WON: The Legal Eagle closing argument contest. By Warren Zinn of Shohat, Loewy & Shohat.
The final four included three criminal law practitioners: PD Matthew McElligot, ASA Scott Holtz, and Mr. Zinn. Zinn and Holtz squared off in the finals and Zinn prevailed. The crowd erupted in a spontaneous round of "Werewolves of London" (oh, wait- that's Warren Zevon- never mind). The initial details of the competition were announced by Legal Services of Greater Miami here.
We promised the winner fame if not fortune. So Warren Zinn take a bow. You are a Legal Eagle. You're an award winning closer. You get coffee.
Note to Mr. Zinn- your firm's web presence is woeful. A Google inquiry yields results for Bierman, Shohat & Loewy.
It's chunky, if not hefty. The largest of its playmates and cohorts. Its shy. In fact its never been officially seen. But without it, nothing fits and no explanation of everything works.
What is this never seen yet rather large enigma?
The Higgs Boson Particle of course, and French physicists at CERN may have found the building block of the universe. Although it weighs 125 billon electron volts- which is small but large for a particle- our universe would not be the same without HBP. Without the Higgs field there wouldn't be atoms, life, or ring dings. A dark existence indeed.
Sheriff Andy Taylor nee Matlock- a/k/a Andy Griffith passed away July 3.
Do yourself a favour and rent or download "A Face In The Crowd", Elia Kazan's 1958 masterpiece about a drifter who becomes a not too likable star. The film shows the wide acting range of Mr. Griffith who otherwise was known for playing the persona of a lovable bumpkin who was smarter than he seemed. Andy Griffith long ago became part of "Americana" and his passing on the day before July 4th seems to be kismet.
Foie Gras. In California. The practice of force feeding ducks to enlarge their liver is barbaric and California banned the possession, sale or consumption of Foie Gras.
"This is the City- Los Angeles. 12 million people. They like to eat dinner. 'You! At the table. Put down the Pinot Noir. Put your hands in the air and step away from the Foie Gras.' I'm a cop. I arrest people who eat duck livers. It's my job."
We haven't eaten foie gras in many years. We miss it. But we don't eat it.
Three Homestead Police Officers for beating up three men in separate incidents. One victim was elderly. The PBA fought back accusing State Attorney Kathy Rundle of playing politics with an upcoming election. The Herald report is here.
Rumpole wonders: Police officers? Beating people up? Police officers? In Miami? Beating up people they are paid to serve and protect? Huh?
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