On November 9, 2011 we did a blog post on the passing in May, 2011, of REGJB Legend Judge Phil Knight here.
Early Saturday morning, more than four years later, we received this comment:
The law, for better or worse, has now been our occupation, vocation, and avocation for half our life (plus or minus a year or two). And we have practiced law mostly in the REGJB (plus or minus a trip to Broweird or the federal courts around the country- one of our favourite cases being a three week trial in DC several years ago.)
The REGJB has been a building that has held the judges and juries and lawyers that have decided the fates of Miamians for over a half a century. The people who have worked in our building have defined Miami (Richard E Gerstein) and shaped this country (Janet Reno). From clerks and bailiffs and corrections officers to brilliant Judges (Phil Knight, Ed Cowart), to uniquely Miami characters- Sy Gaer, Ellen Morphonios, their stories needed to be told, their work needed to be remembered, their lives needed- in some small way-to be honored.
That's what we try to do here.
Time marches on, and the next generation replaces the last. We have new judges and lawyers marching (confidently or trepidatiously) into the REGJB in 2015, and they will affect the lives of Miamians who come to the courthouse as defendants and victims and witnesses. Some will do great things; some will fail miserably.
All are working under the shade of trees, grown from acorns planted by those who came before them. Some of those were giants in their fields. Many were mediocre, most tried to do their best; all sought that most amorphous and shadowy of highest ideals: JUSTICE. It was, after all, first called the "Justice Building"
For better or worse, here comes 2015. It all starts Monday.
*See You In Court.
*Figuratively speaking. Our first rule of trials is to never ever let a case be set for trial the first week of January. Too many judges and prosectors return with new year's resolutions of trying more cases and getting tougher at sentencing dancing in their egg-nog -hung-over-minds. Some of the worst injustices that we have ever seen have occurred during this first week or two. Long time, and careful readers know our inviolate rule by now.