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Friday, February 16, 2018

MANSFIELD INVESTITURE FRIDAY



The league of prosecutors may be a collection of super-heroes, but they need a good editor. 

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The League of Prosecutors congratulates

the Honorable Joseph Mansfield

as she is sworn in today as County Court Judge.

       

 
      We wish you success as you serve the citizens of Miami-Dade County.
     

 



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It happens to the best of us. We made a typo once. It was post #789. 

Long weekend. Enjoy. 

From Occupied America, Fight the Power. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CODE BROWN

CODE BROWN and a building-wide lockdown was the order of the day today- Thursday- starting around 10:15 AM and lasting for about an hour. As "Code Brown, clear people from the hallways" was repeatedly broadcast over the REGJB loudspeakers, corrections officers and bailiffs hustled people from the hallway into the courtrooms and then locked the doors. 

Several lawyers reported judges being whisked off the bench and going to their chambers, leaving a courtroom of scared and confused citizens in the galley, and lawyers, PDs and ASAs commenting on the judges' absences. We note that leadership occurs when regular people do irregular things at moments of real and possible danger. Did any judge remain in court to calm everyone down? Or did they just huddle in their chambers, peaking out from below their desks? We do not know. 

Of course in the wake of yesterday's tragedy, the Code Brown lockdown was met with fear and nervous silence in many courtrooms. The incessant beeping of the public address system for long periods of time didn't help calm the nerves of the people locked inside the courtroom. 

We live in violent times. 
But we need those guns, right? 
Gotta have those guns. 
Second amendment and the lord and all that. 
Jesus wants us to have guns. So does the NRA and Trump. 

From occupied America, where mentally ill people have easy access to firearms which allows them to murder children in their school, Fight The Power!

IN MEMORIAM

There is no joy in a world and a society  where children are murdered by people shooting them with guns at their school. 

When is enough enough? How many more children need to die? 

Monday, February 12, 2018

COLOMBIA??? WHO KNEW??

Miami lawyer and frequent REGIB habituate Joaquin Perez has been barred from entering Colombia. That's the country, not the University on the upper west side of Manhattan (which is spelled Columbia btw). Perez is now abogado non grata in Colombia and the prisons in which narco-traffickers are being held pending extradition to the United States. 

The Herald in this article says that Miami lawyers are flying to Colombia, and making lots of money getting deals for people who are being held pending extradition to the United States!!!!

Say is ain't so joe. 

We are shocked, shocked to find that there is gambling on these premises. 

Miami lawyers....flying to Colombia...cutting deals....for money??? 

Nah. 

From Occupied America, fight the power!!

BTW- it's 25 degrees today, here in the cold apple. If you can get into one of the WOW suites at the W, we highly recommend it. 
Here's an "only in NY" Times article about a city artist that draws hearts on sidewalks. 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

METAPHSYICS

Let’s get Metaphysical! (Apologies to Oliva Newton John).
UBER- FRONT OR BACK?
First, the burning question of the moment: Uber/Lyft- front seat or back?
It’s creepy to get into the front seat with a stranger, especially drivers that don’t talk. But I always feel bad when I get in the back seat arnd the driver is cool and chatty.
There doesn’t seem to be a solution to this dilemma.
LOG ME IN PLEASE
I was trying to log on to something yesterday and of course I forgot my info. So then I had to long on to my app that stores all my info. And then I logged on to the app I was trying to log on to. And I realized that I do that about three times a day. Five minutes per issue…fifteen minutes. TM says you should meditate twenty minutes a day twice a day. So what is my time better spent? Logging into apps so I can log into apps? Or meditating?
And then I thought this: Logging is now something we do all the time. Every day. Multiple times a day. Until we log out.
Until we log out for good. Until we are gone. And you know what? I can send texts and emails to friends who are gone. Dead gone. And it’s so strange.

