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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

DEPOSITION DICTATORS

We have noted something disturbing. If you want to take a felony deposition, you need to schedule a room with the State Attorneys Office. The State Attorneys Office will then decide, based on the number of witnesses you want to depose, how long you will have to depose this witness.

Now lets take a guess here: When you send your request for a deposition, do you think Ms. Rundle gets together with Don Horn and they review the file, see how serious the case is, whether you are deposing a lead detective with a 50 page report, or a guy who strung up some crime scene tape, before deciding what’s a reasonable amount of time? Or is it a secretary sitting around with nothing better to do?

In either event
, this is an outrage! Just where in the rules of criminal procedure does it give some nameless faceless bureaucrat who is stalking the halls of the SAO the right to decide how long you should have to depose a witness?


We would expect the FACDL to jump right in on this and do something, but they are too busy arranging the memorial to Sy Gaer, right guys? How’s that coming? Almost done?

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but we're not going to give some two bit SAO bureaucrat the right to decide how long we have to depose a witness.

(Memo to whoever gives a damn at the SAO: your little slide show about victim’s rights has several grammatical and spelling errors, including instructing victims about what to do if “your out in public and feel afraid.” Change that to “You’re”)

We have a new Circuit Court Judge, as reported by El Capitan:

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Gov. Crist has named his replacement for the open seat of Judge Pereyra Shuminer.

Nushin Sayfie, of the Dade County Public Defender's Office has been chosen over Lisa Walsh, Judge George Sarduy, and previously eliminated Joe Davis, Miguel De La O and Judge Darrin Gayles.

As I previously wrote several weeks ago, contrary to the typical Bush move of appointing a County Court Judge and getting a 2 for 1, Gov. Crist has chosen a private attorney in all but one open seat throughout the State during his first year in office.

Next up is the open seat of Judge Jorge Perez, who recently resigned to go back into private practice.

CAPTAIN OUT ..........

And with a congratulations to our new Judge, we're out too.

106 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh Rump, why not trot over to the much friendler PD's office and take depos, or in the rooms available in the REGJB?

Why is it that when anyone complains about something they immediately want to know why FACDL-MIAMI isn't on the case? Have you called or emailed Mr. Barry Wax and let him know, or do you just expect him to be aware of every little thing going on in the world?

Funny how no one mentioned the new copy machine, and computer on the 9th floor.........

Anonymous said...

Super.
Another P.D. becomes a judge + learns how to try a complicated case from the bench -- after a few reversals for stupidity. Never tried any from the pits.
Great system of picking who runs our little worlds.

Rumpole said...

The 9th Floor? The 9th Floor? Where we stand in lines for hours only to be told the file is out on the town? The FACDL wants to take credit for making the 9th Floor better? I'm so stunned by your comment I can't even think of a witty retort. Except to say that the FACDL was going to do a memorial to Sy and I an't seen bupkas yet.

Anonymous said...

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaa

Rumpole said...

That's the first thing that has made me smile all day. Thanks. I needed that.

Anonymous said...

To 9:28 and the other naysayers:
Nushin Sayfie is bright, fair and experienced. She has worked in the pits, as a felony training attorney and as a senior supervising attorney. She is well thought of by not only the PD's office, but by the private bar and bench as well. She has tried more than 60 jury trials, including capital murder. In fact, she has more experience than many, if not most, of the judges sitting in the REGB now. The system for picking judges may be imperfect, but Gov. Crist certainly got this one right.

Anonymous said...

Can one of our DUI denizens report on JOA Joe Fernandez and his handling of Judge Luise Krieger Martin's crowded DUI calendar?

Anonymous said...

I wish I could get a DUI in front of JOA Joe. He's cool.

Anonymous said...

Cool like a jewel.

Anonymous said...

ELECTION OBSERVATIONS: Judge Patricia Marino Pedraza should be reminded even though it has only been a year since she won her election that all eyes and ears are around the Judges and especially the Judicial Candidates. If she continues to accompany Judge Norma Lindsey to multiple events she is a walking a fine line around the Cannons. I'm sure she wouldn't want her actions to be miscconstrued as endorsing a candidate. The mere appearance could be looked at disfavorly upon yourself and the friends you support. It should also go without saying that you should be even more careful of the words you speak and to whom you speak them to.

Rumpole said...

It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are. "The Tenth Man" by Wei Wu Wei

Anonymous said...

LOS ANGELES - Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday in his drunken driving case and will begin serving a 48-day jail sentence while his Fox TV drama "24" begins its winter production break in December.

WHY DIDN'T SOMEBODY CALL THE Q????

batman said...

