If you are on the FACDL listserv then you saw the email from the State Attorneys Office that one of their employees has tested positive for Covid and was in several courts over the last few days.
Federal law and several international treaties including the International Treaty Governing the Privacy of FACDL Listserv E Mails do not allow us to reproduce the emails in full without violating the holdings of Pennoyer v. Neff and the Corfu Channel Case.
Suffice to say the Delta Variant is upon us and it is vicious.
A few thoughts: About 50% of the lawyers in courtrooms are not masked. Of those, about 90% of the State Attorneys are not wearing masks. We are not sure why. But really, how stupid do you have to be to not wear a mask inside a closed room without outside ventilation?
Second- as one commentator noted on FACDL- this reinforces the reason to continue with Zoom hearings. And yet where ever you go you hear Judges complaining about Zoom hearings and quite frankly it is the same old crap- they need defendants in court to "make sure" they understand the plea offer, blah blah blah.
There is something about putting on a black robe that makes people need an audience. They just cannot bear to be in a courtroom by themselves. If it wasn't so stupid and dangerous to require people to jam back into court it would be funny.
And our judges are downright desperate to ruin as many defendants' days as they can by getting them to miss work, come to the courthouse, pay for parking, use cars and expend carbon into the atmosphere that we can no longer afford to do, all for the privilege of offering supplication to the apparition in black robes hovering a few feet above them.
Stop it already. We no longer have a useable civil court house and the sun is still rising in the east. We spent 18 months doing arraignments and motions and even pleas via Zoom and the judicial system of the United States did not come tumbling down.
It is not like there was a banner scrolling below the screen on CNN: "Court system collapses as Miami Judge does a virtual sounding... Chief Justice Roberts to address the nation at 9PM"
SO LET US BE CLEAR. RUMPOLE WILL NO LONGER ATTEND IN PERSON COURT HEARINGS UNTIL THE DELTA VARIANT IS CONTROLLED OR ALL IDIOTS WHO HAVE NOT GOTTEN VACCINATED ARE IN HOSPITALS, DYING ON RESPIRATORS AND WISHING THEY HAD GOTTEN THE VACCINE.
FIAT JUSTITIA RUAT CAELUM
As any of our learned scholars on the bench will tell you, that means "let justice be done though the heavens may fall."