NEW JUDGES
I know both lawyers who got appointed Friday. One is great, one not so much. Oh well, 50% isn’t bad.
I'LL BE THERE
TMC is the best cable channel and Sunday night at 8:00 is one of my fav movies: The Grapes of Wrath. Watch it just for a young Henry Fonda’s  (Tom Joad’s) speech at the end: “…wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.
 NOT ME TOO
I can’t believe I’m saying this but…the President is sort of correct on the #metoo allegations. People’s lives…men’s lives should not be destroyed on a mere allegation. Of course men like Harvey Weinstein and the like, men facing serial abuse and rape allegations over decades deserve no sympathy.  But do we destroy a person’s life over an unproven allegation?
There are two sides to every story and here is one. Call it a hypothetical. A hypothetical classmate in law school who (to use legal language here) knowingly and willingly  engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a married professor. When the professor went to end it, the classmate asked for and received a substantial sum of money…two times. The second time in exchange for unfettered access to their email and social media to erase all pictures, emails and text messages.
The Hypothetical student is a wrong as the Prof.
Great professor. Dumb relationship. The hypothetical professor has had a successful career. Won pro bono cases at the highest appellate levels for indigent clients. Should their career be ended because of a personal failing? Or to quote Jesus, “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”
(please note, the location of the hypothetical law school, and the gender of the hypothetical parties have not been disclosed, and should not be speculated upon.)
HARVARD
Harvard peeps- New prez selected Sunday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY T
Let’s end on a happy note. On February 8, 1820 my favorite civil war general- William Tecumseh Sherman (“Billy T” but known to his compatriots as “Cump”) was born. His father died when he was young and his mother sent his brother to be raised by a family member, and he was sent to be raised by Thomas Ewing, a friend of his father. Sherman later married Ewing’s daughter. Sherman’s service in the war, much like that of his friend U.S. Grant, was up and down. He was given commands, and relived of them, and at one point publicly accused of being mad (as in crazy). But if there is one thing Grant was, he was a superb judge of fighting talent. And he knew he had a winner in Sherman. In late 1863 Sherman was given command of the Army of Tennessee. The following spring Grant recommended his promotion to Supreme Commander of the Armies of the West. Upon taking command he received this famous order from Grant: “Create havoc and destruction of all resources that would be beneficial to the enemy.” And that Sherman did in a terrible manner not before seen on any battlefield. Sherman was the first general in modern history to employ a "scorched earth" military campaign. 
With almost 100,000 troops in his army, Sherman marched through the south (known as his “March to the Sea”- from Atlanta to Savannah ) in one of the great military campaigns of all time. We can only pray an army will never again lay waste on American soil what Sherman did in, and too, the South. As Lee held off Grant at Petersberg, Sherman lay waste to anything and everything in his way, and in Lee’s rear.
On the night before Christmas Eve in 1864, Sherman sent Lincoln a telegram presenting him with Savannah, Georgia, as a “Christmas Gift.”  It is fair to say that without Sherman’s fearsome march through the south, the war would have lasted far longer. When Grant retired, Sherman was promoted to General of the Army, a rank above a five-star general. Other Generals of the Army have been Grant (the first), Pershing, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Hap Arnold. And Bradley. Not a bad group.
Sorry, but let’s actually end on a sad note. I don’t see a Lincoln, Eisenhower, or Grant in our future.
No, let’s end on a happy note. Lincoln came almost out of nowhere to save the Union. Grant was a down on his luck merchant when the civil war revived his career. Eisenhower was picked from virtual obscurity behind a desk by Marshall over dozens of more experienced generals to lead the war. So we can only hope we have another miracle left to save our union.
Blog peeps were asking for me. And here I am. 👩 (Can't end without one emoji.)'
MM. 



Friday, February 09, 2018

TWO NEW COUNTY COURT JUDGES COMING TO A COURTROOM NEAR YOU .....


