JUSTICE BUILDING BLOG
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Why the Federal Reserve cut rates yesterday? The move pumps money into the economy. The lower rates frees up money for banks to lend more money to small businesses and and individuals. Cheaper rates allow the banks to loans to less credit worthy applicants, because the cost of the loan is cheaper. More credit will allow the housing market to come back.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Hubris: It was most evident in the public and private actions of the powerful and rich. The word was also used to describe actions of those who challenged the gods or their laws, especially in Greek tragedy, resulting in the protagonist's downfall.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
The title links to the full endorsement.
Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation’s problems.
In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.
Given the particularly ugly nature of Mr. McCain’s campaign, the urge to choose on the basis of raw emotion is strong. But there is a greater value in looking closely at the facts of life in America today and at the prescriptions the candidates offer. The differences are profound.
Mr. McCain offers more of the Republican every-man-for-himself ideology, now lying in shards on Wall Street and in Americans’ bank accounts. Mr. Obama has another vision of government’s role and responsibilities.
In his convention speech in Denver, Mr. Obama said, “Government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.”
Since the financial crisis, he has correctly identified the abject failure of government regulation that has brought the markets to the brink of collapse.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hi Rump, I hope you can relay this sad news to the legal community. Stephanie Feldman, former ASA, a just a great person passed away this week. Stephanie had melanoma.
Q. Do I have to be married to have safe fax?
A. Although married people fax quite often, there are many single people who fax complete strangers every day.
Q. My parents say they never had fax when they were young and were only allowed to write memos to each other until they were twenty-one. How old do you think someone should be before they can fax?
A. Faxing procedures can be performed at any age, once you perfect the procedures.
Q. If I fax something to myself, will I go blind?
A. Certainly not, as far as we can see.
Q. There is a place on our street where you can go and pay for fax. Is this legal?
A. Yes, many people have no other outlet for their fax drives, and must pay a "professional" when their need to fax becomes too great.
Q. Should a cover always be used for faxing?
A. Unless you are really sure of the one you are faxing, a cover should always be used to insure safe fax.
Q. What happens if I do the procedure incorrectly, and I fax prematurely?
A. Don't panic. Many people prematurely fax when they haven't faxed in a long time. Just start over, most people won't mind if you start again.
Q. I have a personal and a business fax. Can transmissions become mixed up?
A. Being bi-faxual can be confusing, but as long as you use a cover with each one, you won't transmit anything you're not supposed to.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We have all gotten together because this brings shame and dishonor on the Dade Judiciary and we are all individually and collectively appalled.
anonymous said... (edited by Rumpole. Full comment is in yesterdays post.)
Where do I start?
Judge Blake has 38 new jokes
Judge Lindsey doesnt understand this whole thing
Judge Muir is explaining it to Judge Lindsey
Judge Thomas is holding a hearing on this at 10pm Friday
Judge Margolious is remembering all the judges he did a "nugie" on over the years
Cost of an Administrator for 120 Judges $100,000.00 +
Cost of a Fax Machine - $350.00
Seeing the Judiciary behave like children because the Administration did not do their job -
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
There is no joy here. We are all human beings. Even judges. We all put our pants on one leg at at a time. We all have our positive qualities and we all have our negative qualities and we all have private matters we never want publicised. Unfortunately for Judge Chumbley he has been charged with the misdemeanor of indecent exposure. He is of course innocent until proven guilty and indeed he may very well be innocent of this conduct.
The point is that even the best and brightest among us- Judges, or Sheriff Ken Jenne in Broward, are not perfect. And it is in that spirit that we write this so that those who do Judge- Judges and Prosecutors- might consider the human element in the difficult work we do. And we acknowledge that many Judges and prosecutors do just that. But some do not, and this is an occasion to remember that the criminal justice system is not "just-us." It is not us against them ("them" being the defendants).
Martin Luther King wrote that "justice is truth in action." And some times Justice is remembering that not one of us can cast the first stone, because in some manner all of us have sinned.
We sincerely wish Mr. Chumbley the best.
See you in court, a bit sadder.
ELECTION UPDATE AND OTHER THOUGHTS:
We are T-Minus 96 hours until the start of voting here in the State of Florida and early voting has already begun in several states. In 19 days, we will know who will lead our country for the next four years.
The polls seem to indicate that it could be one of those year's where it's "throw the bums out" and if that rings true, then all incumbents are in deep doggie doo. Names like Mario Diaz Balart, Lincoln Diaz Balart and Ileana Ros Lehtinen, and others may be looking for a new line of work come January.
