Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Willy Is Official!


Dancer/lawyer/all-around good guy Wilfredo Ferrer gets the nod:

President Barack Obama nominated Miami-Dade native Wifredo Ferrer as the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida Thursday.

The position, which requires Senate confirmation, is among the most powerful of the 93 U.S. attorney's offices nationwide. The Miami post is also among the most demanding and sprawling -- with 290 prosecutors handling white-collar fraud, public corruption, drug-trafficking and human-smuggling cases from Key West to Fort Pierce.

His résumé was an easy sell: He is a one-time federal prosecutor in Miami and is currently chief of Miami-Dade County's federal litigation section. He's also the former deputy chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

The son of Cuban immigrants also was valedictorian at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High, first in his class at the University of Miami, and president of his class at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Ok ok, but is he qualified?

11 comments:

  1. In Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath, police shot six people – killing two – as they crossed a bridge in search of food. For years the case was a shocking symbol of the confusion and violence that swept through the flooded city. On Wednesday it became a mark of shame for the police department.

    As victims' relatives watched from the courtroom gallery, a retired lieutenant who supervised the department's probe of the shootings pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down unarmed civilians.

    Michael Lohman, a 21-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors said Lohman and other unidentified officers conspired to fabricate witness statements, falsify reports of the incident and plant a gun in an attempt to make it appear the killings were justified.

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  2. In this time of hope and change...I sincerely hope that wf will breath a sense of ethics into the sd fla us atty's office...something that has been sorely missed for too long.

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  3. Can't teach an old dog new tricks, even with a new owner.

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  4. And now you know, why we do what we do.

    To stand idly by and do nothing, to chalk it up to business as usual, to contend that a difference cannot be made, to decide that doing what we do well and zealously and being targeted by the same corrupt authority, is not worth it, is not an option.

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  5. No...I still fight like hell and take lumps...but hey, it is what we do

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  6. Actually had to pull a comment, come on folks.

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  7. at least he got a job now. he applied for school board attorney a few years ago and actually made the finalist list despite no experience in either local government or education.

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  8. There's a reason he has that juice.

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  9. From his earliest days as a law clerk and associate, he has worked harder, longer, and with greater enthusiasm and upbeat demeanor than almost any of his peers. His dedication to public service is clear. He has no enemies and few intelelctual peers.
    While his "connections" are impressive, they were earned through hard work, not bought or inherited. The guy has always wanred to make a contribution. Now he has an opportunity to do it,and I surely hope that he takes a crack at the widespread police problems we have in this county, which may not be as apparent to everyone as is official corruption, but effects far more of our citizens and works to handicap generation after generation of youngsters who are forced to grow up without their fathers.
    Willie has always empathized with the underdog and with those who had little. Now he can help them. Joe Klock

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  10. Agree completely and thank you Joe for your eloquent comment.

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  11. In the hopes of restructuring the atty's office in the southern district of Florida, Hopefully he looks deep into the misconduct of his own peers in the Prosecutors office and corrects the injustice of there practices..ie Forced confessions, coercion, threats and a whole host of other ethical wrongdoings that his office portrays..For there own greed and selfishness..

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