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

AND YOUR TWO NEWEST COUNTY COURT JUDGES ARE:

LAURA SHEARON CRUZ. Ms. Shearon Cruz is 39 years old and she has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2007 out of Tulane Law School. She spent her first four years working as an ASA, then left the office in 2011 to join Wicker Smith doing civil litigation (defense insurance cases). She returned four years later in 2015 and she is currently a DC and handles homicide cases. She was born in Memphis and she grew up in Alabama. Her father was an attorney and her great grandfather was criminal court Judge in Tennessee. She is married to Erick Cruz, former ASA and current criminal defense attorney. Judge Cruz replaces Judge Ivonne Cuesta. ***Up until today, Shearson Cruz was a candidate in Group 18 of the County Court running against Mike Mirabal. (Group 18 is an open seat due to the retirement of Judge White Labora).

CHRISTINA DIRAIMONDO. Ms. DiRaimondo is 33 years old and she has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2010 out of Nova Law. She is also with the State Attorney’s Office and she replaces Judge Laura Ann Stuzin. She is also a Division Chief and has been with the office for all seven years of her career.

CAPTAIN OUT .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com
 


YOUR NEW COUNTY COURT JUDGE

ASA Laura Shearson- Cruz. Got the call today/last night. 

Good pick. Seems like a good and experienced prosecutor. 

For all the grief we give them, Rumpole always says former prosecutors make the best Judges. 

From Occupied America, where the Government is open, then it's closed, then it's open, Fight the Power (when it's open and even when it's not). 

Monday, February 05, 2018

ICE MEMO

It's getting cold.....brrrrr....Icy as it were. 
ICE (Motto: "Deport em all, let Mexico sort it out") is coming for your client. 
In the courthouse. 
Arrests in the courtroom. In the courthouse. And if you speak up, why they may just deport you with your client. 
So, in the words of our brilliant, constitutional-scholar-President, "STFU and stand aside while we deport them to their sh*t-hole countries. "





From Occupied America, where there is soon going to be plenty more room, Fight the Power! The Eagles beat the evil empire, so why can't we?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

DON'T WATCH THE SUPER BOWL

We're pretty much done with the NFL. We cannot sit and cheer while young men destroy their brains. Read this NY Times Op Ed piece by Emily Kelly about former NFL Player Rob Kelly "I'm the Wife Of a Former NFL Player. Football Destroyed His Mind."
Read that. They try and cheer a vicious hit. 

Instead try this...fast...do the opposite of the rest of the country and give your body a break and don't eat at all while everyone is stuffing themselves with pizza and wings. You will feel amazing tomorrow morning. 

Donate time at a homeless facility. The country is consumed with conspicuous consumption. Hundreds of private jets will fly into Minneapolis today. Give something back to those who are less fortunate at a time when (unlike Christmas guilt) no one is talking about the poor and homeless and the hungry anymore. 

The NFL has become synonymous with jingoism-patriotism. You can't attend a game without lengthy time devoted to the national anthem, military jets flying overhead,  video feeds of troops overseas. Football has nothing to do with patriotism. Nothing. You can be a solider and sacrifice your life to your country and not like football. You can be a patriot and not like football. You don't need to stand with your hand over your heart and sing patriotic songs under the scrutiny of your neighbor eyeing you. Are you singing loud enough? Do you really believe the words? If you are faking it, they will report you. A football game is becoming more like a forced North Korean military rally than a game. 


Spend a quiet afternoon reading Rupi Kaur's poetry. She will touch your soul. A five yard run off tackle will not. 

But tradition is tradition. So for your enjoyment, we give you our super bowl analysis. 

Coin toss lock: Heads. 
under 48.5
Cheater FG will be first score.
Under 24 points first half. 

And ...... forgo the points and take the money line, because tonight, in the streets of Philly, they will be singing "Fly Eagles Fly, on the road to victory..." 

From Occupied America, try doing something different than the crowd. It will make you a better person. Fight the power. Don't watch the super bowl.