Judge quotes Ten Commandments when defendant cites God during sentencing
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul Weinstein, one of the county's most experienced, turned a defendant's mention of God into an opportunity for a stern rebuke in court on Tuesday.
Ana Rodas, wife of Jose Alvarado -- who last week was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole fior his role in the slaying of an 83-year-old Wheaton woman, came before Weinstein to be sentenced for trying to help Alvarado get away with murder.
"I want to say that I am very sorry for the lady's family," Rodas said.
So far so good, perhaps, in the contrition department. A short time later, though, she said:
"In life we’re not perfect. We all make mistakes. Only God is perfect … I’m really sorry.”
“I’m kind of curious what Ms. Rodas just said about God," Weinstein said a short time later. "Because I think one of the Ten Commandments says, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ And I assume that she believes in the Ten Commandments.”
Weinstein handed her a five-year sentence, the maximum for the accessory charge.
When Alvarado appeared before Weinstein for his sentencing, he said nobody understood the financial pressures he'd been under. The judge asked him to look at police photos of the victim's beaten and burned body -- and sent him away for life in prison without the chance of parole.
-- Dan Morse
December 30, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
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