WORLD CUP UPDATE:
UPDATE- after a very controversial goal in the second half to go up 2-1 the men in orange have gone ahead 3-1 on a brilliant header. The Netherlands look headed to the finals.
Uruguay and The Netherlands today at 2:30 PM EDST.
In Uruguay the country of 3.5 million is coming to a complete stop. Most business and schools are closing after lunch and the public transportation system will come to a halt.
The Dutch may know something we don't: They only booked a hotel room through July 5th.
Welcome back, sun splashed denizens of the REGJB. Actually if you vacationed or stay-cationed in Florida, you endured a mixture of sun and rain. By all accounts the rain will continue through our Tuesday-cum-Monday courthouse session.
Longtime and careful readers of the blog know that our current favourite Head Of State is Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. After his country's very disappointing performance in the World Cup, Mr. Jonathan threatened to suspend his country's national football team from participating in FIIFA football events for two years. However, an hour before the deadline given by FIFA yesterday, Mr. Jonathan reversed his earlier inclinations and decided to keep his government out of football.
We applaud Mr. Jonathan's wise and reasoned decision in the matter.
He turns seventy tomorrow. 70! This is very upsetting to us.
As things now stand, when you get arrested for a DUI, the officer takes your license. If you do nothing, you lose your license for a year (for a refusal) or six months (f0r an unlawful breath sample.) If you request an administrative hearing, you can subpoena the police officer to give testimony justifying the stop and arrest. HOWEVER, after July 1, 2010, if the officer refuses to appear at the hearing....you still lose. The Department will no longer invalidate suspensions. Subpoenas now mean nothing. The rule of law has gone to hell. You lose your driver's license before a Judge or Jury ever looks at the evidence in your case.
Ace Criminal Defense Attorney Jim Woodard provided this recent transcript of a DHSMV hearing- it's right out of 1984: as the transcript makes clear- when you subpoena the officer and he/she doesn't show, the attorney is required to seek enforcement of the subpoena BUT THE CLIENT'S LICENSE IS AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED (the temporary permit issued when the client requests a hearing is not renewed during the time the attorney seeks enforcement of the subpoena).
This is a win/win for the officer- don't show and they automatically win.