Saturday, February 03, 2007


One of our favourite robed readers, who distinguishes himself with his thoughtful comments, leaves the REGJB for the land of marital malaise and discord:

Judge Rob Pineiro said...
Just wanted to say, in the words of one of our more celebrated state governors, "Hasta la vista, baby." Believe it or not, I will miss the place--It has been my "home" for over 21 years, counting SAO time.

However, much more than the Justice Building, I will miss the people who labor there.Call me naive, if you wish, but I truly believe the vast majority of us do labor to seek the truth and justice.

Lately, I have noticed a lot of sniping going on, allegely between "prosecutors" and "defense attorneys" as to their "personal characters." Said sniping is based soley on stereotyping people by their occupations. If you treat each person you meet as a unique individual you may very well be pleseantly surprised to find a kindred spirit--someone trying to do his job the best he can and as honorably as possible. After all, we are each the "hero" of our personal sagas and want to believe we are worthy of our own good self opinion. [Rumpole can't help but interject: very wise words indeed by an astute observer of the human condition. Buddhist in a way.]

Without, naming names (I do not want to subject people to public scrutiny on the blog) let me give you a couple of examples as to why the stereotypes are wrong.

This past tour of duty I witnessed a prosecutor reduce a 3 year min man for a "career criminal" to 18 months state prison. The prosecutor did this voluntarily and with absolutely nothing to gain. The defendant had already pled guilty and was sentenced to the min man. The only compensation to the prosecutor--the intense and well earned pleasure of knowing he did what was right, given the situation.

I also have witnessed, on more than one occassion, a defense attorney recommend a drug program for his client instead of an adjudication with credit for time served--looking out for his clients best interests in the long run.

Though I am no longer presiding at REG/JB, perhaps y'all can help me. I am currently assigned to the Family division and I am told I will be expected to use something called "judicial discretion". Any of you know what that is? I tried looking the term up, but couldn't find it in any of the Florida criminal statutes.

"So long" but not "goodbye" for as in the further words of that celebrated state governor--"I'll be baaack."
Friday, February 02, 2007 2:19:00 PM

Rumpole said...

Au revoir Judge P, we will see you again, but it is not likely our paths will cross in Family court. Pehaps you might see us at a nearby lunch spot as we battle it out with the Feds.

Rumpole's New American Legal Dictionary:

Judicial Discretion: The act of making a decision one or both parties in a lawsuit will praise you for in court, and curse you for behind your back.

Noun: "I pay $2000 a month in judicial discretion temporary alimony"

Verb: "I got judicial discretioned outta my house in the divorce case."

Adjective: "That judge can take his judicial discretionary decsion and shove it.

Rumpole welcomes Judge Venzer who takes over Judge Pinero's division. It's been a long time since she was sitting in the REGJB in DUI land, and now she's joined the line-up in the big leagues. (Here come the private emails from the County Court Judges cursing me.)

Welcome: And watch out for our curve ball.


Fake Ditka said...

whoose gonna win dis super bowl? da bears...

Anonymous said...

David Lee Roth Back as Van Halen Singer
Feb 3, 7:46 AM EST

The rumors were true. Van Halen will reunite with original singer David Lee Roth for a summer tour of North America.

"I am very excited to get back to the core of what made Van Halen," guitarist Eddie Van Halen said in a statement posted Friday on the band's Web site announcing a 40 city tour. No specific dates have been named.

It will be the first time that Roth performs live with the band since 1984, when he was replaced by Sammy Hagar. A brief reunion with Roth in 1996 resulted in two new songs but no tour.

Original bassist Michael Anthony will not be a part of the reunion. Late last year he was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang.

On March 12 Van Halen will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.

Anonymous said...

that shit is funny

Haikku harry said...

Personally I say
that I like the rumor
that Rump De LA Rump
Is Alan J Shuminer.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I think a great idea is to post a poll on the left hand side listing all the judges names in the 2008 election and ask which judge deserves opposition in 2008.

