To All Defense Attorneys and the Phantom Blogger
From Mike Catalano
This is my unofficial attempt to explain what we are doing with a little bit of comedy thrown in....very little comedy...
The hearings start at 1:30 pm on Thursday March 9th, Courtroom 4-1, MJB.
The first half hour will be wasted with speeches and nothing important.
Then, brief, hopefully very brief opening statements. Yea.... right.
First witness: Stephan Rose, MD. He will explain everything you really need to know about the intoxilzier. He will bring a machine for all to see.
We start with Dr. Mylar, the electrical engineer. He will explain that you really can not know what is going on in that box unless you have all the programs... like the source code.
State calls Laura Barfield. She is the FDLE boss. She will say, worry not... it works fine and we know it does because we take the word of the manufacturer and have no reason to ask any questions...
State then calls Mr. Schofield. He is the engineering boss at CMI, Inc..... the manufacturer of the machine. He will claim that the machine is fine and we should just take their word for it and he will claim that the 1983 microwave oven technology source code is a trade secret.
Last, they will call Chip Walls to rebut what Rose said. Funny, how a guy with a BS will try to rebut a MD when Walls does not even know what model intoxilizer we use in Dade County.
Most likely, there will be a future hearing date... in a week or so, when all judges will get together and hear final argument.
We hope to have this all wrapped up in two weeks
Rumpole replies: We are sure Richard Hersch will throw an elbow or two during cross and manage to link the fact the government was sure there were WMD's in Iraq with the current prosecution's position that if the FDLE says the machine is OK, then it must be OK.
Querry: why can't the machine be reverse engineered?
Housekeeping: a person posted on the blog using the name of a Judge. But the email address was anonymous. When a Judge makes a a post, it usually comes from their email with an 11th circuit attachment. Any email from anonymous with a Judge's name on it should be treated as phony.
I heard the PD's office hasn't told their attorneys about the arrest of the cop on perjury charges. Since they're barred from this blog, how will they defend their clients in cases where Gary is the eyeball? Guess the matter of lying cops doesn't bother the office too much.
Rumpole replies: we thought the issue of PD's access to the blog was settled. It is the SAO employees that don't have access to the web. The PD's do.
We leave with a few choice quotes from the Bard for our friends who do battle on the morrow:
One draught above heat makes him a fool; the second mads him; and a third drowns him.
"Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing."
A favorite quote of the Bard, but the title of the story escapes us at the moment.
Good Luck tomorrow Team Muldowny.
See You in Court.