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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NEW BOND HEARING SCHEDULES

From the Desk of Judge Sam Slom comes the brand new schedule for bond hearings:

Dear Colleagues:
Good morning.

Beginning this coming Monday, November 19th, misdemeanor first appearance hearings will be conducted live in Courtroom 3-2 (the defendants will be physically present in the courtroom). The morning session will begin at 9am and the afternoon session at 1:45pm.

Felony bond hearings will continue to be conducted via video in Courtroom 5-3. The morning session will begin at 9am and the afternoon session at 1:45pm.

Weekend and holiday first appearance hearings for adults will continue as usual with one hearing via video in Courtroom 5-3.


Couple of Rumpole thoughts: What if a defense attorney has a client in misdemeanor and felony bond hearings at the same time?

What was the reasoning behind bringing misdemeanor defendants to the courthouse instead of doing it via video?

Remember when Judges would set bonds with an "01" like setting a bond for $10,001 as a code for other judges not to lower the bond?

Trivia question: What courtroom originally had the video bond hearings?

Final thought: So the administrative Judges have finally come to the realization that they need two Judges to do the job that Gerry Klein was doing. And even with two Judges, Rumpole believes the bond hearings will not be done as quickly and efficiently as Judge Klein did them.

See You In Court, Not getting a bond.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much money did the county spend to renovate Courtroom 1-5 for bond hearings via television with a very large screen t.v. only to learn later that it could not conduct the misdemeanor bond hearings there via t.v. Oh, and why can't the misdemeanor bond hearings be conducted via t.v. a la the felony bond hearings? Simply amazing.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole - the reason they went to live bond hearings was because someone in the religious community complained that the chapel (which was being used for the bond hearings) couldn't be used for religious services. That after they spend many thousands of dollars upgrading the chapel for the bond hearings!
I think bond hearings via CCTV were originally done in 1-5, or at least they tried and couldn't do it.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

North of the Border ...

Prosecutor Paul Hornick went to work at the Broward County Courthouse on Monday morning with a loaded revolver in his briefcase and ended up with a ticket for carrying an unauthorized firearm into a courthouse, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Hornick told security personnel he had forgotten about the five-shot Derringer in his briefcase, said Elliot Cohen, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. Hornick, who has a valid concealed weapons permit, must appear in court for the second-degree misdemeanor. The charge is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

CAPTAIN OUT .....

Anonymous said...

Rump, Will you stop with the Gerry Klein ass-kissing fest. He SUCKED as a bond hearing judge. He NEVER did a complete or appropriate colloquy and now there are hundreds and hundreds of motions to set-aside pleas in those cases. You might call that quick but it certainly is not effective or efficient. Didn't the public deserve better than that?

And to in response to your other question regarding having a case in each courtroom: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Okay, let me walk you through it: you go to one courtroom and tell the clerk you have a hearing in another courtroom and ask that they pass the case until you get back. Simple. Even for the simple-minded and cynical.

Okay, now tell me how I missed something that I could not intellectually grasp bc I am a moron. And don't forget to quote some stupid springsteen song.

Anonymous said...

If the SAO had not fucked with fast Gerry, we would not need this new bond hearing schedule.

I miss Gerry.

Anonymous said...

Now the gov has to appoint an out of town asa and spend all kinds of money to prosecute an honest mistake.

Remember, the CCF law is an intentional crime.

That is why the feds came up with a federal crime for negligently bringing a gun to the checkpoint.

We all make mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Fake Commodore says . . . .

Congrats on your mention in the National Law Journal article!

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1195466653486

South Florida Lawyers said...

A Derringer? The kind you keep in your boots for emergencies (I base this entirely on memories of old Charlie Bronson westerns).

Rumpole said...

2:07- you can attack me. You can even lob misguided bombs at poor Gerry Klein. But I'll be damned if I'll sit quietly and let you slur the greatest rock and roll artist ever to take the stage. How dare you! Springsteen has more class in his pinky then you have in your whole mean spirited body.
Why as Springsteen says:

Now a life of leisure and a pirate's treasure
Don't make much for tragedy
But it's a sad man my friend
who's livin' in his own skin
And can't stand the company-

For someone who apparently doesn't like me, you appear to be a longtime and careful reader of the blog. Hmm...

Anonymous said...

The original video bond hearings were held in what is now Stan Blake's courtroom (2-4?), across the hall from Larry Schwartz's courtroom (2-5).

