Friday, March 29, 2013

PROJECT MERCY

Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York is a remarkable man as we and DOM have detailed on our blogs. At this point in his career he is helping institute such earthshaking changes from the federal bench that his role as the lead prosecutor that secured a conviction and lifetime prison sentence against John Gotti is rapidly becoming a footnote to his career. 

Enter Project Mercy. The NY Times reports here about Denise Dalliare, a woman sentenced to fifteen years for a small amount of cocaine. She was recently released after ten years when the sentencing judge, who could never forget the unfairness of her sentence, mitigated the sentence to time served. 


Judge Gleeson, who sits on the Federal District Court in Brooklyn and teaches a course in sentencing at New York University Law School, takes his students and clerks every year to the Danbury prison. He was inspired to do so by his mentor, the late Judge Eugene H. Nickerson, who urged him to spend time in a prison at least once a year to keep in mind where he was sending defendants.
As part of those visits, inmates tell the group about their cases and their lives behind bars. For the past several years, Ms. Dallaire has been one of those inmates...
After his most recent visit to Danbury, Judge Gleeson decided to see if he could get Ms. Dallaire’s sentence reduced. He thought the best way would be to seek a presidential pardon, and he called a friend, Jonathan D. Polkes, a partner in the major New York City firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges, and asked if he would be willing to take on the case pro bono.
The article goes on to state that Judge Gleeson wants to create Project Mercy

Modeled on the Innocence Project where lawyers would donate time to research and help inmates, Project Mercy would seek out cases of inmates who are not innocent but are caught in a prison system where their sentences were issued at a time when minimum mandatory sentences ruled the day
So we ask the Judiciary of South Florida to follow in Judge Gleeson's footsteps. How about taking day trips to some local state prisons? How about seeking out qualified lawyers to work on cases with sentences that in retrospect seem wholly unfair? 
Do we have any Judge Gleeson's in South Florida? 


35 comments:

the trialmaster said...

I have had two cases before Judge Gleeson in the past 6 months. One civil and one criminal. In both cases he was extremely fair. In the criminal case,despite a PSI that gave my client a level 32 he sentenced him to time served and returned him to his native land. But you better be over prepared when you appear in front of him as he does not tolerate fools.He also gave the keynote speech last year at the Waldorf with over a thousand lawyers attended. He does not wear a robe while on the bench during hearings and asks question which lets you know he knows the file and has read everything. Although he has a "boyish" appearance he is a veteran litigator as an AUSA. He could make a fortune in private practice in NY but his heart is on the bench. Some of our judges, who do not have his litigation experience could well take a lesson from sitting in Judge Gleeson's courtroom in Brooklyn. Maybe these local judges would be cured of their self proceived importance and the "black robe fever" that they have. I do not know of any local judge, federal or state who can come close to Judge Gleeson.

Rumpole said...

Judge Gleeson does not wear a robe in court because the greatest judge in the EDNY and perhaps the greatest district court judge in the last 100 years- The great Jack Weinstein does not wear a robe in court. And when he sentences a defendant he often gets down off the bench and sits at table eye level with the defendant. Google Jack Weinstein and read some of his press coverage. He is an amazing judge and man.

Anonymous said...

The only time any of our local judges go to visit the jails is when they get indicted and convicted - former judges Sepe,Sheinberg,Gelber and Davis come to mind quickly.

Anonymous said...

Common Sense and good humor are essential for a good Judge. I was in his` division When Phil Davis got busted, I got Arthur Magginis as a replacement Judge for 18 months. One Of the Best Judges ever and a nice man.

Anonymous said...

Anybody else having the blast I am having with the website "seeking arrangements?"

Its legalized prostitution with some seriously hot and intelligent women. I joined a few weeks ago -divorced male-39- pretty successful- and within a few days was corresponding with a east village NYU hottie getting her degree in film making. We reached a deal and for 2500 she got a nice 4 day sobe vacation and I had an amazing time. Two weeks later she is texting me to come back and I am hesitant so she throws in this- her best friend is a model in NYC and for 4K they will stay a week. Best week of my life. My Cayenne is paid for, the Lambo is rented and my condo is almost paid for. I have a ton of disposable income and this saves me a ton of boring first dates from J-Date. We meet on line, share pics, we have one in person meeting and if the deal isn't sealed we move on. WHat a life changing great website.

Rumpole said...

32 years ago today our President Ronald Wilson Reagan was shot.

Anonymous said...

8:02, Your comment is worthy of a good chuckle.

And yet some of you knuckleheads wonder why the average guy gets the hottie.

Anonymous said...

148 years ago on Good Friday, President Lincoln was shot.

Happy Guy said...

Actually 8:02 is correct. I've used the site several times dabling in 20 year olds and 40 year olds including one 42 year old Brazilian divorcee and why her husband left her I will never know. Truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. Most are seeking 1-3K a month to help with tuition. With the Brazilian I paid for an apartment for six months,including the first and last and security. And for that I had unlimited visits and she accommodated my schedule. She never said no or was busy if I gave her a days notice. If I wanted to spend the weekend and have her cook, I just called a shopper and had them visit epicure and load her up with foods, wines, etc.

