Attorneys galore saw fit to comment on the number one problem in the profession of criminal defense in Miami: BAIL BONDSMEN who run cases to lawyers who split their fees with them.
Anonymous threw down the gauntlet:
Rump. If this blog and our profession are worth anything we should be able to show it now. Corrupt bail bondsman and their attorneys should be expelled from our community by the forces we control. if we do not defend our profession soon we will not be considered professionals. Rump, focus on this issue, make this one narrow issue an important one for the well-being of our profession, and your place in history will be yours forever.
Rumpole responds: Posts are coming in and people are naming names. But we are troubled by that. Its very easy to name a defense attorney, especially when the person is doing it anonymously, and claim the attorney named is splitting fees with bondsman. That could quickly turn this blog into a smear sheet, which we like to think we are not. So, dear readers, please help us. We propose this rule:
No post that names an attorney will be published unless that post comes from an email with that person’s name that can be verified. That means no secret accusations. This is our proposal, however we welcome comments. The problem is that it is not fair to make a secret accusation of this nature (note for you lunkheads who will whine…”rumpole you stay anonymous” the key phrase is "an accusation of this nature") with out it being verified. We are not the press, but we do take people’s reputations seriously. For instance, before posting the piece about Judge Slom, we had several email conversations with several people, including JC Planas.
This is a great topic for this blog. Maybe the prosecutors will read this and get off their duff and open an investigation. Quite frankly it would be hard to spit in Au Bon Pain without hitting an attorney who does this occasionally.
So email or post your suggestions about how to handle this potentially explosive topic.
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