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Monday, April 14, 2014

50 YEARS AGO

Courtesy of the second best blog in Miami, Random Pixels, we are reminded of a riot at the Dade County Jail 50 years ago in April. The Sheriff blamed it on "black muslims." It's not entirely clear about what caused the riot, but we took note of the first of two breakfasts served that infamous day: "sliced peaches, dry cereal with milk, coffee, two biscuits with apple butter." Pretty much what we eat today. 
The other day a client complained that the breakfast frittata's onions were not certified organic, but other than that he enjoyed it. 






A Tough Day At Work:
Last week Jorge Durand passed away. A longtime courthouse fixture as a corrections office and later Judge Joe Fernandez's bailiff, Mr. Durand's daughter Michelle works at MDPD Liason at the REGJB. It has been suggested to us that next week will be a tough one for her and even if you know her and knew her dad, it might be appropriate to refrain from expressing condolences while she works. Work can be a refuge and she might just need some time to do her job without constantly dealing with well wishers reminding her of her loss. 
Just a thought. 


STRESS!
What's the toughest part of a trial? Easy: the verdict. 
How do you deal with verdict stress? 


See You In Court. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do the markus maneuver to avoid verdict stress. Works every time

Anonymous said...

In DUI cases, there used to be two verdict forms. One for NG and one for G.

I used to fold over the top right corner of the NG form so that I would know which form the clerk was reading a few minutes before the works came out.

A smart judge once noticed and folded over both forms. Damn.

Now, they use one form with both boxes on it.

Anonymous said...

I down margaritas at the alibi

Anonymous said...

Seen plenty of comments about the Alibi, but as a newbie 16yo ASA I obviously never knew it.

It's a shame there isnt a place like that now, where the defense bar and the state and the cops, etc. could socialize. I have to imagine things would get worked out with more civility and less pettiness if we all knew we'd be having a beer this weekend.

One of these super-successful and close-to-retirement lawyers should open up a place.

Anonymous said...

You waiting on a verdict Rump?

Anonymous said...

3:42 pm, the Alibi lounge was not about beer but about hard liquior and judges having six-matini lunhhes before doing afternoon jail arraignment/bond hearings and trial calendars. Some judges could handle the alcohol and trials and work better than the sober judges of today. Other judges just passed out on the bench. The alibi was an institution at the Holiday Inn on 12th Avenue and 11th Street. It got torn down to build a condo and when the crash came, all it remained was the desolate land and the memories.