Wednesday, March 21, 2007

LOCASCIO GUILTY!!!

BREAKING NEWS

ED LOCASCIO, THE CPA ON TRIAL FOR ORDERING HIS BROTHER TO MURDER HIS WIFE WAS FOUND GUILTY TODAY AROUND 5:00 PM ON ALL COUNTS. THE TRIAL WILL NOW ENTER THE PENALTY PHASE.

Veteran courthouse observers called this one close. No body, no murder weapon, and with the actual killer already convicted, veteran prosecutor Gayle Levine was without many of the usual advantages Major Crimes Prosecutors have up their sleeve when they go to trial. Throw in the lead detective's admitted affair with a witness, and you have all the makings of a real Miami trial- sex and murder were once again intertwined in a REGJB courtroom.

Locascio was more than ably represented by ace criminal defense attorneys Bob Amsel and David Raben, who now find themselves in the unenviable position of fighting for their client's life. The defense did not have an easy time of it, with a pending divorce between the departed Mrs. Locascio and her CPA husband providing all the motive a Miami jury needed to find Locascio guilty. There were whispers of a senile juror, which may complicate matters in phase two. Judge Stan Blake presided over the three week trial with his usual common sense and fair approach to matters. With the defense down but not out, the only question left is whether this one goes to the Third DCA (if the defendant is sentenced to life) or directly to the Supreme Court (if the defendant is sentenced to death.)

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

get me bruce fleisher!!!!

Anonymous said...

fleisher? i'd take naftaly wachs in a situation like this...

Anonymous said...

Korda: There's the usual names- Haddad, Bogenshutz, Black. I want the best.

Korda's advisor: The real drop dead best?

Korda. yeah.

Korda's advisor: The Money Is No Object Best?

Korda: Yeah.

Korda's Advisor: Then I have one letter for you.

Korda: What?

Korda's Advisor: Q
When people are in trouble- they call lawyers.

When lawyers or Judges are in trouble- they call the Q.

Fear the Q
Respect the Q

Close your eyes
become the Q

Anonymous said...

Fear the Shumie
Respect the Shumie

Once he stops yelling at you
Speak with the Shumie.

fake brummer said...

get me koch

Anonymous said...

Get me LEVINE. She kicked ASS!

Anonymous said...

Phil would have gotten a nolle prosse.

Anonymous said...

Get me Lipinski!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love to Attah-Q
You pew-Q guts out
Samatta with Q?

You no likey?
Fuh-Q

Anonymous said...

Hey Fake Brummer: How do you get that pic up there?

Rumpole said...

The NY Times Reported this today. I wonder what Mr. Laeser's view is on this, as he has touched on this subject before:


Damage to an area of the brain behind the forehead, inches behind the eyes, transforms the way people make moral judgments in life-or-death situations, scientists are reporting today. In a new study, people with this rare injury expressed increased willingness to kill or harm another person if doing so would save others' lives.

Damage to the Prefrontal Cortex Increases Utilitarian Moral Judgements (Nature)The findings are the most direct evidence to date that humans’ native revulsion for hurting others relies on a part of neural anatomy, one that likely evolved before the brain regions responsible for analysis and planning.

Anonymous said...

Seasons don't fear the Q
Only the wind and the sun and the rain
you can be like they are
come on baby
don't fear the Q
you'll be ready to fly

abe laeser said...

Horace,
Do you think that I would suggest blanket lobotomies? Sterilizations to prevent breeding? NEVER !

I know that there are broken people. Some have brain damage. Some have led lives so terrible that they have been deprived of any moral guidance. Sociopaths often find harming another a relatively simple act, if it serves their narcissictic purposes.

Once they are broken, and embark on crimes hardly imaginable - should society have the right to punish? If not, then these persons cannot EVER be convicted of ANY crimes.

But, if they can legally be found guilty of crimes, and they commited a terrible capital homicide, they must face the possibility of the ultimate punishment; just like those of us who believe that we are not broken.

P.S. My NY Times was not delivered today, I will try to find the item on-line.

