Sunday, July 30, 2006
BANNED BY BRUMMER
WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF THE DADE PUBLIC DEFENDER:
They defend the worst this community has to offer.
Accused of murder, sexual assault, child abuse, clients march into the Dade County Public Defenders office confident that they will be treated with respect and dignity.
All are welcome, and the young and dedicated attorneys who staff that offfice have taken oaths to defend their clients to the best of their ability.
Yes, all of society’s downtrodden and outcast are welcome and provided succor and assistance when they trod through the doors at 1320 NW 14th Street.
But for a certain exclusive club of lawyers, ex-employees of Bennett Brummer, it’s a different story.
You see, these lawyers are
from the Law Offices Of Bennett Brummer, the elected Dade County Public Defender.
Like a bloated and corrupt ruler of the apprachik that one would expect to find in the former Soviet Union and not Miami, Brummer comes down hard on all who dare oppose his thirty plus year reign.
The "terrible two" PD's who ran against Brummer in the last election (Gabe Martin and Lonnie Richardson) are rumored to be banned.
So too is the elegant Lynn Overmann, who is such a good lawyer that earlier this year she managed not only to have charges against her client dismissed, but the officer who arrested him arrested himself for perjury.
"Country” Dave Pettus is rumored to have a restraining order against him.
What in the name of Nixonian Paranoia is going on at 1320 NW 14th Street?
Engage in some perceived slight against the Czar of 14th Street, and out you go!
Why would anyone care about being banned from the PD’s office?
The office is used by criminal defense attorneys to take depositions of prosecution witnesses in criminal cases. In many cases where multiple defendants are accused of a crime in the same case, the Public Defenders office has the responsibility to schedule depositions and coordinate the schedules of the attorneys working on the case.
But when you are part of the few, the proud, the banned, no depositions for you.
You are reduced to being turned away at the door and the whole lot – attorneys, court reporters, and witnesses have to trudge in the summer heat around the corner with their tails between their legs to the State Attorneys Office and hold out their hands and beg like the orphaned attorneys they are:
”Please sir may I have a depo room?”
Moral Of the Story:
You can be accused of any crime, and no matter how horrid the accusations, Bennett Brummer and his lawyers are there to help.
Just don’t insult the grand poobah of the poor; the Czar of 14th Street; the big kahunna of indigent defense.
Because if you do, you are tried, convicted, and banned.
All without benefit of Judge or Jury (or even the Public Defenders)
See You In Court.
PS: We almost managed to do an entire post about the PD’s office and not mention Mr. Stein and his morning Danish.