Anonymous found an inspiring quote:
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the blog, and that cannot be limited without being lost.Thomas Jefferson, 1786
DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF BLOGGING:
Well Rump, this morning I purchased a wireless internet connection under a fake company name in order to blog on this site. I am sitting on the beach somewhere in Miami and have not even told my kids where we are at. On the way here I blindfolded them so as to confuse them all in an effort to avoid being detected. Listen, I don't believe the subpoena bullshit, but I just feel better doing it this way. I will check in later, when the sun sets
Rump, as you are soon to be outted, and are sending overt signals that you are seeking employment at a local newspaper, please don't forget us if it all hits the fan. We believed in you, you will lead us to a better land, please, please do not let us down. I have a career at stake, kids at Ransom and a tuition at Duke to pay. Please. I am serious. My comments about Leifman were in jest
brave in the face of danger,
courageous in the face of overwhelming odds,
rest assured that Rumpole can be counted on…..
to ditch you losers at the first offer of a minimum wage job doing something other than hacking around the REGJB.
WE HAVE COUNSEL:
Lauri Ross, Esq., wrote:
I love Rumpole, have my own suspicions as to his(yes, I think Rumpole is a man) identity, but will happily sign on as the pro bono lawyer to quash any subpoenas. Sincerely, Lauri Waldman Ross
Rumpole responds: You’re hired! Mainly because we could afford your fee.
You love us???and we haven’t even been on a date yet.
Remember that old adage:
he who dates his lawyer…..
is usually eligible for parole after 20 years.
Anonymous decided confession is indeed good for the soul:
Hell, as long as we are all being outed, Kathy is the best, I love Judge Miller, Bennett is a phenom, cops never lie, and ASA's are truly doing god's work.
Does there now exist a Blog police ? In south florida they can't even arrest and prosecute most real criminals much less blogers who's opinion they don't like.
Rumpole responds: yes, and there is also a Blog defense team: for $69.00 a lawyer with no experience will go to court and defend you and guarantee you no points on your blog license or your money back.
A PUBLIC APOLOGY AND A THANK YOU
It was one of those cold and blustery South Florida winter days. Highs in the low 70’s, winds out of the NE at 5 mph, 5% chance of rain. The weather being so bad, we were sitting around feeling gloomy because we had no cases to try and no Judge had recently done anything as stupid as calling a PD at home to berate her for overturning his excessive 30 year sentence on appeal. (one day, somehow, someway, someone will come forward and confirm that story so that this Judge can stand before the court of public opinion.)
Anyway, for no particular reason, we took a cheap and undeserved shot at Mr. T, Brian Tannebaum. We said that his attendance in Tallahassee for the start of the legislative session left us feeling uncomfortable. No real reason behind the words, it was just one of those days.
The fact is that Mr. Tannebaum has been in Tallahassee several times, alerting defense attorneys to the Tallahassee Lassies’s attempts to undermine the Constitution, and fighting the good fight. Mr. Tannbaum shortly will conclude his year as president of the Miami Chapter of the FACDL and during that year he has taken some rough shots in the pages of this blog. We think he has done a fine job. We should all remember that his work thwarting those publicity hungry, constitutionally ignorant Lassies, was time he donated to causes he believes in.
So we say: “Thank you. Job Well Done.”
Because of our renewed friendship with Mr. T, he was able to exclusively email us a proposed bill that was successfully killed in committee:
“A BILL, TO CHANGE THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN DUI CASES.
WHEREAS The Florida Legislature has been told that DUI is a serious problem.
WHEREAS The Florida Legislature has been told that the apparatchiks employed by the KOMMISAR OF KONTY KORT are regularly thwacked at trial, thwarting the KOMMISAR’S commandment that all who drive shall pay with a conviction.
WHEREAS The Florida Legislature has a working knowledge of the habits of the citizens of Dade County,
BE IT ENACTED, That as of October 1, 2006, all individuals found to be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within the borders of Dade County, are declared to be impaired. At trial of any driver in Dade County, it shall be the Defendant’s burden to prove himself or herself innocent, and unless the Defendant overcomes that burden by proof beyond any possible shadow of any possible doubt, no matter how small the doubt remaining, the jury shall be instructed to find the Defendant guilty.
BE IT ENACTED That as Of October 1, 2006, any individual who refuses a breath test at the request of any law enforcement officer shall : 1) be beaten to a bloody pulp by Metro Dade Police Officer Jerry Davenport (see DUI ToughGuy post on November 23, 2005 ) and shall 2) be sentenced to perform 1 thousand hours of community service at the Dade County State Attorneys office Traffic division.
Rumpole gives heartfelt thanks to our FACDL representatives for beating back this proposed law.
NO FAN OF JUDGE HERNANDEZ:
Regarding the comment about Leifman's JA... The poster fails to recognize the difference between excercising one's right to free expression, on the one hand, and being paid to shill for a campaign.D'Arce, when he decided to make money as a "political operative," just to use his own lawyer's words, lost a huge chunk of the protection afforded him by the first amendment.And Rumpole, whatever goodwill Judge Hernandez had before this incident has evaporated with his refusal to fire D'Arce for his gross ethical lapses. It reflects poorly on his judgment, his character and his ethics.
Rumpole notes that your opinion is shared by many, and is probably why his honor has opposition at the polls. Dade County, the bastion of freedom and democracy can be counted on the make the right decision in this election.
Our citizens, when they vote, live by this credo:
cada candidato con un apellido hispánico para arriba para la elección o la reelección ganará, no importa qué son las calificaciones de su opositor.
This is life folks. Nobody complained when anyone named Klein could become a Judge and Rudy Sorrondo could not win an election.
FERNANDLE HAS A DRIVER? CAN SHE PUTT??
Ray is a super guy. Ray, however did what many prosecutors do, but he did it in public. Ray losing his job is the proper thing. But, why does KFR not test prosecutors before they start working? Why is there not random drug testing? How many times has KFR been DUI? Now KFR has a driver? How many times has a prosecutor and dj been involved with such activities? Hmmmmmmmmmmm
Rumpole says, fire the driver, have one less drink, and pay your ASA’s more.
See You In Court. We drive ourselves to court.
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