P.S.S. What a win for Gail. You go girl!

Anonymous said...

This conviction takes the pressure off Alan Ross for the Joyce Cohen conviction.
The firm is batting a .1000.

Which one of this duo is qualified to do a death penalty phase. Have they ever attended a life over death seminar?

Anonymous said...

Fleisher got the brother life already......

Rumpole said...

Ms. Levine should be the recipient of much deserved kudos. That was quite a win in a very tough case, with very good attorneys for the defense.

I think you misunderstand my post- the thrust of the article as I read it, is the issue of will and intention versus structure of the brain. Us liberal defense attorneys who always look for an excuse are intrigued with the possibility that criminality is based on brain structure-brain injury-or brain deformity versus a persons intention or desire to committ a crime.

The article is just grist for the mill.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Levine knows this case is not a death case. She never would have won the case in front of a regular jury. Standard major crime tactic - empanel a death qualified jury and turn those conservatives loose. The question we should all be asking is whether or not there are ethical concerns with obtaining that unfair advantage with full knowledge that this is not a true death case.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Gail. I worked with Gail (as a now former ASA) and her work ethic, trial skills, and wondeful personality (seriously) make her the great person and prosecutor that she is. Good job on the trial.
-"Go Gail, Go Gail, Go Gail, Go."

old guy said...

Hiring someone to kill your spouse for money is not a death case? How about if we let a jury decide. That is the law, is it not? And you cannot let a jury decide unless you pick a death qualified jury.

spicoli said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but, if a biological explanation for a homicide vitiates the moral culpability of an individual who kills in cold blood, then, the law ought preclude the death penalty because of insanity.

Respectfully, an argument against this is not one which relies on "blanket labotomies." That's a red herring. If the defense chooses a brain scan, not the prosecutor, and can demonstrate the proper quantum of proof, the death penalty ought not be used in that instance at least. However, because of the epistemic worry of killing an innocent person falsely convcted, the death penalty ought be banned en toto.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole has been uncovered he is :

Attorney E. Joseph Ryan, Jr.

Was a former ASA many years ago was defense counsel for numerous juvi TPR cases.

Ask anyone who is friends with him that Rumpoles writing skills and humor well seem to be identical. Although Phil. R has the same humor and can be mistaken as Rumpole based on his written papers over the years.

Investigate and you will find Rumpole in Attorney E. Joseph Ryan, Jr.

Ps. he is a great guy.

Anonymous said...

Dial Q for Quaaludes...

You'll fly baby.

Anonymous said...

Old guy: Murder for hire is so passe and definately was death worthy back in your day, like when we were still actually hanging people for stealing cattle. Now, come on, even if the jury imposes death, Supreme Court of Fla (as you like to say) would never affirm.

Anonymous said...

9:15 is correct. at least the cpa looks like he did it, unlike joyce cohen. ross really blew the joyce cohen case. he almost put her in the chair with his incompentece.you are right, they are batting .1000. look for a rule 3 against ross very soon....

Anonymous said...

Wow! Predicting a Rule 3 on a guilty verdict...you, 11:13, are a true profit...asshole.

Sam I Am said...

Rumpole, you're still missing the point with the death penalty.

All this talk about mental-capacity and a broken judicial system is interesting, but it doesn't get to the heart of the matter-

What do you do with a securely incarcerated prisoner who having grown-up in a loving family, and being free of mental defect, decides, of his own free-will, to kill a few young children.

My opinion is that individuals may kill, without condemnation, if it is reasonably necessary to do so to protect themselves or others. I'm not going to take guns away from police or stuff flowers into army rifles. But having taken a person into secure custody, there is virtualy no basis to conclude it reasonably necessary to kill that person.

Anonymous said...

Rump is E. Joseph Ryan, Jr.??? He Who Must Not Be Named would have a cow.

Eric "Pancho" Estrada said...

