Six long years after the tragic Thanksgiving weekend murder of UM/Washington Redskins star football player Sean Taylor, the trial of the alleged shooter begins today before Judge Murphy. ASA Reid Ruben for the State, some (Florida) west coast lawyers for the defense(after about four or five changes in defense counsel over the years.) Many people don't known that Taylor's Father is the Chief of Police for Florida City. The Herald article is here. Several other defendants await trial after this case concludes.
STRICTLY BY THE NUMBERS:
(Photo courtesy of Blog contributor Michael Catalano, Esq.)
The distinguished gentleman on the left (Carl Maztal, Esq. ) was admitted to the Bar in 1974. The Sean Connery look-a-like on the right (Ben Daniel, Esq) trained legions of State ASAs before wrapping up his career with the Feds (everyone's entitled to one mistake.) Daniel was admitted to the Bar in 1971.
They have 81 years of legal experience between them.
There are more judges in the REGJB who were NOT born when these men were sworn into the bar, then were born.
In 1971 The Dow's high was 950 and the low was 790. Federal spending was 210.17 billion and the total national debt was 408.2 billion. The average cost of a new home was $28,300.00. A stamp was .06 cents; gas was .36 cents; a dozen eggs were .53 cents and a gallon of milk was $1.18.
The Colts beat the Cowboys 16-13 in the Super Bowl on January 17, 1971 and Frazier beat Ali in their first meeting in the Garden in NYC in the Fight of the Century. Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida on October 1, and later that month Nixon nominated Lewis Powell and William Rhenquist to the Supreme Court. And Ray Tomlinson sent the first ARP Anet email between host computers ( a few minutes later in his in box he received a solicitation from a Nigerian banker asking to split $16,800,000.00 in unclaimed funds).
The point of all of this is that there is something very valuable in the legal field that Messrs. Maztal and Daniels possess. It's not in any legal books, and you don't get it automatically when the governor calls or when you win an election because you have the right last name.
It's called perspective. Perspective is not experience, it is infinitely more valuable, and you can only get it over time.
See You In Court.
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