Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"The Accused" beats the rap.
In the most high profile Dade County Judicial Battery case since, well, has there ever been a sitting Judge who complained s/he was battered by a colleague?, The Dade County State Attorneys Office has declined to prosecute Circuit Court Judge David "O.J." Miller for an accusation that he battered Circuit Court Judge Maria Dennis.
Joe Centorino, chief of the Public Corruption Unit, who has been (we've been reliably informed) working on this earth shattering case night and day ever since the shocking allegations became public, wrote a close out memo in which his office declined to file charges against Judge Miller, whom colleagues have taken to calling "The Teflon Judge" in reference to his "John Gotti" like ability to escape criminal prosecution.
Centorino noted that the "Faux Fax Fight Fiasco" was better suited for a Judicial Qualifications Complaint.
Anybody know if the victim, Judge Maria Dennis, has filed a JQC Complaint? Anybody care?
Chief Judge Farina, (who was recently overheard to say "I'm not gonna miss dealing with those two ^%$#&&((!! Judges when I'm gone") in one of his last acts as Chief Judge, banished the Jousting Jurists to separate floors of the (un)civil court house, and in a Solomon like decision, gave each of them their very own Fax machine.
No confirmation yet of the rumors that both TV Judges Marilyn Milian and David Young were battling for the rights to bring the litigants into their own private courts.
See You In Court, defending battery charges every bit as ridiculous as this one, but charges which for some reason, aren't screened as carefully as Mr. Centorino screened this one.
PS. You know there are dozens of ideas that flow from this little contretemps. (French for "a little fight in which the French end up surrendering". Benefits of a classical education I guess.)
"Fighting Judges" an ABC reality show that could air after Dancing with the Stars. The TV Cameras follow two Judges who don't like each for weeks as they train and spar and get ready for a fight. The final episode would be a ratings block buster.
CSI Miami - special Miami Civil Courthouse edition. Where the CSI Miami group pours into the civil courthouse and closely inspects the crime scene to see if charges can be filed.
Post your ideas in the comments section. These two are a blogger's dream.