Have you ever seen a fist fight live? I hate fist fights, and violence in general (not liking violence is a bold statement, I know, I’m really going out on a limb here). It is painful to watch such raw violence. And, do you know what happens to the guy who gets knocked down after taking one too many fists to the face? The fight is over, right? Wrong. The guy on the ground will now be the proud recipient of several kicks to the head and body. The cliche is true, you shouldn’t kick a man while he’s down.
Kicking someone while they’re down comes in many flavors, not all of them are physical. Today we’re going to review a beat down taken by a probationer at the hands of her probation officer, a prosecutor, and last but not least–an “honorable” judge gets a few licks in that would make a UFC fighter wince.
Our story begins at a motel, the kind that rents by the week. The folks who live in these places are just one dollar away from homelessness. Suffice to say, you have to be down on your luck to live in such conditions, and you should be well armed to visit (at least the ones in Central Florida). Ms. Charles was in just that sort of bind. She was on probation, and living in a motel with her two young children. Rent came due, and Ms. Charles didn’t have it, so she was evicted. At this point, she was homeless with two kids and no money. Many prison terms start in this fashion, and Ms. Charles was no exception to the rule. Charles v. State, 2016 Fla.App. LEXIS 16217 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016). Continue Reading