The tragic shooting and death of nine year old Sherdavia Jenkins ended with a lesser guilty verdict Friday of manslaughter instead of second degree murder. The Herald story is here.
Kathleen Hoague and Monica Gordo prosecuted the heart wrenching but difficult case. Hoague praised the verdict in the Herald. Jonathan Meltz for the defense vowed to appeal. While convicted of the lesser manslaughter charge in the murder case, the defendant was also convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm regarding the person the prosecution alleged the defendant wanted to shoot. Because the defendant discharged the firearm, he must receive a twenty year minimum mandatory sentence under Florida's 10-20-life law.
Two idiots with guns shooting up a neighborhood and the only one who dies is an innocent nine year old girl.
Yeah, guns aren't a problem in this country,
Speaking of idiots with guns, the Broward Blog is all over the preferential treatment the father of Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter apparently received in his bond release hearing today. We call it a bond release hearing, because although the Mayor's father was charged with a non-bondable offense for pointing a gun at his daughter (yeah, we know, but remember, it's Broward) the State Attorneys office appeared in court the very next day to say 1) they don't ever stipulate to bonds; but...2) recommended a bond of 15-25 thousand on the non-bondable offense.
Meanwhile Judge Backman (who in the past has been as nasty and sarcastic with us as seemed humanly possible from the bench) was falling all over himself to tell anyone and everyone that he was not holding an Arthur Hearing , but was acting as a "facilitator" in the case.
Hmm..that's a new one. We never ever thought to ask for a "facilitator" when representing someone being held without bond North of the Border. We always asked for an Arthur Hearing and would get one, usually on a Friday afternoon, several weeks after our client was arrested. And all along if we just asked for Backman as a "facilitator" we could have had our client out on bond the next day.
Live and learn.
NYC and the Boss.
There is nothing, and I mean nothing like the service you get when you stay at a suite at the St. Regis in NYC. The staff is amazing, right down to remembering "no capers"on my lox and bagel in the morning, and the particular newspapers I like to peruse (including Le Monde and The Times of London).
But none of that can match the truly overwhelming experience of Bruce Springsteen's last concert at Giants stadium in New Jersey last night. It was so powerful and almost unnerving that I stayed up all night, not wanting to give up the feelings and memory of the experience. The NY Times article is here, and it doesn't begin to capture the magic of the moment.
From the Stone Pony to closing the Meadowlands, it's been a long journey that I've been privileged to experience a small part of.