Query: When, if ever is it appropriate to have your client sit down with the press?
NO SOUP FOR YOU RUMPOLE!
One of the pleasures of going to trial in federal court, or showing up for an 11:30 hearing was having lunch at Lil Anthony's Italian Restaurant. As of Friday, the restaurant had served its last piece of pizza or plate of pasta. Or in Rumpole's case, the very best Tomato Soup in Miami.
The New Times has brief bit on the closing here. If anyone hears if and where they re-open, please let us know. We had two bowls of the soup yesterday, and will be going into withdrawal shortly.
LIAR LIAR BROWARD COPS ON FIRE
Here's the scenario: The Broward SWAT team serves a warrant. The defense files a motion to suppress and alleges that the police did not knock and announce. The detective takes the stand and give detailed testimony on how he saw the knock and announce and how they always knock and announce without fail. Always.
Then the defense plays the outtakes from a local police show showing that the police did not even remotely come close to knocking and announcing when they served the warrant in the case being litigated.
Lets play: So what does the Broward SAO do?
A) Nolle Prosse and apologize to everyone for presenting perjured testimony?
B) Open an investigation of the Detective and his squad?
C) Argue exigent circumstances the next day and refuse to drop the charges?
If you said C, you've seen how they work in Broward.
Here's the point. Is this an isolated incident? Did the defense in Broward just get extremely lucky and happen to get the exculpatory information they needed in the one case the police lied/or were mistaken?
Or does this happen all the time and this is the one time they got caught?
How many times have you told the prosecution that this was the only time your client made a mistake, and how many times have they sneered at that fantasy and responded that this was the first time they got caught?
Here's what concerns us the most- and this is directed at our robed readers: How many times do you hear in court that the police lied? That they planted the drugs they claim they saw the defendant drop? That they hit the defendant and tore up the first two Miranda forms before he agreed to waive his rights? And how many times have you ruled against the defense and reasoned that police have no reason to lie? That it is foolish to think any police officer would risk their badge to lie about one insignificant case?
How do you feel when you see what is clearly an institutional bias to commit perjury whenever it suits them?
See You In Court, and by the way, get that attorney in Broward who nailed these cops an award and re-read that idiot prosecutor his oath as a prosecutor.