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Friday, December 21, 2012

THE END OF THE BLOG

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. 
HR. 

*In the unlikely event  the Mayans are wrong, then we'll be back soon. 

19 comments:

CAPTAIN said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Even the fish disappeared?!

See you when I see you.

Cap Out, and I mean really OUT .....

Anonymous said...

AMF

Anonymous said...

Bonefish and tarpon on fly in the same day--what, no permit too, Rump?

No permit, no grand slam.

Rumpole said...

yeah. No grand slam. Not even in the picture.

Anonymous said...

Sniffle....I'm gonna miss y'all.

Fake Josh Gradinger said...

Rump-

Seeing as its the end of world as we know it....

Whats your last meal?

Mine - schmaltz fried latkes and a sixer of Molson XXX.

Eye On The Mayan Calendar said...

So this is it? One last big Shumie? The ultimate Shumie? And not with a bang, but a whimper?
Wow. Who would have thunk it?
I guess I'm glad I decided to start my diet January 1. And that steak at Flemmings last night was great.
Ok. So,,,,um...uh....goodbye I guess.

DS said...

Good Bye and Thanxs for all the Fish

DS said...

Good Bye and Thanxs for all the Fish

Secret Judge said...

Listen all you wimps. There is no Mayan apocalypse. We are doomed to survive as usual. So if you are reading this, then you probably were not on the 'remembrance list'. So get your last minute Motions for Continuance ready, because that's what you're best at, ie avoiding trial at all costs. Plead all your clients guilty, even the over charged and innocent ones, and then go home and flog the you know what. (Another endeavor you excel at.) Oh, and by the way, enroll in that 5th grade spelling course, because as it is you make our profession look bad by your collective stupidity. Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

Hi, guantanamera121212

Anonymous said...

Rump read your tweet about the black amex-- In order to receive the black amex invitation the cardholder must have a worth of at least $8 million, must be a former platinum card holder and spend $60K a year.

How the hell could you have maxed it out? There is no spending limit on the black amex.

Rumpole said...

The Black Amex is the best card I have ever had by far. The upgrades are astounding. But do not think for one second that there is no spending limit on the card. They analyze prior spending patterns and believe you me, they know just how much money I have in the brokerage accounts through which I obtained the card. Yes, I can go buy a porsche on the card tonight without a thought, but I probably cannot get a G-4 with it.

Anonymous said...

WRONG, WRONG WRONG!!!!! Ask any true black AMEX holder such as myself & you will know you can very well purchase a G-4.(Advanced warning may be required for extremely large purchases) The largest purchase made on the card to date was a $30 million dollar jet.

I suggest you call up AMEX and you will find what I am saying is true.

BTW- Another perk of owning
a black amex is you have the option of partial ownership in a private jet.
You already know this though because as you say you are an elite member of the Centurion Card Club, right Rumpole?

CAPTAIN said...
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Anonymous said...

Captain 1 – Rumpole 0.

Your move, Rump.

CAPTAIN said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

GULFSTREAM .....

Rumpole, you are usually much more adept than that .....

The G4 has not been produced since 2003. Anyone, I mean anyone that knows anything about these planes knows that the real "-hit" is the G550.

A friend of mine owns one and customized I believe it set him back a cool 45m.

Cap Out ....

Rumpole said...

RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT. And 5:18, longtime and careful readers of the blog know that we almost only travel by private jet. There are plenty of G-4's for sale. Learjets too for that matter. The G-4 reference was an analogy- a reference to an item that most of you people who fly coach would understand. Again, having been a Black Card owner since ALMOST (but not quite) the original group of invitees, I am well versed in its perks. And I can tell you that, like anything in life, it has limits. It all depends upon how you use it. I have a client who probably runs a high six figures through it monthly. He can buy a bigger ticket item easier than I could. That being said, the ability to walk into a car dealership and use the card to buy a Porsche is more than I would ever need it for. I am actually quite frugal. Money is all about keeping score and not a whole lot more in my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

I'm still standing baby.