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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

CENSORSHIP II


Here are four comments we received on our “Censorship” problem:
Anonymous wrote:
Rumpy: Wake up. From nearly the start, your blog has repeatedly featured attacks against judges, lawyers in the SAO, PD and the private bar. I'm sure that posts which attack a person's job performance and professionalism are, in many instances, taken personally by the person attacked. Worse yet, the attacks are almost always anonymously written. Seems like you only give a damn when the comment affects someone you care about.

Rumpole replies: 1) When you say the blog has featured attacks, we assume you mean from readers. We have criticiszed Judges, but not attacked any. Not to say we won’t when it’s appropriate, but we have not attacked anyone in the manner of which one could interpret our first post on Brummer settling the lawsuit- “Brummer Bummer” an attack on Mr. Brummer. 2) We don’t care about Judge Lefiman’s JA. Hell, we would have trouble picking her out of a lineup. People want to criticize her for selling perfume? Have at it. However, calling her a name based on her appearance is out of line. What can’t you understand about that? As the reader

below who gets it noted, we rarely remove posts. Out of probably close to 700 or a thousand posts so far, we have removed about 5.

Anonymous doesn’t like us either:


I agree with Wake up. Deleting stuff from the blog is a cop out.Isn't all this stuff personal to somebody? Are the insults really ever out of bounds? We're freakin criminal defense lawyers. If a person can't take something being said about him/her, they need togo work civil and sit behind a desk all day. Some of the stuff you've deleted has been the god honest truth. It'sjust that you think it went to far. Leave the BLOG AS iT IS and STOPdeleting comments.

Runmpole tries again to explain it: Listen closely: Call a Judge bad- no problem. Call a Judge ugly – problem. Get it? Call a lawyer incompetent- no problem. Call a lawyer fat (that is hitting a little to close to home for us) problem. Get it? We challenge anyone to point to a post we have deleted that does not meet that guideline. Plus, and this may surprise some people, but we are not professionals about this. We struggle to do the best we can. But we categorically deny any accusation that we have removed posts that were the truth but did it to protect a friend. For Christ sake- we are related to Bennett Brummer and that didn’t stop us (just a joke).

Anonymous gets it:

The last comment Rumpole deleted was purely vindictive personal opinion. I hope he will always delete that crap.I should also add that, the percentage of deleted comments is so low as to be essentially irrelevant to reasonable discourse. I mean...he's deleted FIVE! Still, if you think Rumpole has crossed the line, all is not lost. Blogger.com will be happy to give you your own blog. It's free, it's easy to do. Just click the link at the top right of the Blog which says "GET YOUR OWN BLOG."

Runmpole says: Can’t we all just get along? Seriously, why go through all the trouble to write about Judge Leifman’s JA’s actions, which is a perfectly acceptable subject for the blog, and then top the comment off with calling her a name? It undermines the whole post. Truth be known, personally, we like Judge Leifman-although the Marlins have won the world series more times than we have personally appeared before him. He was a good PD. He tries to do good things as a Judge. We hope, if our identity is ever revealed that he would take our calling him Lord Of the Traffic Magistrates in good spirits.

But if you think about it, if our identity was known, and Leifman called us on the phone and said: “listen, I’ve got an election to deal with, can you lay off the blog crap?” It would put us in a difficult situation. So that is why we remain anonymous.

As to another Justice Building Blog, we honestly don’t want other blogs. We think this blog does a great job and we like having readers.

Readers should monitor this issue. We pledge to notify everyone when we remove a post, and if we remove a post- to re-post it, with the offensive parts removed.

PS: none of the above rules apply to anyone who knows anything about PD Rory Stein’s mid-morning snack habits.

Anonymous writes:
THE POINT ISN'T ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT OR NOT. THIS EVEN ISN'T HIS BLOG. THE IDEA OF A FORUM FOR SPEECH IS THAT IT IS NOT CENSORED. BASTA. RUMP, THIS TIME YOU GOT CAUGHT WITH YOUR HEAVY HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR.