All this talk about the death penalty, murder trials, and such has got me thinking......who is the best traffic ticket lawyer? I know many here on this sacred site look down on these pavement purveyors, however they too have earned their J.D.'s and make a living as lawyers. Rather than seperate and isolate lets try to find some common ground and be willing to admit that they perform an important job and protectthose that have the need for speed and just can't drive 55. So put aside your bias and prejudice and come up with a list of the top 5 or 10 traffic ticket attorney's.

Anonymous said...

Had Locascio called the Q, feared the Q, respected the Q and closed his eyes and become the Q, he'd be out in the streets today.

Wyatt Earp said...

Scott " Six Gun " Hidnert

Earl Rogers said...

Locasio would have hired Scott Hidnert for a contract hit on his own attorney if he would have been unfortunate to end up with "the Q" as his legal representative. How many capital murder cases has "Q" done anyway?

Leadfoot said...

Mark " I have lotsa " Gold

Anonymous said...

does anyone know who were the incompent attorneys who represented the "bird road rapist" at trial? they must have been true idiots to let an innoncent man get convicted.

Anonymous said...

Here is my list for the top five traffic lawyers:

1. Cheapest
2. Second Cheapest
3. Third Cheapest
4. Fourth Cheapest
5. Fifth Cheapest

Note, in the event of a tie, the tiebreaker would be broken by determination of which lawyer will send the best looking associate to court on my case.

Anonymous said...

So, where is George Cholakis these days?

John Denver said...

Sunny " Sunshine on my Shoulder" Golden

Anonymous said...

Cholakis is working as a paralegal researching obscure and archaic Florida Statutes regarding traffic rules and regs. for the world class, first class, a-number one traffic attorney Phil Reizenstein.

Cal Mapp said...

Top 10 Traffic Ticket Lawyers:

10. Ed Frank
9. Randy Maultasch
8. Marc Gold
7. Scott Hidnert
6. George Alvarez
5. Sunny Goldin
4. The Gal who Wears sneakers
3. Phil R.
2. Jackie Woodward-Reizenstein
1. The Q

Anonymous said...

Fred Hsia, Cynthia Manning, and Hashim Burnie are in the top 3 ticket attorneys

Anonymous said...

Fred Hsia, Cynthia Mannia, and Hashim Burnie are in the top 3 ticket attorneys

Anonymous said...

isn't ed frank dead?

Phil R. said...

To 3:11- I appreciate the compliment, although something tells me that it was not really a compliment. Most people who know me know that I am not a ticket lawyer. I actually handle what I think are serious felony and federal matters. I just happen to work for a ticket lawyer- Jackie Woodward. Therein lies the confusion.

Now for all the people who think I just dissed ticket lawyers- I didn't. I have had clients call my office more times to complain about the ticket and traffic school then about the agg assault 3 yr min man their son is serving. Not only are tickets important to the people who get them, but uniformly, the nicest and most friendly lawyers in the REGJB are the ones who handle tickets. And they do a great job to boot.

Jason Wandner said...

Hey anonymous 5:13:00: Rather than making fun of somebody else while hiding behind your "anonymity", why don't you take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror. Does the term gutless piece of shit come to mind? It should.

Rumpole said...

Now now- we don't allow those types of posts.

Fake Harvey Baxter said...

I knew Calvin Mapp. Calvin Mapp was a friend of mine, and Phil R is no Calvin Mapp.

Anonymous said...

heard that former judge robert w. kaye has passed away. can that be confirmed?

Anonymous said...

How many other lawyers get a first degree murder case nolle prossed in trial and the state's witness arrested?

Anonymous said...

Here's a worse problem- Judge Lindsay could pass away right on the bench and no one would even know.

Anonymous said...

That's just not true. The calendar would finish much quicker and the trials would proceed at a better pace, and I am certain the decisions would be better.

Anonymous said...

I miss making fun of Bobby Reiff on the blog. he was much more sensitive then Phil R.

Not the Q said...

Phil R. is more likely to get a nolle prosse in a murder case than a withhold and no school. He has to give back $69.00 all the time.

he sucks as a ticket attorney. he should stick to something he knows.

