Thursday, July 21, 2011
FRIDAY UPDATE: DOM reports that Bob Scola's nomination to the Southern District was unanimously approved by voice vote by the Senate judiciary committee. That prompted Southern District Chief Judge Fred Moreno to send a letter to Senators Reid and McConnell imploring them have the full senate act on the nominations of Kathy Williams (currently the nominee waiting the longest for a vote) and Scola, of whom Moreno writes "litigants are eagerly awaiting" his appointment.
And all along we thought judicial shopping was disapproved of.
It's not enough that Federal prosecutors lose their job and get bar complaints when they tangle with him in trial, now everyones favourite federal defender has CALLED OUT Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer over remarks Breuer made at the recent National District Attorneys Association Summer Conference (Motto: "Convict em all- let the innocence project sort em out." )
From DOM's Blog:
In any event, I challenge Mr. Breuer to a debate on the subject of prosecutorial and defense ethics. Just for starters, I would ask Mr. Breuer why DOJ is opposing a change to Rule 16 (as suggested by the ABA and on July 7, by NACDL) requiring what their guidelines merely suggest.
Sunday morning traffic accident=Wednesday Mourning Lawsuit.
The Herald reports Spencer Aronfeld has filed suit against Alonzo Mourning Wednesday for the traffic accident on Sunday. (Hat tip South Florida Lawyers).
Obviously things are slow on the civil side.
Alex On Track:
The Herald reports that as the murder trial of one Coral Gables Highschool student accused of killing a fellow student began, Alex Michaels was up to his old tricks:
The trial, expected to last about two weeks, should provide plenty of drama and legal theatrics -- Rodriguez’s lead lawyer, Alexander Michaels, is known for his combative, aggressive style and on Tuesday he and Circuit Judge Dava Tunis exchanged loud, sharp words over legal objections.
Go Alex Go.
(A defense fund for Mr. Michaels will be set up shortly.)
See you in court.