When you see something that is not right, not fair, find a way to get in the way and cause trouble. Congressman John Lewis
JUSTICE BUILDING BLOG
Friday, December 31, 2010
364 DOWN-1 TO GO
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
DAVID PAULUS FUNDRAISER
LAST FEW DAYS OF 2010
- The Office of Drug Control was created by then Governor Jeb Bush in 1999 and is authorized by state statutes.
- The Office collaborates with other agencies on the implementation of a three-pronged approach of Prevention, Treatment and Law Enforcement to eliminate the devastation of substance abuse rampant in Florida's diverse communities.
- The Office was instrumental in getting legislation passed that is intended to help curb prescription drug abuse — one bill targeting pain management clinics, which are often disguises for "pill mills," and another that establishes a prescription drug monitoring program.
- The Office championed the creation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which almost reached the point of going on-line.
- Prohibited by law to use state funds to pay for the PDMP Director Bruce Grant and his superb staff successfully obtained the necessary funding through federal grants and other sources...
- The current political leadership in Tallahassee seems to be under the impression that weDO NOT have a significant drug problem in Florida.
- Governor Scott's spokesman Brian Burgess was quoted in an article that "I don't think we're going to have cocaine bales stacking up on the docks of Miami if we close this office."
- Obviously, he did not bother to check the facts:
- Years of lax state laws and a plethora of pain clinics have made Florida a destination for prescription drug traffickers, drug peddling doctors and abusers.
- The DEA, using its most recent data, says that 49 out of 50 of the top oxycodone prescribers are located in Florida.
- The number of deaths caused by at least one prescription drug increased more than 100 percent from 2003 to 2009.
- Mark Fontaine, executive director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, said a recent study showed that substance abuse has a $43 billion negative impact on the state economy due to loss of job productivity, and costs associated with hospital and emergency room visits and incarceration. Fontaine said about 65 percent of Florida inmates have substance abuse problems.
- A 2009 Florida Department of Law Enforcement study concluded seven people in Florida die every day- ALMOST 2500 FLORIDIANS A YEAR - due to prescription drug abuse.
Rumpole says: "Let's get to work."
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
NFL WEEK 16 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
NEIL ROGERS HAS PASSED AWAY
He was the very best there ever was at what he did. He entertained millions of us for decades and when we weren't laughing we were debating some of the thought provoking ideas or comments he had. I have missed him since he went off the air.
Rest In Peace Uncle Neil.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
XMAS EVE EVE
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It has been over 21 years since Lawhorn was sentenced to death. Alabama should be not barred from carrying out its judgment based on a federal court’s lawless speculation. I would not dissent from denial of certiorari if what happened here were an isolated judicial error. It is not. With distressing frequency, especially in capital cases such as this, federal judges refuse to be governed by Congress’s command that state criminal judgments must not be revised by federal courts unless they are “contrary to, or involv[e] an unreasonable application of, clearly estab- lished Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States,” 28 U. S. C. §2254(d)(1) (emphasis added). We invite continued lawlessness when we permit a patently improper interference with state justice such as that which occurred in this case to stand. We should grant Alabama’s petition for certiorari and summarily reverse the Eleventh Circuit’s judgment.
So there you have it: What does Justice Scalia think of our 11th Circuit? "Lawless speculators." If we called them that you can bet the Marshals would be hunting down our ISP address so we could be hauled before the Court in irons to explain ourself. But if Scalia calls them that, well......
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
NFL WEEK 15 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
IS JUSTICE BLIND?
"Lady Justice’s familiar blindfold did not become an accessory until well into the 17th century. And even then it was uncommon because of the profoundly negative connotations blindfolds carried for medieval and Renaissance audiences, who viewed them as emblems not of impartiality but of deception (hence the early use of the word hoodwink as a noun, meaning a blindfold or hood).
Sight was the desired state,” Professors Resnik and Curtis write, “connected to insight, light and the rays of God’s sun.” Even in modern times the blindfold continues to fit uneasily in Lady Justice’s wardrobe, used as a handy prop by political cartoonists and a symbol of dysfunction by others.”
Meanwhile the federal courts burn under the weight of heavy case loads and not enough judges, while the senate fiddles and conservative senators attempt to obstruct nearly all of Obama's nominees.
If elections have consequences, then the federal judiciary is one of them.
MORE EXPERIENCED JUDGES?
We don't have the link to it, but we read in the Bar News that a Florida Legislator is proposing language raising the minimum time an attorney can be eligible to become a judge from five to ten years. The article references one new Dade Judge-elect, Gonzalez-Paulson, as an example of someone with barely five years experience ousting a very experienced Judge. We think the change is a good one.
Enjoy the weekend. Football picks this Sunday for some extra holiday dough.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
TOY DRIVE THURSDAY
Monday, December 13, 2010
JAIL VISIT GUIDELINES UPDATED
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
-William Ernest Henley-