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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

BOO!
















SCARY REGJB STYLE IS......


Walking into Judge Areces or Adrien's calendar on a Friday morning and seeing your client's case is on page 89.


Walking into the Third DCA and seeing Judge Rothenberg on your panel chomping at the bit.


Doing a weekend bond hearing with a new county court judge from Civil.


Trying to get a rational discussion started with a prosecutor on why a drug minimum mandatory should be waived. All you get is "go see David "psych-NO' Paulus".


Trying to get a continuance from Judge Huck. (OK. It's not a REGJB issue, but it's still scary).


Walking into a criminal court North Of the Border and seeing the Former Chief Judge sitting in for your judge for the day. Ouch!!


ADD YOUR OWN SCARY STORIES:



OUR QUALIFICATIONS:
Fakey Fakerstein said...
Rump - I love your blog and your articles/commentaries, but I'm starting to question your qualifications as a defense attorney....
Rumpole replies: My qualifications are well known: I am on time; I have a file; I'm ready to go; my hangover is better after a few aspirin. For religious and personal reasons I will not read statutes nor case law and you can easily spot me as I carry around the 1989 Florida Rules. In my opinion, nothing important has happened since then.


BECAUSE WE TOOK A CHEAP SHOT:
Anonymous said...
On the issue of early start times: Judge Areces has a system and it seems fair and works. State and PDs' in court by 8:30 A.M.--Private start calling cases at 8:45A.M. Free for all at 9:00-10:00, Don't be late, sigh and a shrug if she has to go back!. Sometimes we come in late, traffic, front door-back door, client tardy. But over all, you can set your watch to her.
Rumpole says: Equal time for a fan of Judge Areces.
And maybe it's a little unfair to make fun of Judges Adrien and Areces and the large calendars they have. As Judge Moreno used to say when he was a Circuit Court Judge "That blind clerk doesn't like me."


JUDGE REYES'S BAILIFF

The comments section on the previous post has some complaints about Judge Izzy Reyes's bailiff. Here's what we know: As long as an individual is not being disruptive, anyone in America has the right to sit in any courtroom as long as that courtroom is open for business. No one- not a bailiff, not a police officer, not a Judge, has a right to tell anyone they cannot sit in a courtroom that is conducting business, unless the proper procedures have been followed for sealing the courtroom.
If we recall, this issue was raised North Of the Border, where the new Chief Judge responded that outside of legitimate space issues, bailiffs would stop baring anyone who was not a defendant from entering the courtroom. We don't think the problem is that bad in Dade and doesn't Joe Farina have other problems to worry about?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN

42 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

TO 10:00 AM

I never stated that Mr. Lombana was PAID for what he does. Duh - I think any reasonable person knows that - but thanks for pointing it out - for the few who may actually think a Treasurer is paid.

You must have a really busy practice.

Cap

Anonymous said...

a prosecuter going into court to pick a jury and finding that the trialmaster has entered his appearance and is ready for trial.

Fakey Fakerstein said...

THERE IS A NEW START-UP BLOG REGARDING THE COURTHOUSE NORTH OF THE BORDER.

Let's see what they can do. It appears to be admittedly moderated like this BLOG, and hopefully they can steer clear of the infighting, hidden censorship, political agendas, and other garbage that appears to have been the downfall of JAAB.

The link is:

http://www.bcjc17.blogspot.com/

I don't know who is running the blog yet....They haven't made themselves known.

To everyone who participates in this blog that has an opinion on the Courts North of the Border, let's give the new kids an appropriate welcome and some posts!

Anonymous said...

Nightmare is having a case set for trial in Judge Scola or Adrien's Division and instead of being placed on 1 hr standby, being required to come back to court every freaking day of a two week trial period.

Nightmare is if Judge Schwartz does not like you.

Nightmare is if your client violates probation before Judge Ward.

Nightmare is having to deal with ASA Kahgan or ASA Frank-Aponte on any matter.

Nightmare is being at Sounding in line to call a case behind colleagues who can't simply announce ready or not and instead feel that they have to explain every little fucking thing to a judge who did not even ask them for a reason. Shut up already!

