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Monday, October 28, 2013
PAY IT FORWARD
BREAKING: After calling the medical examiner, the prosecution rested Monday morning in the trial of Eric Rivera who is accused of firing the gun that killed Sean Taylor. The defense will present a case this afternoon. Herald Reporter David Ovalle has watched the whole trial and keeps tweeting that he doesn't see how the defense lives up to the promises they made to the jury in opening without calling the defendant. There isn't a better trial lawyer in the Dade SAO than Reid Ruben and he has lived with this case since the beginning. The defense had better be careful. The cross will not be pretty.
Miami Dade Office Vicki Thomas was called to a Publix in South Dade last week where she encountered a woman stealing a shopping cart of $300.00 worth of groceries. Officer Thomas, a 23 year veteran of the force and grandmother of three issued the woman a PTA for theft, and then, with the knowledge that the defendant was a young mother of three and that her children were hungry and her boyfriend had just lost his job, Officer Thomas went on a quick shopping spree and purchased a $100.00 worth of groceries to tide the family over until the defendant started her new job as a receptionist. The Herald article is here.
In our field we often trade stories of police officers that are of a less than flattering nature. But Officer Vicki Thomas did a great thing for which she deserves recognition far and beyond this simple blog. Well done Officer Thomas. Well done indeed.
TEXTS FROM A LAWYER
More texts between our lawyer "Lenny" and his sarcastic secretary "Zoe".