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Monday, July 18, 2011

A LINE IS DRAWN

For those of you not on summer sabbatical, the lines for attorneys to enter the REGJB were interminable last week- and just in time for the real hot and sticky weather!

Once safely ensconced in their air conditioned offices attorneys did what they do best: complain!

Dear Esteemed Colleagues;

Or in this instance “Steamed” Colleagues.

I also go through the line. It is ridiculous, stupid, time consuming, degrading…I have seen many of our Sisters in Law get searched in front of colleagues, I won’t say inappropriately, but it’s worse than the airport at times.

We are on top of this. If we get nowhere next week. I suggest we start an email campaign. I will provide all the names and emails of the powers that be and we will handle it the good old fashioned American way!!

In the interim, Our Public Defender Carlos Martinez has volunteered to use the system set up at the PD’s office to get the ball rolling. We need approval of Sandra Lonergan, the Trial Court Administrator and Chief Judge Joel Brown.

I will advise.



Rumpole (sitting behind a large desk in his study)


Bonasera, Bonasera, what have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you'd come to me in friendship, this scum who ruined your suit would be suffering and sweating this very day. And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you.


We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you've come to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee. But let's be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt.


I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn't need a friend like me. Now you come and say "Rumpole, make the line shorter." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship.


You want respect from those who make the decisions? You can try your little email campaign from your namby pamby "list serv" or you can use the blog. Your choice.


Keep cool baby....




21 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

The Captain Reports:

Such a Sad Day .....

Our beloved Governor Rick Scott, speaking today while on vacation, said: "Anytime a statewide race loses a principled conservative like Mike Haridopolos in a race of this importance, it is a sad day for our state"

For those of you who did not hear the sad news, Mike Haridopolos has dropped out of the race to become our next US Senator.

Cap Out .....

Rumpole said...

I will not post comments about a public official not paying rent absent proof beyond gratutious comments.

Kindly act accordingly.

Anonymous said...

it was front page of the dbr mr. rumpole. perhaps it's about time that you subscribe.

one of a man's great responsiblities is to pay his/her debts. failure to pay in some cultures is a capital error.

pay up mr. hirsch, you are a judge for goodness sake.

Rumpole said...

DBR? I'm not sure I'm familiar with that publication. Do lawyers read it?

Mr. Justice Milton Hirsch said...

I find it outrageous and the DBR contumacious, and the comments by dectractors salacious! I am a great man with great responsibilities. I cannot be troubled by the problems of hoi poloi.

Let them eat cake!

Anonymous said...

When Milt left the SAO in the early 80's he sued Reno to get her to pay him because he didn't do his dispos.

Anonymous said...

Rumpy:

You're being struthious.

Anonymous said...

Can I call the Shumie? It's Monday. It's raining. I just deposited last week a 1.78 million settlement and I get my piece by this Friday and I have no desire to work.

So I'm outta here.

Anonymous said...

Rump:

Your Hirsch favoritism is transparent. Don't you think the DBR, being fearful of a libel suit checked out the claim prior to writing the article? DOn't you think that Datran would've made sure they weren't paid before filing suit? Don't you think that Hirsch would not have hid behind the Judicial Cannons which don't even apply to him in this situation if he was innocent.


Milt is what he has always been. A douche bag without integrity who is a great PR man, and an average lawyer. He can recite Shakespeare, but he is not the all knowing being that he claims to be.

Anonymous said...

I would guess that Milt wasn't making much in private practice. At least in recent years. He is precisely the type of prick who would drive a red porsche 911 if he had any money, and since he didn't, he must've been struggling

Scott Saul said...

The "line" situation is ridiculous and the adminstration needs to not only assume the blame but also come up with a solution.

This is not a recent phenomena but has been perculating up for a long time.

The cause for it is obvious;

The security is undertrained,

There is a lack of manpower and a

lack of machines.

While I understand the immediate cause of the problem, I am baffled by the lack of effort to, at the least, try to mitigate the problem.

Listen, you can't have people standing in the hot sun for an hour. You cannot have professionals treated like they are cattle and get prodded by an untrained person. You cannot have people, nervous at it is because they are going to criminal court, get worried because they feel that they will suffer the consequences of being late or missing court. One day, serious violence will erupt because this is a riot waiting to happen.

If this was scrutinized by a private sector, it would be deemed wholly unacceptable.

Simple things like staggering court schedules, scheduling appearance 30 minutes early, doing away with the frisking of professionals and, most importantly, when one person is being screened, have another security personel keep the line moving.

