Save the Wheel committee said...
Rumpole, please let your readers know that there is a meeting on wed, may 9th at the Mahi Lodge (just sw of the Gerstein courthouse) at 5:30 pm. Pat Malloy, a top Tallahassee lobbyist ... will be there to answer all the questions re the wheel and to let us know how we can stop it [Rumpole's edit: "it" being the new system which abolishes the wheel] from being implemented. We need everyone who wants to save the wheel to attend. Thank you.
FUN NORTH OF THE BORDER
We received an email from an intrepid DBR reporter about to do a blockbuster article on the Broward Blog. You can check out the Broward Blog here: BROWARD BLOG
There is a nice link on the Broward Blog to Chief Judge Dale Ross's (motto: saying "dade sucks" with a southern twang is cool ) press conference with the Sun Sentinel in which the Chief blames much of the Broward Judiciary's recent woes on the Broward Blog. Well, he didn't blame all their woes on the blog, but in the best traditions of our humble Blog, Judge Ross took a couple of cheap shots. See, we knew all along he read our blog.
Here is what the brave Broward Blogger had to say about his Chief Judge's kind words:
I just wanted to add to my previous statements about Judge Ross saying we are "undermining" the judiciary. I've been fielding calls and questions all day on this issue, and I've gone from bemusement to anger. The bottom line, in my mind, is that this type of judicial behavior is nothing new in Broward, and that these judges don't need my help, or this blog's help, in undermining the 17th Judiciary. They are doing a great job all by themselves.
You got to love that last line. Long time and careful readers of the blog know that we are baseball fans. When Judge Ross said the Broward Blog was undermining the Judiciary, that is what is known as a hanging curve ball. Our Broward Blogger hit a home run. Nice job.
Here are some more gems from our favourite Blogger North of the Border:
For Judge Ross to deflect the obvious flaws in his leadership, and the obvious flaws in the dysfunctional thinking of the judges that are causing this mess, by attempting to scapegoat this blog, is, frankly, despicable. A leader accepts responsibility for his performance, and the actions of those he is responsible for, and for Judge Ross to somehow assert that this blog is undermining the judiciary by shining light on the judicial hijinks and politics that have nearly wrecked this Circuit, is, in my opinion, more evidence that this judicial administration is self-serving and out of touch with the pulse of our multi-cultural community. Lastly, I resent his comment that we want the judges to fail. Not true. To be perfectly clear, what I want is for judicial administration to climb down from its self-constructed Mount Olympus, and open a dialogue with the community.
My oh my this Bill Gelin is good. You sir will never pay for a drink when we are in the bar (and when we admit our identity, so unfortunately you will still be paying for drinks for awhile. But its the thought that counts, right?)
Say what you want about Dade, and lord knows we have said a lot in the last two years. But Judges Blake and Slom in the criminal courts have been responsive to the attorneys and the community and work hard to make life easier for all of us. You can hardly say either one of them inhabits a Mount Olympus. And although he has not been brave enough to sign his name to a comment on our humble blog, Judge Farina has always been open, honest and responsive in dealing with the attorneys in Dade. Perhaps a good motto for our chief judges might be: "We're not perfect, but at least we're not like Broward."
Well, knowing our deep respect and abiding love for the Judges North Of the Border, we turn again to our modern Bard, Mr.Bruce Springsteen, and quote from Tenth Avenue Freeze Out:
"I'm just gonna sit back here and laugh, while the Scooter (Judge Greene) and the Big Man (Chief Judge Ross) bust the city in half. "
See You In Court.