DOM is in the failing, Amazon-owned and biased Washington Post with this Op-ed piece on why Judge Sullivan should dismiss the General Flynn case. Former Federal Judge and former John Gotti prosecutor John Gleeson has been appointed by Judge Sullivan to oppose the government's motion to dismiss. Gleeson was one of the most respected, intelligent, thoughtful and fair judges the federal bench has seen over the last few decades.
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The county court calendar system, evolved from an inmates driving the bus scenario where county court judges agreed to set all of their cases, hearings, and trials in the morning so the misdemeanor practitioners could get back to their office in the afternoons to see clients (plus a lot of county judges were scratch golfers back in the 70's and 80's and that takes daily practice). So like Ebony and Ivory, the judges and lawyers worked side-by-side in perfect harmony.
But things have changed. We cannot safely stream hundreds of defendants into the building every morning. Their cases need to be spaced out. Judges need to start setting calendars at 2,3 and 4pm and alloiwng defendants and lawyers to appeal by Zoom to resolve minor issues without coming to court. As one judge recently told us, the big issue in taking pleas by Zoom is...fingerprints. Beam me up Scotty and take my prints.
In Circuit court we reccomend a transition to the federal system. Not every case needs a hearing. Lawyers will have to file motions, try and work it out with the state, and let the judge rule on the pleadings. Motions for continuances and to waive cost of supervision fees and motions to travel can be done in writing without a court appearance. The new normal is less people in court. As a side note, other than being obstreperous and contumaceous, why do prosectors oppose motions to travel? If the defendant was going to flee he wouldn't alert everyone and ask permission. And it's not like New York or Los Angeles is Tehran or North Korea where there is no extradition.
Are you as fed up as we are with touchless ads? Who wants to buy a car with a touchless experience? We want to touch the car, sit in the car, feel the rich corinthian leather.
Currently we are seeing ads for touchless pizza delivery, touchless grocery shopping (no squeezing the mellons) and touchless ordering on the internet (duh!).
We get there is a health crisis. Stop it. The first law firm that advertises touchless consultations will experience our wrath.
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