Monday, July 14, 2008
RANCK WATCH D-DAY
Todays the day. Does the SAO continue its reign of terror firing anyone and everyone who crosses the path of the administration?
Voice a concern about a police shooting? YOU'RE FIRED!!
Accept a toy for charity in court? YOU'RE FIRED!!!
Lie about why you were fired? YOU'RE REALLY REALLY FIRED!!!
Sexually harass women employees? please resign whenever you feel most comfortable doing so.
Let's see what happens today.
THE CASE THAT MADE MIAMI BURN
Courtesy of the Broward Blog we post this link to a Tampa St Pete Times article on former Miami Police Officer Bill Hanlon.
Recognize the name? Most lawyers and Judges will not. But longtime residents of Miami and the REGJB will remember Hanlon as one of the Officers who participated in the arrest of Arthur McDuffie. McDuffie who was an African-American, died during the arrest and 8 officers were arrested. Hanlon testified in a Tampa courtroom against the other officers but that was not enough and the officers were acquitted. This followed a long and tortious trail of cases in Miami before the whole mess was moved to Tampa.
After the acquittal, Miami burned, as riots tore through our town.
The article has a picture of a National Guardsman standing in front of a burning car. That's right folks. For all you young people, there was a time in the not too distant past when the National Guard patrolled this town, as chaos reigned.
Then the Columbian drug lords moved in and everything quieted down.
Bill Hanlon has completed law school. For the last 25 years he has led a life that has been nearly perfect and dedicated to making amends for his mistake. Hanlon did not kill McDuffie. He passed a lie detector as to whether he hit McDuffie. What Hanlon did do was participate in the cover-up to protect the cops who beat McDuffie to death. The article raises important issues as to whether there are certain actions that ever prevent a person from becoming an attorney in Florida.
With his tireless work as a guardian ad litem and mentoring of disadvantaged children it appears to us Hanlon deserves the chance to work as an attorney in Florida.
Check out the article HERE