"Sir! Step away from the terminal. Stop reviewing your client's traffic history. Put the cell phone down. Put the ipad down. Put your brief case down. Take the Apple watch off. Put the starbucks latte down and raise your hands in the air and slowly turn around and walk away from the terminal."
And now, the email from Judge Slom that broke the tragic news. A copy of this email has been preserved in the Justice Building court archives for historians:
Dear Ms. Estlund:
For distribution to all lawyers immediately.
To all privately retained attorneys who handle traffic matters:
Effective this morning, to our surprise, DHSMV stopped permitting driver histories to be displayed to privately retained lawyers on the in-court Spirit system.
Per the DHSMV attachment below, (since private attorneys no longer have access through SPIRIT in court to view driver histories,) there are several options available for attorneys who wish to purchase their client’s driver histories:
· Mail a request to Tallahassee, allowing 2-4 weeks of processing time, using the following form: https://www/flhsmv.gov/pdf/
· Purchase the transcript from a third party vendor, which will charge an additional fee for this service. A list of providers can be found at:
· The website https://www.add123.com (autodirect.com), driver histories can be purchased, once an account is set-up. This website seems to be more affordable.
Please know that this policy implemented by DHSMV was their decision alone and we had no idea that they were going to take this action on today’s date. We understood that at some point this might occur but we had no idea DHSMV was going to take such measures without stuffiest notification of the implementation date.
I truly regret any inconvenience this may have caused.
Judge Sam Slom
Administrative Judge, County Court Criminal Division
Of course this tragedy gives rise to the lyrics from the famous song:
"Don't know much about history
Don't know much biology
Don't know much about the French I took
Don't know much about a science book
But I do know that I don't fear-it
If I could see your traffic history in court on Spirit,
what a wonderful world this would be..."
Sam Cooke, Don't know much about history.