Rumpole replies: Heavy hands? See what we mean about personal attacks? Seriously, wouldn't you, reader, agree that we should remove a post that publishes the school that a child of a Judge goes to? Or a prosecutor's home address (which also happens to be a crime?) Free speech? Sure. Call Judge X a moron? No problem. Post their children's names and schools? No way. Call it censorship. We call it common sense. Other than those few rules, anything goes. Ask Bobby Reiff. He took a beating and retired.



See You In Court- Just Not Judge Lefiman’s court. Does he even have a calendar? No wonder he has opposition, it’s a great job.


41 comments:

Phil R said...

Sunny Goldin is a pizza eating Benedict Arnold. How do we know you and Jackie didn't stop off at some internet Cafe and do the post? Plus have you ever spent 10 minutes with our child? He is obsessed with our laptop, and no way could I do anything while he was awake. And he was up to 11 that night. Stop stirring up trouble.

AS to the much repeated allegations about me: "waive reading, plea not guilty, trial by jury, discovery, 15 days for motions." In true defense attorney fashion I want the lawyer who is most convinced its me to defend me.

Anonymous said...

Being the author of the JAPS matter, I agree. I authored the comment about her looks as a cheap shot. It added nothing to the analysis. Sorry. I hope she and Leifman get the point. Basta. His honor should not be spoken and written about in this manner due to someone else's indiscretion. I have moved on. Personally, I hate the service and lines at Perfumania, but what can I do. See Ya there.

Bobby Reiff said...

Retired? I'm still playing twice a week (or were you referring to my "legal" career?).

It would take many more cheap shots than dished out here for me to retire (I may not skate too fast anymore but I still know where I should be skating to) ... but it did teach me a pointed lesson about the power of anonymous and unfounded (and unwarranted?) posts to stain one's hard-earned reputation.

Bobby Reiff

Anonymous said...

Bobby Reiff is just overrated and over charges his clients. He is just a good sales guy with a JD. Try a case the next time you charge a client 15K for a first DUI. His book is his sales pitch. I could spend ten thousand dollars and get a book published and BS my cleints that I too was an authority. Judges fall prey to the confusion too. Other attorneys who lack the research and lawyering skills also love the Reiff mystic. But, Bobby props to you buddy. This is a game and your the master of the pitch. Just keep it real sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Jeez Bobby R, haven't you had enough? You betta have some belt loops in the back of your jersey or these jokers might try to pull it over the top of your head and give you a couple upercuts.

Anonymous said...

Looks like fat Jim is at it again. I was wondering where the Magnificent DUI boys have been. He the last guy that hammered Bobby R for the 15k...why don't you stop hiding behind that Anonymous signature and allow Mr. Reiff to lay you out on the ice. Only cowards post Anonymous.

/s/ Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

what about Robin Blake? What's going on- she took some papers from the familiy and tried to take them inside TGK? Could this happen to any of us or was this really poor judgement. Is this a no action situation or a PTI?

Sunny said...

hey, Phil... we went for ribs, not pizza. And I really don't think it's you. You go to sleep way too early. But I think you should take it as a compliment - Rumpole's obviously very knowledgeable and intelligent.

Anonymous said...

It should be a flat out NO ACTION. Where is the intent? Making a mistake is not a crime. For God's sake, they should not have even arrested her once she said what happened. Charge the family member that gave it to her and call it a day. There is no way she INTENDED to introduce drugs into the jail. Accidents do happen...just ask DICK.

Anonymous said...

Someone posted the family gave Robin the packages just a few feet from the guards. Hopefully that was caught on tape. It would be even better if the family came clean.

Anonymous said...

But the reality is that every drug defendant says that someone “put that on me.” I think it might have to be PTI, drug court or a W/H. Thats what a person not in the club would get.

Anonymous said...

Rumps, Is it fair to say that calling someone out as a Brown Noser is a personal attack under your guidelines?

Bobby R. said...

15k for a first DUI? Where the hell do you get these things? 15k in my dreams perhaps, but in reality, I get no where close to that for a first.

Please, if you are going to post this anonymous bullshit, please have the decency to be somewhat accurate.

