Here are four comments we received on our “Censorship” problem:
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.
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.