A retired member of the judiciary was recently robbed at gun point. Thankfully he was not hurt. David Ovalle has all the details on his twitter. But it reminds us of the time that Gerry Klein was robbed on the Miami Beach Golf Course around 11:30 or so in the morning during the week.
The Herald dutifully reported the story, and then the Herald being the Herald, called Judge Klein back a few days later (probably soon after retracting the Dewey Beats Truman Headline) and asked him what a sitting county court judge was doing on the golf course during a weekday?
Klein responded to the effect that he was waiting for someone to ask that question and that "every now and then" he finished court early and on those rare occasions that he wasn't labouring late into the evening on a difficult point of law, he would try and squeeze in a quick round of golf.
Those of us who knew him had a good laugh at that one. Rare was the day that Fast Gerry Klein hadn't finished his calendar and was out on the links before lunch.
It was a different time folks. A simpler time.
We also recall several circuit judges who would routinely cover two Friday calendars one week- theirs and a friend's, only to have the favour returned the following week. So every other week the judges had a nice three day weekend. That all went along swimmingly until one of the judges began to take advantage of his friend by setting bond hearings on Fridays, taking a bribe to lower the bond, and then telling his pal that the case was on the calendar and he had already heard it and decided to lower the bond. Nothing better than taking a bribe for something your friend unknowingly does for you. That scheme, which pre-dated court-broom, went on for some time until some one dropped a dime to the FDLE.
Anyway, those were the days.
See you in court.
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