Actually the most qualified person in the group was Miquel de la O followed by Judge Sarduy. As 9:28 stated we once again will watch someone sitting on the bench learning what a courtroom is all about. Being an administrative PD with a husband who used to be Jeb's speech writer and political hack are not qualifications to deal with the complicated issues of a criminal trial and how to control spoiled lawyers ready to jump on your every sign of weakness. But that is okay, because even Justin will not save her in 2010.

Anonymous said...

JOA joe had some hotties in his courtroom today. lucky him to handle that calendar.

Can we fit at least one more name on the stationary..? said...

Rumpole the FACDL is way too busy trying to get two additional names on the FACDL stationary. Jesus almighty have you seen the cover letter from the FACDL? Every lawyer who ever worked for, looked at, spent time with or any of the above in relation to the FACDL is listed on the stationary.

The letter head is the funniest shit I have seen in years. All those egos trying to get there name on the stationaty for the FACDL. There must be at least 100 names squeezed in on the top bottom and left hand side of the letter head. I though someone was joking and boy was I wrong.

Like Rumpole said: "We would expect the FACDL to jump right in on this and do something, but they are too busy arranging the memorial to Sy Gaer, right guys? How’s that coming? Almost done?"

What a fuckin joke. C'mon the top 20-30 current lawyers involved in the FACDL is enough trust me.

Don;t believe the hype go here:

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/briefs/07/07-1774/Filed_09-20-2007_AppendixA1.pdf

Fake Scalito said...

Because he didn't want to go to jail for two to three times that sentence.

Brian Wilson said...

Rump, please pay close attention. Bloom's PD's? Sure. JOA Joe's hotties yesterday? yeah.

But hands down, the hottie of hotties, the woman who stops traffic, makes heads turn, and glides about 6 inches above the floor when she walks, is Ortiz's Advocate representative. With her long golden hair, she looks like she just got finished surfing in California. She is totaly hot, and I may just get arrested so I can get sent to Advocate.

Anonymous said...

Batman and 9:28: You have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. Nushin Sayfie has tried MANY felony trials (including murder cases). I should know b/c I tried a dog of a case with her, and she did a fantastic job of turning a cop's testimony on its ear. The jury came back with "not guilty" verdicts in about 30 minutes on what I thought was a loser case. I'm pretty sure that Nushin's skillful cross had much to do with that verdict. I'm not sure where you get your info/gossip from, but trust me, Nushin is NOT the PD to bash for not taking cases to trial. I am certain that she will make a fine and fair judge. Double-check your facts before you run your mouths.

Anonymous said...

1247-you talking about facdl or facdl- miami? Last time I looked at the facdl stationary it had the officers, directors, and past presidents. Haven't seen any stationary from facdl miami.

Anonymous said...

Of course, she is more qualified. In addition to her genuine bona fides, she is married to the man who is a major fund raiser for Repub party....and can further the gov's political ambitions. It's really a no-brainer.

Anonymous said...

The big O' will be running in the 08' election . Can you guess who he will oppose uhh Batman one guess?

Anonymous said...

This year's FACDL-Miami group seems to be afloat. What is Wax doing?

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

to 12:47 am:

You remember that part of Saturday Night Live where Emily Litella (played wonderfully by Gilda Radner) used to say "never mind".

Well, to 12:47 am: Rumpole was speaking to the Miami Chapter of FACDL about the LOCAL issue of deposition rooms.

You, my friend, spent your spare time, (which you obviously have lots of), searching and finding the letterhead for the STATEWIDE chapter of FACDL.

Nice waist of time, buddy.

So, in the words of Emily, I guess you should be saying:

"Never Mind"!!!!!

CAPTAIN OUT .....

BWax said...

Rumpole,

Thanks for the heads up. The fact is, I had no idea about this deposition room problem at the SAO until I read the blog today. My personal experience is entirely different - I have never been limited in deposition time, or ousted from a room in the midst of questioning. On behalf of FACDL, I'll deal with the issue. If you or anyone else have any specific instances where this happened, please send me an e-mail at barrywax@bellsouth.net so I can bring them to the SAO's attention. And by the way, the Sy Gaer memorial is comning along just fine... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Batman you dumb bitter dolt! De la o was as close to getting appointed as you were.

The powerless and clueless should not comment on future political events.

Anonymous said...

Captain, "waist" of time??? That is not a misprint, that's you not knowing how to spell simple words b/c you're a fucking moron.

Please go away!

Anonymous said...

10:40 PM,
Quit stirring up trouble.
Patty Marino Culpepper wouldn't be hanging out with ClusterF*ck Lindsey. She's a ticket attorney and friends with opposistion and the traffic bar.

Anonymous said...

