With two days left to vote in our thoroughly unscientific poll, and with almost 800 votes, State Attorney Katherine Rundle has held a consistent 55%-45% lead over challenger Rod Vereen.
Vote early. Vote often.
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It takes about five years from the time a murder case is arraigned in Miami until it is tried, pled, or dismissed. In China, it took seven hours for the murder trial of Gu Kailai to begin and end. Gu is accused of killing British business man Neil Heywood in November, 2011. Ms. Gu is the wife of recently disgraced Chinese party leader Bo Xilai. As the NY Times reports:
Ms. Gu and her accomplice, Zhang Xiaojun, were deprived of their own legal counsel and forced to accept a government-appointed lawyer. No defense witnesses were produced during the trial. The defendants’ lawyers never had a chance to review the prosecution’s evidence.
Not quite Limited Registry stuff, but give Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature a few more months to catch up to the Chinese system.
Meanwhile, in a Twilight Zone like twist of fate, Ms. Gu was once a respected lawyer in China who extolled the virtue of the Chinese criminal justice system in a book:
"she ridiculed the American justice system as doddering and inept. “They can level charges against dogs and a court can even convict a husband of raping his wife,” she wrote.
By contrast, China’s system was straightforward and judicious. “We don’t play with words and we adhere to the principle of ‘based on facts,’ ” she wrote. “You will be arrested, sentenced and executed as long as we determine that you killed someone.”
Guess what Ms. Gu? They determined you killed someone and you will be executed because you live in a country that does not have due process and does not recognize the implicit value of an independent, well compensated attorney who has only your best interests at heart. Sort of like.....Florida?
Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984.First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Another summer weekend on tap.