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Friday, June 20, 2014

THE ROBERTS COURT

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Book of the Week Club ....

‘Uncertain Justice : The Roberts Court and the Constitution’ by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz (from the WSJ):

The 2005 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of John Roberts to be chief justice is best remembered for his oft-quoted assertion that “judges are like umpires.” Few remember the line that preceded it: “A certain humility should characterize the judicial role.” 

The Supreme Court will soon complete its ninth term with Roberts at the helm. In “Uncertain Justice,” Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe and his former student Joshua Matz find much to analyze and explain in the “wondrous complexity” of the Roberts court. Their well-told story is not one of judicial modesty, however, either for the aspirations of the Roberts court or for its impact on American life. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/book-review-uncertain-justice--the-roberts-court-and-the-constitution-by-laurence-tribe-and-joshua-matz/2014/06/20/e403a656-db78-11e3-b745-87d39690c5c0_story.html?wpisrc=nl%5Fpopns

Cap Out ....
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NEW TIMES HONORS WILLIAM  GELIN AND JAA BROWARD BLOG 

The Broward JAA Blog creator William Gelin  nabbed the prestigious New Times "Best Gadfly" award. 

"Lawyers love to gab. If they're not throwing jurisprudence around at judges or juries, they're talking among themselves. Gossip and rumor, bragging rights and boasts — outside of high school girls, you won't find people who whisper more about their peers than the ladies and gentlemen of the court. William Gelin's light-bulb moment was to put all those courthouse bull sessions online. In 2006, the Oakland Park-based attorney went live with JAA Blog, a website that documents the day-to-day little dramas of the courthouse crowd in Broward. The result — a clearinghouse of info on power players, rounded out with anonymous comments from knowing readers — is a must-read. He airs grievances, blasts judges for poor decisions and early workday exits, and gives props to bailiffs and clerks. 2013 may have been Gelin's banner year."


We're sure the notification of our award is in the mail. 

And finally, an example of Karma: A defendant mistakenly acquitted is killed a few hours later:

A burglary defendant in Fresno who was freed because a jury mistakenly signed a not-guilty form in his trial on Wednesday was killed a few hours later in a fight. After the jury error, the flabbergasted judge said he had no choice but to order Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, released because the verdict had already been put on the record. It was too late when the judge learned that the jury stalled on an 8-to-4 vote in favor of guilt. Changing the verdict form and retrying Mr. Pearson would have exposed him to double jeopardy. After his release, Mr. Pearson went to his sister’s home, where the Fresno police chief, Jerry Dyer, said he got into a fight with her boyfriend, Willie Gray, 35. Mr. Pearson was found dead, and Mr. Gray was arrested.

Enjoy a nice summer weekend. 


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

good for him. gelin has balls

Anonymous said...

Do not worry Rumpole, your award is on the oven. We your loyal readers will like to elevate our request for your award.

Now, I like to ask, to all of you out there. Can someone tells me how long will the Public Defenders Office Appeal Department will take to file and complete an appeal to the 3rd District Court of Appeals? Please advice.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


One correction from my post. That book review is from the Washington Post not the WSJ.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

I know he's the only reporter that even deigns to enter our grimy part of the world, but is anyone ever going to call Ovalle out on being state-oriented and consistently wrong on jury verdicts. He had the corrupt Opa Locka cop getting found guilty of misdemeanors when he got found G of felonies. He had the ATV riding Beach cop guilty of DUI when he was found guilty of lessors. Every time he tweets about a case you can tell he is rooting for the state. He posted something that he has a crime victim's picture next to his phone because of a story he wrote. He wrote a puff piece on a retiring prosecutor that anyone who practices in the building knows is not deserving of a puff piece. I believe he covered the trial he claims was that prosecutors crowning moment, the Rilya Wilson case, and thus should know that the entire case was the lauded retiring prosecutor and her son flipping absurd jail snitches who would say anything to get a deal. They had nothing else. I don't know if GG did it, but I know enough about that case to know they didn't prove it, and the media drumbeat was at least as effective in getting a conviction as was the prosecution.

Anonymous said...

429 if you ever wonder why you are broke, go back and read your post. You are a true believer.

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Anonymous said...

Don't they poll jurors in Fresno?