The Captain must be Brian Tannenbaum. Who else would waste time to take up after the hapless FACDL unless his name was on the letter head?

Captian outted....

Anonymous said...

What about the three SAO studs in Krieger Martins courtroom. Helllooo, Boys!!!

Rumpole said...

I did not post the comment in which one of our dear and obviously smart readers believes that a certain judge is "A snarky groundhog."

I Just think you can do better than that, and it can be fairly interpreted about a comment on the way someone looks. And on behalf of all people that look like snarky groundhogs, I was duly offended.

Anonymous said...

Batman. You do not know what you are talking about.

All of the people, except De La O, were qualified.

The JNC generally sends good people.

To you folks picking on Patti Marino, do the words, "sour grapes" have anything to do with your comments. Hey, she won and is doing a good job so, GET A LIFE!

CAPTAIN said...

to 11:56 am

Lot of hostility in that post.

Get a life, take a chill pill and go back to your day job; or is proofreading your day job ?

Fake JOA Joe said...

OMG That Advocate "Surfer Girl" in Ortiz is sooooo HOT. I'm going to try and do Ortiz's calendar tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Damn! I wanted to be the Fake JOA Joe. All the good Fakes are already taken. I guess I could be real fake joa joe, but it's not the same.

Anonymous said...

Rump: Cover 2 or 3-4?

Anonymous said...

STRIKE! STRIKE!!! STRIKE!!!

DETROIT - Thousands of Chrysler LLC autoworkers walked off the job Wednesday after the automaker and the United Auto Workers union failed to reach a tentative contract agreement before a union-imposed deadline.

Does the Q Handle Labor Law????

Anonymous said...

7:56am

this one:

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/briefs/07/07-1774/Filed_09-20-2007_AppendixA1.pdf

Anonymous said...

Captain you spend way to much time on this blog, breaking news that was broken weeks before.

Leave Now!

Anonymous said...

rumpole is censoring comments about the captain.

Bad boy!

Rumpole said...

Absoluely 100 false. I always write if I have not posted a comment, and I write why.

Anonymous said...

No sour grapes. Marino beat an incumbent. More power to her. Other sitting judges should realize that they are not invincible.

Rumpole said...

3:56- by "cover 2" I assume you mean the 4-3. It's overrated. There are better ways to play 4-3 than cover 2. I tend not to like the 3-4 and yet some teams, a very few, run it very very well. The Steelers obviously. In fact I think the Steelers threw the first shut out of the year last Sunday. That being said, what I don't like about the 3-4 is the lack of pressure. The Steelers on the other hand, while they may line up 3 linemen and 4 line backers, usually are sending 4,5 or more to rush the quarterback. So in a sense they are actually running a 5-2-4 or a 6-1-4, or some variation.

The 4-3 in which the s safetys divide the deep zone (i.e, cover 2 (deep)) is a zone defense. Out of the 4-3 I much prefer to roll a safety up for run defense, send a dog (blitzing linebacker or conerback) , put the other saftey and the
cornerbacks in man to man or a modified zone. The Patriots play a variation of that as well as a 3-4, and so do several other teams.

Actually my favourite defense is the old Tom Landry Flex Defense that the Cowboys ran in the 70's. It always made sense to me to back a few guys off the line to see what develops. Ironically, the weakness of the flex defense was a trapping offense which the Steelers ran, and you saw what they did to them in the two super bowls in the 70's.

Conclusion: for every possible defense, there is an offense that will exploit its weaknesses, and vice a versa.

Anonymous said...

Hey everybody. It's pandering time. (no, not Pando time, but she'll probably be there) Word's getting out about the December CABA party and elections. Time for all those who couldn't give a rat's a** about CABA before, and who don't know the difference between a Cuban and a Nicaraguan to pony up their dues so they can be seen at the big party.

All you judges, candidates and potential candidates, get out the checkbooks and party clothes. Now's the time to try and influence the people who are going to issue the endorsements for next year's elections, so don't miss it.

Oh, but don't bother if you're running against an incumbent, you won't get their endorsement anyway.

Oh wait, CABA doesn't give judicial endorsements. wink wink

Anonymous said...

Sayfie was a PD for 13 years, including a stint as training attorney and only tried 62 cases?

Anonymous said...

I took depositions this morning in a case where Jorge Cueto is the ASA. Apparently he is running for Judge, and I think he would be a wonderful addition to the bench. Cueto is smart, fair, compassionate, and an all around good man. He knows the law well. He was a cop and a prosecutor, yet has the perspective to know what is right from what is wrong. He strikes me as someone who will be a very good judge. He will make the garbage go away, be tough on those who deserve it, and treat all who come before him with respect. Go Jorge!

Spiderman said...

