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Monday, January 04, 2016

WELCOME TO 2016

First day back at work, 2016. 
If you are a long time and careful reader of this blog then you are safely reading this at home or at worst in jeans at your office. The worst place you can be is at the REGJB with a case set for trial. 

Rumpole's second rule of trials (the first is to avoid a Friday verdict) is never, ever, ever, allow a case to be set for trial on the first Monday in the new year. 

Why? 

Judges and prosecutors return from a few weeks off all full of piss and vinegar and new years resolutions to try more cases and be tougher on crime and seek stiffer sentences to set the tone for the new year. 
The tragedies we have seen occur during the first week of the new year could fill a book...or a blog.
So hopefully you aren't reading this in the courthouse waiting for a jury to come down. 
But if you are, we wish you luck. 

Coming tomorrow: probable cause. What it is, what it isn't. 

Coming back: our roundup of 3rd DCA decisions. 

It's a new year but we still will see you in court. 

6 comments:

Fake Kenny said...

I'm back. It's raining. I'm on a speedy expiration. F. I did it all wrong.

Anonymous said...

Damn. I wanted to be first.

Punto said...

I'm with you, Rump.

Always take-off the first week of the year.

old guy said...

Jurors are angry when they start getting their holiday credit card bills.
I try never to pick a jury at any time during January.

Anonymous said...

Typical of the current American police state where everything is suspicious and pople are encouraged by the government to snitch on others. The only difference with Castro's police state is that, unlike in Cuba's version communism, there is food in the Amercan version. The courts are at falult because in a case like this there is no probable cause no matter what the federal court says. Innocent bejavior like buying gardening supplies should never be probable cause, Else the 4th Amendment would be meaningless and anyone and anything can be legally seiarched and seized.

Anonymous said...

12:07 p.m. Comment belongs in the probable cause, shopping and tea post.