Six Foolproof Steps For A Convicted Felon To Return To Prison

Rodolfo Magana Cortez.jpg
Cortez: Author of "Six Steps to Guarantee Prison."
Prison life must not be all that bad to Orange County's Rodolfo Magana Cortez.

At least Cortez, who already enjoyed two felony strikes against him, wasn't worried about returning to the slammer on July 3, 2007, in Garden Grove.

In fact, he took six simultaneous steps to trigger California's Three Strikes law and potentially keep him locked up for the rest of his life.

Okay, potential Third Strikers, take out your notebooks and write down the steps:

Step 1: Park a vehicle in a "no parking" area so that police will notice you.

Step 2: Be high on methamphetamine while you're in the vehicle.

Step 3: Keep an extra supply of the illegal narcotic as well as drug paraphernalia in the vehicle with you.

Step 4: Have an open container of booze in the vehicle and make sure it's in a spot where approaching police can easily see it.

Step 5: Don't forget to put a loaded handgun in your waistband.

and

Step 6: Fight with the officers who confront you.

The scenario wasn't one that a local jury would probably admire. Cortez waived his right to a jury trial, but still found himself convicted by an Orange County Superior Court judge who sentenced him to spend at least 25 years in prison or, perhaps, the rest of his life. When, or if, he ever returns to society will be up to a future parole board.

Cortez appealed, claiming the officers fabricated their incident report. Last week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered and rejected his claims. But the justices did overturn the trial judge's decision not to award him credit for 1,362 days spent in the Orange County Jail before his conviction.

Upshot: Cortez's life in freedom probably ended at the age of 27.

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Raverguy
Raverguy

Check out dude's eyes.  Don't ever trust/spend time with anyone with eyes like those.  Course he's probably a total chick magnet.

Frankcourser
Frankcourser

No doubt this young man has a drug problem.Punish him, sure! But it comes to a point when the taxpayer is punished more than the defendant! I like the idea of rebuilding America's infrastructure,learning a trade and a real wrap around drug program.Building self esteem and doing a service to the public.California's Three Strikes law was a knee jerk reaction to violent crime,poorly written and poorly applied.Shame on us for thinking we can lock up a person for 25 years,do nothing with them and believe that we are safer for it! Three Strikes may be a boom to the prison industry, but is overall a costly burden to taxpayers now and years later!    

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

I'm not a fan of three strikes for crimes that aren't violent, however, they need to PAY their debt to society. I say put these fools to work on the infrastructure in the U.S. Smoke some meth? Build a bridge for 3 years. That'll learn ya! Cause sitting in a cell while my paycheck is being siphoned off for your jail bird care is not productive! On a side note, this young man would be decent looking without the meth addled face. Get your life together chusma!

Joe Turner
Joe Turner

Steps 1-6 will send a person to prison for life? Regardless of his previous record. The US -  at 5% of the world population - has 25% of the world's prisoners. Annual cost for a prison inmate is around $48k. I know why I am looking into leaving this country and taking my tax money with me best that I can....

mitch young
mitch young

Blue eyed or green eyed Mexican? Get him a job at Univision! 

mitch young
mitch young

They'd get more bridges built if they'd be allowed to smoke meth while working.

BTW I thought only white trailer trash smoked meth -- what's the deal?

Rwelsh_legal
Rwelsh_legal

Don't leave, stay, this way we can house scumbags like this putrid waste in your home for a quarter of what it costs in prison. By the way, you're not going anywhere, you'll get old, sick and give up the ghost right here in sunny Calif!

909Jeff
909Jeff

We tend to not agree on a lot but I think we do on this one! 

Raverguy
Raverguy

 The narcomafias were so adept at making meth they oversaturated the white market and needed additional consumers.  So they enslaved their own raza with this evil shit to keep their chifladas in Jimmy Choos.  Que Orgullo

Streets
Streets

You were reading my mind............

mitch young
mitch young

Ironic, since the Nazi's invented it in WWII to keep their troops going in the field.

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