Budget cuts are to blame. The Dade SAO now loses three top trial prosecutors who have over 100 years of combined experience.
The loss of these three prosecutors is bound to adversely affect our community. They did their job for decades, and they did it supremely well.
But lets look a little deeper. Certainly the prosecutors' office loss of three top trial lawyers may result in a rare not guilty on a serious capital case in the future. But what the Dade SAO also loses is the experience that is passed on to younger and less experienced prosecutors. When Mr. Laeser tried a case, he usually had a younger prosecutor with him. Someone who could study and learn what it takes to throughly investigate and prepare a case for trial. Mr. Laeser, Mr. Waksman and Mr. Gilbert took seriously their responsibility to train attorneys. When they leave the SAO, their knowledge and experience and ability to train younger lawyers leaves with them.
And that is an irreplaceable loss indeed.