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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
MORE BENNETT BRUMMER
Miami PD Bennett Brummer has announced that he will not seek re-election.
Not exactly the same Constitutional import as the President resigning, but in the two plus years we have run this blog, the most surprising comments have been from disgruntled assistant public defenders. When we started we would have bet that it would have been assistant state attorneys that were going to fill the blog with comments about low morale (but we also picked the Giants last week, so what do we know?). But since the Dade SAO trusts its ASA's as much as China or North Korea trusts its citizens (and all three limit the Internet access of their populace) it was the assistant public defenders that filled the blog with Nixonian tales of suspicious administrators and dark machinations.
Today any lawyer can walk into the State Attorneys Office. However, the same cannot be said for Mr. Brummer's office, where in the wake of a failed coup attempt in the last election, we know of at least four lawyers who are "Banned in Dade." Along with a rather public spanking two years ago in a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination, and a subsequent settlement for 300 thousand dollars, that is an ignominious history for a Public Defender to have.
However, Mr. Brummer's office has consistently provided competent and in many cases excellent legal services to the citizens of Dade County. His legacy will undoubtedly be one he can be proud of. Some of the very best lawyers in the United States were trained in the Dade PD's office. H.T Smith and Roy Black and Jack Denaro are just a few that come to mind immediately.
So, while we mourn Sean Taylor, we put up this post as the more appropriate place to continue the discussion of the future of the Dade County Public Defenders Office.