Monday, May 31, 2010

Buju Banton Trial Delayed.

I see David noted that nice article on Judge Cohn.

Lots of good stuff in there, but this part stuck out:
Growing up in Tuskegee, Ala., during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s, the Cohns owned a store and were one of two Jewish families in town. There was no synagogue so Cohn, his parents and his two sisters drove 40 miles west to the Reform temple in Montgomery for religious classes. "The worst part of it was I missed the first half of the NFL game," Cohn said wryly.

Cohn witnessed and was disturbed by racism against African-Americans. At an early age, he became acutely aware that his own heritage was also perceived as alien in the South.

"You want to assimilate, you don't want to be different, no kid wants to be different," Cohn said. "On the other hand, you want to maintain your Jewish heritage and traditions."
Hey, that's pretty much the first five chapters of Sarah Silverman's new book (except she grew up in rural New Hampshire and is way cuter than Judge Cohn -- no offense).

Meanwhile, Mr. Markus should have lots more time to prepare for trial, thanks to MD FL Judge Moody:

Banton's trial on drug charges originally was scheduled for April 19, the date Banton requested. But 11 days before the trial was set to start, U.S. District Judge James Moody moved it to June 21.

The defense objected, citing the cost of rearranging travel for witnesses and noting that Banton would be held in jail longer.

Moody overruled the objections.

I'm a civil litigator, so the concept of a "speedy trial" is not something generally in my lexicon.

But "justice delayed is justice denied" definitely rings a bell, or maybe I'm thinking of Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time"?

Either way, I vividly remember Professor Stotsky repeating it over and over again....


Anonymous said...

You can hear a pin drop in this post.

Anonymous said...

There's a conga party @ the SFL Memorial Day post. Fascinating topic-- the Opa Locka flea market.

Anonymous said...

Anyone smell plea?

Rumpole said...

Judge Huck would have had the case tried and sentenced and would have denied the motions for new trial by now.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, must I remind you?

Criminal Law 101 -- there are no sentencing or new trials when the defendant is ACQUITTED!

Anonymous said...

Another of Stotzky's refrains was that that "judges can do violence."

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