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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

SEWAGE AND SLUDGE IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE

Who among us hasn't at some time of frustration cursed our little courthouse as a "sewer" and some of its inhabitants as "sludge" ?

Be careful what you ask for....because now comes word courtesy of a DBR article that budget cuts have had the unintended effect of "bumping" workers from their regular jobs into our clerks' office.

So now we have workers from the Department of Water and Sewer transfered into the REGJB because their union contract requires that they be moved rather than laid off.

Court: The clerk will quash the warrant.
Clerk: Wash what?
Court: Estreat the bond.
Clerk: Under the street?
Court: Forget it, I'm taking a bathroom break.
Clerk: Oh, I fixed the leak and cleared the line. Just jiggle the handle after you flush.

Or something like that....

The article details serious problems like the reassignment of Demetrius Hadley- a fifteen year veteran who ran the complex docketing division and essentially insured that the trains ran on time and the cases were timely set on calendar.

Hadley was replaced with a more senior supervisor who has no experience in docketing.

How would you like it if, say, you were in a car accident and after having been rushed to JMH, a podiatrist was assigned to the ER because the trauma surgeon had been bumped by someone with a longer tenure at the hospital?

That in a nutshell (and that's an appropriate word) is what is happening at our clerk's office.

Clerks do a thankless job. We often ignore them when they do everything right (99.9% of the time) and loudly blame them when something is fouled up.

Get ready for the foul ups.

We don't want water and sewer employees handling a calendar any more than we want a calendar clerk working on our sewer line. That would be as nonsensical as say....a lawyer who spent a career in civil court becoming a judge and being assigned to criminal court.

We'd never let something as stupid as that happen. Right?

See you in court.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, with the government itching to run our health care system, your satirical hypothetical will not be far from reality.

Rumpole said...

The comment about a Judge known as "Bucky" at his former firm is funny. BUT I cannot publish any information about where a Judge spends their off hours- even if its just breakfast on the weekends- so that's why I didn't publish the comment. Re-do it and I will publish it.

Rumpole said...

Speaking of eating- has anyone noticed they absolutely RUINED the half chicken at Houstons? It used to be the best in town, and now they have slathered it in black beans and sour cream and it's awful.

Anonymous said...

Follow up from last nights comments: Guess which super-MILFY judge has hired a top top law firm AND a mean as hell top litigator and spent close to half her salary on retainers to stop pictures, tapes, sex-texts, and receipts of her long dalliance with a very young PD from ever seeing the light of day. Noon
rendezvous at Flagler street motels, weekends at the new Fountainbleau, and the now infamous midnight drive down the South Beach Ocean Drive strip with the top on the convertible AND the Judge down.

All this and more may be kept from pubic view if the MILFY Judge has her way.

Anonymous said...

wow. usually I am irritated by rump's usual over-the-top hysteria and general state court hackness. today, however, I agree wholeheartedly on an important topic. What's up with the changes to the chicken at Houston's??! Rump, you are right, as remarkably rare as that is.

Anonymous said...

9:24:00 a.m., that sounds like a classic topic for this blog.

Milf Island said...

Lets make a list of the super-milfy judges...right here and now!

Anonymous said...

I miss the Demi Glaze on the houstons chickens, too

Anonymous said...

Rump: I have no sympathy. Those who go to a steakhouse and order chicken get what they deserve.

Rumpole said...

I would suggest 10:59 that I am wrong as often as you have successful outcomes for your clients. Meaning, rarely.

Rumpole said...

1:51- what I have never revealed is that I am (slightly) obsessive compulsive. No- really- as surpising as that may seem. Beyond my obsession with the outside temperature- one of the other areas where it rears its ugly head is what and when I eat. And generally I have a fairly specific rotation: if it's wednesday night, it must be sushi (spicy salmon tartre, two pieces of toro, two pieces of salmon, one shirmp roll with spicy mayo and avocado and one salad with miso dressing). So for my normal Saturday lunch (grilled chicken) after running the bridge on Key Biscayne (which is not very easy during these hot summer months) I went to Houston's. But no more. Their chicken is OUT of the rotation until further notice. It's a shame really.

Anonymous said...

Are we talking about a sitting MILF judge or a former MILF judge?

Anonymous said...

Why no post on the Channel 10 reporter? Is rumpole involved in this litigation?

Anonymous said...

I have the same question as 3:46:00 p.m.

Anonymous said...

Rump, try try the half chicken at Jake's in South Miami. Served with perfectly cooked brussel sprouts!

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