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Thursday, March 17, 2011

TOP O THE STRUTHIOUS

It's an all Struthian St. Patricks Day here on the Blog!

For the traditional Irish Blessing, make a trip over to Rumpole's favourite Princess who has all the words (and all the moves) to make this a great day.





MICHELLE SPENCE JONES AFTERMATH:

The SAO still has a second case pending against the embattled but victorious Miami City Commissioner. Will the SAO proceed on the second case after yesterday's resounding defeat? Will ASA Scruggs get off the mat and try again?

Or will the SAO put .....(can't resist) their head in the sand?





True fact(?) Struthious is trending high on Google and Twitter?




May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go...

See You In Court.

Blog contest: pick the next big word our favourite sesquipedalian judge squeezes into an opinion. WInner gets....a Thesaurus!!!

24 comments:

SDL said...

Thank you for your fair treatment of Ostriches. We at the SDL (Struthian Defense League) vigorously monitor the media and social media (Twitter, Face Book, Head In Sand) for any anti-Ostrich messages. We closely monitored and reviewed the order of Mr. Justice Milton Hirsch and while we decided against lodging a formal complaint, we did send him a very vigorous email warning him of comparing the innocent ostrich to police officer malfeasance whatever the argot used.

Hirsch stands warned- millions of Ostrich lovers (and voters) will be watching his orders.

Have you hugged an Ostrich Today?

Anonymous said...

True or false? Rumor has it some judicial pranksters put a stuffed Ostrich on Hirsch's bench this AM.

Inquiring readers want to know.

Real Fake Former Judge said...

SDL- funniest comment in a long time! Keep it up. LMAO.

Anonymous said...

In Spanish, "ostrich" is "avestruz", promounced "ah-veh-struth", which means literally a "struth bird" (whatever "struth" means, but it is properly used in Chief Justice Hirsch proto-order granting the motion to suppress to refer to the ostrich/avestruz animal). The improper reference comes from the use of an adjective referring to this bird to signify a bird that buries its head in the sand when fact is that ostriches/avestruces don't do such a thing.

Anonymous said...

Rump, I have the Milt thing figured out.

US News and World Report just released its rankings of US law schools. No suprise at the top as Yale Law takes top honors. Followed, of course, by the usual suspects of Hah-vad, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, U Chicago, etc.

While those ultra-top schools will usually change spots every now and again, there is usually no movement amongst the Top 14 schools. Also known as the "T14," these schools rarely drop out and it is very tough to get into the top 14.

Except for this year. You see, down there at #14 was Milt's alma mater, Georgetown Law. But with a slight drop by Georgetown and a slight rise by another school, THERE IS A TIE FOR #14. The newest member of the T14 is............ The University of Texas.

Therefore, Milt will not tolerate any school where bull riding is a core course to be compared to his beloved Georgetown. As such, Milt is going all out with his prose until US News gives sole possession of #14 back to Georgetown. His theory is that Georgetown must be superior to Texas if a Texas Law grad must consult a dictionary, thesauras and a Magic 8 Ball to comprehend his rulings.

So there you have it.

(please pardon any typoes or misspellingss as I only go to Novuh Universitee Law Skool)

Anonymous said...

graduated gtown ten years ago. i was surprised that no one, in my section at least, was a complete douche. now i realize that the douche factor was sucked dry by his honor many years earlier

Anonymous said...

One not guilty and all of a sudden you wise guys and armchair quarterbacks want to insult, disbar and prosecute Scruggs?

Do tell me what he did that was so illegal or unethical other than not winning?

The Feds go after politicians with less evidence all the time and sometimes they get a guilty.

Anonymous said...

feel sorry for the poor court reporter

Anonymous said...

He had no basis to charge her?

Theft by false pretenses? Um, if that were now an arrestable crime, the jails would swell. That goes on every day, it's called business and corporate transactions.

There's a distinction between fraud in the inducement, and fraud in the performance. Fraud in the inducement, is actually something the law recognizes. If you can prove someone lied at the outset to get the money and run, you might actually have a case.

But more often than not the cases end up being fraud in the performance. People don't deliver what they promise. Things go wrong. People don't get around to keeping their end of the bargain. Even if they do, suddenly the amount of money needed has increased in the interim and they won't continue to do more work until another payment is made.

They call that a civil matter, if even that.

Anonymous said...

Then what about the bribery charge?

Considering no one was recorded on audio or video engaging in the bribe, it was a circumstantial case.

