nasty injuries you can see in his picture. Another man in Miami-Dade county was killed by a gator when he fled cops.