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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
PUT A FORK IN IT
Put a fork in it, it's done.
What is done? The U Of M football program and Florida's Drug Law.
JUDGE HIRSCH PULLS THE TRIGGER.
As we suspected, Judge Milton Hirsch, in a thoughtful, erudite, and non-struthian opinion, has granted a motion to dismiss possession cases before him, holding Florida's Drug law (893.13 for those of you keeping score at home) Unconstitutional for not requiring the State to prove mens rea and quote Shakespeare in every successful prosecution.
(in some versions of the blog, depending upon your browser, the order may not be fully seen. Just click the first button on the left- the square with the arrow and it will take you to fullscreen. We regret the inconvenience.)
There's so much in this order, and we have been in court all day and are tired, and quite frankly Milt is best read on a full stomach with plenty of rest and sufficient alcohol at hand (of which we have neither- rest nor drink) , so for the moment, we'll just leave it to you to read the order. Suffice it to say, Judge Hirsch found fit to write this on the first of 24 pages: "As Mark Twain is alleged to have said, 'If I had more time I could have written you a shorter letter.' "
As many will shortly say after clicking on the Scribd link: "Oy."
The U of M:
Check out our twitter feed to the left. We tweeted the link to the Yahoo Sports article that one day will be seen as the first of many nails in the UM Football coffin.
A fantastic piece of investigative/sports journalism, the article sinks the program, not to mention the President of the U, who is pictured proudly holding a $50,000.00 check standing next to the Nevin Shapiro, a UM sanctioned "Booster" whose ponzi scheme funded the check. Shapiro also used his ponzi scheme money to pay for ocean front mansions, a 1.6 million dollar yacht (on which he entertained players and prostitutes) parties at the best night clubs, and loads of prostitutes and cash payments to dozens and dozens and dozens of UM players over the last decade. The trips with the UM basketball coach to Tootsies can't help very much either.
For ten years the booster who proudly bore the nickname "Little Luke" took up the mantle where Uncle Luther Campbell left off, paying for liquor, women, parties, and cash bounties on opposing players like Tim Tebow (Ok- there are a few redeeming things from this scandal.).
We don't see how the U escapes this intact.
See You In Court. Read Uncle Milt's order. It's worth the time.