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Friday, January 16, 2009

JOHN MORTIMER HAS PASSED AWAY

WANT TO TWITTER? GO HERE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I HAVE SET UP, BUT CERTAIN LAWYERS SEEM TO USE IT. HAVE FUN. 





The writer and creator of the Rumpole of the Bailey series, as well as many many other wonderful books, fiction and non-fiction alike, has passed away.  The title of the post links to the NY Times Obit. 

We of course appropriated his most famous character for our nom-de-blog personality. 

If you haven't read any of his writings, your missing some really wonderful and entertaining books. Spend a few minutes on Amazon and order one or two. You won't be sorry. 

He was everything good about being British. 

(sniffle)


See You in court, a bit sadder. 

Long weekend coming up. We remain committed to the proposition that the chaos and problems that occur on Tuesday far outweigh the benefits of having Monday off. Fridays off is the way to go. 

Happy thought: This is the very last weekend W-43 will occupy the White House. Anybody know someone who's going to the inaugural?  I sincerely hope that in my lifetime we do not see someone as anti-intellectual and completely unprepared as W was occupy the White House again. As Obama's nominee for the Department for Education Arne Duncan said during his confirmation hearing "It's cool to be smart again."

BILL MATTHEWMAN GETS A NOT GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT!!

As reported on the federal blog, Mr. Matthewman's client was acquitted on Thursday in Federal Court in Ft. Lauderdale after staring down the barrel of a 15 year min man for possession of a firearm  by a convicted felon.  For those of you who follow such things, this is the latest in  a string of courtroom victories for Mr. Matthewman.  A former police officer,  Mr. Matthewman has quietly joined the ranks of the finest defense attorneys the South Florida Bar has to offer. Sad to say however, Mr. Matthewman does not get the honor of the first not guilty in the southern district for 2009. That high honor goes to another star- Tim Day of the Federal PDs office. Congratulations to both for great victories.!!

PS. When are the Federal Judges going to get on board and appoint Mr. Day as a Magistrate? He was a finalist the last time a spot was open,  and since our current Chief Judge started his career in the Federal PD's office, isn't it about time that the Federal PDs get the chance to put a highly qualified lawyer on the bench? Just a thought. 





13 comments:

Anonymous said...

You keep saying, Rump, that Bush wasn't prepared, but Obama is abandoning campaign positions every day and adopting W's. We're staying in Iraq until 2012 per the agreement that W negotiated (according to Biden), and keeping 'enhanced interrogation' around for special circumstances - like the murderers that W used it on.

Obama already voted for FISA amendments supported by Bush that gave telecoms immunity for alleged domestic spying, and now we have the FISA 'secret' appellate decision that says Bush was right all along about his presidential power to order warrantless wiretaps of incoming foreign communications.

Oh, and Obama says today he'll try to close Gitmo at least by the end of his first term - or maybe later. Hell, Bush has been wanting to close it for three years but nobody wants these maniacs.

If I had known that Obama would follow Bush policies so closely, I probably would have voted for him instead of McCain.

Rumpole said...

2 points in Rebuttal:

1) his father led us to war and he led us to war. Look at the results.

2) When campaigning for president W sneered at "nation building."

Ok 3 points.

3) August 2001. W receives a CIA briefing at his Texas ranch in which he is told Al Queda is planning to attack the US very soon. He responds: "You covered your ass so you can go now."

Obama has an obligation to responsibly disentangle us from Iraq. And he will do it.

Hilda said...

Now he is with Penelope...rest his soul.

Anonymous said...

Dumbya is the worst President of our lifetimes, hands down, if not the worst President . He makes his father and Jimmy Carter--both fine, honorable gentlemen but subpar Presidents--look like grand statesmen.

I just wish Obama and the Democrats in Congress had the cojones to investigate Bush, Cheney and co. for crimes committed in office. If Clinton faced impeachment over lying about a few blowjobs, Bush deserves far worse....

As for the mess Dumbya has left us in, I agree with Rumpole 100%. It took us eight years to get into the sorry state we are in. Obama isn't going to get us out overnight.

RJIGS said...

Rumpole "of the Old Bailey" more properly, was a great character of literature.
With the passing of the creator of RUMPOLE OF THE OLD BAILEY,
You,"RUMPOLE of the Blog" have continued a great tradition of indifference, arrogance,and insolance that will live far beyond the crearor of RUMPLOLE OF THE OLD BAILEY.
Please continue to piss upon the haughty and self absorbed with impunity, with the goal of leveling the playing field and tempering the power of the mighty.

RJIGS

Anonymous said...

"I sincerely hope that in my lifetime we do not see someone as anti-intellectual and completely unprepared as W was occupy the White House again."

Nope....he is here now.....
Barak Hussein Obama...or "BO", if you like!
All talk..no substance...and a liar to boot.

Anonymous said...

5:22: Bush has wanted to close Gitmo? Sorry, you're just plain wrong. He has steadfastly maintained that it should and will remain open. His solicitor general just argued at SCOTUS less than six months ago that the whole FISA/ Gitmo regime was lawful. You're just wrong.

