Godspeed Neil and Buzz.......
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.
You are always fair and straight to the point with your posts. You use your name, which very few are willing to do on this blog. Your comments are nearly always right on!
Yesterday, you posted a great post and you ended it with:
"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."
In response to your post, you are being sent a membership application to finally join the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter. That way, you can join our effort that Betty Llorente, Bob Pardo and others on the Board have been working on for several weeks now. We met with the Chief Judge about this issue in June. As a result of that meeting, we believe that we should be able to get private attorneys passes to enter the GJB similar to those used by the SAO and the PDO.
Of course, the private attorneys will have to become members of FACDL-Miami and go through the process of obtaining the pass which we are attempting to set up with the AOC and/or the PDO as soon as possible. There are several administrative hoops to jump through, (as you can imagine) all involving security issues, but we invite you to join the effort by becoming a member and then by stepping up to the plate on this issue, as we have always known that:
"[You can] do better"!!!!!
Again, great post.