BREAKING BLOG NEWS: From reporter Bill Shields via the South Florida Lawyers Blog: Circuit Court Judge Tam Wilson is .....outta here. Come October 2009 Judge Wilson will retire to golf, pina coladas, late lunches, early dinners...which if you think about it, sort of begs the question as to why retire when the State of Florida will pay you more than 150K a year to do that and all you have to do is wear that dopy robe?
But lets not rain on Judge Tam Wilson's parade. He was a good, fair, hard working judge. And we echo the sentiment of the Civil Blog guy- we may never have always gotten what we wanted from Judge Wilson, but we never left his courtroom without believing that our client got a full and fair hearing on the issues. Tam Wilson was one of the really good guys and his departure leaves a hole on the Dade Bench that will be hard to fill. *
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
After last week's dustup over Judge Fred Seraphin's putative refusal to call attorneys out of turn during the busy Wednesday sounding calendar in County Court, we sent our spy to Judge Serpahin's courtroom Wednesday morning for a report. The result- a favorable, if somewhat over enthusiastic, report for Judge Seraphin.
Rumpole, I'm here outside courtroom 4-9 at 9:10 and something amazing is going on: the courtroom is quiet and empty. There is a sign announcing Judge Seraphin's new policy- attorneys will be called out of turn between 8:30 and 9:30 am.
Not since Judge Fred Nesbitt prowled the hallways of County Court in his bright blue robe, terrifying prosecutors and generally snarling at everyone, have I seen a more contentious problem then what was brewing between defense attorneys and Judge Seraphin these past few weeks. And then, just like that, PRESTO!!! A little good old fashion common sense has everybody singing a different tune. The Judge seems happier. The attorneys are happier. Even the pro se defendants are happier. .... As Bob Dylan sang, "the times" old rumpy, "they are a changing..." This is county court agent 99 signing out.
Rumpole says: Well done Judge Seraphin. Well done indeed.
Coming up next on the blog- Can they really consider prosecuting lawyers for their written legal opinions? Only on your humble little Justice Building Blog.
See You in Court, with a new and fuller appreciation for the fact that there really is no cure for drinking too much Tequila.
*there is absolutely, positively no hidden connection whatsoever between our phrase
"...leaves a hole...." and the phrase associated with those last two words, and Judge Wilson. Would but we could say that for the rest of his brethren.