This outrageous story is more suited for Rumpy (and I'd be interested in his opinion on it), but it does involve our good friends over at Mark Hicks' shop. It's about a horror story that resulted from a police sting on "illegal taxis" that happened to snare a guy who gave an undercover office a ride home. Turns out the "criminal" tends the house of Mark Hicks' father. Go get 'em Ellen:
He retired after a work injury — a tie he was working on snapped and split the top of his head open. He was hospitalized for 26 days. He removed his cap to reveal a long scar from the bridge of his nose to the back of his head. He now lives off of his pension and, since 1990, an odd job caring for ailing snowbird Hillard Hicks’ Coral Gables property. There, he does light housework when the owner returns to Idaho — he flushes the toilets, puts the mail on the table, washes the windows and cleans the patio.
As it turns out, his employer’s son, Mark Hicks, is a partner at the Hicks & Kneale law firm in Miami. When O’Neal called his boss and told him the story, his son’s firm decided to take the case pro bono.
“It was outrageous,” said Hicks & Kneale attorney Ellen Novoseletsky, who was assigned the case. “He received a notice that his car would be auctioned off on June 3 if he didn’t come up with the fees. The firm had to advance him the money. When Mark Hicks first heard the story, he thought, ‘Is the county spending our tax dollars on sting operations to catch little old men and not targeting the real criminals?’”
Good for you, Mark.
So as our state judiciary faces layoffs and terminations, as our justice system deals with historic funding cuts, our smart guys are busting people for hydroponic pot operations and old men for taking $6 bucks to give someone a ride home.