Florida Man's Prison Sentence Voided Over Religion

A Florida man's 30-year prison sentence for sexual battery has been tossed by an appeals court that ruled a judge injected his religious views in the case.

The Florida Times-Union reported Friday that the 1st District Court of Appeal ordered a new sentencing hearing for Percy Edgardo Torres, 44, of Jacksonville. His 2011 conviction still stands.

The appeals court found that Circuit Judge Russell Healey improperly discussed his own Roman Catholic religious views during Torres' sentencing. A concurring opinion by one of the appeals judges said Healey appeared to base his sentence in part on how Torres had deviated from the Catholic faith.

The appeals panel ruled Torres should be resentenced by a different judge. The minimum sentence he faces is nine years and four months.

source: http://www.theledger.com/article/20131108/NEWS/131109226?tc=obinsite

Views: 49

Comment

You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

Forum

LOCATION

Started by Jake LaFort in Small Talk. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Do humans benefit the Earth? If so, explain.

Started by Tyrion in Small Talk. Last reply by Gregg RThomas 16 hours ago. 22 Replies

Poem: Clergy

Started by Fred Hampton in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Gregg RThomas 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Ernesto Che' Guevara

Started by Fred Hampton in Quotes. Last reply by Unseen 2 hours ago. 23 Replies

Fred Hampton Is New Here

Started by Fred Hampton in Welcome to Think Atheist. Last reply by Fred Hampton on Tuesday. 8 Replies

Blog Posts

I am Ayaz Nizami

Posted by Noon Alif on March 27, 2017 at 10:30am 14 Comments

Seraphims and Cherubims

Posted by Fred Hampton on March 27, 2017 at 2:04am 0 Comments

© 2017   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service