I think D. Gayles would make a phenomenal Circuit judge and I hope Charlie gets this next one right....

Anonymous said...

Marino Culpepper has to remember that she'll be an incumbent facing a challenger.

Anonymous said...

It's true that Marino is supporting Lindsey. She's not hiding it anymore. Despite the number of years of friendship with Lindsey's opponent. My how things change when you become a judge.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the circuit judge that needs competition in 08' is Jacqueline Hogan Scola. I have lost track of the times she has treated me like a piece of trash in the courtroom. When I received her campaign letter asking for money, I almost passed out. I believe it is still buried on my desk somewhere. Maybe I should send it back with some of my student loan statements.

Anonymous Liberal said...

Your Right Wing Nuts on display

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see some other folks are as sick of Captain Douchebag as I am.

Tired, boring, self-important.

Anonymous said...

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Rumpole said...

Its just not a real good day on the blog until I get a "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz".

Anonymous said...

Shumie shumie coco puffs?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
I'm glad to see some other folks are as sick of Captain Douchebag as I am.

Tired, boring, self-important.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 6:08:00 PM "

THAT'S THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN MR. T, IS THE CAPTAIN.

HE IS ONE MORE POLITICAL BREAKING NEWS STORY FROM ROYALY PISSING ME THE FUCK OFF!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE THE REGJB DAYCARE CENTER IS LOOKING GOOD...

Anonymous said...

Dear "Anonymouos Liberal", I read your link and I dont see why the taxpayers ought to subsidize this middle-class, land-owning (2 different properties!!) family. If that's the face of the "poor" being left out by "nutso right-wingers", you need to get real.

It may be the ONLY fiscally responsible thing Bush has done as President.

But now it seems he may "compromise" b/c , in reality, he's just another idiot welfare-stater.

Former Judge said...

LISA WALSH was the most qualified candidate for the vacancy on the circuit court. She tried many cases before me and she was a first class trial lawyer - prepared, intelligent, superb temperament and i believe that she would make an excellent Judge. Please folks, let's get behind her for the next opening.....

Anonymous said...

if u don’t like doing depos at the state; do them at the pd's. The front desk staff at the PD's is rude and nasty. the rooms are dirty and dark. The state is clean nice and orderly. I sure they would give you a room for as long as you needed just book it in advance.

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank the captain for being so informative.

By the way, captain, can you tell us what names have been sent up for judge jorge "i need more money" perez' seat?

Rumpole said...

7:54- you are wrong. The State clearly states in their instructions that you give them the number of witnesses and they decide how long to give you the room for. Not with me. I long since stopped listening to anything any SAO employee tells me.

Anonymous said...

Rumpy-
Utah or Omaha?

CAPTAIN said...

To answer your question, the Judge Perez seat names have not been sent up to the Governor.

The JNC is still accepting applications until 5:00 PM on Monday, October 15, 2007.

All persons interested in applying must deliver completed applications and 10 copies to:

Marie F.S. Bell, chair, 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 3225 Aviation Ave., Suite 501, Miami, FL 33133.

(and to 7:37, in the words of Sergeant Hulka, "Lighten up, Francis."). Movie ???

CAPTAIN OUT ......

Rumpole said...

I’m not sure the fascination with giving me these two choices. But since I am an expert in nearly everything you could possibly want to know, I will endeavor to entertain, enlighten, and educate you.

Utah together with Omaha can only refer to- when used in conjunction- the code name for the two landing points of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe for WWII.

The 4th Infantry Division landed at Utah Beach. The 4th ID landed way off course, but they quickly made their way inland and secured many of the major D-Day objectives they were assigned. Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, the only General to land on D-Day, and the oldest American to land in France on D-Day (at age 57) made an early reconnaissance of the area, realized the landings were off course, and directed his troops inland in the proper direction of their objectives. Roosevelt is remember for his very American sentiment upon realizing the error of the landings “Well, we’ll start the war from here.” General Roosevelt was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his actions on D-Day, which included a personal reconnaissance in what was behind enemy lines. As opposed to Bloody Omaha, only 200 Americans were killed in the landings on Utah Beach.

V Corps, comprised of the raw and untested 29th Infantry Division, the 1st Infantry Division and eight companies of US Rangers, were assigned the task of landing and securing what became known as “Bloody Omaha”.

While many brave men fought and died at both beaches, there can be no comparison- Omaha Beach was the toughest assignment on D-Day, and the battle raged back and forth for much of the day before a beachhead of approximately one and one half miles was established by 9PM. Approximately 3,000 Americans died on Bloody Omaha. While Roosevelt is remembered for his good humor and calm demeanor on Utah Beach, Colonel George Taylor is remembered for his rallying cry on Omaha Beach to the Americans pinned down under lethal German machine gun fire: “Two kinds of people are staying on this beach- the dead, and those that are going to die. Now lets get the hell out of here.” And with that, Taylor led the men around him in repeated charges that eventually breached the German lines.

