Here was the scene (sent to us by an alert reader) last week at approximately 10:00 AM. With at least three escalators out, denizens of the REGJB took bets on the 45 minute period the escalator technicians would actually stop their breaks and do some work. The winner was apparently a bailiff who correctly guessed 2:00-2:45 pm.
And speaking of hard at work, we received an invitation from Judge Deborah White-Labora regarding the 20th Anniversary of Drug Court.
As many of you know the first Drug Court in the nation started right here, in our building, with Judge Stanley Goldstein. Drug Courts now number in the hundreds across the nation. And they all look to Miami Dade as the one who started it all.
Judge White-Labora extended an invitation to all of us to attend the celebrations on May 20, 2009 at the steps of the Civil Courthouse (naturally. Why hold the celebration at the actual building where Drug Court is? That would be way too logical.)
The festivities start at 8:00 AM (!!!!) at 73 West Flagler street, and despite our cheap shot about the location, it's a worthy event that should be attended.
The people at drug court work very hard. The fourth floor courtroom is not one that you will see empty at 1 or 2 pm. The hard work of the lawyers and staff goes well on into the afternoon and evening.
And the lives they save....well just imagine the downward spiral of drug abuse and crime. Calculate the costs to our society for every addict that we end up sending to prison for years because they snatched a purse or sold some drugs to support their habit. And now realize that thousands of those potential inmates are hardworking and productive citizens all because of an idea a few people had 20 years ago that worked.
The next time the SAO asks your client to make a donation....think about Friends of Drug court. (If it's good enough for Rush Limbaugh, it should be good enough for your client.)
More details to follow on the 20th anniversary as soon as someone tells us what else is going on.