UPDATE: Speaking of big stories, the Herald has the story here of the bomber who created the legend of the "The Cuban Rocket" a/k/a Miami Attorney Gino Negretti.
For you young prosecutors and PDs who can't imagine a world without Starbucks and cellphone cameras, 1989 must seem like 1899 to you. But it wasn't that long ago. Miami was slowly emerging from the wild west cocaine cowboy days of the late 1970's and early 1980s. Although the Herald identifies Gino Negretti as a divorce attorney, he was well known in the REGJB. The bombing of his car was something out of a movie, and more than a few defense attorneys in the REGJB were shaken by the attack. A disgruntled client- immediately suspected of being a drug dealer- was the immediate conclusion many lawyers reached. The actual perpetrator was a nefarious drug smuggler, although his motivation was related to Negretti's representation of his wife in a divorce case.
Throw in famed Miami Defense lawyers Richard Sharpstein and Jack Blumenfeld, and you have one of the thousand "only in Miami" Justice Building stories that infuses our humble courthouse with legend and mystery.
And in a "it's too strange for the movies" ending, the man accused of ordering the bombing? The one who allegedly went after Negretti because of Negretti's vigorous representation of his wife in the divorce case? While not only did Sharpy and Jack win an acquittal- but the stress of the trial re-united the estranged couple.
Which is why we confine out legal adventures to the relative safety of representing murderers, and not husbands and wives.
What's the biggest story of 2009 that has affected our humble little courthouse?
It could be something as large as President Obama being sworn in, to something as small as the escalators being fixed/broken/fixed....
In no particular order, the nominees are:
1) Scott Rothstein steals a few bucks;
2) Judge Adrien gets two challengers;
3) Former Judge Phil Davis finally convicted;
4) Carlos Martinez dummies up;
5) Jay Kolsky: busiest man alive;
6) Conflict Counsel stays alive;
7) Abe Laeser retires;
What/who are your nominees?
Remember this is Miami, so vote early and vote often.
Biggest news story today? Temperature should drop to mid 40's in North Miami/Broweird tonight. A veritable heat wave where we are, but still pretty cold for the rest of you who are sticking it out at home in Miami.