Before we start with our post, this strange sentencing caught our eye.
BEATLES SENTENCING ORDER
Let It Be? Hardly.
COP KILLS K-9 PARTNER:
Sergeant Allen Cockfield of the Metro Dade Police Department has been arrested and charged with killing his partner, Duke, a four year old German Shepherd K-9. Cockfield allegedly kicked Duke during a training exercise. The incident was witnessed by several other officers. Duke collapsed and was taken to an animal clinic where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation into the case included hot shot Dade Medical Examiner Dr. Emma Lew who opined that the well placed kick interrupted the rhythm of the heart and killed the K-9 dog.
The Miami Herald reported the arrest here:
It is a third degree felony to kill a police dog.
Rumpole says, police dogs. like police officers, train hard and sometimes are asked to risk their lives for our safety. We support a vigorous prosecution of this officer. If found guilty, he should be punished. We have no tolerance for those who abuse animals or children in our society. No one who has the kind of temperament that this officer is alleged to have, should be entrusted with the job of police officer, much less a supervisor.
And in other news, our State Attorney took a break from vacation to return to Miami to hold a press conference to announce that parents should lock up their guns now that children are home from school.
Rumpole says, we support gun safety. Indeed, we support any measure that would make guns less accessible to the public. However, we would like to suggest to our State Attorney that when on break from vacation, she try a few less press conferences, and a little more court appearances. We would like see our elected State Attorney, just once, in court, letting her prosecutors know she is in their corner and on their side.
Memo to the State Attorney: When you walk outside of your office building, directly across the street are two large buildings, connected by a bridge. The building to your left is the courthouse. The building to the right is the jail. We recommend that prosecutors try their best and avoid the Dade County Jail. You will need ID, and should not attempt to bring any weapons with you. (insiders tip: use the back entrance, which is right in front of you, between 8-11 AM., and you can enter in the lawyers line- (you have kept up to date with CLE, right? It doesn't hurt to ask.) )
Anyway, bring your bar card and driver's license. Once inside the building, just wander around. We do. It's fun. When you're finished, go out the way you came in, but don't forget to stop off in Au Bon Pain. The chocolate chip cookies are great.
What say you, young ASA's? Would you like to see the boss in court every now and then? Give us your comments.
See You, and maybe the State Attorney, in Court.
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