Currently I am in an exclusive relationship with a 24 year old Nova law student. She moved her from San Diego and is a typical California surfer blonde. She wanted to move in but I didn't want it and I can afford to keep her in a small studio and pay her tuition. I bought her a nice used Acura and pay the insurance. She has some school loans so she uses some of my tuition money as spending money.

She is the perfect girlfriend and if I take a trip to Vegas or Coasta Rica without her, there are no complaints. I've taken her to NYC and Paris and Berlin so she has had some great travel experiences. I am currently booking us on a two week Northern Eurpoe/Russian cruise this August before her next semester starts. In short Seeking Arrangements has made me a very happy man. I am 48 and good looking and I can get the woman I want by just paying for her lifestyle. We're both very happy and when I want to move on, I can. No questions asked and no drama. She will just get another sugar daddy and that will be fine with me.
After two expensive divorces and a ton of drama and heartache, this is the life for me.

Anonymous said...

I use several of the websites and have had good and bad experiences. The bad- lots of whooers who have polished up a bit but are still drugged out pimped out gold digging whores looking to blackmail you if they can when you stop paying. The good- if you look hard you can find that sweet smart struggling 20 something student who will be a good gf if you can just help her out a bit. However to my bro above on this we can agree- the experience is a 1000x better than J-date.

Anonymous said...

Listen. The hos on j-date are worse than the hos on sugar daddy because they have a 5-10 yr plan to wreck your fricking life and tear your guts out and take everything you worked so hard for. Give me a 1000 dollar hooker any time. Cheaper in the long run.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

I think you should consider blocking sexist and anti-semitic comments like those of 8:02, 11:05, 1:15 and 1:18. As a Jewish woman who frequents your site, I experience those comments as painful personal slurs. I understand that the site is intended to produce robust, raucous and randy debate. But I know there are certain rules of decorum you expect your commenters to observe. I ask that you consider a rule that would protect your female Jewish readers from the type of witless hostility on display in the above comments.

Rumpole said...

Your comment is well taken. I saw the comments as juvenile and sexist but not anti-semitic because I had no familiarity with what J-date was. I generally will leave those comments up to stew in their slime.

Anonymous said...

2:51, I totally agree with your comment but listen, don't take the comments seriously. I'm sure in real life no woman would want to be with them. These guys are living in a fantasy and obviously have too much time on their hands by posting juvenile comments. If by chance the comments are true then it just goes to show they have obvious lack of respect towards women. No true gentleman would ever talk in that tone.

Signed,
Average Joe

Anonymous said...

Really gentleman jim? Is the web site seeking arrangements a fantasy too? Because It's real and my experiences with jaw dropping beautiful women who sell themselves to me is real too.

Been there- tapped that.

Anonymous said...

Why would a guy pay to be with a beautiful woman?

Are you not capable of landing a hottie based solely on your own merit?

Anonymous said...

Never said it was a fantasy. Just think its pathetic that one would have to pay for love. Obvious you lack something in the personality dept. if you are not able to get a date on your own.

Anonymous said...

Anybody else having the blast I am having with the website "justice building blog?"

Its legalized gossip with some seriously hot and intelligent lawyers. I joined a few weeks ago -divorced male-37- government lawyer- and within a few days was posting about political issues I know nothing about! I never met Rump, but we reached a deal and Rump gets clever, grammatically correct comments and I get an amazing time online.

Two weeks later my girlfriend was a little jealous of the time I was spending on here, though, and started texting me to come back to real life. I am hesitant so she throws in this- she actually loves me, love to have sex with me, and generally is a cheerful smart girl with big tits.

I don't have a ton of disposable income and this girl loves me despite that. We often laugh at balding dudes in their Cayennes and Lambos whose despair wafts out of the car windows.

Best part about "justice building blog"? When I close the laptop screen I don't have to take advantage of another human's financial need in order to have a play-actor fail to convince me that Im lovable.

WHat a life changing great website.

Anonymous said...

As a father of two it sickens me to see women having to sell themselves and it anger me the guys who seek them out.

Anonymous said...

@6:55, Nicely done.

Must be a nice feeling knowing the only reason a guy is getting laid or being touched or whatever is because he paid a woman to do so. I don't drive a fancy car and may not have a lot of disposable income but I landed a beautiful and smart girl who loves me for me and not because I'm paying for education. It's a nice feeling too.

Anonymous said...

Father of one daughter agrees with @6:56

Anonymous said...

