JUSTICE BUILDING BLOG
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
We're here mourning the resignation of Urban Meyer. But we must press on with our ho-hum football picks. Every time we ask the gambling gods for a 4-1 week, we get 3-2. So now I'm asking for an 0-5 week. Each pick for $500.00
New England -9
35-37-3 48.61% -$2850
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Schwartz came out bedecked in a black trimmed, glaring red robe. Was the sartorial splendor simply a nod to the holiday season, or par for the course? No, we were advised, he often dons flowing, colorful accoutrements worthy of a Roman emperor.
Next, he proceeded to rip an Israeli national, represented by counsel. Schwartz felt the defendant was trying to pull a fast one, by claiming he didn't speak English. He ordered the tapes played from a previous hearing, when the defendant had appeared without benefit of counsel, apparently understanding and speaking the English language. MOTION DENIED.
Counsel for the defendant got into it with Schwartz, but the Judge wouldn't budge. There were some choice berations directed at the defendant, worthy of Broward's finest, along the lines of "You may be one of the privileged people, but you don't have the privilege of driving in the United States without a license."
Classic north of the border stuff, except very un-Broward-like in the end, since Schwartz stated on multiple occasions that he would recuse himself if the defendant didn't feel he was getting a fair shake. Just like that. No motions to file, no tricky rules and deadlines to navigate, and no convoluted, hide the ball, highly technical bogus rulings to appeal later. In short, it was fair.
Impressed, we asked around after returning to home turf. It turns out Schwartz was also a super hot shot lawyer before he retired, at least according to Fred Haddad and Howard Finkelstein. As far as the red robe is concerned, however, no one could offer a satisfactory explanation.
The six finalists have been chosen for our next County Court Judge. They are:
Anita Margot Moss
Tamara Ilene Gray
Andrea Ricker Wolfson
Gov. Crist has sixty days. The Captain invites all comments and will personally forward them to Gov Charlie.
Pit PD's do there best to keep cases out of RCA's hands - but only because we see how those cases are handled after they leave ours.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 6:23:00 PM
Soon it will be harder to get a DL than a motion to suppress granted.
The Herald has the bureaucratic details here.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas from our vantage point high in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I know you are camped out in the western frontier. Just saying that the blog has been a little weak. Trust me, if I have some good shit, I will certainly send you an email. By the way, give the government a swift kick in the ass for me
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:04:00 PM
But then again, maybe not so bad after all...
Dearest Rump, as a long time careful reader of the blog, it seems that the higher you go, the funnier you get. Just love your response to 9:41 PM. Whether or not you are really going to trial is not relevant to me, as long as you keep me laughing.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:41:00 PM
And now a message from a disgruntled County Court reader:
Rump: With the elevation of Judge Arzola to Circuit Court, County Court is one judge down. Add to that the fact that a few Judges are trying to squeeze in some vacation time (like the entire job is not a vacation) and Judges Slom and Leifman have been pressed into action covering calendars.
Here's my question: Judge Slom, how is it possible you are the Chief Judge and yet entirely unable to press a button, click a mouse and switch calendars on your computer to assist the attorneys who are standing in long lines in your courtroom? How is it that Judges Bloom, Krieger-Martin, Ortiz, Miranda, and Newman can switch between a calendar to assist an attorney, but you can't? Do you realize that not only do we wait twice as long as you try and call a calendar, but that we have to endure your rude bailiff who apparently feels the only way she can justify her job is to order people around. She routinely tells people where to sit, where to stand, and when you move, ten minutes later, she tells you to move back. She is annoying beyond belief and just adds to the tension and misery of standing in line watching you waste our time. I realize you've never been in private practice and don't comprehend the fact that we need to get back to our office and meet clients and make money. And I acknowledge you are otherwise a good and hardworking chief judge. But I have to tell you that almost the entire regular county court defense bar cringes when they walk into a courtroom and see you covering a calendar. Between having to wait and being ordered around, it ruins my morning every time.
Thanks for letting me vent Rump, but I just can't take it anymore.
Rumpole says: Anyone else want to weigh in on this? Any response from Judge Slom?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Marx herself presided over the Dunbar Village rape trial, which was far "scarier" than anything that's happened in Miami-Dade in a while. And where did that kid who got set on fire by his friends over a video game happen? Oh, Palm Beach County. And where did a high proportion of Madoff victims live? In Palm Beach. Miami may be at number 45 on CQ's press crime rankings, but West Palm Beach wasn't far behind at number 63.
What was the big crime story in Miami this year? The cat killer? Whatever.
The reason Miami and the rest of South Florida has crime is not because, "we live in paradise and everybody wants to live here -- including criminals." It's because we have a shamefully large population living in poverty (most of whom are minorities) that no one, especially the rich who can afford to live in luxury towers or gated communities, really gives a shit about.