It took two trials, two Allen charges and two very long deliberations and one special post verdict jury note, , but Bill Matthewman walked his client out of Judge Dimitrouleas's courtroom Thursday night on a Conspiracy PWID +500 grams.
It takes a very good lawyer to get an NG in federal court. It takes a great lawyer to get one after a hung jury. And that's just what happened Thursday. A great lawyer prevailed. A Rumpolian WELL DONE Mr. Mathhewman. Well done indeed.
Post script: the case is USA v. Fabiola E Valdez. 11-80034-cr-WMD or 11-80034-cr Cohn as Judge Cohn was the original Judge. The DEA claimed Mr. Matthewman's confessed. But they have their precious policy of not recording post arrest statements. The jury sent out this note:
The original note should be up on Pacer soon. We no nothing about this case, but beyond what must have been stellar cross examination, you want to know where this case was won? It was won in the most important part of the case: Voire Dire! Mr. Matthewman got a jury that understood burden of proof, reasonable doubt and was not afraid to apply the law. What a great lesson on the eve of independence day. It's what we as Americans are all about.
Judging from the last two posts the lawyers in the REGJB are primarily interested in 1) Good Barbecue and secondarily interested in 2) non-lawyers who practice law and steal their fees.
FYI- and in case the yahoos at the Florida Bar are interested (We can do that- we're anonymous!)
Court Options promotes a "Record Sealing Specialist" named Melanie Covey who is 1) not licensed (ok- maybe she has a driver's license) and 2) not regulated by any agency in her record sealing endeavors.
Here's the real rub (continuing with our barbecue theme): a Florida lawyer, no matter how experienced, is precluded from identifying themselves as a specialist in any area of the law. But some individual who may or may not have their GED apparently is allowed to solicit clients and identify herself as a "specialist" in a particular area of the law. Go figure.
The sexual assault case against former head of the IMF- Dominique Strauss- Kahn, is about to fall apart. The Times article is here.
OK: now the important stuff.
The 4th of July approaches. How do you take your hot dog? On the grill, boiled, fried, with kraut, or (our personal favourite) Chicago Style.
For you neophytes, a Chicago Style dog is steamed/boiled, and put on a seeded bun with yellow mustard, sweet raw onions, sweet relish, a tomato slice, a pickle slice, and a small pickle pepper. A dash of celery salt finishes the dog off. In some parts of the country it is entirely acceptable to put some french fries on top of the dog. However. it is absolutely forbidden to put ketchup on a Chicago Dog. Some of the real old time vendors in the Second City do not even carry ketchup in their establishment.
Below is a typical Chicago Style Dog.