Dade and Broward....Dade and Broward...goes together like a horse and carriage...
There is a nice picture of Broward Chief Judge Dale Ross on the broward blog. He looks like he was just told he would have to spend a week in Miami observing how our judges do it here without managing to get arrested or refer to defendants and victims as less than human.
Come to think of it, perhaps Stan Blake and Sam Slom can pick up the phone:
JA: Chief Judge Dale Ross's Office.
B&S: Hello, this is Judges Blake and Slom from Miami, is Judge Ross available?
JA: He's kind of busy now, there is a Judge crying on Court TV and another one about to be arraigned.
B&S: We know. We thought we could help.
JA: Hang on....
DR: This is Ross.
B&S: Dale! It's Stan and Sam in Miami.
B&S: Judges Stan Blake and Sam Slom in Miami.
DR: Ahhh....yeah...how can I help you fellas?
B&S: Well, actually we thought we could help you. We thought you could spend a week or two down here and see how we handle things. Watch our Judges in action, see how the chief judges handle the rest of the judges. You know, pick up a few tips.
DR: You're kidding right?
DR: Well I'd love to chat with you guys but another Judge just cursed in court at a victim so I gotta go.
Rumpole likes to say that no good deed goes unpunished. But the way they are going in Broward they're going to have to start asking for Judges down here to fill in and cover calendars if any more Judges spout off and get re-assigned to civil. Meanwhile, the word is that the civil docket has never been lower in Broward, what with all the extra help these days.
We'd like to hear some comments on the big Mahi-Temple meeting this evening and the upcoming Fed-PDs conference in the Keys.