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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TURKEYS

BEN KUEHNE CASE DISMISSED!!!

Blogger David O Markus has just broke the story that the case against our friend, colleague, and one hell of a lawyer- Ben Kuehne, and his co-defendant has been dismissed by the Feds.

What a fantastic Thanksgiving for Ben.

Shame on the Feds for dragging Ben's good name through the mud! Sorry David, but Ben gets our next 10 federal conflicts.


Update: Go to David's blog to read the gracious and classy statement by Ben Kuehne.



Several careful readers have inquired whether Rumpole will be handing out annual "Turkey" awards.

From the prolific if pointed prose emanating from our Robed Readers' emails to lawyers North Of the Border who steal and pay off hired thugs from the Broward Sheriffs Office, the South Florida legal landscape has its normal collection of ripe targets, including Assistant US Attorneys who not only lose trials, but put their legal licenses in jeopardy along the way.

Have at it. The best nominations get on the front page.





24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Howz about Frank furci, Esq., for dissolving his partnership with Roy Black and retiring just before Roy hit is big.

Gobble Gobble.!

Anonymous said...

Fast Phil Davis? Beats a Fed rap. Gets disbarred for shady stuff in California and returns to Miami and begins to steal from charities.

Gobble Gobble?

fake richard and sal from Howard 100 said...

OUSTANDING!

Anonymous said...

Sincerest congrats to Ben.

Remember this guy?
Hobart Smith III, CLI at SAO circa 1987. Graduated Pepperdine at top of class. Came here. Was awaiting bar results when he started babbling to anyone and everyone he had perfected way of taking music from a tape and compressing it into a digital format (or zeros and ones as he used to scream about) . Right after passing bar but before being sworn in, he pissed off the State Attorney by resigning and going to work for Apple. Napster and then Itunes and the Ipod were all things he had a hand in.

Hobart turned down a 30K a year job to pursue his crazy ideas. According to the web, Hobart and His 280 foot yacht just got back from a tour of the South Pacific.

Not a bad career move Hobbie.

Go Ben GO! said...

Those turkeys who indicted Ben!!!!

Gobble gobble jackasses.

CAPTAIN said...

The Captain says:

It's about time. Congrats to Ben and his fine legal team. What a great thanksgiving.

Cap Out .......

abe laeser said...

What a great ending to an ugly case!

All of my best wishes to Ben + Lynn for the very happiest of holidays.

A chance to begin a fine career, again.

O, frabjous day. Callooh, Callay.

Anonymous said...

Ben's charges dismissed.
Rothstein disbarred.
Maybe there is some justice left in this country.

Anonymous said...

What a relief that they finally backed down.

Good luck to you Ben!

Anonymous said...

Good news for Ben--case should never have been filed in the first place.

Top 3 picks for turkeys (other than Scott Rothstein):

1. Phillip Davis
2. The Feds who prosecuted Ben Kuehne
3. Alex Michaels

Anonymous said...

You should see all the emails from all of the legal shakers and movers telling Ben a big congratulations.

Ben wrote a very nice thank you note to all.

Justice prevailed!

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

The Govt's Motion, for those that have never seen anything like this before .....


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO.05-20770-CR-COOKE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
vs.
BENEDICT P. KUEHNE and
OSCAR SALDARAGA OCHOA,
Defendants.
/
GOVERNMENT'S MOTION TO DISMISS THIRD
SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT WITH PREJUDICE

COMES NOW the United States of America, by and through Kenneth A. Blanco, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and moves this Court for leave pursuant to Rule 48(a)
of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to dismiss, with prejudice, the Third
Superseding Indictment and its accompanying criminal forfeiture allegation as to defendants Benedict P. Kuehne and Oscar Saldarraga Ochoa.

This motion is based upon the totality of the circumstances surrounding this matter, including the changed circumstances occasioned by the affirmance of this Court's dismissal of Count One of the Third Superseding Indictment. The Government believes that dismissal is in the interests of justice.

Cap Out .....

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Either there are a lot of attorneys out of work - or - a lot of attorneys who really want to be a Judge .......

The following individuals have applied to the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for nomination to fill the county court vacancy created by the naming of Antonio Arzola to the circuit court.