Anonymous said...

Any truth that GINA MENDEZ LOCKE 'N LOAD is running a new ticket clinic? Gina's Palace?

Anonymous said...

Phil sucks as a ticket attorney? Damn, Phil, you ok? Don't cry. It's ok.

Anonymous said...

the scene:
(Day of Trial)
Traffic Lawyer walks into any county court room: "Mr. Gonzalez? Is there a Mr. Jesus Gonzalez here? Hola, I am your attorney that you paid $2,500. We are going to plea to the 1MM. It is the best for you.

Attorney walks out of court room and calls office: "Did Mr. Jesus Gonzalez's check clear?"

Walks back into court: "Ok, we are good to go.:"

(end of scene) - Lawyer walks out of REG and gets into his proche 911.

Phil R said...

I'm fine. I'm trying the types of cases I like, and by all accounts, doing ok.

Anonymous said...

Oh- and the ticket business we have pays lots of bills and bought my boat.

Phil R

Anonymous said...

ok, just checking, because if someone said I sucked as a ticket attorney, I may kill myself.

Anonymous said...

Well there is not much I can do about suicide, but if someone was accused of killing you, I'd defend them- and depending who you are- hiding as a gutless chicken behind anonymous- I might represent them for free.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know who Gina, Josie, and Migna pissed off so badly that someone takes the time to randomly post shit about them daily. Let's stick to trashing the current/future candidates. It's sure to be much more fun.

Anonymous said...

does any ticket atty. know what happens if you pay a couple of extra bucks above the total costs plus fines to the county? i'm told it gets stuck in the phantom zone because of the "mistaken" overage.

Anonymous said...

ok, uh, thanks.

Anonymous said...

actually, the current candidates cant read, so not much fun

Anonymous said...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 22 — John Edwards, the Democratic candidate for president, said today that his wife Elizabeth Edwards was once again suffering from breast cancer, this time in an incurable form.


But in a joint news conference, he and Mrs. Edwards expressed confidence that the disease could be managed with treatment, and that there would be no interruption in his campaign for the Democratic nomination.

he's got my vote.

Fake Richard Essen said...

I'll have the steak, the veal chop, two loaded baked potates, some more bread.

Oh...and a salad and diet coke.

Anonymous said...

HEADLINE: ST LOUIS CARDINALS MANAGER TONY LARUSSA ARRESTED FOR DUI

BEHIND THE HEADLINES:

LaRussa: GET ME THE Q!!!

Fear the Q
Respect the Q

Watch the Q fly his private jet to a DUI trial in Jupiter, FL.

Admit it- doncha wanna be the Q???

Anonymous said...

headline in the making-

Ticket and DUI lawyers banded together and raised tens of thousands of dollars for her opponent, and in the end that proved to be the difference as one term Judge Norma "huh?" Lindsay was soundly defeated at the polls today.

Fake paris hilton said...

I think the Q is dreamy.

Anonymous said...

Overpaying the fine doesn't keep the convivtion off your record.

It's an urban legend. See: http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/ticket.asp

Anonymous said...

"Congratulations! You have hired perhaps the finest criminal defense team in the nation...."

From the opening letter the Q sends to new clients.

Anonymous said...

I got a ticket the other day, and got a letter from David Sotchkin from Hialeah. I live in Tampa!!! What's up with that. I think I'll hire him just to see if he'll actually show up here.

E. Garcia

Speedy Gonzalez said...

I heard Phil didnt do shit in that murder case that was dismissed. The witness turned on the State like a rabid pit bull. Andy R. was leading the defense anyway. Phil didnt even ask any questions. I can't beleive he would try to take credit for that!! Hey Phil R., try to get me a wh/court costs on my speeding ticket and SHUT UP!!!

Anonymous said...

seriously, has anyone seen ed frank.

Anonymous said...

I saw ed frank once in 1997. He was sleeping next to brummer...in the beemer

Anonymous said...

Ed
is
dead...

Anonymous said...

The Q!