ScottAfrica

Rumpole said...

Nope- I removed the very lenghty article on the Steelers as it violates our "no lenghty article reprint" rule. You can summarize the article, but not just copy it. Plus, as a Dolphin fan, it just aggravates me more.

Rumpole said...

I also removed the comment on the PD's and take off of the Springsteen song because 1) it was stupid and done poorly 2) It borders on harassment. They said they've had enough so leave them be.

Anonymous said...

say what u will about schwartz, but he's punctual, you don't wait in long lines and your client gets a fair trial... things could be worse...

Anonymous said...

BOO: what michael catalano says to the 25 year old cli and asa's to get reckless driving plea offers.

Anonymous said...

That new Broward Blog looks like ghost town.

Anonymous said...

What has DeLaO done to merit consideration for a judgeship? Can someone please answer this question?

Anonymous said...

Hi Captain,
Talk about having a really busy practice, you appear to LIVE on this blog from a quick glance at the archives. Also, nice try at trying to retract, but that dog won't hunt, Pal. Maybe you should choose you words more carefully, or you may be demoted to "Private."

Anonymous said...

Nightmare being a defendant and hearing Gail Levine is prosecuting you. Worse yet, being the defense attorney who has to deal with Gail

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for judge (Venzer) to take the bench .......9:40 am. Case was set for 9 am. What's so fucking hard about being punctual? How about a post regarding judicial arrogance citing specific judges who have no respect for other people's time?

Anonymous said...

Captain

Many campaign treasurers are paid. Its usually a percentage of what is raised for the Treasurer to cover costs and time preparing everything.

Anonymous said...

Nightmare is dealing with prosecutors who do not listen and think everything we do is a lie.

Bigger nighmare is when that same "prosecutor" is wearing a robe.

Anonymous said...

623

The new broward blog has more posts then JAAB. True BA blog may still be a ghost town, JAAB is similar to Hiroshima after the bomb went off. Bye Bye JAAB

Real Fake Great Carnac said...

What Jenna Jameison says in all her movies;
OJ's Defense" AND
Local Ford Driving lawyer married to a TV Judge...
(ed mcmahon repeats the questions)

AND THE ANSWERS ARE

DO ME!!
WHO ME?
AND SHUMIE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lombana for President in 08!

Anonymous said...

The nightmare is being prosecuted by Beatrice Butchko. Don't let the fact that she is a judge get in the way of the prosecution.

CAPTAIN said...

Lombana named Treasurer two more times:

Abby Cynamon
Reemberto Diaz

CAPTAIN OUT ......

Anonymous said...

Hey Rump,

check out leoaffairs.com. It is a national law enforcement blog. Individual sites for local agancies. Hialeah, Hollywood...very low brow stuff from those who protect and serve....

David said...

Hey Rump,

Check out leoaffairs.com.
Nationwide law enforcement blog.
Different blogs for each agency. Hialeah cops bitchin' about quotas. Hollywood cops having poker tourney cancelled by SAO. A treasure trove of nonsense from those who protect and serve...

Anonymous said...

SOMEDODY has to consider running against Butchko.
She is a robed prosecutor. She's as bad as they get. She has completely pissed off Rundle's office, she treats the defense bar like dirt and she can't wait to warehouse defendants for as long as she can. She is a Rothenberg wannabe without the brains. S

fake judge faber said...

ALL RISE:
Good afternoon everyone. This is Fake Judge Robin Faber. I would like to remind everyone that I am a duly elected jurist to the second highest level trial court in the entire state of Florida.

Since I issued my previous order against untoward humor and frivolity on this blog, I have seen an alarming increase in crude humor, off color jokes, rampant talk about women's body parts, and basically a full ignorance of my order and command. I am a serious fellow. I deal with serious issues. I remind you I have a stack of community service that needs to be done.

So don't make me send my bailiff to get you. Cut out the funny stuff Mr. comedian or I will be forced to act with the full authority of my elected office.

DONE AND ORDERED on this the very first day of November, 2007, in the very unfunny land of Miami, no Humor, Dade County, Serious Florida.

