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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Those of us who lived through Hurricane Andrew in Miami have a special understanding what the people of New York and New Jersey are going through and are going to have to endure in the next few days and weeks. Lives turned upside down; no power; perhaps no home; the loss of their possessions and for the foreseeable future, their way of life.
The memories of the deprivations we endured in the aftermath of Andrew will never leave us. Personally, we went several days without a fresh brewed cup of coffee and even longer without a fresh breakfast croissant.
JUDGE SIGLER FINDS SECTION 27.5304 UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Section 27.5304 created the infamous limited registry for court appointed counsel.
Judge Sigler has found that the law violates the separation of powers doctrine because the statute essentially gives the court the power to appropriate funds from the court system to cover payments to court appointed counsel when a particular circuit uses more money for court appointments than the legislature designated.
Scribd is down at the moment. When it gets back up, we'll post the order. Until then, kudos to Judge Sigler for stepping up when other Judges have ducked the issue. Note the color of this sentence is BROWN.
We all know sex sells. Every Friday, frustrated bloggers check out the cover girl on the South Florida legal blog. From personal experience we also know that putting a Judge Milt Hirsch order on the blog sends readership and comments through the roof. Milt- like a fetching and buxom young lass barely covered- sells. Who woulda thunk it?
See You In Court.