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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

RED IS DEAD AND BERT DROPS OUT

UPDATED: Bert Jordan is the second person in as many days to tell Obama thanks but no thanks for the offer to be considered for the US Supreme Court.  Yesterday Obama's AG delivered the same message to the Prez. 

Here's why Jordan made the smart move:  There is almost no chance an Obama nominee will get a hearing. The republicans have said as much. Obama will make a nomination to put the republicans on the spot and allow democratic candidates to make hay in November over the republicans's intransigence and truculence. 

Bert Jordan is eminently qualified for a spot on the top court. Being nominated by Obama will end his chances forever. But a new democratic president, facing a republican senate could easily turn to Jordan in the fall. Likewise a republican president facing a democratic senate could tap Jordan as a consensus pick. Better to live and fight another day then be served up as a sacrificial lamb. 

Jordan didn't get on the 11th circuit by not being savvy. 


Our courthouse is made up of many people who collectively form the environment we call the Justice Building. Not everyone wears a robe or lugs files or works for corrections or is a JA. The locals lend flavor as well. Those who wander in the courthouse or hang outside have their own place in our world. 

Many years ago, before young ASAs and PDs  tramped to court holding cafe lattes and snapchatting on their cell phones (because there were no Starbucks and cell phones back then [*gasp!*])  there was Delores, a courthouse regular who knew every judge and lawyer by their first name and greeted them with language fit for a sailor.  In a legendary prank, some defense attorneys paid for a ticket and transportation to the FACDL dinner for Delores. 

We now bring you sad news about the death of Red, A/K/A Bret Heinzinger, who was a local regular outside the courthouse. 

Herald snoop David Ovalle is looking for information and stories about Red for an article. You can find Mr. Ovalle sipping a black coffee any morning in Au Bon Pain   El Chapo Cafe ,  somewhere in the hallways of our hallowed, but aging courthouse. 


Red a/k/a Bret Heinzinger


In other news, Donald Trump won more primaries, ridiculed his opponents as short, or fat, or ugly or stupid, and in a bizarre press conference Tuesday night hawked bottled water, steaks, wine and a magazine all as proof that he would make a good president. 

See You In Court. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been watching him panhandle near the 12th Avenue offramp or sometimes at the intersection of 12th and 14th for nearly 9 years. I checked his priors and was surprised to learn that he was younger than I am, and I'm in my early thirties. Poor guy. I think I remember seeing him in jail division when I was an ASA. Usually homeless-type stuff. Not sure if he was mentally ill.

How did he die?

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His death has really stuck to me all day today.

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Rumpole said...

This is the best comment all year so far

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, Red. Always a nice guy.

Anonymous said...

I remember Delores, a true Justice Building character.

Anonymous said...

As she aged, and became less and less rational, Delores got into a kerfuffle in the MJB and shoved a bailiff/corrections officer. The SAO actually filed the case as a felony. Does anyone remember who represented her, pro bono, and the outcome? Sharpstein? Sy? I'm old and can't remember stuff so good no more. Who was the judge?

Anonymous said...

Red also worked NMB he hung out some at the I-95 and Miami Gardens Road exit and at 6th Ave and 167th Street, a total pain in the ass. May he RIP !

Eric C. Padron said...

I'll miss him terribly. Many years ago, while running late to court, I had to park at a meter outside the courthouse. After hearing me curse in terms that would make Donald Trump blush, he promptly pulled out what appeared to be tab from a beer can and insert it in the meter. He turned the knob and gave me the maximum amount of time on the meter. I gave him the $5.00 I had in my hand and thanked him profusely.

I never forgot his kindness and I would often give him whatever small change I had. He also never minded that I started to call him Taliban Ted because of his red beard.

A random act of kindness from a troubled man.

Eric C. Padron

Anonymous said...

I never knew his name-- sorry to hear of his death