Friday, October 8, 2010

Not to defend a Medicare fraudster . . .

but what is this judge thinking?

A former Miami Springs High pitching star who almost played in the majors threw himself at the mercy of a federal judge Thursday . . . The judge was not amused, slapping Marquez with a 22-year prison sentence for Medicare fraud. . .

"The kingdom of God is not in fancy cars or $60,000 dinners," [U.S. District Judge Patricia] Seitz told the 38-year-old Marquez, whose parents, wife and others attended the hearing. "The kingdom of God is in service to others."

Obviously, the judge violated the First Amendment by bringing up the requirements of "The Kingdom of God" at a sentencing hearing. And, she probably just gave a creative appellate lawyer grounds for appeal (and reversal).

I'm not sure which mistake is more offensive.

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