UPDATE: COURTS ARE CLOSED THURSDAY.
It's a teacher work day. The establishment clause of the first amendment prohibits us from discussing this further.
Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman was found guilty Monday afternoon in a political corruption trial.
For Ben Kuehene, here is how his year has stacked up: he beat the feds in a political corruption trial (Mayor Pizzi) and lost a corruption trial in State court. That's the football equivalent of the Raiders beating the Patriots and then losing to the Bucs. Up is down. Down is up. The state never wins corruption trials and the feds never lose. Except now.
Judge Luck tried the case and he reserved on the motion for JOA. Ben is the consummate attorney and you know all issues have been reserved and that this case is still far from over.
You're only as good as your last verdict, and Ben Kuehene knows that. Our money is on him here.
And congrats to ASA Isis Perez for the state. A very nice win. (Please tell us who tried the case with Isis and we will give them props too).
Speaking of Judge Luck, if he is ever appointed to the federal bench they would just have to assign him to a courtroom and chambers on the thirteenth floor in the new Fed courthouse. The irony is just too juicy to pass up.
JUDGES ON THE WEB:
The criminal judges (Motto "No plea offer. Let's go to trial!" ) have started posting their practices and procedures on the web. Here is Judge De La O's. Here.
This may well be a listserv violation, our reporting on a confidential listserv email. We plead guilty as charged. And worse, we haven't taken the loyalty oath that some in FACDL are demanding "We are not now nor have we ever been a communist, and we swear to be loyal, honest, faithful, and will never read a legal blog nor share any information from this amazing listserv with anyone who is not a member of the brotherhood of the shark or part of the dark side of the force." Happy now Mr....you know who?
PS: Those legal recommendations for a divorce lawyer in Oklahoma City, or a court reporting firm in Deland are just so damn juicy. Can't have Kathy Rundle or Don Horn knowing who we are recommending for a worker's comp case in Atlanta. That would ruin everything.
We Get High With a Little Help From Our Friends:
We had lunch today with a hedge fund client who, based on the nationwide trend towards legalizing marijuana or decriminalizing it, is going to capitalize on the trend by investing in.... rehab facilities. Yes, this guy, who manages billions of dollars and has a house in Connecticut the size of Delaware believes the trend will create a boom for people trying to get clean. Interesting thought.
Our favourite season is here.
See you in court.
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