Wednesday, December 29, 2010
LAST FEW DAYS OF 2010
It's coming down right to the end of the year and while our favourite federal blogger is mailing it in until the new year (a well deserved rest) the courts of Miami Dade are still open and running right through Thursday. Once again state court employees are expecting a half day on Thursday so if you'r planning to pull a bunch of files from the ninth floor one more time this year just for the heck of it, go early.
If you're on the FACDL list-serv (and if you're not, make it you're new years resolution to join) you have been following the travails of a defense attorney who dropped a NOE two weeks ago which expires this week. The last update is that there are not enough jurors to get a full panel this week and the question is how far can the court go and meet the requirement that the trial "begins" before the speedy trial date runs? The case is a capital sexual battery case (why we try cases here that happen in Tallahassee or DC is beyond us) and apparently the state will not be ready until next year.
Query: dropping an NOE that expires the last week of the year- good lawyering or dirty pool?
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE LEGISLATURE:
With the figurative stroke of a pen, or perhaps just a quite aside to an aide, incoming Florida Governor Rick Scott (motto: "what have I gotten myself into?") has abolished the beloved Governor's Office of Drug Control.
January 3, 2011 will be the first day of the new year and te last day of work for all four employees, saving the state $551,300.00 (breakdown $250,000.00 in salaries, $200,000.00 in costs distributing the salary, the rest in paperclips). The duties of the Office will probably be distributed among other state agencies that can carry the ball, including in Rumpole's opinion, "The Office Of State Libraries" (you haven't seen anything until you've seen a librarian on a drug raid); "The Office Of Elderly Affairs (ditto- senior citizens doing reverse stings on street corners in Hallandale are the wave of the future), etc., etc.
On a more serious note is this email (which we edited for space) from Dr.