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U.S. Judge Virginia Phillips of Riverside, CA; Dumbo

The state of Calfiornia presented Virginia A. Phillips with a law license in 1982 after she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley Law School.
President Bill Clinton was duped into appointing Virginia as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California in 1999. Virginia didn’t get the appointment because she was the most qualified attorney in the greater Riverside area. She got it because she had proven that she would be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.
Judge Phillips was assigned to a case titled United States vs. Arrequin, which involved the possession of illegal drugs.
Arrequin challenged Phillips’ denial of his motion to suppress the fruits (evidence) of a home search by appealing the denial to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Appeals Court reversed Phillips’ moronic ruling and in doing so said in part:
  • That it was not objectively reasonable for agents to conclude that a houseguest had authority to consent to a search of the master bedroom and bathroom.
  • That it was objective reasonable for the agents to conclude that that the houseguest had authority to consent to a search of the area beyond the door inside the master bedroom.
  • The government’s protective sweep fallback argument was waived.
  • The plain view doctrine did not apply.
In addition to reversing Phillips, the appellate panel instructed her to suppress a shoe box, a white substance, a Gucci bag, and cash, and to consider whether the defendant’s inculpatory [incriminating] statements, five packages of methamphetamine, and any other evidence found after the unconstitutional searches should be suppressed as fruits of the poisonous tree.
How is it possible that a judge could be as incompetent as to not understand simple evidentiary matters as discussed by the Court of Appeals’ reversal?
As we speak (ca. December 2013), Virginia continues to sit as a District Court Judge in Riverside,
Unfortunately, since Virginia was born in 1957 and is 56 years-old, she may well be sitting on the bench for another 25 to 30 years.

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