Why do the polls indicate that Congress has about a 10% positive rating in 2008? Just look at the Congressional seat in District 16 held by Timothy Mahoney. It was barely two years ago when the Incumbent Mark Foley resigned in disgrace after allegations came to light that the Congressman was carrying on a text message affair with male congressional pages. Mahoney ran against him, tauted his clean background and campaigned against such corruption. Fast-forward to 2008 and Mahoney has been the lead story in the news for the past 48 hours. The mistresses are now lining up to tell their stories about how they had affairs with Mahoney. The first one to come to light was an affair that allegedly took place during Mahoney's campaign against Foley. It is now being alleged that Mahoney, through his attorney, paid "hush" money to the victim to buy her silence.
Locally, we have one judicial contest, GROUP 19, with Yvonne Colodny v. Steven Millan. Below is my June 19, 2008 analysis with some updated information.
YVONNE COLODNY .....
Assistant Public Defender Yvonne Colodny has been a member of The Florida Bar for nine (9) years. She has been an APD for that entire time. She graduated from FSU Law School and has gone on to serve in just about every Division of the PD's office. Ms. Colodny filed to run in April of 2008.
Ms. Colodny has put together a campaign war chest many politicians would envy. Her campaign totals as of the end of September show $295,430, including $169,900 raised from 549 contributors and an additional $125,530 in loans. Colodny has already spent $233,169 with Balsera Communications Group the primary beneficiary of her expenditures. They have reaped a grand total of $132,000 from her campaign
You can read all about Yvonne Colodny on her web site at colodnyforjudge.com.
STEPHEN MILLAN ....
Steve has BTDT (as one of our readers likes to sign). In 2006, he challenged incumbent Judge Karen Mills Francis in Group 11 of the County Court. Millan got trounced in that election by double digits, losing 56% - 44% (76,565 - 59,513). Now he seeks your vote to the Circuit Court. Steve has been a member of The Florida Bar for 17 years. Mr. Millan's area of practice is primarily Criminal Defense law. He filed in January of 2007, right after the 2006 winners were sworn in.
Millan is the polar opposite of Colodny when it comes to fundraising. He has raised a total of $42,916 as of August 1, 2008. That money comes from 204 contributors; he has not loaned his campaign one cent! Millan has spent $38,595, with his biggest expense going to Quantum Results, which received $7,500. I do not profess to totally understand the campaign finance laws as they relate to reporting, but FS 106 and the administrative laws seem to require that Millan should have filed a few more reports since August 1, 2008?
You can check out Millan at millanforjudge.com.
OTHER THOUGHTS .....
GERSTEIN JUSTICE BUILDING - LOT 26
I couldn't believe my eyes this week when I pulled my expensive sedan into Lot 26 at the GJB and saw a new black top and lines, yes lines, separating the lanes. It was comical to see how the cars were still parking haphazardly, even with the clearly marked lanes; I guess it will take a while getting used to having to actually park inside the lines.
BASEBALL - WORLD SERIES
If the Tampa Bay Rays win one more game, FOX Sports will probably go into cardiac arrest. Outside of Philadelphia and the Tampa Bay area, the estimates are that about nine people will watch a Phillies v. Rays World Series. And we all wanted so much to see the Dodgers and Manny against his former team, the Red Sox.
FLORIDA'S SUPREME COURT
Governor Charlie Crist gets to name yet another Supreme Court Justice with the recent announcement of the retirement of Justice Harry Lee Anstead. Anstead sits on an at-large seat, so the seat is open to anyone. Will our local favorite son, Judge Kevin Emas, make it to the final cut of five names again, like he did this summer before being beaten out by newly named Justice Charles Canady? Or will Crist go in a completely different direction? It seems that Crist is trying to send a message to the Supreme Court JNC with his letter to them where the Governor emphasized his belief that "our state's judges should reflect the racial, gender and geographic diversity of the people that they serve." Both of his summer nominees have been white males. The "Hispanic" seat left vacant by Justice Cantero remains ready to be filled.
CAPTAIN OUT .......
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Rumors were running rampant that famed undercover agent Donnie Brasco a/k/a Joseph Pistone was testifying or scheduled to testify before Judge Blake today in the murder trial of a Jai Alai Executive. A "turncoat" "disgraced" former FBI agent stands accused.