6:49: Haven't we gotten over the whole "Hussein" thing yet? Constantly quoting his middle name, in an attempt to link him with Muslim fundamentalism doesn't make you look clever; it makes you look racist. Our first president shared the name of the British despot he battled in the revolution (I should probably spell that out for you: George Washington and King George III), but that didn't make him a Tory.

Americans are tired of this rabid hyper-partisanship. Give the guy six months, then you can (inevitably) criticize.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing as anti-intellectual as offering viewpoints based on emotions as opposed to facts.
Bush unprepared? Who are you kidding? NO ONE can ever be prepared for the role of president but Bush held excutive positions and had to make executive decisions. Does that not count?
Bush 43 was not perfect and he made mistakes. So did the 42 presidents before him. Truman was excoriated for years until history vindicated him and recognized his greatness.
Usama Hussein Obominable is the singularly MOST UNQUALIFIED, UNPREPARED person in history to be elected to such a powerful and important position. His only record of accomplishment has been getting elected. He has raided the Clinton cabinet, etc., for his own cabinet, relied on re-treads for "change" and espoused doctrines and programs that go back to the depression. His economic plans will mortgage the future of this country and create big government the likes of which we have never seen.
This guy hasn't an original, innovative idea in his head.
So this is what you regard as being allowed to be intelligent again?
Perhaps you need to re-evaluate your definitons.

Anonymous said...

Well, making fun of his name like a kindergartener doesn't exactly impress me with your ability to critique intelligence. Obama can't mortgage the future of our country; it has already been done to/for us during the last eight years. Wall Street bailout, big banking bailout, big three auto bailout, billion a month in Iraq - this isn't BIG government?? Damn well better hope his depression-era policies do some good. Raids the Clinton Cabinet and uses "retreads"?? LOL. Get real - there is a permanent governing class in D.C. that every president in modern times has relied upon. Kachigian, Gergen, Scowcroft, Rumsfeld, Baker, Fort Lauderdale's own Roger Stone. Come on. Nixon's people became Ford & Reagan's people, Carter's people became Clinton's people, Reagan's people became Bush I & II's people, ad nauseum...

Anonymous said...

I'm a life long Republican who voted for McCain..........that said, all of this griping about Obama is really pretty shortsighted. Like it or not, he's our President and you can't change that. Regardless, he deserves/needs our support (there's not another election for 4 years for God's sake).

It's time to set aside our partisan feelings and differences and address the mess we're in right now. All of the name calling and complaining in the world can't change anything........cooperation and collaboration can. We should give Obama the chance he earned by winning the election. If he succeeds, we all benefit. If he fails, we can address it in the next election.

Grow up people, we're all in this together whether you like it or not.

BTDT

PS---the fact that he's upset/please people on both sides of the aisle tells me that he's off to a good start. There are conservatives celebrating some of his appointments and his apparent middle of the road/pragmatic views. There are liberals hammering him for "abandoning the agenda." Obviously, he's taking a moderate position; something we need in a time of crisis. Let's work together and fix things instead of hammering each other and making things worse.

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Anonymous said...

On Tuesday, Obama will be our President. He is young and, compared to some of his predecessors, relatively inexperienced. He has also shown intelligence, poise and a great deal of common sense. As BTDT said, he has already made folks on both sides of the aisle angry and satisfied. His Cabinet picks seem to reflect the idea that he is attempting to govern in a consensus-building manner. He has two Republicans, including Gates, in his Cabinet. Obama seems like he wants to put aside the partisan rancor of the past two decades and tackle the serious problems facing our nation head-on.

Will Obama make mistakes? Yes. He is human. I have made mistakes. You have made mistakes. Eveyone, including all forty-three Presidents to date, makes mistakes. The big questions are 1) Will he own up to them and 2) Will he learn from them. The greatest leaders of our country and our world will answer yes to both questions. GWB, to our dismay, answered both with a resounding NO. Hopefully President Obama will be different.

PS--As for the name game, given that Obama's middle name is Hussein. Think of the name Alfred Rosenberg. From the name alone, one would reasonably think he was Jewish. WRONG. Alfred Rosenberg was one of the highest-ranking Nazis and was hanged after being convicted of crimes against humanity at Nuremberg.

Anonymous said...

John Mortimer was also (as I know the blogging Rumpole is aware) a barrister himself (though he commenced his career working on propaganda films during WWII), and his father was a barrister, as well.
Mr. Mortimer persuaded me, via the Rumpole books, that in the US we need to move to the British system, where lawyers prosecute in some cases, and defend in others. I saw that system at work in Newcastle, England, in 2006: the same lawyer argued motions on different sides, and well, in the same court session. Interesting.
Mortimer finally wrote a novel telling the tale of Rumpole's first success, called The Penge Bungalow Murders, which Rumpole often referred to over the years.
Requiescat in pace, as Rumpole himself would have said (no tacky acronyms for him). It is not necessary to caution, "De mortuis nil nisi bonum," because only good can be said of Mr. Mortimer.
Nancy Wear.