UPDATE: NO SALE! SALESMAN GUILTY AS CHARGED. Daily Pulp has the latest.
JUDGE SEFF AND HER CHALLENGER UPDATE BELOW.
UPDATE: THE JURY IS OUT AND DELIBERATING in the Fitzroy Salesman case. Courtroom observers noted that Judge Cohn gave the defense a victory when he agreed to instruct the jury that Salesman could not have been an agent of Miramar during the time he was suspended as a commissioner for his DUI arrest. Only in the wacky world of South Florida does catching a DUI pinch help you in your federal trial.
Closing arguments today in Ft. Lauderdale in USA v. Fitzroy Salesman. Salesman was a Miramar commissioner who allegedly took money from an undercover FBI agent flown in from Boston to play "the old man" as a developer looking to pay kickbacks to get Miramar construction projects. Attorney Jaime Benjamin, best known by most of us for representing adult clubs, is the lead defense attorney.
David Markus is back blogging after spring break.
The guys running the Broward Blog are apparently in Vegas.
SUPREME COURT WATCH:
While Supreme Court watchers wait for Stevens to retire, the Justice told reporter Robert Barnes of the Washington Post that he hoped that his earlier comment (to Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker) that he would decide on his plans for next year within thirty days “wasn’t being treated as a statute of limitations,” . Barnes went snooping around Steven's Ft. Lauderdale Condo for an inside scoop on when Steven's plans to announce his retirement.
CLIENT NEEDS A LAWYER:
If you've ever wanted to represent a Playboy Playmate (and what red blooded defense attorney hasn't?) Ms. February 1992 is in the West Palm Beach jail looking for counsel.
ALVAREZ V NEWMAN:
While we're not going to censor comments, we think it's time to put a lid on the nonsense regarding this race. Manny Alvarez is an experienced PD who would make a fine Judge. Judge Newman is an experienced Judge who by all accounts has done a fine job, although like every judge on the bench, he has his detractors.
Judge Seff has opposition from a lawyer barely 5 years in bar and nobody's talking about that race. (Update- someone posted a comment that Judge Seff's challenger has been a lawyer "almost 8 years". Wow! Did we blow it. Of course Judge Seff has been a lawyer 30 years, or more than three times the years her challenger has been a lawyer. Or put another way- Judge Seff had been a lawyer 21 years on the day her challenger was admitted to the Bar. )
Judge Adrien has opposition from two experienced lawyers (and counting) and nobody's taking about that race.
See You In Court calculating the driving time between here and West Palm....