Let me see if i can explain this again. I was married in my late 20's. Worked hard. Made partner. Left a big firm as partner and started my own shop when I turned 40. That's when it started. Wife didn't want to cut back to help me succeed. "I struggled with you once and don't want to do it again" she would say. Then I got prostate cancer- lost my business. Went bald from radiation when it had spread and was in danger in dying. Meanwhile she threw a fit when I couldn't pay the gym membership and lease her a new Porsche and all the other things, so we divorced. All of the sudden- I got better. Then I reopened my firm. Worked my ass off alone for a decade and now have hit it big. Started dating women my age or within 5-6 years and they were all my ex-wife. Nagging, mean nasty women who loved to tell me all their dirty secrets about their ex-husbands and trash them for being cheap in the divorce. I started realizing that I didn't want to go through that again. Then I came into contact with some young women- law students and such. And they were so sweet and nice and caring. I take good care of myself. Don't have six pack abs but have no gut and sure, there's less hair on top and a lot didn't grow back after radiation. Eventually I started a relationship with a beautiful, sweet, idealistic 22 year old who didn't have a daddy who gave a damn about her or who had the ability to help her through school. So I helped her. And in return I got the love and sex from an amazingy beautiful woman. Then we split up by agreement when she graduated and got a job in Atlanta. So where do i go to re-create that magic? A bar? Some J-date type of website where I can meet my ex-wife's clone? No- seeking arrangements is the best place for me. It fulfills all my needs and I am respectful to the women I meet and date. What's wrong with that just because i help the girl I am seeing out with some money?

Anonymous said...

@8:39, And they were so sweet and nice and caring.

Why do you think that is? Could it be they wanted something in return?

We could go back and forth on this topic for days. Everyone has a sob story but not everyone resorts to having to sell themselves. I know plenty of people who had a hard life but managed to get through life without having to escort or whatever the hell you call it. I'd rather keep my money than pay for love. I'd rather have a woman love me for me and not because she feels obligated because I paid her tuition. Just my honest opinion.

Anonymous said...

I give props to the comment left by 6:55.

Anonymous said...

I've worked very hard to support myself through law school and in life, and as a result have a strong character and resolve. These women are cheapening themselves and exemplifying what is wrong with this generation. No morals, no character, no willingness to endure temporary hardship for long term gain. At least I can look myself in the mirror every morning and know I have nothing to hide from my children or of which to be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

Personally I worked my way through school working a disgusting and minimum wage job from 7pm to 3am while living on my own. How stupid of me when I could have just found a sugar daddy instead.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole:

I think there is a very real possibility that your blog is being hacked by somebody from this "Seeking Arrangements" website. It's a pretty clever move, because, from the looks of the comments, it seems like they have a lot of potential customers here.

EyeOnShumieTime said...

Who misses Shumie Time NOW? huh? All we talked about was the harmless fun of cutting out of work early to go play some golf or have a few drinks. But no- you guys didn't like that, so now you have some immoral sex driven website dominating your discussions. Too bad. They love us on the Tallahassee blog anyway so no worries mate.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

This is 2:51 again. You have commenters who blithely refer to women as "hos" and to Jewish women (those from J-date) as greedy blood-suckers. If you are presently blocking comments that contain racist or homophobic slurs, I ask that you consider a blog rule blocking sexist and anti-Semitic slurs.

The issue is not simply one of decorum; it has real-world implications for your readers.
The routine and casual brutality toward women undermines their work and sense of self-worth of your female colleagues. Think about the psychological evidence in Brown v. Topeka Bd. of Ed. The African-American children thought the white dolls were prettier and the black dolls were dirty. A female visitor to your blog can't help but internalize the hostility of her male colleagues.

While I understand the principle of allowing such slurs to "stew in their own slime," your tolerance of them here implies approval, because you do moderate comments and seek to promote civility. Furthermore, in general, one such slur operates as a dog whistle to your more sexist readers -- they then feel safe to come out in snarling rabid packs.

I simply ask that you consider blocking such comments as you would presumably block hurtful slurs towards other groups. I'd be happy to help you craft a suitable prohibition. But if you have a wife, or sister, or mother, or daughter, you know what hurts them when you see it. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Question to those men who refer to women as hos, do any of you have daughters, sisters, mothers? If so, how would you feel if someone called them a 'ho?'

Shumie Songster said...

Torn between two Shumies
feeling like a fool
I took Shumie time twice in one day
and that's breaking all the rules....

(come on everybody sing along)

Torn between two Shumies
one Shumie a day is enough
a second Shumie any day can be very rough

Torn between to Shumies
better I should have known
one Shumie a day is all that can be shown.....

Anonymous said...

How about a discussion on: If Prostitution, sex for $$ , by free willed, consenting adults should be Legal ?
We all have opinions on the correctness / morals / ethics of the above posts.
But quid pro quo OUTSIDE marriage is illegal in FLA. Furthermore transporting or inducing transporting of women across state lines for immoral acts is a Federal Crime {The Mann Act}, isn't?

Anonymous said...

I have two daughters and I would detest them having sex for money.

But, am I a hypocrite, in that I do want them to marry a nice boy who has a few dollars who earns a good living.

As Grandma Molly used to say:
" Its just as easy loving a rich man as a poor one"

Anonymous said...

Watching 60 minutes about the case in which the prosecutor tried a murder by arson case with no proof of arson as stated by the investigator who combined bigoted remarks in his report and testimony. That case is very disturbing and to add insult to injury Taylor is pleading no contest to be a free man.

Anonymous said...

Just wait til one of these losers that is supposedly using this site clicks on a profile and sees his own daughter!

Or wait til one of his friends tells him that his daughter has told him that she is dating a wonderful man who treats her great and that she wants to marry and he realizes that it's him! Imagine that conversation at the Pickle Barrel.