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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WIORK

THIS IS BIG NEWS.

So big, that we're just soooo excited. Or....hmmm...how can we put this?

We're all atwitter at this exciting news. ( Steady now)

The 11th Judicial Circuit....our lovable Judiciary.... IS ON TWITTER!!!!!
Yes, if you just can't get enough of your favourite robed reader in court, now you can follow their musings on Twitter.

We know you can't wait, so click here, and sign up for the 11th Judicial Circuit Twitters!!!

AND EVEN MORE GREAT NEWS.....

We we're just overjoyed to learn that the Clerk's Office has a new and improved website.


We have just a couple of small problems:

Under "Top Searches" is listed "Criminal and Civil Infractions".
The plain english of the website (top searches) and the link (criminal and civil infractions) is such that an unsophisticated user would be led to believe that looking for criminal infractions or civil infractions was a top search on the site.

Instead, the link actually takes you to the part that criminal practitioners use most- search for FELONY cases (not infractions).

This needs to be cleaned up. A simpler interface might say "Search Criminal Felony Cases" for example.

In fact, when you click on the link that says "Criminal" under "Courts and Records" there is no interface to run a case number. Most family members of clients will probably be diverted away from where they want to go (running a case number to see the next date) and directed to the "Criminal" link which gives some basic information like how to get your case expunged and your bond back. And that's putting the cart before the horse if you ask us.

All in all, we give Clerk Harvey Ruvin and his merry band of bureaucrats a strong "gentleman's C" for his new and improved website. Better....but still a long way to go.

ELECTION PUN:

If current trends hold and Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas wins the Democratic Primary and upsets the challenger everyone was predicting would win- Lt. Governor Bill Halter, will the headlines read "Lincoln removes Halter" ???


See You In Court, all Atwitter over the exciting news.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we tweet our pleas of not guilty, demand discovery and a jury trial?

Maybe the State can just tweet arraignments so we don't have to go to court, thus reducing lines in the courthouse.

Anonymous said...

Corny

frustrated diner said...

I remember last summer I approached the door babe at the Kobe club and slipped her a fufchick. "What does that get me?" " A smile" she said.
"What does it take to eat?" "200 gets you dinner tonight; $500 gets you seated now and 5,000 gets you dinner with me" she said.

I walked out.

Anonymous said...

tweet: Definition:

Verb: to post a status update digitally

past ntr.v. twat·ed

Use: I will tweet a vote of no confidence for our current judiciary.

Past tense: The current judiciary has thus been twatted.

Anonymous said...

"your honor I did not get the tweet."

"but your honor I tweeted that I was unavailable last week".

"counsel I tweeted that your case was up for trial."

Anonymous said...

does anyone know how to get public records of the daily new arrestees in dade? talking to the clerks and corrections is an exercise in futility

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

50 Years - Ouch - that hurts. But given all of the people that Mr. Rothstein hurt along the way, can you really blame the Judge; (especially if Judge Cohn is forward-thinking about the Rule 35 reduction).

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

I dont feel sorry for Rothstein's victims, especially the ones that were promised 30% returns over 90 days. Lots of greedy a-holes, most of whom were wealthy to begin with. While the rest of the world was seeing their 401k plans diminish month after month in the worst economy since the Depression, these "victims" were looking for 10% per month returns. If you are dumb enough to think you can outsmart the global economy and get back 120% APR on your money, by giving to some flashy, slickster driving a different Ferrari every day of the week, then you deserve to be a victim. They arent exactly the same lot as the Enron victims.

Whose grandmother said, "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is." Oh yeah, that would be everyone's grandmother.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, that link is not just for criminal felony cases. It's also for criminal misdemeanors and non-traffic civil infractions (i.e. boating violations, glass containers at the beach, small-trash littering tickets, etc.)

Perhaps, a better title for the link would be: "Search felonies, misdemeanors and non-traffic infraction cases".

Anonymous said...

Captain

Stick to something you are good at which is politics. run for public defender like you said you were thinking about doing but didnt have the inclination to do.

Anonymous said...

Scott Rothstein got 50 years, 10 more than the Government asked for. Way to go Judge Cohn!!!

Anonymous said...

50 is a gift. These guys torching untold victims for millions (let alone billions) deserve to be slammed. The government's recommendation of 40 was a joke. Predators like him deserve life in prison.

BTDT

Anonymous said...

Am I hallucinating or did I see some whacked-out Argentine compare Diego Maradana to Abraham Lincoln in the Herald this morning? Let me get this straight, Maradana--famous for kicking a soccer ball around and then becoming an alcoholic, drug addicted buddy of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro--means as much to Argentina as Lincoln--who saved the Union, freed the slaves, and shaped the history of the world forever--means to Americans? I guess these misplaced priorities explain why Argentina is one of the most consistently under-achieving countries in the world.

Anonymous said...

50 still leaves room for hope