as a PD in county court, I am getting those discovery notices on all my cases...crimes and traffic...they basically list witnesses who may be called at trial and then say we can go view and copy the rest of discovery at the SAO, thursdays and fridays between certain hours...total bullshit...i never thought the SAO would stoop this low!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
NEW SAO POLICY?
WE RECEIVED THIS EMAIL:
OK FACDL- TIME TO STEP UP AND DO YOUR STUFF. YOU GUYS GOING TO ALLOW THIS BS?
PHIL DAVIS IS BACK! SEE BELOW.
Is there some sort of new half baked policy by the State Attorneys Office (motto: give us a minute and we'll have a new policy on that) in which the prosecutors are now refusing to provide police reports with discovery?
We haven't run into it- but several people have mentioned it to us, and we are now receiving emails on this.
IS FORMER JUDGE PHIL DAVIS ON TRIAL?
According to some sources, former and disgraced Circuit Judge Phil Davis is starting trial before Judge and noted judicial conciliator Beatrice Butchko for the white collar fraud case he got pinched on in 2005.
We have a prediction: before this thing ends Davis will be wondering "Alcee Hastings where are you?"
For those of you relatively new to the REGJB, Phil Davis was a defense attorney who ran for circuit judge and won the election. (bonus trivia question: What federal prosecutor did he beat in a run off?)
Once elected, Davis was, to put it mildly acting erratically while on and off the bench. It turns out he had a few problems- he was abusing controlled substances and was caught up in the infamous Courtbroom judicial fraud case.
Judges Davis, Sepe, and Shenberg, went to trial in federal court. Judge Roy T Gelber was the flip. (second trivia question- who represented Sepe and Shenberg ?)
Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge himself who was impeached, represented Davis. He did a hell of a job. Davis was acquitted despite a mountain of evidence against him. Hastings then ran for congress when new district lines were re-drawn and won and has been serving ever since. Life is indeed stranger than fiction.
Harvey Shenberg, a county court judge, was convicted of among other things, selling the name of a confidential informant he was led to believe would be killed. As the FBI cameras rolled, Shenberg stuffed $50,000 in cash down his pants at a park and lamented how hard it was to put a kid through college on a Judge's salary. We heard Shenberg was recently released after serving almost 18 years.
Al Sepe's was not decided at the first trial. We seem to remember there was a hung jury. Eventually Sepe pled out to some federal felony, did a year, and faded into Miami obscurity.
Any updates on the Davis trial will be appreciated.