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Thursday, August 06, 2009

SI


UPDATE: The Herald reports here that the SAO and US attorneys Office will have a press conference this morning to announce (brace yourselves) that there is DRUG TRAFFICKING (gasp) in Miami!!!

In other news, both prosecutorial offices will confirm that they are looking into reports that some people have said that some mortgages in Miami may have been falsified over the last few years.

If there's a reason why your business is slow, you can look to those criminal law "experts".



SOTOMAYOR SI!









43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Couldn't you find a better picture of our new justice? Oh, I guess there isn't one.

Anonymous said...

Well that does it, Ruth isn't the hottest babe on the Supreme Court anymore!

Anonymous said...

I hope the liberals enjoy today, knowing that they blocked Miguel Estrada from becoming the first hispanic supreme court justice...on his merits, not Obama's affirmative action.

Anonymous said...

According to the history of this blog, Sotomayor is the beginning of the end of the 11th Judicial. By Good-Old-Boys, Hello Diversity.

Yes We Can!

B-)

Anonymous said...

Well she ain't Mercy Bach or Ada Pozo, but she'll do.

Anonymous said...

Miguel Estrada, the darling of the wing nut conservative hacks.

Anonymous said...

I saw a business card that said "Jeff Felier, Esq." International Man Of Mystery.

Is that possible?

Anonymous said...

Can anyone update me on Dave Rogell who wrote those great DUI motions a few years ago? I heard he was a screen writer living in LA dating porn starlets with a credit on Aptow's new movie Funny People.

Anonymous said...

Who is a GOOD traffic ticket lawyer? Not one who simply hopes the cop doesn't show.

Anonymous said...

Why are DUI motions referred to as "great" even though they are ALL denied?

Anonymous Liberal said...

Liberals didn't stop Estrada from becoming the first Hispanic Justice. Dems blocked him from joining the DC Circuit in 2001. Bush chose not to nominate him, or any other Hispanic, when two openings came available on the Court.

Anonymous said...

Davfe Rogell left Miami after the closure of several highly successful south beach clubs. He attempted to get into the breakfast delivery business, but seeing that no one on the beach wakes up before 10, it would have been a complete failure.

I heard he still writes an occasional DUI motion for some Texas lawyers

Eye on Cotzin said...

I think you are referring to the line of "Cotzin Motions" in DUI cases.

Cotzin has given up law and is sailing around the world as a coxswain on a billionaire's racing yacht. He made millions in online poker before chucking it all.

Word is he has a townhome on the Heerengracht in A-Dam, worth 2.4 milliion Euro, where he spends the spring and fall. Skiing in Gstaad in January.

Anonymous said...

ada pozo is dumb as a post

why does no one talk about the cloud hanging over her resignation?

Anonymous said...

miguel estrada...hahahahahahaha

that dude is a clown

Anonymous said...

who is dave rogell and who really cares, and why is writing about himself here if his life is so great? desperate and juvenile and lonely maybe? enjoy your 2 minutes dave ( no , silly, not the two mnutes you last with "porn stars", your 2 minutes of "fame". the drop is even faster.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Justice Cardozo hispanic????

Anonymous said...

Cotzin motions never worked except before a few northern hick judges who were dazzled by his writing. Rogell is the DUI guy.

Anonymous said...

I heard about the "Rogell" motions in a small town in northern Oklahoma. Apparently, they don't make so many DUI arrests there anymore.

duiguy said...

I had one Judge say the Cotzin motion was the most innovative piece of legal work in DUis that he had ever seen. I had another Judge in the Palm Cost call it "psychobabble". Because the very sight of the motion inflamed prosecutors I stopped filing it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the Jeff Feilier International man Of Mystery story a lot more interesting?

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

como se declara?
Coupable or no coupable?

Fake Blecher said...

Just to let you guys know that I am 99% certain that Real Fake Blecher (RFB) is posting under the name "Fake Fortunato" on the West Palm Blog. Don't let this hack fool you.

Rumpole said...

NO COUPABLE
si como no.

Yo, Homes. Smell ya later. said...

The "Cotzin Motions" actually became a dance-craze in the Polish suburbs of Detroit in the late
1980's.

Cotzin was one agent's meeting away from an appearance on American Bandstand, but it all fell apart when an eerily similar dance was unearthed in West Philadelphia.

That evolved into DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

South Florida Lawyers said...

AL:

I think you overlook the fact that Harriet Miers, like Aunt Bea in a memorable episode of the Andy Griffith Show, once visited Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Has abody figured out what's going to happen to all the "clunkers" being turned in? They have to have their motor's destroyed so they are definately taken off the road. But where will the all be stored?
AND can the people trading them inr eally afford the monthly payments or will we be seeing a lot of repossessed cars in the near future?

old guy said...

Rump- this is for the old timers here.
Chilton New Hampshire Gilchrist just retired from the firm is was of counsel to in Seattle. He is 86 and said he wants to enjoy his golden years with his family.

In The 1960's and early 70's Chit as he was called trained just about every lawyer in the Justice Building. He worked for the SAO and the PDs-jumping back and forth for the extra 200 a year each side would throw at him. Generally when some young lawyer wanted to take a case to trial the judge would ask "Have you run this by Chit?"

Just before leaving for Oklahoma, where he was from (he was a big ol Okie- about 6'4, 240, rock solid) Chit was in a private practice and representing an insurance company. The plaintiff and his lawyer were black. As the judge called the case he asked the plaintiff's lawyer "are you ready boy?" Chit jumped in and said the lawyer should not respond until the court addressed him correctly. The Judge said something like "you watch your step son..." And then Chilton said the words that made him famous "I'm not your son and he's not a boy." The Judge held them both in contempt and the Bar filed a complaint and national media covered the incident and both the bar complaint and the contempt were dismissed.

