The Judge has struck at the soft underbelly of the Broward SAO: He has ordered the State Attorney, Mikey Satz himself, or the Chief Assistant State Attorney Chuck Morton (who happens to be a nice guy) or the the Chief of the Felony Division Jeff Marcus (a/k/a Dr. No) to be present for the soundings on October 7,13,14, 19,27,28 and November 3,4,10,17, 18 and December 1,8,9 ostensibly to assist the in court prosecutors who apparently have to keep leaving the courtroom to call their supervisors for permission on pleas. Apparently the same disease that infects the Dade SAO has spread to Broweird.
Talk about hitting below the belt! Talk about not fighting fair! It's one thing to undercut the prosecutor in court, but to order a supervisor to spend his valuable time in court during a calendar?? Why, that is almost unheard of. Who will count the coffee cups? Who will write the mind numbing emails outlining the latest new policy ("henceforth no prosecutor shall lend his or her in court copy of the Florida Statutes to any individual who is not an employee of this office..." ) ?
A copy of the order, courtesy of the JBB Blog is here.
From the order: "The volume and inability to handle the docket and issues requires a supervisor as designated in the above order from the State Attorney's Office for the orderly administration of the Court's docket. See, Code Of Judicial Conduct, Cannon 3B(3); The Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, Rule 4-3.5."
That sound you heard is the ball being soundly hit back into the court of the Broward SAO. How will they respond? We can hardly wait.
See You In Court.