So to answer your question: were I transported back in time, I would choose to land on Utah Beach.

Rumpole said...

The Movie is Stripes.

Anonymous said...

Miguel de la O will run against Abigail Cynamon. He has years of trial experience while she hasn't had appeared in court for 15 years. He's fortunate to be wealthy enough that her early jump in fund-raising is irrelevant. The hispanic name garners ethnic points even if he doesn't stoop to play the card. Finally, her natural constituents, jellyfish, can't vote.

Anonymous said...

Nushin is going to make a wonderful addition to the Circuit Court. She is a bright and compassionate. I doubt she will ever forget the lessons learned being a PD. Good Luck Judge Sayfie.

Anonymous said...

Dear FAKE 'former judge', who is probably a hired gun for Lisa Walsh:

Tried a case? When? Where?

Capital trial ? Child Rape? Armed Robbery? Business burglary? Stolen car? Dropsy drugs? Trespass? Pissing on sidewalk?

Trial lawyer- NOT EXTRAORDINAIRE !

Rumpole said...

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand
- Kurt Vonnegut

Anonymous said...

Lisa Walsh is much more qualified than Nushin Sayfie. Lisa Walsh's name has gone up to the Governor more than 5 times, but she didn't get the appointment because she's not married to Justin Sayfie. Anyone who thinks that Nushin got the appointment for any other reason than who she's married to is lying to themselves. And, just as an advanced reply to those who will accuse me of actually being Lisa, I am not. If she saw me, Lisa probably wouldn't even know my name. Nushin's useless and it's a shame she took someone's spot.

Anonymous said...

Aren't you all sick of the "shumie" and the "q" references from the 3rd grade lawyers who are so lonely in their own life that they need to be juvenile? I can't be the only one. Let's get back to important stuff like who are the hottie girls and the yenta judges just working part time...you know, important stuff!

Anonymous said...

Lisa Walsh was never a trial lawyer, but she was an outstanding appellate atty and would be a good judge, better than Nufie Sayshie will be. Doesn't matter b/c Nush won't last past one cycle unless she behaves differently on the bench.

Anonymous said...

What's with the gossip on the Marino-Lindsey connection? Marino is friends with Lindsey's opponent and Lindsey and McWhorter, who Marino beat, are friends.
Doesn't make any sense to me.
And why hasn't Mcwhorter put her name in for any of these appointments?
Don't incumbents who lose usually get the next nod, a la Leifman?

Anonymous said...

Enough already about Crist appointing the wife of his campaign finance chair, Justin Sayfie, who also happens to be the former senior policy advisor, speech writer, and spokeperson for former Gov. Jebbie! Of course she's qualified!
What I want to know is WHEN Crist intends to replace JNC members Dorta, Cadre and Pedrosa since their terms EXPIRED June 30th. No wonder the more qualified and experienced candidates keep getting passed over. "If you keep doing things the same way, you will continue to get the same results". Take a minute from property tax reform and fill your JNC appointments Charlie...we're waiting.........and while you're at it...could you stop picking the same people to serve on the 11th Circuit JNC AND the Federal JNC so some other Miami lawyers who actually practice law have a chance to give input on who should be selected as a judge?

Re: Judge Sayfie said...

Evidently, the Governor is hoping that the wife of a Right Wing Republican Speech Righter acts like one instead of the bleeding heart she's pretended to be for 13 years. Politics as usual. 39 and already a Judge. Another overt Bush appointee, Judge Soto continues to destroy lives in 4-7 in the nicest way. I'll reserve judgement on the undeserving Judge who married onto third base.

Anonymous said...

I'd take a felony trial lawyer over not. But I'd take a lawyer with experience in misdemeanor trials over nothing at all.

See above post referencing Abigail Cynamon, law clerk. It scares me that someone with her complete lack of experience, not to mention anger and vindictiveness, should be presently unopposed.

Judicial Handicap'er said...

I like Jackie Scola as a person but she is moody and eratic as a judge. Let us also not forget that she appears to be a complete contral freak. Also, not a good quality for a judge. She deserves a opposition.

Anonymous said...

Everyone loves practicing in front of Judge Gayles.

I too hope he gets appointed next time.

Anonymous said...

Leave Patti Marino alone.

She has not "endorsed" Lindsey.

They are merely friends.

Remember kids, Lisa Lesperance and Patti Marino are also good friends.

So, what's the big deal?

Anonymous said...

