We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried:
The Broward Bloggers are obtaining Blackberrys to hand out to attorneys who can act as agents provocateurs in the courtrooms of Broward. [Wikipedia defines an agent provacateur as : " a person employed to associate with suspected individuals or groups with the purpose of inciting them to commit acts that will make them liable to punishment."]
Here's all they need to do:
Agent: Judge can I call a case out of turn.
Court: (warily) Ok.
Agent: Judge I'm from Miami, and I would like my client to get a bond.
Whoooheee- watch the fur fly when a bunch of lawyers try that one out North of the Border!!!! The Blackberrys will be humming.
Here is the post from our colleague up North:
BLACKBERRYS AND THE ANONYMOUS TIP BOX
JAABLOG will soon be acquiring Blackberry devices for the express purpose of courtroom monitoring. Our goal is to have enough undercover "monitors" throughout the courthouse, armed with the devices, in order to report in real time anytime they see something of public interest. It could be funny, unusual, spiritually uplifting, tragic, inappropriate, gossip, an interesting photograph, a grave injustice, kudos to a judge or an attorney (State or Defense), or simply informational in nature. Send it along to JAABLOG, and it will be on the web, available to the community or any media person that may happen to peruse the blog. The info can be sent anonymously (see below), or with your name attached, it's your choice. Obviously, you can also utilize these devices for personal use as well, although we haven't quite completely figured out what direction to take to ensure that costs don't spiral out of control.
NEW JUDGE ALEMAN COMPLAINT:
The Borward Blog has the post about Attorney Sean Conway, who filed an additional JQC Complaint against embattled Judge Cheryl Aleman. The Blog has Mr. Conway's complaint which details a frightful series of exchanges in two "incidents" with Judge Aleman. In one "incident" Judge Aleman adopted a "seven working days policy" between arraignment and calendar call for trial, in which Mr. Conway avers, Judge Aleman had an agenda in forcing defendants to waive their rights to a speedy trial.
Rumpole says that we have seen Judge Aleman in action. At times she appeared to be a bully in robes. In our opinion, she clearly had her own anti-defendant agenda, and it was an agenda that was not- in rare praise of the Broward County State Attorneys Office- shared by the prosecutors in her division.
The real solution to the Aleman problem would have been to send Sy Gaer up there for a few weeks. That would have straightened her out.
KORDA KOPS A PLEA:
Finally, there are links to various news media articles on Judge Korda's acceptance of PTI for his possession of Marijuana.
Anyway, its a rare week or month when North of the Border can steal the spotlight from Miami. Usually we are the clowns. Not this month.
Brings to mind that famous eulogy for Chuckles the Clown on the Mary Tyler Moore Show: "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down their pants."
Enjoy the circus and see you in court, and maybe in the keys this weekend.