It's been one year since the tragic death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. The title links to the article. I recall being in the courtroom for either the arraignment or one of the early hearings as all these attorneys from the West Coast of Florida descended upon our little building amidst the media coverage and thinking: "six months from now all these guys will be gone." And I think I was correct; most if not all of the defendants now have local counsel. I remember thinking that this is must what it feels like for local lawyers in some small town when half a dozen Miami lawyers come in on a big drug trafficking case. The feeling was not pleasant and gave me a better insight into how I am treated in other counties (Not including North of the Border, which always makes lawyers feel unpleasant) and other states.
Anyone have an inside update on the case before Judge Murphy?
Our local federal blog had inside coverage of the motion to dismiss the money laundering count against Ben Kuehne that was heard by Judge Cooke yesterday. David Markus wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the NACDL supporting the motion to dismiss. The highlight of the motion appeared to be when the government lawyer, managing to keep a straight face, told Judge Cooke that yes, section 1957(f) which contains an exception for lawyers fees in criminal money laundering statutes, has absolutely no meaning whatsoever and should be ignored my the court.
If you think we wisecrack on the blog , you should see us in court, especially when a prosecutor says something so abysmally stupid as that. I would have wanted the court to inquire, "while we're on the subject" of any other laws enacted by congress that the Department Of Justice is actively asking courts to ignore? Just for the record and all that.
The Broward blog has a neat little post on Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sitting on a jury as a forewoman and signing the NOT GUILTY verdict form yesterday on a Felony possession of cannabis before outgoing Judge Dijols. Congrats go out to defense attorney Faisal Afzal for a job well done.
Quick financial tip: for those of you looking to get back into the market (and there are some great values out there) remember that starting the first week of December, people traditionally start selling stocks to take the financial loss for the tax year. And you can't throw a dart without hitting a stock that has a loss this year. So be careful and bide your time. I'll give you my buy signal when I see it.
Anybody still in trial in the REGJB? Last day of the work week. We'll have something up tomorrow, including football picks for Thursday and the weekend. Have a great holiday.
See you in Whole Foods buying our organic turkey.