We got one.
Law.com reports that the Federal Government has hired private lawyers to represent the two air marshals (motto: Miami- See it like a Native) who shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar. Zuckerman Spaeder partner Michael Pasano and associate Paul Calli were hired to represent the two air marshals as the Dade State Attorneys Office
( motto: “Welcome to Miami. Take your Meds….or else”) decides whether to file charges.
How did these two fine lawyers get hired? Here’s what the modest and unassuming Mr. Pasano had to say:
"I guess they have a list of good lawyers somewhere that they call in such cases," he said. Some lawyers, he noted, won't take these cases because the government pays "extremely low" fees.
Lets look at that quote closely. It’s not enough for Mr. Pasano to toot his own horn. Ignoring the amazing publicity he will receive, Mr. Pasano wants us to think he’s an altruist: doing it for the good of humanity despite the low pay he must scrape by on.
Mr. Pasano: you win our stuffed shirt of the week award. We say: start a collection in the Justice Building for Mr. P! Lets knock Santa Claus who’s ringing his bell for the Salvation Army on his butt, and replace his kettle with a donation box for poor Mr. Pasano.
Mr. Pasano, in the unlikely event your clients are arrested, go here to get a map to our little world:mapquest.com and type in 1351 NW 12th Street.
We are concerned that in the lofty environs of ZS, your driver will not know the way to the REGJB. If you do honor us with the pleasure of an appearance, here are a few tips:
1.The Lox and Bagels at Au Bon are both cheap and great.
2.Judge Murphy’s 8:30 Friday calendar starts on time.
3.You can’t use the escalators to get to the seventh floor.
4.Yes, Sy Gaer means what he says.
5.Use the back entrance and have your bar card and DL handy.
5.Warn your clients before hand: most visitors to the building do not take their meds on a regular basis.
Many Judges do.
Bomb comments are met with a shrug.
Kudos to our own Brian Tannebaum, who put his money where his mouth is:
Mr. T, identified as a “legal expert” was also quoted in the article:
But legal experts don't expect any criminal charges to be filed against the two air marshals.
"Law enforcement traditionally has been supported when they use deadly force based on their belief that someone has a weapon," said Brian L. Tannebaum, president of the South Florida chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "No charges will be filed -- you can put all your money on that."
Umm….. Can anyone say L..O…Z….A…N…O..? How about Arthur McDuffie.?
Janet Reno’s office filed charges in those cases.
Be that as it may, we agree with Tannebaum.
Put us down for 50 that the SAO passes on this one (where's John Hogan when you need him?).
We are not advocating the prosecution of the air marshals.
We just hope the SAO does a thorough job.
People are watching.
See You In Court unless the Marshalls get us first.