Chilton was always chasing the extra buck until he moved back to Oklahoma and started writing oil and gas leases for his daddy's business. A few wells hit and Chit finally had the financial security he craved. One day a college friend called Chit and asked him to come out to Seattle. The friend was a lawyer in a firm and the friend's son had a new company and they needed some lawyers to work in the company. That lawyer was named William H. Gates Sr., and his son was Bill Gates and the new company was Microsoft.

Chit worked as counsel to both Microsoft from it's beginnings and the firm Preston Gates & Ellis until the firm merged with Kirkpatrick Nelson Lockhart and Graham to form K&L Gates in 2007. Chit stayed on a year or so until he finally had enough and retired recently.

Many lawyers were trained in Chilton's homespun Oklahoma manner of speaking with jurors and witnesses. Chit tried many many cases here as a PD and a prosecutor, won most, lost a few and always good naturedly called Sy Gaer his arch enemy.

I spoke to Chit a few weeks ago when he told me about his retirement (even being with microsoft from the beginning he cant use a computer so he has no email) and he asked about a lot of lawyers who are unfortunately no longer with us. He said he remembered his Miami days as some of his happiest and asked me to tell everyone that life has been good and he is looking forward to his retirement and sailing with his wife of 45 years.

One last story about his middle name: New Hampshire. Chilton had a brother and a sister. His parents had the habit of giving each of them a middle name of the state they were conceived in. Thus New Hampshire for Chilton, Vermont for his sister Adelia, and his youngest brother Porter had the unfortunate circumstance to be conceived in Mississippi. Try going through life as Porter Mississippi Gilchrist.!!!

Real fake blecher said...

2:53 you're a putz and a jerk. and you know it. Plus you're a liar.

Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia

The question of Cardozo's ethnicity:

Cardozo was the second Jew, after Louis Brandeis, to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

Although Cardozo was a member of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community, there has been recent discussion as to whether Cardozo should be considered the 'first Hispanic justice,' a notion which is disputed.[15][16][17] Cardozo-biographer Kaufman, for example, questioned the usage of the term "Hispanic" in the justice's lifetime, stating: "Well, I think he regarded himself as a Sephardic Jew whose ancestors came from the Iberian Peninsula.”[18]

It has also been asserted that Cardozo himself "confessed in 1937 that his family preserved neither the Spanish language nor Iberian cultural traditions".[19] Both the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Hispanic National Bar Association consider that Sonia Sotomayor will be the first unequivocally Hispanic justice.[15][18]

Anonymous said...

Rump
A little trivia, Who was the first Latino on The Supreme Court?
D. Sisselman

Anonymous said...

What was the Pozo-Revilla resignation all about?

Anonymous said...

We had a Hispanic Fla SCT justice why did he resign again?

Anonymous said...

Hurry for SotoMayor, I am glad that a Puerto Rican made it to the top. That is what I am planning on doing in the near future. That way we can be sure of a cleanup job on the eleventh judicial. You mentioned Judge Safie, she should have been on that wall of shame last year along with those sorry public pretenders, who work for your courts, they stand there looking cute for the audience, without the audacity to even pretend to be doing any work, stealing tax payer's dollars. Looking Cute as a Button is what I said while at a meeting last week at the Pentagon.

Anonymous said...

Check out www.local10.com for a video piece on Miami Police placing stickers on the windsheilds of illegally parked patrol cars.

Attorney Jason Pensky is highlighted in the piece as being responsible for bringing this issue to light.

Too many cops feel they are above the law. Their cars block crosswalks and handicap access. Good to see that one agency is actually taken it upon themselves to police their own.

It's like a domino effect. You empower abusive police practices when you give officers a pass when it comes to respecting the same laws we must all follow. Illegally parking a police car may be a small example but the behavior escalates if left unchecked.

It is safe to say that nobody on this blog is anti-police. We need the police. But first and foremost we need for officers to abide by the laws they are sworn to uphold. In the wake of the Hollywood DUI scandal, it may be time for officers to be reminded that they too are citizens and are subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

Thanks to Jason Pensky for getting the ball rolling on this important issue.

Anonymous said...

I am anti police...fuck em all.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work Jason Pensky!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice post about yourself Jason.
Nothing better to do at 2AM?
Try downloading some porn, instead.
Leave the self-promotion to Eiglarsh.

Anonymous said...

I saw one of the last lectures Chilton Gilchrist gave to the PDs on jury selection. He said he walks right up to a juror-looks em right in the eye and asks em if they can be fair. When they say yes, he gives em a big smile and asks em if they want to sell him a bridge in Brooklyn too. Then he bellowed "common folks- you didn't come to court to find a crook not guilty. You came here as law abiding citizens right? So lets be honest-you want to vote guilty and help the police!!!" Then he was off to the races. It works. Try it.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in video. said...

One of the GREATEST moments in American history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV4HPdMsEPw

Rumpole said...

I will not post the comment that someone thinks is very funny about a particular prosecutor resembling Justice Sotomayor. So keep trying if you want to waste your time.

Anonymous said...

F-U 9:10 am you little twerp! Why aren't you out the door working out you lazy slob. Pensky is right on this issue, and has the guts to do something about it, unlike you. Sincerely, Not Jason Pensky but a huge fan.

Anonymous said...

"It is safe to say that nobody on this blog is anti-police."

RIGHT.