And about the book ... in case you haven't noticed, it is published by LEXIS Law Publishing Company, one of the largest legal publishing houses in the country, not Fat Joe's Backyard Books. Perhaps it is you who needs to keep it real. But since you post this anonymous bullshit, I guess there is no way for us to guage your trial skills (or if you have even tried a DUI).

Bobby "I Always Wear A Fight Strap" Reiff

P.S. To all others reading this blog ... sorry for making you read this crap. However, I think you can see why I won't sit and take a cheap shot made by some faceless loser who is trying to build themselves up by pulling someone else down.

Jason Grey said...

I personally have plagiarized several of Reiff's motions. They have all worked quite well . Bobby knows more about Dui than all but a select few ,his clients get their moneys worth whatever he charges.

Spiderman said...

Ask corrections...those present say you could smell it from across the room...and when the inspecting officer noted the odor, she claimed she smelled nothing.

AND IT WAS 1/2 A POUND!!! Doh!

Anonymous said...

I don't know the attorney involved in the jail-drug issue but is it possible she knew what she was doing? Maybe she thought she would be able to get away with it? It's interesting to see that most of the comments, presumably from the defense bar, are defending her "i had no idea" defense. Hopefully for her sake if she is innocent there will be video or the COs will back her story.

Anonymous said...

MOST, certainly not all, but MOST people dealing drugs do it for the money. The cost benefit of dealing drugs often makes sense to people without any hope or cash. Now... I think most people are presuming that Robin Blake wouldn't endanger her career as an attorney just to pass on a bit of herb. It doesn't make sense. That's why we're presuming she made a stupic mistake.

Anonymous said...

was it a 1/2 a pound or 20 grams? i feel so bad for her!

Anonymous said...

By the end of the day, people will be reporting 20 pounds, exclusive of the heroin found in the puppy she was walking.

Anonymous said...

This case should not be automatically dismissed. That would be a bad sign for other would-be mule attorneys. Open your eyes, you're dealing with criminals (alledged). we should be careful.

Anonymous said...

The last post reeks of a Stalinist-style show trial approach. Punish a likely innocent (but idiotic) person, so that the rest of us get the message? Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Bobby R. writes that the person anonymously "attacking" him is doing it "to build up himself". Then why the hell is the guy signing it as "Anonymous"? NIce logical reasoning skills. Stick to misd. court, genius.

Anonymous said...

Not to change the subject, but Brownwyn Miller's JA just sent the most beautiful email to all judges and staff of the 11th Circuit. I post it so you too can revel in the glory of Christ...
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This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece please read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in leisure...do not hurry....this is a treasure...

For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom, this is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.
--
MOTHER
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The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children," A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage.

Today, I 've given them strength."

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light.

And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the Mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with
courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."


And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates
closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence......."

Your Mother is always with you.... She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space... not even death!

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[This beautiful poem ends with a picture of Christ welcoming the mother into Heaven.]

PRAISE BE!

LUCIFER THE IV said...

FUCK CHRIST AND MOTHERHOOD!

Anonymous said...

holy shit

Anonymous said...

Bobby r's illogical blog, anonymous blogger gaining fame for himself, would win the day if he argued it in front of any of our county judges. They love him, apparently fear him and can't rule against him. Keep it up Bobby. Soon you will be retired in some Caribean Island laughing at the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see "The Shelly Show" in courtroom 1-2 this morning? I hope he is re-elected. I'm cutting my check today. If he loses though, he's my first choice to take over for Judge Alex.

Anonymous said...

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

--President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952

Anonymous said...

Bronwyns Jewish!

Anonymous said...

A lot of things, maybe, but not Jewish.

Anonymous said...

I heard Robin Blake had 20 pounds of marijuana in the envelopes. And that's not including the heroin found in the puppy she was walking.

Anonymous said...

