Mike Mayo: Florida Bar should protect rights, not judges

"Investigation targeting Fort Lauderdale attorney/blogger Bill Gelin is disturbing ... "

Howard Finkelstein Op Ed: Satz, institutional racism, and cannabis laws

"A recent report revealed that blacks are arrested and prosecuted for possession of marijuana by Broward  State Attorney Mike Satz at 3.7 times the rate of whites resulting in institutionalized racism ... "

Broward may offer alternative in pot cases

"Prosecutors are more hesitant than defense lawyers to commit ... "

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SS: Marc Gold and the Double Jeopardy defense

"But Gold did not appear to realize that once a jury has been sworn in to hear a criminal trial, jeopardy is attached, meaning the case has to proceed unless there are extraordinary circumstances, such as a hung jury or attorney misconduct, lawyers in the case said ... "

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  • 7/9/2013 7:34 AM toolbox wrote:
    Stamas? How did that tool get the case - he is of the Johnny Weeks caliber of lawyers.

    Seriously, Stamas didn't even know the law on this at the time, according to the story?! Ouch.

    Just goes to show, it's not what you know ...
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  • 7/9/2013 8:10 AM Warspite wrote:
    The Florida Bar should be determining their correct course of action regarding Marc Gold. If the Bar believes the judge committed an idiotic and dangerous error (the defendant might have been on trial for any number of felonies), what do they do? Just make a note on what happened because until Gold is off the bench only the JQC can discipline him? Who is going to make the complaint to the JQC? The State Attorneys Office (ha! Right) ?

    Nope, the Bar's time is better spent trying to undermine the First Amendment. That is really showing excellent judgment, guys.
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  • 7/9/2013 8:44 AM stupid is as stupid does wrote:
    Is Gold getting senile or just pitching a fit again without thinking?
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  • 7/9/2013 9:03 AM Fidel Castro wrote:
    The parties behind the movement to silence criticism of Judges will be named Most Excellent Senior Advisers in my Communist Dictatorship. We will sweep the rot of American immorality off the face of the Earth together!
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  • 7/9/2013 9:20 AM Gold is a Problem wrote:
    Gold constantly makes mistakes in remembering documents, testimomy, and even names. He is also more irritable and defensive because of his forgetting. Seriously, I know that a lot of people use this blog to make their mean-spirited grievances public, but this is a big problem and has been for a long time. It is not his fault but he is unable to recognize it. Will someone close to Gold please do the right thing and intervene?
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  • 7/9/2013 10:05 AM Jack Thompson to Mike Mayo wrote:
    Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:01:36 AM
    Subject: Florida Bar's Unconstitutional Speech Codes

    Mike, good on you (as the Aussies would say) for your insightful piece regarding the above.

    I have been doing what I can, as a disbarred lawyer, to help Bill. I think Bill will tell you that I basically predicted this would happen.

    Why is it happening? Because The Bar has unconstitutional speech codes that would not withstand federal judicial scrutiny. They are patently violative of the First Amendment. And even the Florida Supreme Court in the Bar v. Brake held in the year 2000 that a lawyer could not be disciplined for something he has said and done when while doing so he was not representing a client. The exception, of course, is if a lawyer commits a felony. But our own High Court, that is supposed to control and supervise The Bar, says that unless you say something in the practice of law, on behalf of a client, then you cannot be regulated for that.

    The ABA in 1992 issued its McKay Commission Report, which cited as fatally flawed the lawyer discipline system that The Florida Bar has. The ABA says that Bar Governors must have NOTHING to do with discipline, because the process can thereby become politicized. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas warned in Lathrop v. Donahue that eventually "state bars would become goose-stepping brigades" keen on crushing nonconformist lawyers for their speech.

    So here we are. Mike, I was disbarred for appearing on 60 Minutes at the request of Ed Bradley. My permanent disbarment order (permanent disbarment does not even exist in this state unless you are practicing law without a license when you have been stripped of it) says I was disbarred for my speech. So Bill is just the latest victim because he took on some corrupted judges. The Bar thus defines "judicial independence" as judges being above criticism.

    This is a scandal of the highest order. The Bar is out to intimidate all practitioners of law with whom they disagree.

    This must be taken up in federal court in a case which cannot be appealed to the knuckleheads of all stripes who sit on the Florida Supreme Court. The Bar is the tail that is wagging the Supreme Court dog. The Bar has become a wholly insulated fourth branch of government in this state, as the ABA and Justice Douglas predicted it would.

    Jack Thompson, 305-666-4366
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  • 7/9/2013 10:15 AM Gold-en Years wrote:
    Now we know the secret why Gold gives such liberal sentences. He forgets the charges and fact patterns by the time he gets around to the sentencing. Shhhhhhhhh.... leave him be. Forgetting is a good thing.
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  • 7/9/2013 11:24 AM Frat Stud wrote:
    Guys in my high school used to bang much younger girls. It was no big deal.
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  • 7/9/2013 12:11 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Blanc doesn't have a chance with Scott. I don't know why he bothers.
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  • 7/9/2013 12:39 PM Anonymous wrote:
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  • 7/9/2013 1:42 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Judge Richards knows when jeopardy attaches.

    Just saying.
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  • 7/9/2013 3:39 PM Anonymous wrote:
    A very nice article by Mr. Mayo.
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  • 7/9/2013 5:17 PM Call out to Community Leaders wrote:
    Let's all be honest-NO ONE wants to send anyone to jail over marijuana. Instead of expanding our Courts we should decriminalize it. Thank you Howard Finkelstein, I just wish more leaders of this community would get some balls and do the right thing. Hello Perry Thurston, Hello Michael Satz, Hello Sheriff Israel, Hello anyone in power who wants positive change.
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  • 7/10/2013 10:44 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Just how dumb is Judge Gold? This isn't the first time his irritable attitude has caused a problem.
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  • 7/10/2013 12:06 PM OldGold wrote:
    I think he needs a competency evaluation... quickly.
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  • 7/10/2013 12:31 PM Anonymous wrote:
    If the blogging is against racism does that mean those against the blogging are in favor of racism?
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  • 7/10/2013 6:42 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Always found Judge Gold to be a little off the wall. At least he doesn't hurt the defendants. He's just apparently a little distracted once in a while. There's alot worse judges in Broward, alot worse.
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