The original purpose of the bonds ending in a 1 in bench warrants was to indicate "do not set aside" and to alert the counter clerks not to collect a re-scheduling fee to cancel the bench warrant at the counter. A defendant with a bench warrant ending in a 1 had to file a motion to set it aside, post bond, or surrender and could not take care of it administratively. These 1's also had the illegal purpose of facilitating petty thievery at the chambers of, at least, one Courtbroom defendant.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, maybe the guy likes the blog b/c he likes reading others comments, but thinks that YOU are a somewhat tired blowhard. Is it that difficult for you to understand that?

Anonymous said...

That ASA should have been alerted of his mistake and sent back to his car. That would have been common sense.

Common sense would have been to have kept Fast Gerry on the bench.

Anonymous said...

And how did they know that Broward ASA had a gun? Because he went through security, unlike Dade, where ASA's, cops, and 17 other types of "lawenforcement" go in without any check. I guess we in Dade just wait till someone gets shot.

Rumpole said...

4:03 ding ding ding- you win the prize! Jugde Blake's current courtroom was the original courtroom where to our Northern ears we first heard the Honorable Meek Robinette drawl "Unless ah say otherwise ah find prahbable cause in every case."

4:06 PM- I cannot possibly fathom anyone not liking me. I'm the nicest person I know. Kind, charitable, humble, loyal...a true boy scout. Surely there must be some other reasonable explanation that can solve this conundrum. The possibility I would rub someone the wrong way (misguided misadventures with members of the opposite sex excluded) is incomprehensible to me.

Anonymous said...

In an era of pervasive, unfair, habitualization legislation that counts past convictions for future punishment, it is refreshing to be able to find incomplete colloquies to set aside convictions in old cases that the state is now using to screw our clients.

Anonymous said...

Trivia question: How did the petty corruption scheme involving bonds ending in 1 work and what was the amount involved in each transaction?

Anonymous said...

fake meeker: your motion is DEEEEEEEENIED!!

Anonymous said...

Dear All:

As some of you may have heard, there is a fundraiser/happy hour in support of the reelection of Judge Leon Firtel on Wednesday November 28 at The Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Avenue Miami Beach (www.purdylounge.com) from 5:30 to 7:30. There will be 2-for-1 drink specials and food. There is a relatively small suggested donation of $50 dollars. Of course, either more or less will also be appreciated. Judge Firtel is a fair and good Judge who shows the utmost respect to all who come before him. He deserves our support. I hope to see you there.

Rumpole said...

to the civil lawyer who has a question about recusal- if you send me an email with an address to send an email back, I will explain to you the situation and why your comment was not posted.

Anonymous said...

"lob misguided bombs at poor Gerry Klein"

before you call me misguided, talk to Judge Slom. And since you haven't spoken to Slom, assuming I'm right, doesn't the public desrve better? Shouldn't a judge do his job correctly?

Love the Blog

Rumpole said...

Love the blog, hate the blogger eh?

Rumpole said...

I have not spoken to Judge Slom. HE refuses to meet me at midnight in the garage in the Cedars Medical Center where I can remain in the shadows.

Gerry Klein did his job quicker and better than any county court judge in the last 30 years.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Speaking of L. Schwartz's courtoom,,,anyone know why he's telling people he'll be out of the building for over a month?

Anonymous said...

"Gerry Klein did his job quicker and better than any county court judge in the last 30 years."

He cut corners all the time and you didn't answer my question: If his colloquies are now the grounds for hundreds and hundreds of motions to vacate pleas that the SAO is agreeing to, didn't the public desreve better? Come on Hillary..uh...I mean Rump, answer a direct question!

Fake Captain said...

FAKE CAPTAIN reports that Judge Larry Schwartz will be flying to a very famous hospital where he will be undergoing a new and risky surgery to have both his nasty sarcasm removed, and a kind personality on the bench transplated. This double transplant/removal is very risky and could result in our Judge remaining just the cranky way he is.

Rumpole said...

7:00 PM. Huh?
Wha?

I think we can move on.

Accurate Fake Captain said...

Accurate Fake Captain reports:

Judge Schwartz will be having back surgery. Maybe the pain in his back affects his disposition. If they can fix the disposition, but leave his sense of fairness intact, the MJB will be in for a treat.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rump,

Please erase any postings that invite people to attend judicial fund raising parties. \\\This blog should not be used for that kind of stuff.