Good Wednesday after Christmas.
How was your Noche Buena? For us it's all about the chicharones.
Five days until we tumble over the fiscal cliff. POTUS is flying back from Hawaii in case there is a deal. Maybe he should bring John Boehner a pineapple?
Who has court tomorrow?
Jack Klugman, a great actor, quietly passed away on christmas eve at the age of 90. Besides the roles he was most famous for-Oscar Madison and Quincy ME., you can see a very young Klugman in the all time great legal movie "12 Angry Men". If 12 Angry Men was re-made today, they'd have to give it a different title. Putting aside for the moment women now serve on juries, the title would have to be something like: "12 angry jurors plus a seriously pissed off judge that your client didn't accept a plea offer plus a prosecutor bent on revenge for your client exercising his right to a jury trial..." It's a working title for now.
Governor Scott closed most state offices for Christmas eve, but the SAO and the PDs were open, slugging it out before the courts in the REGJB.
4TH AMENDMENT REDUX
The Supreme Court (Motto: * ) will be examining a few significant 4th Amendment cases in the new year, including:
Missouri v. McNeely on the issue of warrantless blood draws in DUI arrests; and
Maryland v King on the issue of whether the state may draw blood for DNA analysis on people who are arrested and charged with felonies.
No need to read the briefs or the opinion. We'll do it for you.
It's popular this time of the year to create lists of what occurred in 2012 or hand out awards in semi-fictitious categories.
We've thought long and hard about this, and something is bothering us. In the entire history of the REGJB we never recall a judge quitting after losing an election. Until this year. So without further ado (or actually, with a little more ado) we sadly award this year's "Winston Churchill 'Never Never Never Never Never Surrender' award" to former Judge Ana Pando, who after being soundly beaten at the polls earlier this year, quit. She resigned from the bench rather than working until the end of her term.
FYI- two presidents- Truman and Ford died on the day after Christmas.
See you in court.
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