FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: peering our from under the bed, we're happy to find we're still here. Stay tuned to the blog- if the world ends, we'll be the very first to let you know.
A BIG BROWARD NOT GUILTY. A re-trial of a defendant who was on death row ends in NOT GUILTY. Seth Penalver has had three trials in which he was accused of committing a triple murder, armed robbery and armed burglary. The first trial ended in a hung jury. The second trial ended with a guilty verdict and death sentence, both of which were both reversed. And now a big- five count- not guilty. Congrats to defense attorney Hillard Moldolf who, as the JAA Broward Blog points out here, took a big gamble when the jury was deadlocked 10-2 and agreed to replace the two holdouts who the other jurors reported would not participate in deliberations. The trial began in April of this year. April! And a big NG on the day the world ended: 12/21/2012. The legendary Chuck Morton, a big class act, was the lead prosecutor for the State.
According to the Mayan Calendar today is the end of the world. So....no world....no blog. Can't have one without the other.
No regrets here. Perhaps a bit earlier than we liked (although most of the Broward judiciary would have liked to see us disappear a lot sooner). And there's a few things we never got to do: Everest. Stretching a single into a double at Wrigley, and sliding head first into second base, wrapping our arms round the bag as the crowd cheers. No Cub world series win for that matter. Never addressed a joint house of Congress. Never sang 10th Avenue Freeze Out at the Stone Pony. Hef never invited us over to the Mansion.
But there was that sunrise over Lake Lucern. And the Milaski twins right before college. And that double diamond run down Squaw Valley. A couple of real sweet not guilties. A bonefish and a tarpon on a fly in Marathon on the same day. To Kill A Mockingbird. The walls of Cayman Islands and the beaches of Normandy and the Louvre. And all of London. Tequila. So all in all, not too bad.
So, if it's the end of the world as we know it*, who better than REM to sing us out?
We'd say "see you in court" but not even the REGJB can survive this. Maybe the cockroaches in ABP might survive, but that's about it.
It's been fun.
*In the unlikely event the Mayans are wrong, then we'll be back soon.