The new federal guidelines manual is here, and you know what that means?
A certain federal blogger is blissing out over the new manual. From an in depth discussion of the color changes (the new one is blue with gold lettering), to an analysis on the appendix B changes, you can read all about it here.
There is a video you are expecting to see. Scroll down. We will not disappoint you. We never do.
ZOOM DAY TWO
Meanwhile, based on our blog post yesterday, this much we know. Regardless of whether or not the Zoom ID numbers are to be found somewhere in the morass of state court web pages, they are NOT readily accessible. They should be on the front page, and under the word ZOOM not Virtual Court Hearings or whatever bureaucratic speak they use.
And while we are at it, and we direct this to a few judges who read the blog every day and do correspond with us, let us ask you a few questions. You are a plumber, your assistant was arrested, you go on the 11th Circuit web page to find out the following:
1) What time are felony bond hearings? Where are they held? What is the Zoom number? When bond is posted, where is the person released and how long does it take?
2) What time are misdemeanor bond hearings (same questions as above).
3) What time are Domestic Violence bond hearings? Does the same judge who does felony or misdemeanor bond hearings do the DV hearings, or is it a different judge in a different place with a different Zoom number?
Judges and clerks talk a good game about being public servants. Then let them serve the public and make it easy for people to find answers for these questions. We hazard a guess that over 90% of people going on the clerk or 11th Circuit Web page want an answer to one of those questions. We are watching.
And now, because you just know DOM had a similar reaction yesterday when he heard the news at his office on top of a garage... here is the video you all want.