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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TIME HEALS NO WOUNDS

UPDATE: Prosecution rests in prosecution over disappearance of Rilya Wilson. Defense case starts Wednesday. 

Welcome to Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Day 1449 of the Obama Presidency.  This is our 2,301st post. Today is the eighth day of 2013. Where did the time go?

Speaking of time, Texas inmate Jerry Hartfield was granted a new trial in his murder conviction in 1980.  Over 32 years and 11,800 days later, he's still waiting for that new trial. His story is here

The 11th Circuit loves deadlines in death penalty cases. In recent years, the US supreme court not so much. But still, the 11th circuit keeps trying. Here's the story of an inmate who made a timely filing-but didn't do it perfectly- and that was enough for the gotcha gang in Atlanta (motto "No mistakes tolerated") to close the doors to the courthouse to a death row inmate.  This inmate is on death row after an Alabama Judge (Motto: "Kill em all, let the good and merciful lord sort em out")  overrode a jury recommendation for life. Good thing that the death penalty is only sought  in serious cases where there are no real issues. 

Probably a good idea to avoid Judge Moreno for a few weeks and let him heal. And whatever you do, do not wear red inside his courtroom or mention "Roll" and "Tide" in the same conversation. But Judge   Cohn might just be the guy to give you that downward departure your client needs. 

Who's going to be our 400th follower on Twitter? Special recognition for the lucky tweeter. 

We're back! See You In Court. 


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This just in, Tomorrow is Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Day 1450 of the Obama Presidency.

Calling the Shumie.

Anonymous said...

Little early on that Shumie. Unless you're a PD you're pressing your luck before one. Much better shuming it now at 4:45.

Anonymous said...

4:43, this is 12:22, I needed and took a personal day.

Anonymous said...

Rump,

Who is your "Mount Rushmore" of judges you have practiced in front of in Miami-Dade County?

Anonymous said...

WTF?? is "the Schumie?" Please SPLAIN LUCY.

Rumpole said...

Judge Cowart; Judge Moreno; Judge Ned Davis; Judge Gonzalez (Fed court), and Judge Ralph Person and Judge Jeff Rosinek,

Hon mention to Tom Carney, Judge Salmon, Judge Kahn.

Anonymous said...

Rosinek is interesting choice that I can see many disagreeing with. He's not a great trial judge, but I don't put as much stock in that as many others do. The reality is that 95% of cases aren't tried. Accordingly, a judge who distinguishes himself or herself in other ways can still achieve greatness.

Rosinek is fair, honest, and ethical. He truly strives to do justice (he was the perfect drug court judge), regardless of the political fallout. We need more like him.

BTDT

I scooped the Captain said...

Rumor mill:

Joel Brown putting in for retirement. Berty Soto and Scott Bernstein putting their hats in the ring for Chief Judge.

Get on it Captain.

Eye On shumie time said...

5:32 am. A national phenomenon. Has infrequent spikes on Twitter. Comes from the West Coast- Calfornia- has to do with, originally, taking off from work early to go surfing. Then spread to a law firm in chicago where associates took off early to go to Cub games, and finally arrived in Miami where is represents leaving work early for personal happiness. There are blogs, podcasts, tweets, and a book about leaving work early- working less- earning more. Has sort of morphed on this blog to include the end of something as well. Like in "Notre Dame went shumie time on Monday", but still most frequently and properly used to declare the early end of the work day.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:37 pm 1/8, does Marc Hochman know you borrowed his "Mount Rushmore" game?

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

how does Stan Blake and John Thornton not make your list?

Anonymous said...

10:34:00 AM You are a gentleman. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Marc Hochman borrowed that from me, when I ran into him at an event and gave him the idea.