So where do the facts that we've uncovered over the past few months leave Detective Jorge Baluja? To get some insight, let's take a look at this excerpt from Bob Normans article on "Hollywood's Mickey Mouse Cops":
"Prosecutors promptly dropped DUI and other trumped-up charges against Torrensvilas....But the fallout from Pressley's misconduct has likely just begun. Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein is gathering all the cases involving Pressley and other officers involved in the coverup with hopes of getting those dropped as well."Now, what would make Attorney Finkelstein think he can get all the other cases involving the dirty cops who are predisposed to lie in their police reports dropped? The fact of the matter is that like I said before, where there's smoke there's fire, if these cops lied about how a simple car accident went down (sound familiar?), it's safe to assume they've lied about far more serious matters in other cases as well. After all, the very cop who talked about "Walt Disneying the facts" on video was involved with a car chase where he falsely stated that there were "shot's fired" which escalated the car chase into a brutal beating of the driver by police. Essentially the credibility of the cops involved is permanently shot.
Now, ask yourself, who else do we know that has a nasty habit of lying on police reports? Who else do we know that has a history of perjuring himself and suborning perjury? Who's that man? Detective Jorge Baluja! Whether it's lying to the Independent Review Panel about the Blanton Harris traffic accident and the Internal Affairs investigation that arose from it, suborning perjury at the accident scene, suborning perjury in a witness statement, coercing witnesses or simply not having ANY IDEA about the subject he was investigating, our favorite Detective has created a bizarre situation for himself. Remember that old saying, "where there's smoke, there's fire?"
Everyone get it? Isn't it improbable that the two cases that we've outlined are the only ones that Detective Baluja has exhibited those characteristics in? I'd be willing to argue that most if not all of the cases that Mr. Baluja is involved in have evidence of some sort of misconduct, be it perjury, subornation of perjury, coercion of witnesses or obstruction of justice (HAH!). Just like there's doubt in all of the cases the Hollywood cops are involved in, I propose that all of the cases Mr. Baluja is involved in have the same cloud of doubt lingering over them. As a matter of fact, I will go so far as to suggest that Detective Jorge Baluja reputation is so tainted that he cannot be used as a states witness in court. In this instance Jorge, taint does not refer to the space between your balls and your ass, let's take a look at the definition so you clearly understand what I'm saying:
1 : to contaminate morally : corrupt (scholarship tainted by envy)Get it Jorge? You have no credibility, words out of your mouth or on paper are worthless. As in the case with Mr. Finkelstein going back and getting cases involving the Hollywood cops thrown out, a defense attorney in a case involving you can now do the same. Perhaps this blogs lingering legacy will be a permanent online resource for defense attorneys that have cases involving Detective Jorge Baluja, put it this way, if you've been busted by Mr. Baluja, YOU'RE IN LUCK!
2 : to affect with putrefaction : spoil
3 : to touch or affect slightly with something bad (persons tainted with prejudice)
Have a great weekend!