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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CHINA SENTENCES TWO ELDERY WOMEN TO RE-EDUCATION CAMP

UPDATE: SOMEONE'S MESSING WITH OUR POLLS. FOR SHAME FOR SHAME

Two elderly (ages 77 & 79)  women attempted a protest during the olympic games. They have been sentenced by the government of China to a re-education camp.  The title links to the NY Times Article. We guess any government that is not muslim is OK with the Bush administration. 

ONLY IN FLORIDA: A Lion and a Tiger escaped from an animal sanctuary in West Palm, forcing the lockdown of nearby schools. Sounds Like a bad Disney movie.  The link is to the Herald article. 

SHUT IT DOWN?
Several reports question whether the powers that be acted too quickly in shutting down government and schools in anticipation of TS Fay. We say that they did it just right. Any storm can quickly intensify, and predictions of the path of a storm cannot be precise beyond 25-50 miles. No one wants a replay of New Orleans here. Better safe than sorry we say. 


SCOTUS BLOG- has a good analysis of the Supreme Court's 07 term's decisions on criminal law. Good reading if business is slow due to the storm. 

Don't forget to vote often in our polls on the right. It will be interesting to see how close the polls here come to the actual results.  The two closest races are the Lindsey/Lesperance county court battle, and the three way race in circuit court. So far there are about 130 votes on average for each question.

See You in court. 


34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. Court should have been cancelled yesterday. We have had too many storms like Katrina that came into Ft. Lauderdale as a minor storm and went crazy in sw dade and did all kinds of damage.

If they don't close the courts, stupid judges will issue warrants for people who can not make it because the mayor is on TV telling people to stay home.

Judges can not be trusted with these decisions. Too many would say, hey, I'm here, what's the big deal.

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS:

CNN has a inside source that Caroline Kennedy the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy will be Obama's Vice President.

Obama said his choice would be someone who was not seeking the VP slot and was not a washington insider.

Congratulations to MS.KENNEDY!

shumie's gone? said...

He's gone. And that's that.

sadeyeonshumie said...

"Bloat" did him in. That bloat will get you ever time if you are not careful. A sad day.

Anonymous said...

those old ladies should be in TGK makin license plates

Anonymous said...

I can now live in peace.

NEW YORK - There won't be much "livin' la vida loca" for Ricky Martin these days — he's now the father of twin boys. The Latin superstar had the children via a surrogate mother, and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to a statement from his representatives.

Anonymous said...

If you can vote multiple times, what do these polls actually represent? The number of people who have the time to vote multiple times for the same person?

Anonymous said...

We love to cast fault and blame.
If the courts and schools had not been closed,and a severe storm hit we would blame the Governor,Mayor.Mayors and everyone else for not acting properly.Safety for the children
and the public in general is to come first and their actions were correct.
Its great to second guess!But why not expect such,we are South Florida,and Miami-Dade County where we love to cast blame for our failures.

Anonymous said...

Hey. I wanted to vote for CUETO in your poll. But you only listed someone named cueRto.

Anonymous said...

Article in today's New Times:

Abby Cynamon Battles Bad Banker Ricardo Corona for Judge.
The best race in next Tuesday's judicial elections is a whopper.

By Tim Elfrink
Published on August 21, 2008

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2008-08-21/news/abby-cynamon-battles-bad-banker-ricardo-corona-for-judge/

South Florida's judiciary has faced a tsunami of corruption since the Nineties, when a mostly federal raid called Operation Court Broom swept up three judges and six lawyers in a corruption sting. There was Dade County Judge Harvey Shenberg, who took $50,000 to hand over the name of an alleged drug snitch. And Circuit Judge David Goodhart, who served time for playing bagman and accepting a $25,000 bribe. And how about Circuit Judge Alfonso Sepe, who snatched up $150,000 from undercover feds to fix cases? Sepe's case, the last wrapped up in the sting, concluded eight years ago.

More recently in Broward, several judges have been busted for keeping their own divorces secret, karate-kicking drivers in acts of road rage, and — our favorite — smoking pot in a Hollywood drug-free zone.

