Today will be the day lawyers wear bad green ties or scarfs or ascots to court. Afterwards there will be lots of drinking.
Query: Should there be requirements that a lawyer demonstrate proficiency in an area before handling a case?
A doctor who passes her medical boards on Tuesday cannot perform open heart surgery on Wednesday. She can't even lawfully remove an appendix.
Yet a lawyer who is sworn in on Monday can pick a jury in a murder case on Tuesday. The Florida legislature has set proficiency requirements only for death penalty cases.
Most people who practice criminal defense usually come from the PD or state attorney's office, where they receive training. But as more lawyers enter the marketplace, less have the training necessary to handle a complex case.
What to do?
Does a Judge have an obligation at any point to stop a deficient defense? We have seen (notorious) situations arise (rarely) where judges have been caught assisting the prosecution. This of course is both an outrage and a violation of due process of law. But what should a Judge do when an incompetent defense attorney is bungling their way through a trial?
In other matters, we have been pondering the statements made by the president's aide that "microwaves can be turned into cameras."
Startling information. At the moment, this is the only solution we can think of:
Another beautiful spring Miami weekend.
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