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Friday, July 29, 2016

NUTS




You think you have a hard job? Pity poor Herald Scribe David Ovalle who, in writing articles covering the legal community of Miami, must navigate unscrupulous clients, manipulative attorneys, judges who wander in hours after court was supposed to start, and, of course, the ever present watchful eye of the fearsome "National Peanut Board." (cue ominous  music)

Much to the delight and satisfaction of long time and careful blog reader Paul Cali, the Florida Bar recently filed complaints against Bernardo Roman and others for their shenanigans in representing the Miccosukee tribe.  After superb lawyering, Cali turned the tables on Roman and his clients, saving his clients Lewis and Tein from what had been nightmare civil proceedings, the allegations which, to quote our vice-president, "was a bunch of malarkey."

During a deposition in the case, a peanut problem arose, as is wont to happen. Part of the Herald's story is here.

The deposition was being overseen by a retired judge, Ellen Leesfield, who placed bowls of peanuts and pistachios on a conference room table at a Coral Gables law office. Roman’s clerk, Shenna Perez-Martin, announced that she was allergic to the nuts, and the bowls were moved to a reception room.
During a break in the deposition, Perez-Martin said she was having an allergic reaction just by having been near the nuts, according to the Bar complaint. In the reception room, she told Roman she was leaving to an urgent-care clinic for treatment.

At that moment, Lewis and Tein’s attorney, Paul Calli, emerged from the conference room, grabbed a handful of nuts and walked back, weaving between the two opposing lawyers. Perez-Martin left.
An hour later, after lunch was delivered, Roman called 911 to allege that Perez-Martin “was just the victim of a battery.”
“He purposely put pistachios in her food and in front of her, and she had to be taken to the hospital. That’s where she is, in urgent care right now,” Roman said, according to the Bar’s complaint.
But Perez-Martin told investigators that never happened — and that Roman got angry at her for not changing her story or agreeing to press charges, the report said. Judge Leesfield and another judge who were present said the whole episode “was a setup” by Roman to get Calli in trouble.

With a nose for news, and in the finest traditions of Wooward and Bernstein, Ovalle sunk his teeth into the story, peanuts, no butter, no jelly, and ended up with his groundbreaking reporting as listed above. 

We imagine Ovalle, after the story was printed, having repaired to some Herald watering hole, sharing with colleagues the mystery and intrigue involved in bringing the "Nuts" story to light. 

Then enter the National Peanut Board, who sent our hero this tweet:

Nixon had his enemies list, at the top of which was the Washington Post and their reporters. Now comes the National Peanut Board. 






Read
 more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article91989482.html#storylink=cp

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is something great that the peanut board reached out. They seem to be right, but it is really great.

Anonymous said...

"She further denies that Calli ever placed the nuts in her face."

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


The Captain Reports:

Newest Legal Legends Named .....

Nice to see that one of the six lawyers chosen by The History Miami Museum as Legal Legends this year is Judge Roberto Pineiro.

Others include: Judge Gill Freeman; Judge Melvia Green; Alan Greer; Herman Russomanno; and Joe Serota.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

Rumpole:

Congratulations are in order to one of your fellow bloggers--ASA Melba Pearson--who had a post published in Huffington Post this morning.

Anonymous said...

Be careful around Cali. He has a very bad temper.

Anonymous said...

"She further denies that Calli ever placed the nuts in her face."

Anonymous said...

Isn't it against the law to make a false 911 call?

Anonymous said...

Roman will be permanently disbarred.

Pepe Herrera may be given a chance to reapply after 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Honorable shuzzz....I was jealously reepreesenting my clients w mr Pepe and I am a victim being targeted by powerful eintrests.

Lol. Pobrecito.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievably, Bernie continues to lie and slander. In the Miami Herald article he again accuses his exonerated adversaries of theft, states that his cases were dismissed on procedural technicalities and says that the real victims never obtained the justice they deserve.

1. The court found that there was either no evidence or patently frivolous evidence in support of any of his spurious allegations.
2. The court does not sanction attorneys and their clients $1,000,000.00 for cases that are dismissed only on procedural technicalities.
3. This last part he's right about. The real victims haven't yet obtained the justice they deserve. His disbarment will be a good start though.

Anonymous said...

They're all nuts!

Bernie supporter said...


What are you talking about 3:58. Bernie does not continue to lie and slander. He was the only candidate to tell the truth and demand change in the corrupt and rigged system that only protects the wealthy and leaves everyone else to fight for crumbs. He was right to accuse his opponents of theft; they stole the nomination from him by violating the rules of the DNC behind his back and it was likely illegal. The real victims are the American people.

Anonymous said...

Bernie has millions parked offshore that he stole from the tribe . He could care less about disbarment .

Anonymous said...

Nevin Shapiro said . . . wait until I offer to help Bernie and tell all I know about these guys. Bernie will be a hero. I have pictures and those IOUs. Oh and the Yacht.

Anonymous said...

1:31, wrong Bernie. Read the post.

Anonymous said...

1:31, you're kidding, right?
Read the thread. Different Bernie.
You're kidding, right?
Are you Bijan or Odia?

DMD said...

A tale of three Bernies---take your choice: Roman; Sanders; or Madoff !! DMD

Anonymous said...

@426 pm has to be Bernie or his lover jay....no one else could be dumb or corrupt enough to continue to spew garbage. Peas in a rotten pod.

Anonymous said...

Well played, DMD.

Well played.

Anonymous said...

Eeeeh, honorable shush : I am on my knees begging to you for mercy. I am a veektim of powerful interests. I came here seeking better life. Why would I lie, jour honorable honor?

Lol! Pobrecito

strap in (not on, this time little man.). The beat is yet to come .

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