Olankie Annette Adebayo
William Ira Altfield
Bart Haskell Armstrong
Kurt Stephen Berman
Tanya J. Brinkley
Joseph I. Davis, Jr.
Robert C. Eber
Mario Garcia
Ivy R. Ginsberg
Michaelle Gonzalez-Paulson
Monica Gordo
Tamara Ilene Gray
Ray (Ramesh) Gudur
Michael R. Jones
Robert James Kuntz, Jr.
Steven Lieberman
Fleur J. Lobree
Stephen Mechanic
Anita Margot Moss
Gordon Charles Murray, Sr.
Bonita Jones-Peabody
Silvia Perez
Margaret Ann Rosenbaum
Lourdes Simon
Jeffrey David Swartz
Alan Adrian Taylor
Stephen E. Taylor
Marie Jo Toussaint
Andrea Ricker Wolfson
Angelica D. Zayas

Cap Out .....

old guy said...

Talk about the sick, lame, and lazy. Wanting to be a judge does not qualify you for appointment!

Reminds me of the scene in "Officer and a Gentleman" where Lou Gossett, Jr. is questioning Richard Gere: The good Sergeant is asking the recruit [Gere] about why he is taking flight training -

Q. "Why are you here?"
A. "I want to fly jets, sir."
Reply: "My grandma wants to fly jets."

Leading us back to today's judicial list, and asking: "Why are you here?"

Anonymous said...

why does everyone hate on Alex Michaels?

Anonymous said...

What an amazing day for Ben! Most of us were all on his side and it's the best news he could have received for Thanksgiving.

The Justice Department and the U.S. Atty.'s office should apologize on the news for wasting our money on such a frivolous prosecution against Ben. Pushing charges against someone for the hell of it is wrong.

Anonymous said...

Lots of great names put in for judge. Personally think Angelica Zayas would be great and is very deserving.

Corrupt Goverment!!!!!!!!!! said...

On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Rothstein from the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Crist appointed Rothstein on Aug. 25, 2008 and four days later the lawyer gave $140,000 to the Republican Party of Florida.

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And he wants to be a Senator? I do not think Crist could win a seat for County Sewage Management at this point.

Anonymous said...

the two most unqualfied. GOrdo and Mechanic. Mechanic has never tried a jiry trial and has not had a case in yrs.

Pick Em Paulie said...

Pick Em Paulie likes only one game for Turkey Day. Of course, this has been a blah season. Better off following the four guys in the suicide pool. If you followed them every week, you'd be 44-0.

$500.00 bet

Denver +6

2009 Record
25-28-2 47.17% -2900

Anonymous said...

Does that idiot (10:23post) really think Crist knew Rothstein was crooked before he appointed him and before they took the donation.

I am sick of jerks making up statements like that. It is kinda like blamming the bad economy on Obama. (Yes, some Republicans say hey look at the mess we have now...).

The correct comment should have been, hey, I bet Crist never met him in the first place. But, then, if I donated that kind of money, I bet I would have lots of meetings with a Republican Governor.

Love,

A democrat.

Anonymous said...

what a sad patehtic list of candidates

tamara gray-still practicing in juvie after all these years. how that prepares you for anything i dont know.

marie jo toussaint-lets not let the sao deadwood escape our wrath. still filing third degree dropsies doesnt qualify a person for a judgeship either

jeff swartz- oh please not again. go away already

mario garcia- singularly unimpressive as an asa. and his creepy jesus stuff dont help either.

Anonymous said...

While there are many on the list who have been aptly described as pathetic, I'd prefer to focus on the positives.

Bill Altfield, Fleur Lobree and Andrea Ricker-Wolfson all would be great judges. All have the intelligence, insight, judgment and termperment to be a good judge.

Some of the others also may be fine, but I don't know them or haven't seen them in so long that it's not fair to comment (unlike some others, I assume that people change over time and don't think my experience working with or against them several years is relevant today...........unless of course they did something unethical).

BTDT

Anonymous said...

Well I think Andrea Ricker Wolfson and Tanya Brinkley would make fine Judges. Just my opinion!