It is amazing the rapid response with statistics and venom leveled at anyone who has dared state that Ms. Sayfie was not qualified or even the most qualified person for this circuit seat. It is as though she and her handler (Gee I wonder who that is?)were prepared for the firestorm. It is so Bush-esque to attack the attacker. We can all anticipate the same when she comes up for election. It is going to be brutal. Pull out the Kevlar people.

Anonymous said...

This a footnote from a civil case argued in the 4th DCA (LILLIAN KAMINER, et al. v. ECKERD CORPORATION OF FLORIDA, INC., et al.), and found in this week's FLW. Read it and take it to heart. It is so true.

"Lawyers who are candid with the court, and understand when concessions are necessary in order to maintain any semblance of credibility, are much more effective advocates than those who are unwilling to give an inch. When counsel takes a position that is patently absurd, it can provoke further questions and take an oral argument off on a tangent which can only benefit the opponent."

Anonymous said...

You people k'vetch too much. Nushin will be a fine Judge. She is qualified and bright. Enough of the naysayers. She has not only worked in the Miami PD's Office, but Leon County as well. Let's give her a shot before the claws come out. Bitching about Jackie, like about David Miller, means nothing unless someone has the balls to run against them. You all are abunch of blowhards. Period. Put up or shut up--getting pretty ponderous.

Anonymous said...

To 1:29 and the others who claim that Nushin is not quialified...

I have known her for eight years or so. I have collaborated on cases with her, watched her trials, gone to her staffings, etc. It's BECAUSE of what I have seen her abilities to be that I seek her out when I have a question on how to proceed with a case. She's extremely bright, more than qualified, and has a great temperment (I'm sure those who guess who's writing this would say much better than mine). She tries cases regularly and not too long ago won a big murder case in Judge Murphy's division. She's done everything up to and including work on capital matters.

The bottom line is this - Nushin is qualified REGARDLESS of any other factor that may exist. She knows how to supervise people and is fair with her compliments as well as her criticisms - yet she is not afraid to call people out when they deserve it. Perhaps those of you (who I suspect may only number a couple) who are saying the negative things that you are about her are among those she needed to remind how to do your job properly. My advice - don't be jealous of others and concentrate instead on being a better lawyer and human being yourselves.

As for the accusation that we - her friends - "anticipated" the attacks - that may be true but only because we know for the most part who you are and that you would have negative comments to make about certain members of our office regardless of the topic at hand. So yes, we are quick to defend her because she deserves defending by the likes of you. You could only hope to one day be the caliber attorney or person that she and many others over here are.

I, for one, feel very fortunate to have been able to learn from her while she was at our office. I am very proud of her achievements thus far as well the fact that I can call her my friend. She will be a great judge and a definite asset to the bench.

Go get 'em Judge.

Anonymous said...

Soto is not "destroying lives" every day. That's absurd. She's an excellent judge, and she gets involved in the case re:plea if you want her to. Why all the venom? B/C she launched some career violent criminal? Who cares?

Soto is very good.

Anonymous said...

Is the FACDL a total joke? All those names on the letterhead is a perfect symbol of what these clowns are about. Spending all this time on a memorial or something , while the Wheel dies, hurting hundreds of their members, while close-close goes away, all the BS we have to deal with in the cthouse, jails, etc. Do these people ever succeed on any real issues? Too many fucking gasbags.

Boycott the FACDL until they get their shit together. Otherwise, what IS the point?

Anonymous said...

1:29,

Sometimes it is the TRUTH that is referred to as "statistics and venom," especially when you disagree with it or are ignorant of it. Speaking of ignorance, yours is showing, I'm afraid, by your intimation that Judge Sayfie is "Bushesque." Laughable; absolutely nothing could be further from the truth. You simply cannot accept the fact that people who actually know her qualifications and temperamanet might feel the need to share their opinions in the face of the baseless assertions that have appeared on this blog.

And for the Lisa Walsh supporters, try to accept the fact that brains, success, and litigation skills may not be sufficient to get a judicial appointment. We're all adults, right? Everyone knew the landscape going in, right?

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?" (War Games, 1983).

Or, I might add, a nice game of "Unseat Adrien?"

Not Buddy McKay said...

This is why we democrats suck. If a guy has a chance to appoint one of three people, and one of them is the wife of a good buddy, who isn't going to appoint their friend's wife?

What sort of asshole would not appoint his friend's wife!

We democrats are so freaked out with our namby-pamby, do-gooder nonsense, we would skip over our buddy's wife and pick a less-qualified candidate. This is the thinking that results in loss after loss after loss.

Anonymous said...

In the interest of fairness and truth, I must say that Gayles is not nearly ready for prime-time and probably never will be. Some judges are just county material.

