On June 18, 1963, English Boxer Henry Cooper put young Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammed Ali) on the canvas for the first time in his professional career. Clay recovered and beat Cooper so bad that the fight was stopped in the following round and Clay (Ali) won by TKO. Interestingly, Clay had predicted he would stop Cooper in the 5th and in fact he did.
We thought of this in regard to Clarington v. State, the infamous 3rd DCA decision allowing PVHs to procced via zoom. The 3rd DCA dropped Clarington and his indefatigable counsel Dan Tibbet to the canvas like Cooper dropped Clay.
But like Clay, Tibbett got off the canvas and fired back. The issue wasn't over. The Florida Supreme Court was considering the issue and thus on Friday a slightly chagrined 3rd DCA stayed the proceedings in Clarington and thus stayed all Zoom PVHs.
Judges De La O and Joe Fernandez were scrambling to put the cork back in their champagne bottles. The battle is not over and the fight continues. There will be NO Zoom PVH hearings this upcoming week, including Clarington's.
Congrats to Attorney Dan Tibbett who exemplifies the best in criminal defense attorneys. The highest praise we can give Mr. Tibbett is that he was Churchillian in his defense:
never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished.
Winston Spencer Churchill, October 29, 1941, Harrow School.