Rumpole for the defense.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. You have heard the evidence. When last seen, the victim, one Judge Martin Zilber, was staggering out of the JQC with a knife in his back. And the prosecutor wants you to convict my client, Judge Zilber's former judicial assistant, of the crime.
But lets do what the prosecutor has not done and apparently will not do. Let us look at the evidence not by saying "why did she do it" but "did she do it?"
The prosecutor says there was motive. Judge Zilber had her do his shopping on line, he had her not file leave slips when he was in Malibu, he had her moving furniture while pregnant.
But as we say in the law, Cui Bono? Which is Latin for "who benefits"?
We all know that after leaving her position as a judicial assistant, Ms. Moneypenny went to work for an attorney. Now this is not just any attorney, it is an attorney who specializes in defending litigants facing mortgage foreclosures. This lawyer fights for the little guys against the big, bad banks. And this lawyer is notorious, coming into conflict with not just many judges, but panels of the Third District Court of Appeals, who after one contentious oral argument saw fit to refer this lawyer to the Florida Bar.
Now where was the victim of this stabbing assigned? The civil division. And what types of cases did he handle you may ask?
[dramatic pause...deep voice] M o r t g a g e F o r e c l o s u r e s!
The Daily Business Review has reported that the JA went to this lawyer and told him that the Judge unfairly targeted the lawyer's foreclosure defense clients.
And who actually prepared the JQC complaint? Was it Ms. Moneypenny alone?
NO! You heard the evidence it was Moneypenny along with her new employer.
This was not, ladies and gentlemen of the jury murder most foul, it was a more baser motive..it was VENGEANCE
VENEGEANCE which the bible teaches us is reserved alone for the almighty. Vengeance is mine sayeth the lord!
It was not Ms. Moneypenny who stabbed our good judge. It was not the butler in the laundry room with the candlestick. It was the lawyer, defender of foreclosures, angry at the judiciary, looking to strike back at the evil empire who takes homes away from his clients. It was the lawyer who slipped the knife in when no one was looking.
My client is not guilty.
Item: The DBR has reported that Judge Zilber's former JA went to a foreclosure defense lawyer who helped her prepare the JQC complaint and then hired her to work for him. A veritable love fest. It does not excuse Judge Zilber's self admitted conduct, but it sure puts a different spin on this case.
Item: Where in the world was Judge Zilber was part of the JQC investigation. Exclusive to the blog is evidence that was proven that Judge Zilber was NOT on Mars checking out the Ingenuity Helicopter.