Crist was right to pass him up, but Nushie Sayfie is such an obviously political choice. Pathetic move by Crist.

Anonymous said...

First Judges are not allowed to endorse or appear to endorse any candidate for any race. Second it just looks bad that Marino who has been friends with Lesperance for many years is now "friendly" with Judge Lindsey. She should have remained neutral it shows more class.

Anonymous said...

The Jack Thompson hearing (by Jack Thompson)
Rumpole, you want answers?

Well, all I have on the Jack Thompson hearing today in front of Judge Jordan is (what purports to be) Jack Thompson's summary of the hearing posted on GamePolitics here:

I’m delighted to announce that Judge Jordan vacated his order regarding referring me to the disciplinary committee, and he decided to forego all disciplinary remedies.
The judge started out by suggesting that he did not feel comfortable doing so unless I admitted I had done something wrong. I said I did nothing wrong and would not admit that I did. He asked, “Then how do I know you won’t do it again.”
I pointed out to him that Christ said, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar and unto God what is God’s.” Christ, then, was making it clear that people of faith are not free to disobey civil authority, and if he now entered a court order for me not to do this, then I would not, as Christians are not free to disobey the law without consequences. But I told him he could not order me to say I did something wrong, because as a matter of conscience I could not do so.
That obviously satisfied him, and he voided out the entire disciplinary matter. Norm Kent was there, which was hilarious, having moved the court last night at 10:30 pm to let him “intervene” and appear before the disciplinary committee against me. Poor Norm, he went away from the hearing sad.
As to the Bar’s motion to dismiss, the judge will rule in two weeks. I expect to receive from the court certain federal relief against this Bar. You all don’t know the case, and I do. Norm Kent, who is now unofficial legal consultatnt to Dennis McCauley as to all things “Jack” smugly predicted here and elsewhere that this disciplinary blow by Judge Jordan was sure to unravel everything for me.’
Now the disciplinary matter does not even exist. How did that prediction turn out for Norm and Dennis?
Kids, leave the lawyering to lawyers. I’ll leave the mind numbing games to you all.
I had a great day, standing before a federal judge for a 2 hour and 45 minute hearing, and I did just fine. Even Norm Kent would have to admit that.
Besides, Norm is a Yankee fan, and grew up in Cleveland. I’m having a very good 24 hours. Jack Thompson, Attorney and You’re Not

Anonymous said...

516am hit it right on the head. a spoiled little rich girl who is married to a scum bag lobbyist get appointed to the bench. its one thing if she was appointed to county and then proved herself worthy of a circuit court judgship but to go right to circuit at 39 is ridiculous.

i mean vicki brennan who worked for bush only got appointed to county bench and vicki has forgotten more about trying cases then ms sayfie has ever known.

i guess its better to be married to one of the biggest fundraiers for the GOP.

i suspect this one blows up on crist if he thinks that he is appointing someone to implement his chain gang charlie agenda. i think that she will be nothing more than a whiny bleeding heart who thinks that every criminal needs a program and that the SAO is always acting in bad faith

Anonymous said...

Brummer leaving so Carlos Martinez can take over? Doesn't that merit an article, Rump??

Not Buddy McKay said...

If you have not wasted money on FLW this cenntury, try:

http://www.4dca.org/Oct%202007/10-03-07/4D06-3497.op.pdf

Fake Rick Freedman said...

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Your readers can now stop and enjoy a refreshing Pepsi Beverage, for the chunky ones among you, that includes Diet Pepsi.

In summary, your FACDL is hard at work on the quality of life issues that make our day and your day much more enjoyable in the Justice Building.

Fake Benjamin Wax said...

Rick, don't forget that single ply is out and the FACDL has demanded and received 2 ply tissues in the 6th floor bathroom. It's just a test run [oh thats funny] but with your donations made payable to the FACDL we can lobby to have all bathrooms at the REGB stocked with 2 ply tissues.

Best off all we have negotiated a deal where at least 2 times a year the bathroom on the ground level will be cleaned. Talk about pulling teeth.

Anonymous said...

Judge Brennan was appointed to county court bc the Gov's term was running out and there was a fear that he would not get a chance to make another circuit appointment b4 the end of the term. She desrves it nonetheless she is a great judge

Anonymous said...

I've never posted here before but I am really annoyed with the Patricia Marino-Pedraza comments. If its true that Judge Marino-Pedraza has turned her back on Lisa Lesperance I will be extremely disappointed in her. I just want everybody to know that last year I stood in the rain holding her sign among others because of Lisa. If it's true I won't support her ever again and I hope somebody runs against her next time.

