The other day we traveled to the belly of the beast, otherwise known as 73 West Flagler Street- the Civil Courthouse. Like any good traveler, prior to our sojourn we received inoculations for typhoid, diphtheria, and greed. We perambulated through several floors, thoroughly lost, until a helpful soul informed us that Judges in civil court routinely hold hearings in their chambers!! Thus we entered the belly of the belly of the beast. It was not pleasant. Leave it at that.
Free from the confines of expensive suits, watches, armies of paralegals and (most importantly) billable hours, we walked about the area, liberally applying hand sanitizer but desperately needing a hot shower. There is a Starbucks on the corner across from civil court. But no respite was to be had in its overpriced confines, as it is populated by the same unpleasant personages as we just escaped from. Plus there are lawyers in there as well.
Continuing our walk on a fine Miami winter afternoon, we stumbled across this.
What could this courthouse be? Did judges hold hearings inside? Are there jurors and courtrooms and as they say in Latin- "the whole shebang". We have never heard a lawyer say "I have to get to a trial in Courthouse East later today" or words to that effect.
Alas one unpleasant experience for the day was more than enough and we stopped to snap a quick picture and then were on our way, lest some expensive suit approach us seeking referrals for closings, or soft-tissue injury cases, or other such arrant nonsense.
Does anyone know what happens in Courthouse East?
Is there a Courthouse West? Do they wear cowboy hats and spurs and call women "ma'am'"there?
Do they talk with a New York or Bahstahn accent in Courthouse East?
Let's be frank and talk about what everyone is wondering: Is this Legal-Miami's Area 51??
Meanwhile there is this:
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