OK, so at this point I think that we have all heard about this strange affair and the even stranger behavior of Ms. Nowak, the accused in the case. However, I would like to point out from a criminal justice system point of view, how the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Prosecutor's office tried to screw Ms. Nowak, simply because they didn't like the bond hearing from the morning.
Watching the second bond hearing was a good microcosim in our Criminal Justice system.
On the one hand, you had the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County DA's office reeling from the light conditions of release for Ms. Nowak from the morning bond hearing.
On the other hand you had Ms. Nowak and her attorney getting her ready for her release so that she could go home to Houston, under the conditions of her release.
In the mean time the Orlando Police Depatment after conspiring with the DA's office was getting ready to execute payback. What they were going to do was to wait until she was released and then re-arrest her on the aggravated complaint of attempted murder. I guess that someone figured out that would have been a PR nightmare, re-arresting her in front of all those news cameras, so instead, they served her with the new affidavit while she sat in jail, thinking that she was just minutes from breathing free air.
I thought that her attorney made a very compelling argument about the shenanigans that the prosecuting team was trying to pull, while the prosecutor, who was off camera, sounded lost and had a hard time making a case for "no bond" on the attempted murder charge.
To tie these thoughts all together this is what I think:
1. Sometimes if the police/prosector doesn't like a ruling (as Nowak's attorney's pointed out) they have a a variety of ways to rectify what they think is a bad decision. In this case, they seemed to have their hand caught in the fairy tale jar and looked foolish. According to Nowak's attorney and the judge, few facts had changed in the arresting affidavit accusing her of attempted murder than the affidavit the judge had looked at in the morning.
2. Money buys justice
. If Ms. Nowak had been Josie Blow and could not have afforded an attorney and had to settle for a court appointed attorney, you can be sure that Ms. Blow's ass would be sitting in the Orange County Jail instead of in Houston.