S/_________________________________The Right and Honorable Fake Judge Robin Faber.

Anonymous said...

lOVE Real Fake Carnac

Anonymous said...

What about 3 martini lunches? What about the double porterhouse at Ruth's Cris with a nice Cabernet and some chocolate cake for desert? Can't the Treasurer have a few meals on the Campaign account? Isn't this America?

Anonymous said...

Judges name certain people treasurer for one reason, to name certain people treasurer. The qualifications are keeping track of checks and filling out forms.

IMPEACH BUTCHKO NOW said...

Funny you should say that- Rothenberg is Butchko's Rabbi. They vacation together (will Leslie recuse herself from BB's cases?) and Rothenberg helped Butchko get the political consultants lined up for her application to be Judge, not to mention Butchko's work on Rothenberg's failed attempt to become a prosecutor when Milan SPANKED her in the primary.

Please: Every Julio, Juan, Herb Kleins, or Rosalita, with a law license, consider running against the BB.

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite time of the blog year, when people anonymously beg people to run against judges, insist that someone will run against certain judges, and then no one does.

Anonymous said...

why has BB not filed yet? any inside details? I hope he files and wins we do not need changes now.

Anonymous said...

Anthony Britt for Judge!

Anonymous said...

Did Judge Butchko legally change her name from Beatriz to Beatrice or is Beatrice a nickname? With judges like Marino, Barzee and Adrien adding Pedraza, Flores and Camacho to their names, it's kind of curious that Butchko would anglicize her Spanish first name.

Anonymous said...

Rump and Cappy,

You missed a story,

Mercedes Bach is resigning in Feb 08.

What a shame. Everyone loves being in her court. She was great when she was here.

Rumpole said...

Bach's resignation was duly reported and discussed. The inevitable "Bring Back Bach" slogans appeared, and no consensus was ever reached as to why she resigned.

JAAB President Resigns said...

While I know very few here would give two flying you know what's about most of the things happening North of the Border, JAAB has just posted that its president, Craig Esquinazi, has resigned, effective October 30, 2007.

With Bill Gelin, the front-man for the BLOG, ousted (and his posting privileged revoked) and Craig Esquinazi, the president leaving, the question remains who if anyone is actually left?

From my count, the only others sticking around are the glorified court reporter Marshall Williams, who fancies himself a judge-maker (although on my count, he hasn't put up a winning candidate ever) and Jeff Ivashuk, allegedly a former Chippendales Dancer and current criminal defense hack.

It doesn't sound like the magical combo great political movements (or blogs) are made of to me.

Anonymous said...

What is it with Butchko's calenders? I had a sounding in there and I couldn't get in the door. There were more than 80 pages. I couldn't find my client, the line was 10 deep and it was 10:30! She sits up there and she tries to seem nice and polite but you can see she has a temper and a mean streak. She wants to know about all the cases and she sticks her nose in to shield the completely overworked ASA. And then she says she doesn't want to get involved. Very confrontational and obviously has a problem controlling her audit. It was like practicing law at Walmart the day after Thanksgiving. Was she a prosecutor at one time? You can tell she has never defended anybody.

Anonymous said...

4:16----you are a jackass. You obviously don't know Betty. She hasn't changed anything about her name/nickname. You want to criticize her? Fine. Don't just make stuff up though.

Anonymous said...

Meowwwwwww.... Ouch! Ya pissed off the Judge.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Judge Butchko inherited that horrific caseload from previous judges, and is doing all she can to reduce it. Ergo, the SAO's (and some defense counsel's) annoyance. Continuances truly are for good cause only.

I have sat in her court for long periods of time while awaiting opposing counsel, and have NEVER noticed her being anything but polite to both sides, and the defendants as well.

That being said, she doesn't take crap from either side and lets her displeasure be known if she senses it. Once again, politely.

I would gladly appear before her again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing that up Judge Butchko.....

Anonymous said...

Uh, respectfully Judge Butchko, you have been on the bench since February. Ergo, you can't blame other judges for your audit or your 90 page calenders. It just wouldn't be polite. Or accurate.

Anonymous said...

Hector Lombana ROCKS