Funny thing about circumstantial cases is that if someone puts forth a reasonable unrebutted hypothesis of innocence, you get JOA'd.

So what was unreasonable about a solicitation authorized by law? Sure, sure, you tell me that the def violated some other statute, that says it's bad to solicit money and don't follow thru on your promise. Again more performance crap.

WEAK!

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Anonymous said...

To 8:11 What was sso enethical about Scruggs??

To start with he lied to witnesses in order to gain their cooperation and get certain statements from them. Had they known the true facts their statements would have been different. For example, he got Codina's statement based on lies, then ran to the grand jury and got MSJ indicted the NEXT DAY. He aslo lied to Barbara Carey Shuler to gt her cooperation on the other case. When attorneys got involved and began investigating what really happened, Scruggs threatened THEM with prosecution. BAD, bad, bad.

Then we go to court. He took a major SHIT when he found out that the trial judge would be RR, not YC who he had just investigated. YC is very young, inexperienced judge, just coming off of her own problems. RR is a very experienced trial judge who knows the law, is rarely reversed by the 3rd DCA, and does not put up with bullshit. She runs her own courtroom her way and does not allow the SAO to take over, ever.

What's are a couple of ethically challenged ASA's to do when faced with a case with no evidence which is truly a political lynching of a black woman?? Why, get rid of the judge, of course. NO legal grounds to do so?? No problem. They'll just make it up. It requires sworn affidavits. No problem for a couple of ethically challenged ASA's like Scruggs and his side-kick Christine Zahralban. Just make it up. what's a little perjury by a couple of ASA's when you're lynching a black woman?! So, the motion to recuse is filed. Attached are affidavits from Scruggs and ZAhralban. Can u say PERJURY??? That's exactly what they did, and the trial had not started.

At trial, the state fumbles aroud, is disorganized and generally wastes a lot of the jury's time. Exhibits went missing. They were alwlays found on state's table. The exhibits only went missing when it was time for Raben to cross examine. Exhibits walked away from the courtroom and ended up at the SAO. The judge had to get involved and issue an order to counsel to return all exhibits to the clerk when finished questioning a witness.

Anonymous said...

6:39 must be writing from Death Row or something. Not only is Gail Levine one of the best prosecutors in the office, but she has NO history of discipline.

So where is the record of these alleged complaints? And, why should we care considering that, if they indeed existed, she's been cleared every time.

6:39............Crawl back into your hole and stop libeling a hard working public servant who gives more to this community in a day than you've probably given in your lifetime. Oh, and STFU unless you've got something to back up your spurious accusations.

BTDT

Anonymous said...

i heart princess

Anonymous said...

BTDT - I am an attorney and I know what I am talking about. She is one of the most unethical prosecutors in the office and I am not the only attorney that feels this way.

Anonymous said...

Judge Gladys Perez is one of the brightest county court judges. She will win re-election by a landslide.

Anonymous said...

Check out how much Howard Blumberg makes!!!

Anonymous said...

I happened up on the appeals floor of the PD's office when Howard came back from a hearing about a late court reporter transcript.

He was gloating. This is someone who probably sits on his fat ass watching TV all weekend and drinking while court reporters are working every day and every evening and every evening.

And this is not even to mention all the free transcripts we had to produce when JJ and her firm of XXX refused to relinquish payment authority so we could bill under a different firm.

In a way I'm glad we aren't as busy now as it helps with the turn-around of transcripts and some of the reporters who really are late can improve their writing and produce transcripts without untranslates in them.

There's a special place for Howard and JJ and you can imagine where it is.

FACDL list serve leaker said...

You want to bring down Gladys because, while attending a religious ceremony, she answered a question from a religion reporter, in which she said religion matters to her?

Sure. That's a fine idea. I noticed CJ Moreno there. Seeking to impeach him, too.

I'm not a Catholic, but if they want to get together and have a mass, how does that hurt you? Most people have some sort of religious faith -- most judges, too.

And good luck running a campaign against Gladys, who is a fine judge and -- not for nothing -- about as connected as you can get.

Anonymous said...

WTF
Why all the haters
Blumberg is a good Appeals Atty. He knows his stuff and always has an answer on complicted questions when us pit lawyers ask. His salary aint outragous for 25 to 30 years of hard work, so lay off.
DS
ps It aint ass kissing if its true, And I dont make what he makes...

Anonymous said...

Ditto --
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