The current situation is embarassingly assinine. I watch females get poked in an improper manner. There is a definite noticeable difference between how different races are screened. It is inexcusable that there is not a law enforcement officer positioned in front of the line assisting and preparing those about to enter into the building.

The current system can only be accurately described as "sucking". However, the powers that be that are responsible for monitoring or improving should be the most ashamed.

I could do better! There's room for improvement. Whose got the common sense, decency and motivation to recognize that this is a problem and, whether you are a professional or a defendant, nobody should have to stand in line, in the hot sun, to get into a public building?

Come on! Don't be a poser! Do something! When there is a problem, you don't complain about the problem, you solve the problem.

Anonymous said...

That was Saul's best post ever

Anonymous said...

1:13 pm, was it CJ Milt who sued Reno? I thought it was someone else and it was in late 80's or early 90's. Time flies!

Anonymous said...

Scott, the problem is that they set the treshold sensitivity of the machines too low, which inconveniences everyone but none more than the poor screeners who have to bend up and down with almost every person who enters the building plus they get all kinds of abuse for something that's not of their own making.

Anonymous said...

I was up in Pinellas Court last week.. They had sheriff's officers working screening security. I worked much much better then Dade or Broward court security. MJB building management should drive up the tampa to see how it can be done.

CAPTAIN said...

The Captain Reports:

BRADY ... doesn't he play QB for the Patriots .....

Assertions by the prosecution that Casey Anthony conducted extensive computer searches on the word “chloroform” were based on inaccurate data, a software designer who testified at the trial said Monday.

The designer, John Bradley, said Ms. Anthony had visited what the prosecution said was a crucial Web site only once, not 84 times, as prosecutors had asserted. He came to that conclusion after redesigning his software, and immediately alerted prosecutors and the police about the mistake, he said.

According to Mr. Bradley, chief software developer of CacheBack, used by the police to verify the computer searches, the term “chloroform” was searched once through Google. The Google search then led to a Web site, sci-spot.com, that was visited only once, Mr. Bradley added. The Web site offered information on the use of chloroform in the 1800s.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office had used the software to validate its finding that Ms. Anthony had searched for information about chloroform 84 times, a conclusion that Mr. Bradley says turned out to be wrong. Mr. Bradley said he immediately alerted a prosecutor, Linda Drane Burdick, and Sgt. Kevin Stenger of the Sheriff’s Office in late June through e-mail and by telephone to tell them of his new findings. Mr. Bradley said he conducted a second analysis after discovering discrepancies that were never brought to his attention by prosecutors or the police.

Mr. Bradley, chief executive of Siquest, a Canadian company, said he even volunteered to fly to Orlando at his own expense to show them the findings.

Cheney Mason, one of Ms. Anthony’s defense lawyers, said it was “outrageous” that prosecutors withheld critical information on the “chloroform” searches.

“The prosecution is absolutely obligated to bring forth to the court any and all evidence that could be exculpatory,” Mr. Mason said. “If in fact this is true, and the prosecution concealed this new information, it is more than shame on them. It is outrageous.”

The State Attorney’s Office in Orlando did not return messages seeking comment.

Mr. Bradley, fearing that jurors were being given false information based on his data, contacted the police and the prosecution the weekend of June 25. He asked Sergeant Stenger about the discrepancy, and the sergeant said he was aware of it, Mr. Bradley said. He waited to see if prosecutors would correct the record. They did not.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/us/19casey.html?_r=3&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

Cap Out .....

CAPTAIN said...

http://www.nytimes.com/
2011/07/19/us/19casey.
html?_r=3&smid=tw-
nytimes&seid=auto

Anonymous said...

Tell Anonymous @ July 18 at 10:22 PM that the Pinellas Courthouse is not in Tampa.

Pardo said...

Rumpole,
As always you are on the top of the issues.
It is frustrating to deal with a cumbersome bureaucracy.
I understand Scott being frustrated. I applaud the efforts of all who are tring to deal with this issue. The process is painfully slow. The people at FACDL work very hard to handle as many problems as they can.
I see that you are volunteering to assist in this recent undertaking. I applaud your effort.
Frankly, the solution is as simple as reinstating the ID system we had in place years ago.
There should be no difference between a PD, ASA or Private Counsel, as long as all follow the same procedure to get ID's.
Betty, Jude and the rest of the Board are doing the best they can. I will make sure to post the latest updates when I have them.
Thank You,
Bob Pardo

the trialmaster said...

I think it funny and sad that some of the state judges who are applying for a federal judgship have never even appeared in a federal matter, much less trying any cases in federal court. Judge Thorton and maybe a few others are the exceptions.

Anonymous said...

judge will thomas should be given consideration.