So when Ricardo Corona dragged his impressive family baggage up to that long folding table full of judicial candidates, he trudged a well-worn path.

Corona's tale is a uniquely Miami mix of drug money and liberal banking practices that made South Florida the Wild West of the financial world in the Eighties. His family emigrated from Cuba in 1960, and his brother Ray and father Rafael worked in small banks here until Ray befriended Jose Antonio Fernandez, a low-level marijuana smuggler whose profits soon began to soar.

In 1977, Fernandez handed Ray $500,000 in cash, directed him to Alma Robles, a member of an influential Panamanian family, and told him to use Robles as a figurehead to buy Sunshine State Bank. Ray was named president of the drug smuggler's new bank; dad Rafael was made chairman of the board. As Fernandez's drug business peaked, bringing in 1.3 million pounds of pot to the States between '76 and '81 and putting $5 to $7 million in his wallet, Ray, a former Golden Gloves boxer, took to living like a kingpin — driving a Rolls Royce, buying luxury boats and mink coats, waving his gun around nightclubs.

Ricardo stayed behind the scenes at his family's bank until 1984, when he took over after his brother and father were indicted for racketeering and fraud. Two years later, the FDIC banned all three from banking, calling them the "principal cause of the bank's distressed financial condition." An independent audit found loans to be worth almost six times the bank's equity.

Corona moved onto (where else?) law school, graduating from the University of Miami in 1996. He's had no disciplinary record since joining the bar. He focuses on (what else?) business litigation and lists "banking" as one of his areas of expertise on the Florida Bar Association's website.

Abby Cynamon .... An avid rower with wavy brown hair brushing her shoulders, Cynamon lived through the early death of her mother, a childhood in the foster-care system, and a gruesome injury when a cab snapped her shin in half a few weeks before she was to begin law school.

Like Corona, she's the child of immigrants — from Eastern Europe via Palestine. But there they diverge. Cynamon was born in New York in 1960, her parents divorced 10 years later, and then her mother died of breast cancer. After living in a Connecticut foster home, she earned scholarships to Barnard College and the University of Miami School of Law, and then spent 15 years researching legal decisions for circuit court judges.

Cynamon has loaned her campaign three times more than any other candidate and has raised as much as any other nonincumbent. She's been gathering contributions since early 2007 and has pulled in more than $69,000 from hundreds of donors, including dozens of lawyers and law firms such as Richard Baron & Associates, Mandel & Mandel, and Damian & Valori. (Corona also has plenty of lawyers among his $12,500 in donations, including Mark Kamilar and Bolivar C. Porta.)

Then there's the $300,000 in loans to Cynamon's campaign, which she says she can afford. Pumping in her own wealth — she lives in a $1 million home on Normandy Isle — is just part of running, she says. "How can I ask all these people to invest in my campaign if I'm not willing to make that investment myself?" she asks.

Most of the money has gone to consultants and advertising. She recently paid for television ads touting her experience behind the scenes in circuit court and her lengthy list of endorsements.

Why would she spend so much in a quest for a $145,080-per-year job? "I think you make the most of the system you have," she says. "And I believe I'd make a real difference [on] the bench. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time."

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Anonymous said...

RUMPOLA- CAN YOUR READERS HELP? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO...

Judge Herbert Klein?

PDs Owen Chin & Kenny Marvin?

Rob Malove?

Tennis Player Roscoe Tanner?

That ASA dude who tagged a tennis player?

word of the day guys said...

WORD OF THE DAY:

USUFRUCT
DEF- the legal right to use and derive a benefit from a property that is not owned, so long as the property is not damaged,

USE- "I object to the court's plan as it violates my client's right of usufruct"

Judge: "Huh?"

Lawyer: "My client's right of usufruct..."

Judge: "No spanish in my courtroom please. Use good English."

Lawyer: "Did you even go to law school?"

Anonymous said...

you all are usufruct'd up

L N said...

