Is it too much to ask for Miami’s only daily newspaper to properly and correctly cover the legal community in Miami? Or should we indulge the Herald in its stupid mistakes, because they make good headlines?
Case in point, the local coverage of the Muldowny Hearings.
The blurb on the bottom of the front page of today's local section states" Judges Act As Jury In DUI Case."
Lets play our current favorite game of count the errors.
1) The Judges aren't acting as jury (as the article on page 3 admits).
2) Its not a DUI case. Its a consolidated motion convering more than 600 defendants.
But why let a little thing like the truth stand between a good headline?
Now, is the Herald really that stupid to believe that all the county court judges will be the jury for a DUI case? Of course not. But rather than report the truth, the Herald resorts to an eye catching headline that panders to public misperception of the legal system.
The article on the Muldowny hearings written by Natalie McNeal correctly states that the Judges are all sitting together to listen to the evidence and that each Judge is free to issue their own separate rulings. So if the Herald knows that, why print a patently false headline?
However, Ms. McNeal is not totally off the hook. The article states "Represented by three defense attorneys- two private and one public defender- are at least 600 defendants charged with DUI in Miami."
WRONG. WRONG WRONG.
Querry: is the reporter that clueless or just unable to properly explain the actual scenario?
As we all know, the attorneys for the 600 DUI defendants all agreed to have the three lawyers handle the motions for the entire group of defendants.
Is that so hard to write?
Why mislead the public into believing three lawyers have 600 clients when nothing could be further from the truth? Of course, why mislead the public into believing Judges are acting as a Jury in a DUI prosecution?
Where is our favorite local scribe Oh Susannah when we need her?
As to the Muldowny Hearings, not one word. Not one brave soul has volunteered to act as our eyes and ears on the scene.
“Where is Task Force Muldowny? The World Awaits.”
(Anyone catch the allusion to Admiral Nimitz’s famous wire to Admiral Halsey in the Battle of Leyte Gulf? “Where is Task Force 38? The World Awaits.”
Students of military tactics know that in the naval battle for Leyte Gulf, the Japanese, knowing about US Admiral "Bull” Halsey’s temperament, created through radio traffic a fake naval force, and falsely conveyed to Halsey the idea he could trap the Japanese. The ploy worked to an extent, drawing Halsey and his Naval Forces away from Leyte Gulf and his assignment to guard the San Bernadino Straits. With the Straits unguarded, Japanese Admiral Kurita's Naval force moved through undetected, threatening and attacking US Admiral Sprague's "baby carriers."
These are the times we fondly think about Judge Manny Crespo.)
See You In Court, reading the Sun Sentinel.
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