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Thursday, November 29, 2012

JUDGE CALVIN MAPP HAS PASSED AWAY


 Monica Mapp said...
I am happy to read all of the fond memories everyone has of my grandfather Judge Calvin Mapp. I noticed someone was inquiry on his final arrangements which are as follows:
The Funeral will be held:
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Interment: Dade Memorial Park

Viewing
Friday December 7, 2012, 2:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. at Gregg L Mason Funeral Home
 


Calvin Mapp, a Miami Judge, and the first african-american county court judge in Miami, has passed away. 

Judge Mapp was a fixture in the courthouse for decades before his retirement. Here is a web page listing the first Black police officers in Miami. Judge Mapp is listed as a member of those first officers. 

And here is Judge Mapp  in 1985 square in the middle of a brouhaha between Miami and Los Angeles. Judge Mapp sent a convicted sex offender who was "dumped" in Miami back to Los Angeles. Then Santa Monica  police chief James Keane admitted he had sent the offender to Miami by purchasing him a one way ticket in response to a Fort Lauderdale Judge buying a notorious prostitute a one way ticket to LA as an alternative to a jail sentence. 

What is notable about Judge Mapp's passing is this: We are now just a generation removed from a time when Miami was a segregated town. When there were separate water fountains and bathrooms  for "blacks and jews" and many homes in Miami were sold with restrictive covenants prohibiting the sale of the property to people with jewish or black blood. 

Judge Mapp broke a color line.  His memory stands to remind us that it was not that long ago when there were religious and sex and race lines that had been firmly drawn and needed heroes to step up and break them. 


28 comments:

CAPTAIN said...


Reprinted, with permission from The Captain:

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

VERY SAD NEWS ......

Horace, sad news to report today that former County Court Judge Calvin Mapp has passed away. He was the first black County Court Judge at the MJB.

Did you read Judge Mapp's book? Remember, that was required reading if you were regularly appearing before the good Judge back in the 1980's.

Rest in Peace Judge. You left a fine legacy.

CAPTAIN OUT .....


Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:13:00 PM

Anonymous said...

The man worse spats to court every day. Class. True class. Gotta love his style. RIP Judge Mapp.

DS said...

Was in front of Judge Mapp many times. He was Hard on Lawyers but not clients. He didnt go oout of his way to screw a Defendant. He Was one of the People's Judges.
I liked that Crusty ( old) Man

the trialmaster said...

a true gentleman with a ton of class. today's judges could take a lesson from the way Judge Mapp conducted his courtroom.

Anonymous said...

A rainy day. A great day to stay in bed and snuggle up with the Herald hottie.

Anonymous said...

Judge Mapp was my friend. I used to love the stories he would tell about how he started as a negro cop who could only arrest negros.

He then became a lawyer, prosecutor and a judge.

Good guy. RIP old friend.

Fake Josh Gradinger said...

When I met Judge Mapp, he covered the "drinKiNg in Public" calender.

100 cases of which it seemed 95 were open container violations. Judge Mapp dismissed them all with a stern warning to the mostly unrepresented defendants. Fake Mr. Granoff did not like that.

For once, a practical Mapp.


Scott Saul said...

What a character he was.

He was great at training, teaching and putting through the wringer new lawyers. He loved to mold and shape new ASAs and APDs.

He was scary and cranky at first, but he had a huge heart.

It was an honor and privilege to" learn the ropes" in front of him. You received extra brownie points for quoting from his book that was sold by the little stand chewing gum and candy ( talk about "product placement")

I'll miss his wisdom and sage, the psychological obstacle course he loved to force upon lawyers that interested him and the funky, 70's style shoes and suits.

He kept a stoic face but the guy generated a lot of smiles. RIP

Anonymous said...

RIP Judge Mapp. As DS said he was crusty, but was very fair. Called balls and strikes as he saw them.

He also was a traiblazer but did not make a big deal out of it. Judge Mapp will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Another obituary.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know funeral plans for Judge Mapp?

CAPTAIN said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

CONGRATS, JUDGE ERIC HENDON ......

Today, Governor Rick Scott named a new Circuit Court Judge to the bench in Miami-Dade County.

Congrats to new CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ERIC HENDON. Judge HENDON replaces Judge Joe Farina.

Judge Hendon, is 56 years old and he currently serves as a Miami-Dade County Judge, a position he has held since 2006, and previously held from 1999 – 2003. Formerly, he served as an assistant state attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office from 1979 – 1981. From 1982 – 1984, Hendon was the legal services agency director for the James E. Scott Community Association, and between 1984 – 1989 and 2004 - 2006 he practiced law privately. From 1989 – 1999, he served as an assistant public defender in the Miami Public Defenders’ Office. From 2003 - 2004, Hendon was an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.
There are two open seats awaiting appointment by the Governor. He needs to name the replacements for Judge Victoria Platzer and Judge Ellen Leesfield and must do so by January 20, 2013. Those names still in consideration include:

Judge Andrew Hague
Judge Fleur Lobree
Alan Fine
Alan Sackrin
Jason Bloch
Jason Dimitris
Candace Duff
Steven Reininger

With the appointment of Judge HENDON to the Circuit Court, the JNC will now go back into interview mode to start the process of naming another County Court Judge.

Happy Holidays and have a great weekend.

CAPTAIN OUT .....
Captain4justice@gmail.com

Robert Kuntz said...

Great news about Judge Hendon. He will be outstanding on the circuit bench and has long deserved the "upgrade."

Anonymous said...

Thank God it was a male. Let's hope the next appointments are men too. There is just too many women on the bench in the REGJB right now.

Anonymous said...