I would love to see who gets the most voted from the bloggers.

Friday, February 02, 2007 10:34:00 PM


Anonymous said...

Venzer showed up for 9am calendar
at 10:30am yesterday. Hey lady this
ain't civil court get with the
program. People actually work and
have other things to do besides
waiting two hours for your highness to show up. And I mean both clients and attorneys.

Let's just hope you don't compound
the issue by taking late comers into custody.

Anonymous said...

Piniero has a fiery temper and we've had our battles, but when it comes right down to it, he is a great judge and a hell of a guy. I'm sorry to see him go.

Meeskite said...

He might be a kvetcher but I think it's Blecher...Rumpole that is.

The Running Man said...

He is no chump

so he could be the Rump

He looks like Magneeto

This man called Pracitto

Pete the Poet said...

I'm so sorry Harry

We will have to parry

On the I.D. of Rumpole

That is all our goal

Anonymous said...

Rumpole is Joe Farina!

Anonymous said...

The orange member of Pracitto
is caused by his fondness
for a giant bag of Cheetos

Anonymous said...

Venzer is in Juvi ?

Rumpole said...


Anonymous said...

What happened to the rudolph song? It was funny!

Fake Alan Dershowitz said...

To: 2:02PM

Hey give Venzer a break...Do you know why she was late? Could it have been something to do with her two daughters? Or some other good reason or are you just looking to slam a good Judge. She is a thoughtful, intelligent, and liberal(fair) jurist who tries to do the right thing even when it may not be popular. She's on the criminal bench for two days and you're already complaining get a life.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rumpolio why did you take down the Rudolph song? Put it back.

Jerry McGuire said...

David Lee Rothman is the lead singer for Van Halen...You're kidding me. I thought he was only a lawyer, I did'nt know he could sing! I have to sign him up and get my percentage.

Anonymous said...

Get used to it Venzer was ALWAYS LATE in juvenile, now its time for the attorneys at REG to spend time waiting around for her. Oh and just to give you a heads up, she gets lots of calls on the bench from those little girls of hers!

Anonymous said...

Come on GINA,
Bank some money
2008 is getting closer and the slots a filling up.
Go talk to Polly Penquin, she'll give you good advice again.
Ready! Set! Locke "N Load.

Anonymous said...

Venzer is not a good judge and should not be in the criminal division.

Anonymous said...

I vote Johnny Davidson for judge, because he will root for the kitchen when the grease is hot and the Bears shall triumph. That's all.

Rumpole said...


Anonymous said...

to fake dershowitz -

It's a question of common decency
for other professionals and whether Judge Venzer has forgotten
that she is an elected public official and now thinks that she
is a Queen.

Moreober, the issue comes down to whether she remembers that she is just one election from being a regular lawyer again or whether she believes she is entitled to her little throne and thus can act
however she pleases.

Often times we elect these Judges and lo and behold as soon as they
get to the bench they start acting
like prima donnas.


Anonymous said...

The usual C trial will take two weeks in front of venzer. when she was in DUI every single objection required a side bar.

She will be another judge that the PD's love like most of the rest of the MJB.

Anonymous said...

Goodnight State.

Anonymous said...

Batman says:

As I advised all of you some months ago, watch out for Judge Venzer. Don't get in her cross-hairs. Don't worry about being on time. Don't worry about fairness, because it will not exist.

If you like selfish, self-righteous, egomaniacal, nasty and abusive then she is your gal. Yes, she takes calls from her children while on the bench. If you want to stay on her good side, you must tell her how wonderful she is, how smart she is and how perfect she is. Also tell her how "delicious" her children are and she will do anything for you.

Be careful who you talk to about her, she has her tentacles everywhere. In particular be wary of Judges Schuminer and Leesfield. Buddy buddy, don't ya know.

Anonymous said...

Batman, I still think you are an ass, but Judge Venzer is a hoe.

Someone needs to run against her, Leesfield and that stupid Shuminer.

Take the trash out ya'll!