The incredibly strange Cleveland-area Juvenile Court Judge, Alison Floyd is back in the news at least locally in Cleveland. You may remember the March posts about Judge Floyd, here, on Bad Lawyer and subsequently, nationally, as the stories about her unusual approach to serious crime victims shocked the legal community. As we cruelly noted at the time, Judge Floyd is not the "sharpest knife in the drawer" she does nothing to change that view with a recent set of rulings, a local Cleveland television station reports:
"19 Action News is asking the tough questions. We want to know why a Cuyahoga County [Cleveland, Ohio] judge just released an accused 16-year-old charged with sexually assaulting an eight year old. Judge Alison Floyd released the boy to his parents and when 19 Action News reporter Scott Taylor went to ask we why her reply, 'No Comment.'
Floyd's latest decision is just another in a string of questionable ones. In the spring of 2006, two teens accused of starting a fire at a school got a big break from Floyd. They caused $300,000 worth of damage. One was sentenced to the custody of mom and the other walked because the prosecutions' main witness never showed. In another case, she ruled there was no evidence a teen with a loaded gun threatened to shoot a cop.
She said prosecutors failed to show probable cause. That teen later pleaded guilty in adult court to the charges and got 12 years in prison. Another Floyd decision: two teens robbed and stabbed a man in downtown Cleveland. Floyd gave the main attacker probation. The victim was understandably shocked 'I don't think people feel safe knowing that people who try to kill you with a knife is back out on the street with no consequences what so ever,' victim Tony Viola said."
The WOIO, 19 Action News report concludes by sarcastically noting that Judge Floyd refuses to comment; not that any Judge would or should comment on a case that he or she is hearing; and, may have to issue further rulings in as with most cases involving juveniles. Nonetheless, the television station is correct in wondering, wtf!! Judge Floyd seems to have relinquished any concern for victims as was widely remarked onc last May, at law "blawgs" nationally, including the ABAJournal when she ordered juvenile rape victims to undergo polygraph testing.
What's curious about Judge Floyd is how is it that she remains on the bench?