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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

TURN BABY TURN

BROWN HAS HEAD IN SAND? On Thursday morning (according to the very fetching weather woman on Channel 7) there will be a Category 4 hurricane 240 miles off shore of Miami. And what has our Judicial administration done? Nothing. Not a tweet from their twitter account and not a peep on the 11th circuit's web site. Our Chief Judge has his head in the sand.
His silence bespeaks a very leaderless, struthious-like behavior, if you ask us.

What can Brown do for you?




Irene turns/the sea churns/we are spared?


Add the SDFL blog (DOM's place) to the list of weird things (see yesterday's post) happening.
However, this short post on Federalism, the 14th amendment, Judge Hirsch, and the Shelton decision declaring 893.13 unconstitutional, by Professor Bascuas is worth the read.

DSK case dismissed. Isn't it weird that the DA has to ask the court to dismiss the case? Or is Florida weird? Say what you want, but Ben Brafman is a great criminal defense attorney.

We still have our annual address to the new ASAs/PDs to publish. Just as soon as we dodge Irene. Perhaps next Monday. Stay tuned.

See You In Court.

13 comments:

NOT A DUI GUY said...

Rump!
Rolling with the Haiku!
That's what I used to do.
But not for a while now.

fake alschuler said...

I don't want no hurricanes coming round here...

(RIP Mike Renari)

Anonymous said...

Can we call the shumie for Irene?

Anonymous said...

What can Brown do?

Brown can enter an emergency other forthwith appointing Chief Justice Milton Hirsch as associate administrative judge for hurricane preparedness and management granting him the necessary powers to open or close the courthouses of Dade County whenever required by the proximity of storms. Said order should remain in effect from day to day and term to term until no longer necessary because climate change eliminates hurricanes or CJ Hirsch retires, loses an election or is otherwise unable to attend to his duties.

Anonymous said...

I am suspicious.

It seems your writing style has changed a little. I think the person claiming to be Rumpole is not the same guy who was writing before your "vacation."

Maybe you are just refreshed after some R and R.

Just seems different.

Anonymous said...

Rumpy,

Leave Judge Brown alone. A storm 240 miles away does not warrant judicial involvement. What can Judge Brown do, issue some sort of ruling from the bench ordering the storm to stay away from Miami Dade County or else it will be held in contempt?

Me thinks you are beginning to whine a bit much about nothing.

Anonymous said...

Brown doesn't care about our safety. He cares about moving cases.

Anonymous said...

Well, I think that dumb ass should start issuing emmos on all of the hurricanes, and for that matter cyclones too. Rump, what is the issue, pushing for a day off?

THE TRIALMASTER said...

Chief Judge Brown is quite correct in not alarming anyone over this hurricane which will not affect us at all. THe media trys to create panic whenever a Cuban farts in a domino park in Little Havana.

Rumpole said...

check out the post tomorrow and you will know why I am pissed.

Anonymous said...

What has Brown done?

I'm serious, what exactly has he done that has made any noticeable difference since taking the helm?

Not being critical. Maybe his brilliance is that he goes about his job and he makes everything so seamless, we just don't notice his efforts.

The upcoming storm is not going to hit us very hard here in Miami. If you are squeamish, call any one of the very capable attorneys who will provide coverage for a small fee.

One unplanned court closing screws things up so badly, it is not a wonder that he is hesitant to make that call.

I've said it here before, but I'll repeat. When I was a kid in NY, on a snowy day, everyone woke up and listened to the radio hoping to hear the schools were closed. You might hear it as little as an hour before the school day was to begin. There is no reason the same thing could not work here, especially with the proliferation of communication methods. Web, twitter, email, Facebook and the like make it simple to disseminate information. There is no reason to make the decision days ahead, just to have a storm turn away.

Anonymous said...

Dont Worry -- Relax - Be Happy the Storm is only 250 miles ESE of us. It 'cannt' take a jog left . Its only Cat 3. Chillax. Just look at the Sat Loop . What do you think its Andrew, or Donna or Cleo....
DS

Anonymous said...

Rump, to answer your query, Florida is weird. Most jurisdictions require the defense's consent and judicial blessing to dismiss a case lest it be dismissed for purposes of harassment (see FedRCrimProc 48(a)) (oh, I forgot, federal law doesn't apply in Florida...). What's WEIRD is that Florida courts are empowered to disallow a plea bargain, a seemingly clear invasion of prosecutorial discretion and violation of separation of powers (again, federal concepts that haven't quite taken hold there in the Deep South...).