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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

CENSORSHIP??? TAKE THE POLL

This is really concerning us.
People use foul language in their posts.
OK, what do you expect from educated attorneys?
But it is demeaning when this blog is meant in the spirit of fun and good humor.
Yes, we deal with serious matters. But we much prefer to make fun of Judge Jose Rodriguez for tossing his ball in the air and wearing a microphone like Madonna, or laugh at Judge Areces for making attorneys argue JOA motions before the jury, then read a post with a half a dozen curse words about someone.

For instance, here is a fun post, probably not from the person who is listed as posting it, but we like it:

Warren D. Schwartz said...
Hello Bloggers! I wish to extend my sincere thanks for all of your support in the PD election poll. As those know me will attest, I have waited patiently in the wings.

Now, ITS MY TIME! My lifetime of legal accomplishments has brought me to this stage. The other candidates to replace Mr. B simply do not have my experience or ability.
I have spoken to Brummer and he will be stepping down this afternoon.
Based on my overwhelming victory, I have a clear mandate for change.
There will be 3 main rules: 1. all men must wear bow ties and shave their heads bald. 2. no more jury trials--clients only get hurt from that approach. I've personally tried over 100 without a victory. 3. no more slave hours. All pd's from here on shall work the hours I work and no more. Together we will build a better tomorrow!
Sincerely, Warren D. Schwartz

This is a post that made us laugh.

We are truly undecided how to remedy the problem we are concerned about.
So, for the very first time, we present a poll that means something.

Vote in the poll. Submit emails pro and con, and a decision will be made.

The choice is: free for all posting and then we delete the offensive posts that violate our few rules: posting personal information about Judges or attorneys like their home address or posts relating to their families.


OR

A post is submitted, we review it and up it goes so long as it does not violate the rules.


We can only say that we have worked hard to let all posts stay up, even posts that we consider rude or offensive about friends. You will have to trust us to put up 99% of the posts.

Or, it stays as is, and someone posts an offensive post while we are on an airplane, then it stays up for a day and someone's reputation gets tarnished.

Help us decide.
See You In Court.
Rumpole.


PS. We stand in awe of our favorite federal court blogger, David O Markus with a K. Check out his blog and see that THE US Attorney asked Mr. Markus to post his comments on his blog. Somehow, we can't see Kathy Ferundle seeking our help, especially when credible rumors reach us that her Komissar Of Kounty Kort has threatened to fire any of her young prosecutors who are caught posting on the this blog. Take heart young ASA's, we are behind you. You can post here all you want and remain anonymous. Our motto is that no "flowery" prosecutor can ascare us.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

moderate the postings. sometimes it is too annoying and time consuming to wade through the "douchebag/a-hole/f-bird" posts to read the worthwhile entertaining comments. leave the potty mouth in 7th grade where it belongs.......

Anonymous said...

A tarnished reputation is hard to repair. Make it as hard as possible to do so.

Censorship? Give me a break. Rump, you don't have to provide a soapbox for destructive comments. It's only censorship if you prevent them from posting the info ANYWHERE.

Anonymous said...

"The choice is: free for all posting and then we delete the offensive posts that violate our few rules: posting personal information about Judges or attorneys like their home address or posts relating to their families."

The home address of judges concerns me too, as long as Juan is not in custody.

I think it's f----ng impossible to censor the profanity. Too many children in the gerstein building.

Rump - if you want to become a moderator, I'd advise you to take down the blog and chalk it up as a failed experiment in trying to get the people who live in the criminal justice system to act like professionals.

Now watch what follows, a bunch of f-yous......

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, try moderating, leave up the FU posts, just stop the ones that violate the rules. Plus, has anyone considered that Katie Phong is the blogger? Although I still think its a DUI guy like Blecher or Jimbo Best, or maybe both of them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rumpole, here's another option: if someone wants to post something personal about an attorney or a judge---like they're on the take or they're beating their wives---then no more "Anonymous." Let 'em post the comment but make them put their name on it. Let's see how quick these so-called 'in the know' people are willing to back up the trash and lies they spout.

Anonymous said...

fuck (and it many derivatives) are just words. what's the big deal? if we're all adults, why cry about a few f-bombs here and there? and is douchebag really profanity? i don't think it is. douchebags aren't dirty... they're clean... think summer rain fresh.

Anonymous said...

has it occurred to anyone that people on this damn blog can spell "douche" correctly but can't spell words like "caught" to save themselves????

Anonymous said...

an opportunist like katie would never do anything anonymously

Anonymous said...

it's gotta be a DUI guy/woman. too much county court stuff.

Anonymous said...

Komissar of Kounty Kort? KKK? Should we be running from white sheets too? Didn't know if that was innuendo or not.

Anonymous said...

Everything's coming up Daisys and daffodils???

CAPTAIN said...

ELECTION RESULTS:

Congrats to Assistant Public Defender Steve Levine, who yesterday was re-elected to serve a second term as a Commissioner in the Town of Surfside.

True to his calling of public service, the job pays $1 a year.

Anonymous said...

Steve Levine versus Steve Leifman???

Anonymous said...

Sarmiento,

Go private, open an office in Hialeah, get 3 or 4 bondsman on the roll and you're laughing all the way to the bank. The funny thing is that SArmiento had 14 pills on him when he was caught and $300.51 on him, and by the time he made it to DCJ he had 7 pills and $0 on him. Conclusion, not only is Space a career killer but Miami Police are fucking fucking fucking thieves. If this doesn't make Sarmiento go private I don't know what will.

Anonymous said...

censorship is FUCKING LAME. let it all come in. the words "fucking douchebag" have a certain special connotation that the words "stupid jerk" just don't have. it's funny that attorneys can deal with some really horrible people and crimes on a daily basis, but then get all upset about a few "bad words."

Anonymous said...

The Komissar of Kounty Kort, Ms. Flowerpower, has a lot of nerve telling people they can not communicate.