Monday, November 19, 2012


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. 


Anonymous said...

special Ed is by far the worst county court judge to be in front of. Granted I'm only in county court once a month, it's a brutal experience in front of him. Is anyone ever going to run against this dinosaur?

Keeping it Real said...

Client doesn't look happy. Did DOM's client give permission for his mug to be splashed on your humble bloug? (pretentious misspelling intended).

Rumpole said...

Einstein: under what theory do I need permission to post the picture of someone who appears in a public place, like a courtroom?

DS said...

A Salute to Ben Moreno. A great Guy. A good family man. He never forgot that all of us, including those in custody were people.
I will miss him, Good luck Ben

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DS said...

I Say No to Brine. Those of use w/ hypertension dont need any extra sodiun in what is a salt ladened meal.
Also I dont think it adds anything extra. Injection of broth and butter is better. You can get ainjector in the food gadget section of W/D or Publix, and likely Sedanos or Presidente

Fake Josh Gradinger said...

Dry Salt Brine with herbs 24 hours. Rinse extremely well after. Let air dry for 24-48 hours in fridge before cooking. Ice the breasts 20-30 minutes before cooking (we all love to ice the breasts!)

but...nothing beats a fried turkey. No brine needed. Just good cajun seasoning.

FJG (2012 Suicide Champ)

Anonymous said...

Im sorry DS. You are wrong. Yes to brine. Its the only way to insure bird doesnt dry out. Then you pour mojo all over it and cover it in bacon. Goal: try to make the bland dry thing taste like lechon!
(cant actually make lechon on thanksgiving, that would be unamerican)


Anonymous said...

Brine. I thought deepfired turkey was the best tasting until i had it on the same plate next to a brined turkey. Blows it away. As for the sodium content, one could argue you need less gravy and no table salt with brine so theres not much net difference. Also have a second slice of pumpkin pie. Ive heard pumpkin is a vegetable and very healthy.

Anonymous said...

DS runs around commenting relentlessly on this blog and every other possible place where he can comment. What a bored man.

Anonymous said...

David O. Markus is one of the best defense attorneys in South Florida. No wonder SuperLawyers featured him as a rising star two years ago.

Anonymous said...

I note that longtime attorney and former ASA Fred Graves passed away. His obituary is found at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?pid=161113679

He was a good guy. RIP. Fred.


Fake Ed Newman said...

As to brining the bird, what say you, Angry Gurl?

Anonymous said...

Definitely brine. Brine provides for a much more even result and the turkey will turn out much juicier and tastier, especially if a good brine recipe is used.
Amount of increased sodium is negligible and don't know why broth and butter (salt and fat) would really be any healthier.
Injecting is used to add flavor but if it's not done right someone gets a piece that's 'over-flavored' while the rest of the bird is too dry.

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Anonymous said...

DS, really? No brine b/c of hypertension and then you suggest to inject the bird with broth and butter? Id the broth/butter combo good for hypertension. Holy cow.

Anonymous said...

Paul Calli's quotes go on and on and on. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Big words. Big man.

Anonymous said...

David- Wenzel's affiliation with the agency was revealed a few years ago in a public ceremony that Brian Tannebaum attended and movingly wrote about. This is not new news.

cooking hot esq said...

every bird I've brined has been ruined- way too salty. So I did a test run this weekend with a chicken- cut the salt in half- half a cup of salt to a gallon of water- and soaked 6 hours. Was still too salty.
What is the ratio and time periods that people have used that have worked?

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Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Brine and then dreep fry! They're not exclusive.
Just make absolutely sure to completely dry the outside of turkey before lowering into the oil.

Anonymous said...

Recipe I've used for 15 lb turkey that is brined and then deep fried: Comes out really good. (courtesy of alton brown)

6 quarts hot water
1 pound kosher salt
1 pound dark brown sugar
5 pounds ice

Place the hot water, kosher salt and brown sugar into a 5-gallon upright drink cooler and stir until the salt and sugar dissolve completely. Add the ice and stir until the mixture is cool. Gently lower the turkey into the container. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure that it is fully immersed in the brine. Cover and set in a cool dry place for 8 to 16 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse and pat dry. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Anonymous said...

Its almost 4pm, its a short week, its monday and not a damn thing is going on. Shumie time.

old guy said...

Great, now I can look forward to recipes.

Maybe you can get DS to give fashion tips, too.


Keeping it Real said...


I didn't say you NEEDED his permission to splash his photo on your blog.

The fellow was in misdemeanor court getting PTI, and by the look on his face, I'm certain he was embarrassed about being in court that day.

I wouldn't like it if you did that to one of my clients. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.

Rumpole said...

Fair enough. And in other circumstances you would be correct. BUT, without revealing sources and methods, this individual is apparently famous and his courtroom experience was EXTENSIVELY covered in the media, albeit on the other side of the pond.
But your point is well taken.

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DS said...

Dear Old Guy & 1:06pm

Dudes, I cooked my way through Undegraduate & Law School.
I KNOW my way around a Kitchen.
8 to 10 hour shifts, 5 DAYS A WEEK, for years at night, all Summers and holidays.

Ranch House and HoJos in Undergrad.

I worked at the Staek & Ale in what is now Aventura ( Miami Gardens Dr. & Biscayne) at night in Law School.
I was Senior Night Cook at that Steak & Ale, which was one of the TEN busiest Steak & Ale's in the country.

I can make/cook :
Steak, Prime Rib, Chicken, Fish, Lobster. Crabs, Burgers, BBQ, Casarols,Veggys, Sandwiches, Soups, all kind of Fryed stuff, Breakfast, Etc.

I have cooked, plated and served Tens of Thousands of meals ( Likely 45-50,000), with less than 50 returned.

I admit Deserts & Pastry are my weakness.

Any Time you want a cook off,
I'M Up For It


PS With 2 daughters and a Mrs. who is in the Beauty Industry, I know the difference in a Coach and a MK.

Anonymous said...

rump, what happened to not posting comments making fun of people? is paul calli the exception to the rule?

paul's a nice guy.

Anonymous said...

Brine the turkey, but get one of those spice mixtures. Add a bit of citrus as well for an even more tender bird.

Rumpole said...

I think Paul Cali is an exceptional lawyer. What comment made fun of him? He and his clients seem to be enjoying a lot of support today. Well earned I may add.

cooking hot esq said...

Nobody is addressing the fact that every time i brine a bird, even half a cup of salt to a gallon of water, it comes out incredibly salty. Does anyone else have that experience?

Also- are oysters still common place in stuffing? I think not.

Anonymous said...

brine-- < then1 cup salt per gallon and a little sugar. for a few hours-- not too long...

Anonymous said...

Damn, DS, you are a waste of bandwidth.

Anonymous said...

That comment:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Calli's quotes go on and on and on. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Big words. Big man.

Monday, November 19, 2012 1:07:00 PM

Big words? Big man?

Anonymous said...

Paul Calli is quite a large person in the legal community, Juast ask him. He'll tell you.

Anonymous said...

Nice misdemeanor state court win for David. He'l big time, speaking of Big Men.

Anonymous said...

You have to rinse the turkey off after you soak it in brine. Then it doesnt taste like you dropped the salt shaker on the turker. bRINING MAKES THE TURKEY MOIST even if you overcook it.......

Anonymous said...

Calli is one of the most down to earth, humble people you could meet. Why so much hatred every time he is mentioned? He started as a PD and in Miami, and now has an incredible national practice and unprecedented wins. Why begrudge him that?