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Monday, August 01, 2011

THE COLONEL REPORTS

Rumpole is still away, or "on holiday" as he so Britishly puts it. I am next up on the duty roster so gather near troops, take a knee and listen up.

Item one: No funny business here. Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the murder case involving two students at Coral Gables High school. One child is dead and one is on trial for his life. Nothing funny about this. A very tragic case. Alex Michaels for the defense. The news that came out of the trial Friday was the Judge denying the defense request to put character evidence of the deceased into evidence. A verdict should not come down until Tuesday the earliest.

Item two: Kudos to ASA Gary Winston, one of the good guys. He comes off as a real hero in a case the Herald reported here in which Winston nolle prossed an old murder case when the evidence was not what was indicated in the arrest warrant. Phil Reizenstein for the defense also praised Gary Winston in the article. Good job Gary. You acted in the highest tradition of a prosecutor. You did justice.

Item three: As the Captain reported over the weekend, Abe Laeser for the defense? I'm not going to touch that one with a ten foot pole. That has Rumpole written all over it. Let me just say this: as lawyers we are sworn officers of the court. That is a high responsibility that many of us seem to forget. We represent clients and under take causes, but we are officers of the court. Mr. Laeser has never forgotten that and I think we all should not be surprised that he wants to get back into the ring and litigate a little.

Ok, that's all I got until that Anglophile blogger of ours gets back on his horse and starts writing again.

Dismissed.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

To the "well informed"individuals who keep posting items about people running against Judges in 2010, I hope you realize it's already 2011 and the next election is 2012.

Anonymous said...

On an important note-

Has anyone seen anything positive result for the defense as a result of the recent finding that the narcotic statute is unconstitutional?

I haven't had any ASA calling me to resolve cases as a result.

Anonymous said...

That story about Gary Winston does not shock me at all.

Nor does Phil giving praise when it is due.

RFB said...

Hey Colonel= RE: The 10 foot Pole- I'm pretty sure you're talking about Stretch Wolansky. Tallest guy you ever saw.

Smoke em if you got em said...

Why not Shumie for Regional Counsel?

CAPTAIN said...

Breaking News .....

FBI might finally solve the case of who and where is DB Cooper.

Of course, right about now, anyone under the age of 50 is using Google to figure out who the heck DB Cooper is?!

Cap Out ...

EYEONSHUMIE said...

Hear Hear 2:34! Hear hear!

Anonymous said...

The benefits of Shumie as Regional Counsel:
1) Work ends at 3pm or so.
2) Cigar smoking allowed in the office (big )
3) Everyone gets a free copy of the smash runaway best seller paperback: "Shumie Time! How I learned to work less, earn more, and enjoy life as a lawyer"
4) Free access to the blog.

The Late Capt Phil Harris said...

Why not Kenny Wesiman for Regional Counsel? Oh yeah, I forgot- he's going to be working on the Time Bandit out of Alaska next year catching crab on The Deadliest Catch.

Kissimmee Kid said...

What is wrong with this sentence?

"Judge Stan Strickland, who recused himself before Anthony went to trial on murder charges, has issued an order that she serve probation for a check fraud charge that Anthony pleaded guilty to last year. At the time, Strickland sentenced Anthony to 1-year probation."

Anonymous said...

Maybe Regional Counsel will be run by....(wink wink) "Two Guys".....ahem...hahahhahaha

Fake Blecher said...

Capt is a dope. So is jerky RFB

Anonymous said...

If Kenny is a Greenhorn when will he be allowed to throw the hook? Or will he spend all his time putting bait in the traps as all grennhorns do. After all. (punch line alert) He is a .......master baiter...

CAPTAIN said...

Fake Blecher couldn't stand the heat so he got out of the kitchen. And you know what I'm referring to.

Anonymous said...

No way Shuminer ever takes a job where he has to answer to that dick with ears of a Governor we have.

Now I did hear he has expanded the cigar shop. He just got certification as a moyle. An easy transition from cutting the tips of cigars.

Anonymous said...

I'm well under 50, and am quite versed in the story of DB Cooper.

PAB

Anonymous said...

Bad sign for the defense. Juror fell asleep during their closing.

Anonymous said...

I'm not really a Laeser fan, however, I do believe he would make a good choice. He's an excellent and disciplined lawyer.

Anonymous said...

"Under take" is one word.