BREAKING BLOG NEWS: The Florida Surpeme Court abolished the rebuttal argument in closing for the defense. The defense will NEVER get to rebut the prosecution's closing argument, except in their one and only argument to the jury. Effective TODAY the proscution always gets the last word.
Rumpole says: Actually, the jury always gets the last word, and in our cases it usually begins with a "NOT". The bottom line is that there is now no reason to shy away from using defense witnesses and defense evidence. Give the jury the evidence necessary for an acquittal, and they will do their job. That's our opinion.
Up Next: The Florida Legistaure abolishes the presumption of innocence.
Leave it to our robed friends North of the Border to make us do something we loathe to do.
We hereby call upon Judge Charles Greene of the 17th Judicial Circuit to resign.
Judge Greene commented on a not guilty verdict by telling the attorneys not to worry about it. He called the case NHI- no humans involved.
Not only should Judge Greene resign, but he should be deeply ashamed of himself.
Let us tell you why Judge Greene is not ashamed.
His words bespeak a deep seated chasm between self deigned Kings, and the rest of humanity. He views himself at the top of the chain of a system of “us versus them”; the US being members of the legal system and White Americans; the THEM is everyone else. People who think that way are not really ashamed of their words or actions. Trust us when we tell you that the only things bothering Judge Greene today is that he got caught and that a public defender reported his loathsome words.
The case Judge Greene presided over involved an African American defendant, African American victims, and an African American witness. If Judge Greene comments do not reflect a deep seated bigotry, then answer us this question- were any of the attorneys African American?
You don’t just dismiss a serious case in which an individual was shot with a comment disparaging the verdict and the parties by calling them less than human, unless you view people of color less than human.
How many NHI cases has Judge Greene been the sentencing Judge on? Has he sentenced defendants because he viewed them as a member of the class of NHI’s?
Judge Greene’s comments are indefensible. The comments are beyond tolerance for a Judge. A judge is supposed to represent the best and brightest among us. Was Judge Greene, like the statute of justice, blind to the color of the parties? Obviously not.
Can we ever trust Judge Greene to hold a defendant’s life in his hands again? Absolutely not.
Can any litigant of color ever trust Judge Greene again? Sending him to civil court doesn’t lessen the effects of his words. Is it OK to be a bigot in civil court but not criminal court? Can any litigant of color who loses a motion before Judge Greene in the future ever believe his decision was color blind? Or will there always be a suspicion that he viewed one of the litigants as a member of those class of people he views as less than human?
Can anybody defend Judge Greene’s remarks and show where there is a place among the judiciary for a person who thinks like he does?
This is not the PC police speaking. Judge Greene is not an entertainer and this is not an issue of freedom of speech. This episode is purely and simply an unintended peek into the dark soul of a man who thinks certain people are less than human. There is no place for a man like that on a bench of justice and law.
Judge Greene needs to resign now and slink away into the slimy bigot world where his thoughts and feelings live.
See you in court.
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