Monday, August 15, 2011
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN FEDERAL LAW
Judge Cueto on Federal Law: "Feh". *
Or words to that affect. We reported a week or so ago that a Florida Federal Judge decided that Florida's state drug laws were unconstitutional because the state did away with the issue of intent (mens rea to those who don't sit on a bench). You need to want to possess drugs to violate the law according to the Feds. Duh!
As the Herald reports here, Judge Cueto has denied defense motions based on the Federal case. Judge Hirsch, not to be one to stick his head in the sand ostrich like (anyone remember the "struthious" contretemps? ) has indicted more than a passing interest in the Federal Judge's reasoning. To be continued.
Does the courthouse seem unusually pleasant these last few days? Well, most likely your favourite circuit court Judge is sweating and labouring at the Judicial Conference in.....lets see....was it Newark, New Jersey? No...hmmm...was it at the Holiday Inn in Hialeah? No...oh yeah- Marco Island. But don't let the locale fool you. We're sure they're working hard.
Some middle Florida yahoo attorney got arrested for challenging his GF to a naked sword fight with a real sword. And much to Roy Black's chagrin, he's a UM Law grad. South Florida Lawyers has the story here.
It's hot. We're tired and cranky. Stay out of our way. We mean it.
*Feh is a Yiddish term indicating disapproval or displeasure: Feh, don't touch that dirty thing.