Rumpole responds to some posts:
A PD ticked me off. He wrote this, inter alia:
Regardless of what has been said about Phil on this blog, which I think is often said for the same reason (to drive him nuts), he is way too cool of a guy to sit around blogging about gossip all day. I am relatively sure that he is not Rumpole. i think it is time to find another suspect.
Dear Mr PD:
We have refrained from commenting on how you and your friends spend your free time. As they say in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Crawford, Texas, “ I don't have a dog in that fight”.
Then we read this morning your dicta inferring that we spend all our day gossiping. Ignoring for the moment your questionable judgment on coolness, there are bigger fish to fry here. Where were you when our posts on important legal issues brought " zzzzzzzzz" out of the woodwork?
Did you write in with your thoughts on sentencing and whether a Judge should enhance a sentence after a trial?
Did you contribute to the conversation of the death penalty?
How about the issue of mistaken eye witness identification?
Did you bother to share your opinions about drug minimum mandatory sentencing?
The point is, we write about serious legal topics. It is your brethren in the hallowed halls of the PD’s office who spend their time talking about who is sleeping with whom, and who sleeps in their cars. The evidence on this blog is that your office contains the largest group of gossipers, malcontents, and lately, lawyers who suborn perjury in capital cases.
We are sick and tired of having people read the comments and attribute them to Rumpole. We don’t write that crap. So before you continue writing that Rumpole spends his time gossiping about people, I suggest you READ the blog, before criticizing the person who writes the blog.
The defense rests.
A Lawyer North of the Border responded to a post about a Broward Prosecutor who lost a case, and has been assigned to Mr. Cholakis’s case:
Way to poke a stick in the ASAs eyeball. You guys in Dade have a lot of class -- WOW! And, you really are smart too...in Broward, we would never come up with the idea of taunting the prosecutor on a case. Hey, do you think you jackasses could put on a CLE seminar on how to piss off and dare a prosecutor? Should be able to sign up tons of people for that. Wow, what professionals.
s/ Above you in latitude and class
We don’t know about the rest of you, but we can tell when we have been insulted. From the likes of what we have seen North of The Border, Broward Lawyers wouldn’t taunt a prosecutor because they are too afraid of getting them angry and losing their bottom of the guideline plea offer.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and Broward has a contingent of dedicated defense lawyers that try their share of cases. But we will not stand by silently and be lectured by some (ostensibly) “jeans wearing, no tie, good ol’boy defense attorney who cowers before Judges lest they tick them off and not get called out of turn first.”
The State Attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit has an announced policy of not dismissing cases once they are filed, even when discovery shows that a client is innocent. The Broward ASA’s have told us, and others, that their office policy is that the jury should be the one’s to find someone not guilty. And the defense bar North of The Border just sits there and lets them get away with it, without nary a bar complaint filed.
Anyway, we welcome our friends North Of the Border to Dade and our blog. We may be wearing a suit and tie, but we still feel some kinship with you and your kind.
Plus, your signature was kind of funny.
See You In Court, not wearing jeans.
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