Even allowing for the reality that what is said at a Supreme Court hearing does not necessarily dictate the outcome, now and then a case comes along where the Justices join so obviously in a common pursuit of a compromise that little suspense remains. That happened on Wednesday, in the case of Missouri v. McNeely (docket 11-1425), when it seemed quite predictable that the Court is not going to let police across the nation order — on their own authority — the taking of blood samples from those suspected of drunk driving. Police, it would appear, are at least going to have to try to get a search warrant, even though they sometimes will be allowed to do without one.
UPDATE: Imagine our surprise when the great Julie Mason on Sirius radio on the POTUS channel mentions us today and discusses our twitter chat (@juliemason) on how to eat lobster without butter. (Julie had called lobster nothing but a "butter delivery system" and we challenged her.) There we were sitting in the office, working on trial prep, listening to Julie Mason on POTUS when we heard her mention how "Horace Rumpole" eats lobster.
Carlos Martinez, the Dade County Public Defender famous on the pages of this blog for refusing to speak about how he spends the money appropriated by the Florida Legislature (thus the moniker "Silent Charlie") has given an interview to the DBR. Here are the highlights:
He has lost 100 pounds and is running a half marathon.
The average tenure of an Assistant PD is down from 6 1/2 years to 2 1/2 years.
The office has video conference/skype with incarcerated clients.
He is proud of his new Felony Intake Unit.
Not many liked the institution of an office dress code.
He is a diet guru and others in the PD's office are following his lead.
His waist size is now a 38- down from 52.
His job is not glamourous.
There you have it, everything you wanted to know about our Public
See You In Court.
Coming soon on the National Enquirer -REGJB Blog: The PD Diet! How you can lose 100 pounds while skyping in your office.