From the Las Vegas Sun: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still a free man, thanks to a last-minute decision by a Las Vegas judge to delay the 90-day jail term the boxing champion was to have begun today for domestic battery.
Despite objections by Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Luzaich that Mayweather Jr. should be treated as anyone else, the judge decided the 34-year-old boxing champ could wait until June 1 to begin his sentence until after his scheduled Cinco De Mayo fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa made that decision after hearing from Mayweather's attorney, Richard Wright.
Wright claimed there would be great difficulty in rescheduling the fight, which he said is worth “more than $100 million” to the Las Vegas community.
Although there has been no opponent named for that fight, Wright said that the bookings for the MGM arena and of the block of television time for the pay-per-view fight was set before attorneys negotiated Mayweather's plea bargain in December.
Mayweather pleaded guilty to reduced charges in connection with a September 2010 attack on his ex-girlfriend in front of the couple’s two children.
Although Judge Saragosa said Mayweather could delay serving his 90-day sentence until after the planned fight in May, he would need to immediately begin a yearlong domestic violence counseling program.
Saragosa set a status check on Mayweather's case for 1:30 p.m. March 15. She said Mayweather will not have to personally attend that hearing as long as he continues to follow the other requirements of his sentence, which includes weekly counseling sessions.
Mayweather, who did not attend today’s hearing, had been told to turn himself in for the 90-day sentence, which could be reduced with good behavior and work time while he is in jail.
In requesting that the sentence begin on June 1, Wright said that would give Mayweather adequate time to train for and then physically recover from the May 5 fight.
The DA was pissed: Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Luzaich said the state’s position “has always been that Mr. Mayweather shouldn’t be treated any different than anybody else that comes into this court or any other court because of his status as a celebrity.”
Luzaich said that a commitment that was made in November with Mayweather’s attorneys was that a trial date would not interfere with a fight. However, Mayweather’s attorneys decided after that to negotiate the case, she said.
“There was no discussion at the time of the negotiation of the fight,” she said. “There was no talk about, well, if there’s a jail sentence, let’s move it around the fight, or anything like that. When the court sentenced the defendant in December, the court gave him time to put his affairs in order.”
She said the court didn’t remand him into custody on that day, as it could have.
“The court gave him until today to turn himself in and surrender and serve his sentence. The state’s position is that is that that’s what he should be doing today,” she said. “Turning himself in serve his sentence, just like anybody else would have to.”
Luzaich argued the fight could be rescheduled — “things get rescheduled all the time.”
There is no opponent for Maryweather and this scheduling of the fight was more of a joke than taken seriously. And there is no reason why the fight could not have been postponed because all you are dealing is with a date.
I think the State Supreme Court and the people who investigate judges need to make sure that the so called judge in this case, the Dishonorable Melissa Saragosa isn't on drugs or isn't being paid off.
The dishonorable Saragosa was the one who sentenced Maryweather in the first place, so why didn't she bring this up then? She knew about the fight and now when it is time for the fairy Maryweather to actually do some hard time, Saragosa chickens out or is paid off.
To see how this blonde bubblehead bimbo (sorry Jill) rates as a judge: http://media.lvrj.com/documents/Judicial_Report_2011_JusticeCourts.pdf
No wonder the Clark County Court system is a laughing stock of the country. By having judges like Saragosa, or judge Steve Jones who may have had an affair with a DA in his court or Donald Moesley who can't keep his kid out jail to previous judges who have been thrown off the bench because of crimes or incompetence.
Or, maybe something happened to the judge like what happened to this guy in MIB:
Finally, Maryweather is such a pathetic wimp that he refused to even show up for court, he had to hide behind his lawyer.
This is a sad day for justice in Clark County and Las Vegas because it shows that if you are a celebrity, you are going to be treated differently. In this case, justice was not blind but instead we have a bugged eyed crack addict lady justice named Saragosa.