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Monday, February 09, 2015

MARSHALL ADER HAS DIED

He was a county court judge, he was clerk of the courts, he was recognizable by his bow ties and fastidious appearances. He was Marshall Ader, an REGJB original, and he passed away at age 95 on February 6, 2015. 

Ader was instrumental in using video for bond headings, ending the parade of defendants back and forth across the street. Ader expanded traffic school as a way of keeping points off your license. As the Herald reported in their obit, he was knighted by Malta in 1962 for work he did as a treasury agent.  And finally, he was somehow involved in the wonderful 1800 club, which is long gone but well remembered. 

Marshall Ader was a true Miami original. He brought innovation and verve to our courthouse. He lived a long life and he has been missed and will be missed. Ader's impact on our courthouse and our community will be long remembered. 

ROLL TIDE…

Monday was a bit of a slow news day. More winter storms, Republicans don't like Obama, and …hmmm, oh yeah- the Chief Judge of the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order in violation of a Federal Court Judge setting off a legal crisis not seen since Governor Wallace stood on the steps of the University of Alabama and tried to block the entry of Vivian Malone and James Hood, while the US Federal Marshals and Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach told Wallace to step aside. 
Wallace refused. Katzenbach called his boss, President Kennedy, who federalized the Alabama National Guard and Malone and Hood entered and desegregated the University of Alabama. 

Bama has a proud history of defying federal law, which continued Monday when the CJ of the Bama Supreme Court issued an order prohibiting judges and clerks from marrying people of the same sex, while the US Supreme Court denied a stay of the order of Federal Judge Callie V.S. Granade allowing same sex marriage in that portion of Dixie. 

Roll tide….




13 comments:

Seth Sklarey said...

Marshall Ader along with Judge Harvey Baxter, and a few others brought innovative changes and enlightenment to the court system. Unfortunately we are sinking back into the morass of business as usual, lack of access by the public, insider machinations, horrendous court and incarceration facilities and cash register justice. It's time for some enlightened leadership and vision.

Anonymous said...

I was assigned to Marshall's court as a young ASA. We started court at 2 pm so the cops in the DUI task force could get some sleep before they came to court. We worked late but, we started late.

Marshall would pay out of his own pocket to feed everyone in the courtroom when jurors were given food to work late. He even fed the family of the defendant. Nice guy.

The Herald said he was more likely to give jail to DUI's but, I don't agree. I saw him work around jail sentences when he could.

Anonymous said...

Unless Judge Moore was a party to the lawsuit, and whatever else may be said of his conduct, his actions do not violate a federal court order.

Anonymous said...

Didnt Adler and Baxter make alot of $ on the traffic school they set up?

Anonymous said...

With due respect Seth Sklarey,

Ader and Baxter were not assets to the bench. The naive, un-accomplished lawyers that proliferate the bench today are much better than those crooked elitists.

Anonymous said...

Baxter never had a traffic school. He became very ill from diet pills and died a very ill man.

Ader set up Metro Traffic Schools and made money on it but, he was still a nice guy.

He made millions in the collection business and treated traffic court like a collection agency. He made it efficient and made sure they collected. No big deal.

Anonymous said...

Baxter and Ader were not "crooked elitists." The guy just died and that comment was not called for.

Both were rich and I liked both of them.

Show some respect for the dead.

Sepe, Roy Gelber and Harvey Shinberg were crooked.

Sepe was at the funeral.

Anonymous said...

Re: Judge Moore. The Daily Beast has a very interesting article written by a liberal journalist that argues that Moore got it right. The issue had nothing to do with gay marriage and everything to do with the proper scope of an injunction. So before you compare him to George Wallace, you might want to read his opinion.

Anonymous said...

Here is the link:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/09/alabama-s-chief-justice-tries-to-ban-gay-marriage-could-the-law-be-on-his-side.html

Anonymous said...

1:23........are you really that insensitive? Ader just passed. You really need to hammer him publicly at this time? How about waiting a couple of weeks to give his family and friends some time to mourn?

I'm sure Rump will be happy to entertain a thread on Ader and Baxter in a couple of weeks.

BTDT

Claude Erskine -Browne said...

Ader was one of the best. Always treated my clients very well. A True Gentleman . It was a pleasure to be in front of him

Anonymous said...

Rump, I can't believe I even have to ask this, but.............given that some of the more unprofessional and unsympathetic people who frequent this blog can't seem to control themselves, I'd suggest a short (perhaps two weeks long) moratorium on bashing the dead so the assholes among us don't deepen the wound while it's so fresh. Maybe you can make exceptions for those who took committed crimes, etc. While I'm sure there are those among us who will struggle to survive during the time out, there are many more who would appreciate this (including me).

BTDT

PS---don't misinterpret any of the above as a criticism of you and your moderation of this blog. I think you do a great job (as I've said many times).

Anonymous said...

I know that this is not the right forum chain for it, but given that the post concerns an obituary, I wanted to see if anyone had any memories or stories concerning Max Engel, a criminal defense attourney that passed away several years ago. Thanks.