Welcome to Miami.
More on jury questions:
The comments section to yesterday's post contained pro and con thoughts on jurors asking questions. But we still have this question: Is it now mandatory to allow jurors to ask questions? If it is mandatory, and the court does not make provisions for jurors asking questions, then is a defendant entitled to appeal if s/he loses at trial?
Also, some lawyers wondered whether some questions would require a mandatory mistrial? As we understand it, the rule requires the judge to review the questions before asking those the judge deems appropriate. If a question is not asked, how can what a juror is thinking cause a mistrial?
Former President George W Bush (has nice ring to it, doesn't it?) Was famous for not being able to recall one mistake he made four years into his presidency.
How times have changed. President Obama, not a month into his presidency, s quoted here in the WSJ as admitting "I screwed up" in his handling of the Tom Daschle matter.
FLORIDA'S IMPENDING INSURANCE CRISIS:
As cold as it is, the hurricane season is approaching and we have a full blown insurance crisis here in Florida. Republicans- those free market fun guys, have inexplicably imposed strict price controls on insurance companies. Now those companies, who cannot raise prices without permission from the State (and the Republicans did this? What happened to free market capitalism? We thought price controls was something those Socialist-French loving Democrats did. ) are leaving Florida. That leaves the state created insurance company-Citizens- (another Republican creation) as the largest insurer in the State. And that leaves all of us on the hook for the next big hurricane.
State created corporations. Price controls. Sounds like the Nixon administration. Wait a second, wasn't he a Republican too? What's going on here?
See you in court, with lots of questions about questions.