Lots of Judge Butchko/Rick Freedman discussion in the comments section.
Vote in our new poll: Judge Butchko: Champion of the 6th Amendment, or trying not to get reversed on appeal? We have our thoughts on the matter, including the belief that the politics of the representation of indigent defendants sometimes makes for strange bedfellows.
This much we are sure of: Rick Freedman was representing defendants before most of you louts that have been anonymously criticizing him were out of high school. All us who practice criminal defense benefit from the hard work by Rick and many others in the FACDL. These FACDL lawyers who work for us on countless legal issues donate their time for free. In the course of any year, the FACDL has attorneys filing lawsuits, writing amicus briefs (literally: "lawyers smarter than you telling the appellate courts what to do") , meeting with judges and prosecutors, and working on matters well after the rest us, especially some of us who write blogs, have long since left the office. So back off- and the next time you see Rick, buy him a cup of coffee (although he can apparently afford his own Starbucks) .
The Jury is out in the Liberty City Six re-trial number three. Stay tuned to the Federal Blog for breaking news. (I still owe Marcus a hundred bucks.)
Flu alert: At any one time there are 500,000 people traveling in airplanes. Thus, a flu outbreak somewhere, is a flu threat everywhere. This may not be the pandemic that runs wild, but one is brewing out there somewhere. The NY Times article is here.
Living in Miami, we live in the "cross roads of Central and South America". We are especially vulnerable to epidemics. Spain, which is a main entry point to Europe for Mexico, is taking serious action to stop the spread of the the virus. Meanwhile, in the US, we have our highly trained airport security people asking travelers if they feel OK. That is as effective as asking the 9/11 terrorists if anyone gave them anything to take with them on the plane.
We need to take these flu outbreaks more seriously, but we don't, and mark our words, we will pay the price.
See you in court, wearing a surgical mask.