Before we begin in earnest, a jolly good show by golfer Ernie Els who won the national championship (British Open to y'all) at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire. Mr. Els won his second national championship ten years and one day after he won his first, and he becomes one of only a few golfers to win a major golf championship in three decades. Well done Mr. Els, well done indeed.
RNC CONVENTION IN TAMPA: FIREARMS WELCOME.
Security plans are being implemented in Tampa for the August 27th Republican National Convention. Local ordinances banning the possession of water guns, chains and hatchets have been enacted.
Firearms? Your second amendment rights are safe. Florida law PROHIBITS local ordinances regulating the possession of firearms. Seventy five people get shot up at movie theatre in Colorado, but in Florida your right to possess a firearm is safe and secure, because what we need are more guns in this society, not less. And spare us your far flung fantasies of if everyone in the theater was armed then the tragedy in Colorado wouldn't have occurred. If no one had access to a firearm then there would be no tragedies like this. End of discussion.
Your favourite recent law student graduate is entering the final hours of prep for the Bar exam which is to be given this week in Tampa. As practicing lawyers we can all say "been there, done that" (hopefully once).
"APPOINT A LIMITED REGISTRY ATTORNEY"
Starting today, if you listen closely in court, you just might hear a limited registry attorney ("reasonable doubt for a reasonable price") appointed to an unfortunate soul needing quality criminal defense and instead receiving a "K-Mart"/McDonalds quality attorney.
We have not yet decided on whether to publish the list of those unfortunate and misguided souls who have signed up as unwitting co-conspirators with the Florida Legislature's naked attack on criminal defense attorneys in this state. But we invite any individual to write us a defense of why they chose to participate in this program, and we promise to post their missive on the front of the blog, unedited, and they need not sign their name if they wish to remain anonymous.
Not a great start to a rainy hot and muggy week. Even so, See You In Court.
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