LEWIS/TEIN: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. (cue Darth Vader music):
We're not sure what it means, but apparently it is good news for embattled lawyers Lewis and Tein and their contretemps with the Miccosukee Tribe. South Florida Lawyers has the details here.
It's a civil matter (read: mess) so it probably has something to do with a debentured bond and a summary judgment/offer of estoppel/interrogatory response something or other. Defenders of Messrs. Lewis and Tein have repeatedly and loudly said all was not it appeared to be (and as recounted by Judge Dresnick) and they may be right.
(If anybody can find a free clip of Tom Hagen in Godfather II yelling "The committee owes my client an apology" during the senate investigation of Michael Corleone, we would be much obliged.)
Very quietly, long time Dade Corrections Officer Ben Moreno retired. Ben was the consummate corrections officer. Respected by clients, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, Ben was the type of civil servant who made this community a better place to live. Many PDs or young defense attorneys got a boost in trial when their client would tell them that "Officer Moreno said you're doing a good job." Ben Moreno was the C/O who took the infamous Joyce Cohen into custody right after the jury returned a guilty verdict and the judge revoked her million dollar bond.
From the biggest cases to the smallest ones, Corrections Officer Ben Moreno was a steady influence in the REGJB for thirty years. He will be missed, but he has earned his retirement.
Well Done Officer Moreno; Well Done Indeed!
DOM: He doesn't just win massive federal drug conspiracy cases (as he did last week when he convinced the Feds to drop the case in the face of catching the CI in many many lies.)
He also gets PTI for famous clients before Judge Newman.
DOM: He's everywhere you need him to be.
Judge Ed Newman was delighted to see David Markus and his client Matthew Newton last week.
Although DOM and his client seem to be facing different adversaries in court, things turned out well as a PTI resolution sent all parties happily on their way.
Here's the big question: Should you brine your bird?
See You In Court.