Baby Lollipops update: We received this urgent email from a loyal reader:
Rumpole: Breaking news at the sentencing phase hearing for the woman accused of killing her child: Judge Ward- yes you read that right- Judge Ward has momentarily crippled the State's ability to proceed. The case is set before Judge Reemeberto Diaz, and as the case began, veteran and grizzled homicide prosecutor Susan Dannely was momentarily stunned when Judge Ward ordered two thirds of her prosecution team to her courtroom regardless of the fact that they were beginning the delicate sentencing phase portion of the case. As the PD piled motion upon motion to the State, Dannely was reduced to pleading for "judicial intervention" to help recoup her prosecutors.
Rumpole says: This highlights a more important issue: the ridiculous nature of judges who order attorneys to their courtroom without regard for what the attorney is otherwise engaged in. And having been in private practice, Judge Ward should know better. But she is far from the only judge who acts as if their cases are the only cases that count.
It's the First Monday in October, and you all know what that means:
Yes, they now change the soup menus in Au Bon Pain to reflect the Fall Harvest, but it is also the opening session of the United States Supreme Court.
Nick Allard of Politico has this Op Ed piece: "Mr. Chief Justice Open These Doors."
Because the great bronze door entrance to the Court, above which is chiseled in stone these words: "Equal Justice Under The Law", remain locked as the justices quiver in the face of terrorist threats.
Mr. Allred writes:
The diplomat George Kennan, in his famous 1946 “long telegram” from Moscow, which issued a stern warning about Soviet aggression, cautioned that the greatest danger that can befall a free society, in coping with foes who seek to destroy us and our way of life, is to allow ourselves to become like them.