FORMER FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BEN OVERTON HAS DIED. The former justice, who was the first justice appointed under the new merit appointment system instituted by governor Ruben Askew in 1974 oversaw a court in turmoil from politics and scandals. Overton was a steadying influence on the court, becoming it's chief judge in 1978. Justice Overton retired from the court in 1999.
FISCAL CLIFF UPDATE: The senate has a deal but the house is not expected back into session on New Years Eve which means that we're going over the cliff! Hang on everyone......
The last day of 2012 is a Monday. The REGJB is open for business, but we seriously doubt anyone will be picking a jury.
Court will be closed Tuesday- New Years's day, and then open again for business on Wednesday, as fresh faced prosecutors and new minted judges try to make good on their New Year's resolutions to try more cases, make less plea offers and get tough on crime. January is never a good month to be a defendant in court.
Today is the 365th day of the year. There is less than 24 hours until we fall off the fiscal cliff. The practical result for our readers is that ASAs, PDs, clerks, and even Judges will see their paychecks shrink a bit as the Bush era tax cuts and payroll tax cuts expire. Some of the state employees can ill afford to lose a dime of pay. What better example of Washington being broken then Congress, the Senate, and the President all unable to lead on this issue.
To give you some perspective on the new year: there's 184 days until the 4th of July; 124 days until Cinco de Mayo; 147 days until the Memorial day long weekend; 331 days until Thanksgiving and 358 days until Christmas 2013.
Enjoy your new year.
For long time Miamians, Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the December 29, 1972 plane crash of an Eastern Airlines flight 401 into the Everglades. 75 passengers survived that crash while 101 died. The crash, for many Miamians brought the hazards of air travel in the jet age home to them for the first time. The Herald covered the anniversary here.
Lets end the year on a good note. Change is the price of survival. Go to the comments section and post one thing you would like to see changed about this blog. We'll post the comments that are serious and constructive. As much as this is our blog, we write it for you.
Happy New Year from the Justice Building Blog.
See You In Court.