I ALSO WAS IN COURTROOM 1-2 BEFORE JUDGE SHELLY SCHWARTZ ON THURSDAY,AND ALTHOUGH HE WOULD BE GREAT ON TELEVISION,WE WOULD LOOSE ONE OF THE FAIREST JUDGES WE HAVE.
SHELLY SCHWARTZ IS SHELLY,TO THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR MANY YEARS. HE WILL DO NO FAVORS,AND TRIES TO BE AS IMPARTIAL AS POSSIBLE.
YESTERDAY WAS NO EXCEPTION.THE DOCKETS WERE LONG,AND HE DID A MITIGATION DOCKET PRIOR TO US ARRIVING(BEFORE 8:15)AND WAS WILLING TO REVISIT MATTERS SHOULD WE HAVE FURTHER ARGUMENT.THEN JUDGE SHELLY HAD AN 8:30 AND 9:15 CRIMINAL ARRAIGNMENT DOCKET THAT WOULD MAKE OTHERS CRINGE.
THEN HE FURTHER HANDLED A CIVIL
INFRACTION TRIAL DOCKET.ATTORNEYS AND MIDNIGHT OFFICERS WERE TAKEN OUT OF TURN.MORE IMPORTANTLY,HE LISTENED CLOSELY TO THE TESTIMONY AND RULED QUICKLY AND APPROPRIATELY;FURTHER EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR HIS DECISION SO ALL COULD UNDERSTAND.SOMETIMES HIS FRUSTRATION SHOWS AND HE SPEAKS HONESTLY TO ALL THOSE PRESENT WHICH IS REFRESHING;PERHAPS HE DOESN'T PERSONIFY THE MOST TRADITIONAL OF JUDGES,BUT IN COUNTY COURT THIS IS THE TYPE OF PERSON NEEDED.
YES,HE DOES ADJUDICATE SOME OF OUR CLIENTS,BUT IF IT WERE NOT US REPRESENTING THE PERSON WE WOULD ALL BE MOST HAPPY WITH HIS RULINGS.YES HE IS A MAVERICK,BUT A GOOD KIND IN THAT WE ALL KNOW HE IS DOING JUSTICE.
SO,LET'S NOT HOPE HE TAKES OVER FOR "JUDGE ALEX",AND YES,I AM WRITING A CHECK TO HIS CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE WE NEED THIS TYPE OF JUDGE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Anonymous said...

Re the attacks on J. Miller for her JA's post...........did it occur to any of you idiots that she doesn't monitor her JA's e mails?

Anonymous said...

Migna D. Sanchez is one of the most talented atty's in Miami. She is also one our hardest working Public Defenders.

Anonymous said...

You say Migda Sanchez is a good attorney and hard working public defehcer.Well from what I see in court few public defenders work very hard.By the way,what is her true name?Is it Sanchez or Llorens?I know Ms.Sanchez a/k/a Llorenz from the fed.p.d.office and she was asked to leave,although it then became mutual so she can have more time for herself.What a surprise coming back to Brummers office.She also is not very pleasant a person to anyone unless she wants something.
Be honest to yourself and you will agree.
Someone Who Knows

Anonymous said...

This Migna Sanchez is not real bright, has a terrible disposition, and, having seen her in action, cannot perpare a decent cross to save her life. In short, she'd make a perfect Dade County judge.

Anonymous said...

she is nasty indeed.

Anonymous said...

Sanchez went from being assistant public defender under Brummer to Kathy Williams office as assistant federal public defender at greatly increased pay.Now she returned to Brummers office.Must ask why so many changes in less than 10 years of practice.we know;less work and more time for self.

Dirty style said...

Migna D. in the house.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, I have taken it upon myself to investigate the email caper and my investigation has concluded that the Judges' emails are full of ass kissing, Dolphin talk, offers to babysit, for handyman and just crap. Judge Miller's JA did not make a mistake, she followed the norm. Ask Judge Slom. For what I was allowed to see, unless I was tricked, he seems send the Grease Pit's menu (1st Floor Restaurant in RGJB) via email often to everyone on the RGJB server. No wonder he has no time to have a calendar.

I think I heard this in a bad movie some time ago: "Don't hate the player, hate the game."

Can someone please copy some for everyone to see how ridiculous they are...

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Judge Ortiz, Judge Krieger Martin and McWhorter call on Judge Slump and Judge Leaveman to know how to rule on cases? For some reason, I keep hearing it from traffic attorneys. Ladies, stop using the lifeline as this is not a game show. Make a decision on your own or resign. It is hard enough to appear before you to have to consider what the other two line Judges would rule like.