Tuesday, July 15, 2008
DOUBLE UPDATE BELOW WITH A COMMENT FROM DAVID S MARKUS
Anyone have the scoop on the fracas at the Dade County Jail?
(UPDATE- it was apparently TGK)
Ms. Georgia Ayers.
Controversy and possible arrests.
(update: arrests were threatened but apparently not made.)
Rumours are flying, but alas we were not there.
Update: Any public official who messes with Ms. Ayers should best remember the short judicial career of Henry Ferro. Of course when you point a gun at anyone in court from the bench, much less a family member of Ms. Ayer's, you get what's coming to you.
"A circuit judge pointed a gun at a defendant in open court?"
Oh yes dear new readers, this used to be quite the town in the day.
DAVID S MARKUS (not the guy who runs the federal fight blog) apparently represented the Defendant Judge Ferro took aim at and had this to say:
I was the defense attorney in the case where Judge Ferro stormed off the bench and pointed the gun at the head of the defendant's mom(I don't believe that she was related to Ms. Ayers-my fuzzy recollection was that she was hispanic).We were in the middle of a plea colloquy for boot camp and the defendant was showing a lot of "attitude". Judge Ferro was trying to impress upon the young armed-robbery defendant the magnitude of his actions. All of a sudden, the judge, robes flying, jumps up out of his chair, demands the gun from the clerk, and accosts the mom, who was seated in the audience. Everyone was shocked. Then he sat back down and finished the plea colloquy as if nothing unusual had happened. The guy was a real nutcase.
Rumpole says: That's what happens when you take a plea instead of going to trial.