Candidate Enriquez wrote in to clear the record:
In response to your query whether I am the same Carlos Alberto Enriquez that was issued a final order in 1994 denying an Ohio Securities Salesman License, let me assure you that I am not. The Carlos Alberto Enriquez you mention to the best of my knowledge and belief was an “accountant” who lived in Coral Gables, Florida. I remember being called by several reporters back then to verify if I was that Carlos Alberto Enriquez. I am not. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of getting “the record” on the Justice Building Blog straight.
Candidate Mendez ponied up the dough:
CAMPAIGN UPDATE:MENDEZ IS IN. Gina Mendez paid her qualifying fee today and she is officially a candidate to unseat Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Schwartz.
CAPTAIN OUT .............
Left Hook Al to run again Judge Mills Francis?
This guy Millan is putting in against Mills Francis if he has not already.
Rumpole notes that there is currently no way to confirm the rumor that Left Hook Al will be flying to Tallahassee tomorrow to beat up any candidate who files in the same slot he files.
To those attorneys new (or newer) to our little world, Friday is the deadline for attorneys who want to file to run for Judge. It is sort of a tradition for candidates, political big-wigs, and attorneys who want to be "players" to fly to Tallahassee and hang around the clerk's office where candidates go to register.
It is also a tradition for Judges facing election to fly to Tallahassee armed to the teeth so as to prevent anyone from filing against them. Tales of flying tackles in the hallway outside the clerk’s office, sexy stewardesses plying potential candidates with liquor on the plane, back room deals, oral sexual favors and the like, are part what makes up the proud history of the Judiciary in Dade County. (The Judges of The Eleventh Judicial Circuit- our motto: “Why work for a living when you can do this?”)
This Friday at noon (which is the deadline) , if you walk the usually empty corridors of the REGJB and listen closely, those sounds you hear will either be cries of joy or the agonizing wail of a Judge who faces the distinct possibility of returning to the world where not everyone laughs at your jokes, clients bounce checks on you, and having to deal with one of the good lord’s worst creations: newly elected judges who think they know it all.
To all our robed readers: good luck.
To some of our robed readers: good riddance.
“Ties that bind” brought in this response:
No ties in Court? Maybe we could also allow jeans, and open collar shirts with slip on shoes and no socks. It could be called the "Scott Saul" rule. Or, perhaps, we could show some respect for the courtroom, and dress appropriately.
Rumpole notes that it is important to show respect to the court. However, how many Judges wear jeans and t-shirts below their robes? Ties should be worn in trial. But during summer, we think, as much as it galls us to admit it, North of the Border has the right idea: the 50% of attorneys who have to wear ties (men) should be relieved of this burden during the summer, or at least until the Bush Administration hires scientists who know how to use a thermometer and admit that global warming is a reality.
FARINA IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DAY TWO
Rumpole wonders if any members of the judiciary care to comment on the rule that interpreters may not tell family members of a defendant what just occurred in court? How about those members of the Judiciary that are facing an election? How about those candidates for the Judiciary? This is a valid election issue that should be discussed. All statements for or against the FARINA RULE will be published by this blog.
See You In Court.
No truth to the rumor that the chief judge has ordered all sharp objects removed from all judicial chambers in anticipation of Friday’s noon deadline.