Well, Summer is over. We had a busy one. How was yours?
So now we enter that 75 day period when everyone is available to try case. Come the middle of November and Thanksgiving starts intruding on people's availability to try cases. Then there is the December holiday season, Christmas, New Years (heed Rumpole's warning to never ever ever try a case the first week of January), so you have about ten weeks to squeeze your trials in. Have fun.
We have some old Judges retained (well Judge Rodney Smith was retained, so that was one) and we have some new judges. Out with the old....in with the new.
So here is our question. You want to be a judge? Why?
In criminal court your calendar is controlled by Assistant State Attorneys two or three years out of law school who the Florida Legislature has determined are more trustworthy, knowledgeable, and judicious than you in deciding most of the sentences in the cases that you will try. The prosecutors control the minimum mandatories, and when you control the minimum mandatories, you control the case. And when you control the cases, you control the judge's calendar.
Every day you will do and say the same mind numbing thing over and over and over again. "Have you discussed this plea with your attorney?... Do you suffer from any mental illness?...I need to inform you that if you are not US citizen then this plea....blah blah blah" on and on it goes. A never ending stream of wretched refuse and humanity pleading guilty to probation or prison. A parade of wrecked lives and the worst among us moving though your courtroom like toxic sludge on a conveyor belt to and from hell.
Then there are motions, trials, and back in your chambers a never ending and growing stack of 3.850 post conviction relief motions. If you do your job conscientiously, then you will work 12-16 hours a day. The pay stinks. The Florida Legislature gave judges an effective 3.5% pay cut about five or six years ago. Your colleagues can be petty and jealous and most are prima donnas who feel the fax machine is THEIRS and not yours, and other than people standing when you enter the room, there's not a whole lot of attention really paid to you. Then there are the arrogant piss-ant lawyers who have no talent and ability save their ability to bill and scam their clients. They wear more expensive suits, have nicer cars and homes and watches and vacation homes and they laugh behind your back and call you names and make up unflattering nicknames while gossiping about you and your JA or court reporter. And for this you get to worry every six years if a 32 year old hispanic female six years out of law school is going to take your job.
Really, who needs this crap?
But apparently these people do:
Welcome back from your summer vacation.
See You In Court.
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