Anonymous said...

everyone nominated for the circuit court was qualified, but someone has to win. congrats to Nushin! as for someone's beef with Judge Gayles... you don't justify your criticism. i've appeared before, and tried cases against, Judge Gayles. He was a first class trial attorney in state and federal court, and he's a damn good judge!

Anonymous said...

Jorge Cueto is a hottie and he's definitely qualified to sexify the REGB. I'm voting for him ;-)

Anonymous said...

To the Nushin haters-you jealous pathetic nobodys-you are so sad and predictible-your life sucks and you are lashing out to deflect the sadness of your nowhere life and practice.

To the marino culpepper haters-you ever think she may be friends with lisa but think she's unqualified to be a judge?

And to you court appointed wheel criers-did you go to law school to spend your career living off the government while in private practice? Find a client or 2 with some dollars in their pocket who think you should have them, or go get a government job, outside of private practice.

Anonymous said...

Well you have to admit that there is a reason that Justin Sayfie was a speech writer. You can see most of it in the "anonymous" defenses of his wife's appointment and the personal attacks on those who have criticized it. Oh Justin, please stop. You got your payoff. Go raise some money for more loser Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Wow, to the guy who thinks that I am Justin Sayfie writing the defenses of Nushin. Thank you! I'm flattered that you think I could write that well.

Anonymous said...

I hate it when people lie on this blog.

1. The new judge will be fine. She is just as qualified as the rest on that list and everyone knows it.
2. I know for a fact that Patti Marino did not endorse Lindsey and did not appear at any "function." That is bullshit and the person who posted it should be ashamed of itself.
3. Gayles is a really smart guy. He will become a circus judge in no time. (Yes, I spelled that right)
4. Lisa Lesperance and Patti Marino are still real good friends and probably will be for life.
5. Norma Lindsey is a very nice lady and should be treated with the utmost respect.
6. Everyone ignored the comments about the depostion nazis. That was actually important news.

Would everyone please try to only tell the truth on this damn blog!

Anonymous said...

For the person who wrote the blog below, please keep in mind that this logic would make it impossible for Judge J. Scola to run without violating a Cannon. As well, Judge Pando and Mills-Francis can still be dealt with as the statute on this runs even 2 years after they leave the bench.

Thus, show your passion as true and report them to the JQC or shut up.

Anonymous said...
ELECTION OBSERVATIONS: Judge Patricia Marino Pedraza should be reminded even though it has only been a year since she won her election that all eyes and ears are around the Judges and especially the Judicial Candidates. If she continues to accompany Judge Norma Lindsey to multiple events she is a walking a fine line around the Cannons. I'm sure she wouldn't want her actions to be miscconstrued as endorsing a candidate. The mere appearance could be looked at disfavorly upon yourself and the friends you support. It should also go without saying that you should be even more careful of the words you speak and to whom you speak them to.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 10:40:00 PM

Anonymous said...

From the gossip I hear, Marino Pedraza snubbed Lisa Lesperance at the League of Cities event and make some rude comment to Lisa in fromt of Lindsey. Guess Marino Pedraza was trying to score points with Lindsey! Just sucks because I heard that Lesperance was a great friend to her before and during the election. Marino should remain neutral and just tell Lindsey that she is not gonna get involved instead of being seen at so many events holding Lindsey's hand. But doesn't surprise me. Patti Marino Pedraza snubs all her old defense lawyer friends now. The bench has gone to her head for sure!!

Anonymous said...

Re: Soto "destroying lives". Are you kidding? She's the best judge in the building. So she didn't buy that a violent career criminal was the fine upstanding citizen that he or she claimed to be. Maybe next time you'll get a judge that'll actually be swayed by that bullshit.

Anonymous said...

I have known Nushin for 12 or 13 years. While I suppose that passionate opinions about who becomes a judge are a good thing, you should reserve your considerably negative judgments here. Being a Circuit Court judge, especially in the criminal division, is not glamorous. It is grubby, difficult, sad, and sometimes overwhelming. We have enough gilded lilies, we have enough primadonnas in this city. Judge Sayfie is hard-working, organized, fair-minded, generous, brave and experienced. She will happily go to any division and fill any position without complaint. This is a judge who actually knows what the bridge looks like, has tried many cases, and has developed compassionate relationships with her clients. I am thrilled for her and you should be too. Very soon, she will be the division you will breathe a sigh of relief to enter, you will tell your clients, "don't worry -- you're in Judge Sayfie's court." You will not suffer ineptitude, erratic decision-making, arbitrary judgments that impact your clients' freedom, or so many of the other ills that you regularly expect. Justice in her court will be fair, rational, consistent and reasonable. Set aside your venom, open your mind and prepare to be impressed.