The Knucklehead of the Day award

Haven’t given out one of these in a while.

Today’s winner is Judge Adelina Entrena. She gets the award for the following.

MADRID, Spain: A Spanish judge has been fined €103,000 (US$162,000) and suspended for a year for allowing a man to spend 455 days in prison for a crime of which he was acquitted.

The Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia said in Wednesday’s ruling that Judge Adelina Entrena was guilty of grave negligence.

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In the new instance of alleged negligence, defendant Jose Campoy stood trial in December 2005 on charges of purse-snatching and was in preventive detention when Entrena issued an acquittal several days later. But she neglected to notify the jail and it took 15 months for a clerk to detect the error.

Campoy had been notified by mail of his acquittal but has a long history of drug addiction and limited reading skills, the court ruling said.

Entrena blamed the oversight on a backlog of work and insufficient staffing at her courthouse in Motril in the southern province of Granada.

The Superior Court ruled the Judge to be at fault. Judges rarely like to find fault in the work of a colleague, even when their misdeeds are blatant. Judge Adelina Entrena deserves to her freedom taken from her for 15 months like she did with Sr. Campoy, since that won’t happen I will name her today’s Knucklehead of the Day instead.

Hat tip- Overlawyered

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