I have a question. Someone from the Lesperance campaign came onto my private property and wedged a business card [absoluntely unsolicted] under my car's windshield wiper. As I peeled it off, part the card stuck to the window and the glass. I want to file a complaint keeping political solicitations off my property unless someone paid the postage and placed in the mailbox. Do you know how I would complain about this? The same thing happened on the rear windshield of my elderly neighbor's van and he was so agitated I was afraid he was going to have a stroke.

Anonymous said...

Clerk: Your case is set before Judge Peter Adrien for sentencing. Sorry, my man, ursofruct its unbelievable. You better hire the Q.

Rumpole said...

10:26- Deal with it.No one said life was fair.

SET CLUB PLAYA said...

RUMP. OMG last night at SET, a very married MILFY Judge was all over this UM Law School 3rd Years (also a female) and the Judge was badgering the DJS to play "I kissed a Girl and I liked it" and throwing hundreds at them and finally they said if she flashed them they'd do it. So before I could get the Old I Phone camera rolling she whipped off her top and they started making out. I got some of the video and you can definitely see who it is. I'll leave it up to you to do with it what you wish.

Man- she kissed a girl and I liked it too.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tim ELfrink...it is called Israel, not Palestine. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Former Circuit Court Judge Herbert Klein is in a private mediation practice with Former Chief Judge Gerald Wetherington and Former Circuit Court and Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan. Offices are downtown Miami.

I think Kenny Marvin(former Assistant Public Defender) is now one of the head attorneys for the Florida Bar. Office is in Tallahassee.

I think Owen Chin(former Assistant Public Defender) moved to North Florida, perhaps Tallahassee.

Rob Malove still practices law, mainly in Broward County.

Anonymous said...

11:47

You must have had some inside information on that article posting it at 11:47 pm on August 20. The article wasn't even published till August 21."By Tim Elfrink
Published on August 21, 2008"

Pretty interesting.......

Anonymous said...

To the idiot (8:53 am) who is angry that a Lesperance flyer was put on his car, I offer a new fangled solution.

WINDEX and PAPERTOWEL.

Anonymous said...

Only 502 more days until Peter Adrien is unemployed.

Anonymous said...

Okay MILF judge, lots of money. Is she still a judge or retired? Is she blonde, redhead, or brunette? Is she Hispanic, Anglo or African-American? Oops, there is only one African-American woman judge and I am positive it would not be her.

Got to know. Got to know.

Anonymous said...

Sue for Trespass.

Anonymous said...

I Vant TO VOTE OF VIDAL VELLIS - he is not on the Ballot- I want to reeeporrt a krime! Where is Joes Sentorino!!!!!!!! The altered the Ballot, there is someone named Josie - Not Vidal where of where is Vidale on the Ballot.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you the former ASA who tagged a tennis player is a lawyer in tampa!

Anonymous said...

Re: political solicitation on private property ...unless a home owner manifests externally in some way his or her wish to remain unmolested by the visits of solicitors seeking orders for merchandise, a solicitor may take custom and usage as implied consent to call where such custom and usage exists. In the absence of some external indication to the contrary, custom and usage would render unactionable a trespass on the premises of another for the purpose of a social visit, retrieving young children who had wandered away or to seek the assistance of the possessor at a time of emergency. There are unquestionably other instances in which consent will be implied based on common custom, usage and conduct: The foregoing examples are merely by way of explanation, and are not intended to be exclusive. Fletcher v. Florida Publishing Co., 319 So.2d 100 (1975)

Anonymous said...

11:47

Please feel free to explain how you just coincidentlly stumbled upon that article on WEDNESDAY yet it wasn't published till THURSDAY.
It seems you may have something to do with the Cynamon campaign and that article...

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Anonymous said...

http://www.americasright.com/2008/08/obama-sued-in-philadelphia-federal.html

Anonymous said...

That ASA ended up looking like a real idiot in the end. BUT...wasn't he also responsible for landing another big fish from the office.

Anonymous said...

Rump -- if someone is messing with the polls, take them down.....you never know who reads this blog and you are not doing the candidates any good if the polls are compromised.

Anonymous said...

Why would you say that ASA looked like an idiot? He did fine. He's a great guy and doing well. Don't let your jealousy get the better of you. Let it go...........you'll feel better.