Wowsers!

Is it true he left his hot wife for Laura M.?

MISTAKE!

Anonymous said...

Damn Phil, who'd you piss off?

Anonymous said...

I have a question. Why does Albert Quirantes take so much time out of his day to write the stuff about the Q? Is he that much of a loser? And am I right to assume it's Albert himself writing it? I mean who else would it possibly be? Who would like him SO MUCH that they'd go through all that effort for his benefit, not their own? I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

One other thing I don't get. What's the deal with Evelio Garcia posting from Tampa? Do you remember this guy? He worked for Don Cohn for years. I don't get that either.

Anonymous said...

9:28:00 PM thanks. you just won me a bet with my uncle. law school is finally paying off. thought that might have been urban legend. wonder if he still does it. i'll forward the link. owe ya a drink.

Anonymous said...

Great!

The "Q", the "Don" and the "Phil" are all named as LLLLLLOOOOOOSSSSSEEEEEERRRRRSSSSSS!!!!!!!

Have money, but no real life or Friends Club.

Hurts to be them.

Anonymous said...

those losers know how to get a guy of with a doob by a tree in a park?

Anonymous said...

PHILLIP R said:
"I appreciate the compliment, although something tells me that it was not really a compliment. Most people who know me know that I am not a ticket lawyer. I actually handle what I think are serious felony and federal matters. I just happen to work for a ticket lawyer- Jackie Woodward. Therein lies the confusion."

Yea right c'mon Phil give us more credit. The moron who put Phil R as the second best traffic lawyer needs to slowly put the crack pipe down.

Umm, is Rumpole Phil R. Will the post be deleted when Rumpole reads them?

Rumpole does anyone know your identity?

Rumpole answer basic questions:
1. Are you married?
2. Do you have children? If yes ages?
3. Are you born and raised in Miami?
4. Are you Black, White or ....
5. Have you ever been a Judge?
6. Have you ever practiced law at the Juvi Court?

Volunteer hints.

We do know Rumpole is:

1. A democrat.

Anonymous said...

I think the Q and/or his lackeys should spend less time advertising on this blog to other defense attorneys and more time actually pandering to the market that needs his "stellar" lawyering skills.

Anonymous said...

Very well put, 7:03, very well put.

Anonymous said...

the Q posts accomplish what they want - attention, congratulations.

chris said...

jeez, alan. i think phil is gonna be cranky at lunch today.

alan said...

not as cranky as jackie will be, chris.

Anonymous said...

When they first put the magnatometers(?) in the building, I saw Ed Frank lie down on the belt and pass through the machine. It was Ed's way of protesting the new procedure...It was the funniest thing I have ever seen at the REGJB. The "security guards" didn't know how to react. He just got up and went on his way.

Ed is/was a great guy and one of the funniest guys you could ever meet.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is now closing the eyes and becoming the Q.

That's really Qool!

Tony Montana said...

say ello to my leetle Q!!!!

Anonymous said...

whats the name of that guy who works for jonathan schwartz who drives the porsche 911 and walks into county court with a list of 50 cases in small print?

tony something??

Batman said...

Hey Chris - what time are you coming to Nordstrom's at Merrick Park today?

The Sales Ladies

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Anonymous said...

When is Phil's B-Day? Can someone please post it so we can plan a Blog Tribute to the Best Ticket Lawyer the Blog has ever seen!

XOX

Anonymous said...

Susanna Nesmith: I am standing out side the Juvenile Justice center waiting for word from Brian Tannenbaum as to his feelings about Judge Jeri B. Cohen entering injunctive releif against Brian Tannenbaum that any future children of Mr. Tannenbaum shall be placed in protective custody. The reason given is that comlete morons should not have access to children.

Anonymous said...

Not even one of you are worth a penny! God will have the last word.

Anonymous said...

To heck w/ who's the best lawyer--who was that gorgeous juror in Ed Sr.'s trial? The guy w/ the dark hair and bedroom brown eyes? Where are the Hollywood casting agents when we need them?