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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

WELCOME AND WISTFUL

Yesterday the Herald covered the transfer of power in Tallahassee yesterday. In their headline, they characterized Crist as "Wistful" :( . It's not often you see that word in a headline. The title of the post links to the article.

What we came away with: The not so startling revelation that our new governor and rookie politician has such a big ego based on his election that he turned the security for his inauguration into a "presidential style" event. Or at least that's what he thought. It comes off more like a second rate dictator trying to impress his enemies.

Welcome today here in DC to the 112th Congress!

In a "Pledge to America" signed by house republicans and republican candidates in September 2010, the republicans pledged "We will roll back governmental spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least 100 billion in the first year alone."
Now congressional aides to top republicans are quoted in the media as saying that the figure was "hypothetical" and the most savings they can see this year is 50 billion.

You say "hypothetical" we say "hypocritical", lets call the whole thing off.

Speaking of hypocritical, Senator Schumer, (DNY) has called for all republicans who oppose the new health care bill to reject and forego their own health care coverage that they are eligible as members of congress. So far one congressman- Joe Walsh, a newly elected republican from Illinois, and whose wife has a pre-existing condition, has stated he will not accept his government health care.

Anybody else not a hypocrite?


WANT TO SEE A JUDGE ON TRIAL?

The JAA Blog reports that Browierd Judge Dale Cohen has a JQC trial set for January 18, 2011. We wish him- and we sincerely mean this- all the same level of justice and fairness and patience and wisdom that he showed our clients over the years. Really.


Are Exigent Circumstances your 4th amendment thing? Then watch the arguments next week before the Supreme Court in Kentucky v King.


New Judge alert: They will be filtering into the REGJB real soon like a bunch of new kids in kindergarten, carrying their new backpacks, a bit excited, a bit worried, not sure where the potty is and when is lunch time and how to put on the robe. Please send us your new judge stories as they unfold. There are sure to be some good ones.

See You In Court real soon.


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do cops get to park in lot 26 for free when the rest of us pay? Any car without a permit gets towed immediately. Another perk of being a cop - the rules simply don't apply to them.

Anonymous said...

Judge Dale Cohen is represented by none other than local DUI expert Mike Catalano in the JQC case.

I am sitting here waiting for some smart lawyer to call him a "DUI" lawyer or "ticket" lawyer.

In anticipation, I ask this. How many of you have represented a judge before the JQC?

I hear the trial will be interesting. Judge Cohen is accused of calling his wife as a witness in a hearing for the purpose of abusing his office. The defense is that he was only trying to expose a fraud on the court.

Anonymous said...

Silent Rumpy!

Anonymous said...

Wrong Dale - you are thinking of Dale Ross, who is the former chief judge.

spanisheyeonshumie said...

Shumie es mi amigo y abogado. El es muy amable y rico suave!!!

Anonymous said...

Miami-Dade woman who left child unattended receives probation
BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A woman who left her toddler son unattended in a truck outside a West Miami-Dade pet store in May 2009, killing him, will serve five years of probation, lawyers said Tuesday.
Elizabeth Cuesta, 41, accepted the deal Tuesday in court, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated manslaughter of a child. She will receive a ``withhold of adjudication,'' meaning no conviction will show on her criminal history.

``There is no punishment greater than the loss of one's child,'' Miami-Dade prosecutor Dawn Denaro said after Tuesday's hearing.

Cuesta forgot her 18-month-old son, Diego Vega, inside her truck outside the Petsmart store, 8241 W. Flagler St. Cuesta worked as veterinarian assistant at a clinic that leased space inside the store.

According to Miami-Dade police, Cuesta forgot to take Vega to school before heading to work. The child's father found him dead inside the sweltering truck hours later.

Cuesta faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The probation was ideal because Cuesta had no criminal history or record of abuse toward her two children, lawyers said. She can get off probation if she finishes 2 ½ years without any problems.

``The plea was extremely reasonable,'' said her defense attorney, Mike Bloom.

great result...

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Judge Dale Cohen ...not Judge Dale Ross .....

Rumpy, I'm surprised at you - your first mistake of 2011. Judge Dale Cohen was in pre-school when Judge Dale Ross took the bench.

Having said that, Dale Ross treated my clients about as well as he apparently treated yours. Ever have the fun experience of appearing before him for a PVH in that courtroom in Broward that is just outside the elevator doors on the third floor? Those were some really fair hearings!

Dale Cohen is the one appearing before the JQC; he is the Dale Cohen who is married to newly elected Judge Mardi Levey Cohen (the one who ran under 3-4 different names).

Cap Out .....

Rumpole said...

You are correct. I made my one mistake for the year. Its Dale Cohen not dale ross.

Over hill
over dale
lets just hope
justice will prevail.

Anonymous said...

the people who complain and nitpick at Catalano, Hersch & Reiff for the DUI practices are simply jealous. They wish they could charge $12K for a DUI instead of $1250 for trafficking. Rather than get to know these men and see if you can learn something from them, they just sit back and hate from the sidelines. It is the same in every profession.

Anonymous said...

Kosher Meatball sucks! Remove the link!

CAPTAIN said...

Hey, Word of the Day Guys, do your thing "sabermetricians" .....

Seen on ESPN.com tonight:

"Blyleven was picked on 79.7 percent -- it takes 75 percent to reach the shrine. The great curveballer won 287 games, threw 60 shutouts and is fifth with 3,701 strikeouts. This was his 14th time on the ballot and his career stats have received a boost in recent years from sabermetricians who have new ways to evaluate baseball numbers."

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine turned me on to Bill James over 25 years ago. He profoundly changed the way I looked at and thought about baseball. A great thinker and an equally great writer.

Tim Raines and Barry Larkin should've been voted in as well,

Anonymous said...

Sabermetrics-- the analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity rather than industry activity such as attendance. The term is derived from the acronym SABR, which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research. It was coined by Bill James, who was one of its pioneers and has long been its most prominent advocate and public face

Word Of The Day Guys Cousin-- Twice Removed

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Catalano has successfully represented several judges before the JQC, but some here don't like him, so uh, we call him a "dui lawyer" as if that's a bad thing, and make comments we'd never make to his face because we're a bunch of jealous hacks looking for the next $250 down/$250 a month client. Wonder why no one is ever called a "murder lawyer" or sex offender lawyer"

Anonymous said...

Yes, and Dale Cohen is nice to people, his wife, new judge Mardi Levy Cohen is kinds nuts but, judge Dale Ross was the chief judge in Broward and is one of the biggest assholes who ever wore a robe.

Anonymous said...

Judge Dale Ross calls us down here "Miama" lawyers.

He is truly one of the worst people to appear before. He finds absolutely EVERYONE guilty and God forbid you have a PVH before him.

Anonymous said...

when / where is the JQC hearing

and i am also upset i pay so much to park at lot 26 when cops park there for free. why is it that every lawyer, witness, employee has to pay to park, but cops can simply ignore the law and get free benefits?

Anonymous said...

Kosher meatball down??? Hooray!

Anonymous said...

Most lawyers who do JQC stuff get almost no money.It's usually a matter of helping out an old friend in need.

Good luck Judge Dale Cohen. I had a trial before him once and he was truly a nice guy and made decent decisions.

Anonymous said...

Just got called a "Miami lawyer" today in Broweird and the judge thought he was being funny. Can you say F.U.!? You forget that I live in Broweird and I remember come election time. Perhaps I would look good in a dress (judicial robe)?