Gimme an H
gimme an E
gimme an N.....

Anonymous said...

Betty Capote and Carlos Gunman got appointed.

Anonymous said...

I remember appearing before Judge Mapp with my young client sporting short dreads like Alfalfa from the Little Rascals.

Mapp didn't like that at all.

"Boy, have you looked in the mirror this morning? What kind of fool did you see staring back at you? You look like a clown".. he barked from the bench. "Get yourself a haircut before walking into my court again."

He was definately "Old School".

I felt bad for my client. I thought he looked preety good in that hairstyle.

CAPTAIN said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

ADD THREE MORE ROBES TO THE CLOSET .....

Today, Governor Rick Scott named three new Judges, two County and one Circuit, to the bench, in Miami-Dade County. Welcome Judges Eric Hendon, Carlos Guzman, & Betty Capote.

Congrats to new CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ERIC HENDON. Judge HENDON replaces Judge Joe Farina.

Judge Hendon, is 56 years old and he currently serves as a Miami-Dade County Judge, a position he has held since 2006, and previously held from 1999 – 2003. Formerly, he served as an assistant state attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office from 1979 – 1981. From 1982 – 1984, Hendon was the legal services agency director for the James E. Scott Community Association, and between 1984 – 1989 and 2004 - 2006 he practiced law privately. From 1989 – 1999, he served as an assistant public defender in the Miami Public Defenders’ Office. From 2003 - 2004, Hendon was an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.

Congrats to new COUNTY COURT JUDGE CARLOS GUZMAN. Judge GUZMAN replaces Judge Rodney Smith who was elevated earlier this year to the Circuit Court bench.

Guzman, 42, has served as the chief assistant statewide prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office in Miami since 2007. Previously, from 1996 - 1998 he was an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and from 1998 - 2004 was a Special Agent/Legal Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2004 - 2006, Guzman practiced with Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and his law degree from Villanova University.

Congrats to new COUNTY COURT JUDGE BETTY CAPOTE. Judge CAPOTE replaces Judge Cristina Miranda who was elevated earlier this year to the Circuit Court bench.

Capote, 35, has served as an assistant state attorney in the Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit, since 2001. She has been the Felony Division Chief since 2006. Capote received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Miami.

Governor Scott has now made a total of 22 judicial appointments in Miami-Dade County on the County, Circuit and Appellate courts since he took office in January of 2011.

There are two open seats awaiting appointment by the Governor. He needs to name the replacements for Judge Victoria Platzer and Judge Ellen Leesfield and must do so by January 20, 2013. Those names still in consideration include:

Judge Andrew Hague
Judge Fleur Lobree
Alan Fine
Alan Sackrin
Jason Bloch
Jason Dimitris
Candace Duff
Steven Reininger

With the appointment of Judge HENDON to the Circuit Court, the JNC will now go back into interview mode to start the process of naming another County Court Judge. With the three appointments today, this also means that Judge Lobree will be forced to step down from the bench at the end of December. But, she does have two chances to get re-appointed in January, (see above).

Happy Holidays and have a great weekend.

CAPTAIN OUT .....
Captain4justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

The beatings will continue until morale improves. ~ Carlos J. Martinez

Anonymous said...

After Judge Mapp had retired, I once encountered an ASA who was a real PITA. As I left the courtroom, I said to myself "I wish this would have been in front of Judge Mapp for him to straighten this ASA out". I guess God thought so, too, because He granted my motion: Two days later, Judge Mapp was back in the REGB covering for the Judge in this particular ASA's courtroom and, boy, did he straighten the ASA out!

Anonymous said...

Not to be mean but eric hendon is not felony judge timber. Far from it.

Betty is.

DS said...

I knew Eric Hendon when he was a APD. Nice guy, good head on his shoulders, solid man who will be fair and not hurt defendants for the sake of being an A-hole.
He has a well rounded backround and a good addition to the Circuit Bench.
He has NO axe to grind. If Defendants loose at trial, they will pay the price of the commission of their crimes but NOT a Trial Tax.

Anonymous said...

DS please shut up already. You don't have to comment on everything. No one cares what you think.

Monica Mapp said...

I am happy to read all of the fond memories everyone has of my grandfather Judge Calvin Mapp. I noticed someone was inquiry on his final arrangements which are as follows:
The Funeral will be held:
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Interment: Dade Memorial Park

Viewing
Friday December 7, 2012, 2:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. at Gregg L Mason Funeral Home

GB said...

Judge Mapp's granddaughter leaving the arrangements here is I think the highest compliment paid to this blog. Ever.

He was a good man and he tried his best always. He touched and changed many lives. He was I imagine so very proud of his granddaughter.



Anonymous said...

The JNC can send Lobree's name up every single time but Scott would be an idiot to appoint her again given her massive failure in the election. Not that she isn't a great judge, she just can't win an election.

Anonymous said...

I tried a case in front of Hendon once when he was in County court. Started delivering closing arguments at 11 PM, finally let the jury go home at 1:30 am after they could not decide. I had to drive the prosecutors home because they had been locked out of the parking garage their cars were in. We came back at 2pm the next day, and the jury finally hung. Regardless of the craziness, he was a very nice judge.

Maybe I'm Amazed said...

Yeah, that's brilliant. A closing at 11 pm and keeping a jury away from their families and lives until 1:30 AM on a misdemeanor.

Hendon is a nice enough fellow, but really an empty seat. Scott (R-Fl) pandering to black vote, and then appointing two ASAs (one Hispanic?)to solidify base.

Let's see if he shows his colors and appoints Alan Fine...Jewish (but registered Republican). Fine is the best of the lot, though.