Friday, May 21, 2010

Warren Sapp, Roy Black, and Other Masters of the Universe.


I'm pretty sure I saw this in a movie once:

This morning, Mr. Goodman was arrested at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami and charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. (Click here to see the police photo.) He was released on $100,000 bail.

A quick review: Mr. Goodman was returning from a late night at his polo club when he crashed his Bentley into 23-year-old Scott Wilson’s Hyundai. Mr. Wilson’s car tumbled into a canal, where it laid upside down and caused Mr. Wilson to drown, police say. Mr. Goodman’s blood alcohol level was later tested and found to be at .177, well over the .08 legal limit.

Police say Mr. Goodman waited nearly an hour to call police and didn’t make an attempt to help Wilson.

Mr. Goodman’s attorney, the famed Miami defense lawyer Roy Black, said in a statement that “Mr. Goodman intends to vigorously defend himself against the criminal charges while continuing to do all within his power to minimize any further suffering by the Wilson family. After thoroughly reviewing the facts available to us, the defense team believes that the arrest warrant and charges reveal only a part of the whole story. Mr. Goodman is entitled to his day in court. We ask that the public and the media not rush to judgment until all of the facts are known.”

Hmm, the Four Seasons, "polo magnate," a Bentley, car crash, waiting an hour, is this that Tom Wolfe book with Tom Hanks?

Meanwhile, Warren Sapp is somehow involved in the Rothstein mess.

Let me get on CM/ECF and see who his lawyer is......hey, it's Gary Farmer.....who used to work at RRA!

And he's doing it for, well, I'll let him explain it:
Petitioner is represented in the instant forfeiture proceeding by the law firm of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. ("Farmer Jaffe Weissing"). SFL note -- too long, fellas!! Farmer Jaffe Weissing have undertaken the representation of Petitioner, and more than forty (40) others similarly situation individuals (the "Farmer Jaffe Weissing Petitioners"), and has agreed not to take any portion of the subject trust fund for payment of the attorneys' fees incurred in this action. Rather, Farmer Jaffe Weissing will seek only a court awarded fee over and above the amounts owed to the Petitioners. Petitioners' counsel's interest in this proceeding is to obtain justice for the Petitioners, who seek the return of their settlement monies which were held in IOTA legal service trust accounts for their benefit by their former attorneys, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, P.A. (RRA).
Judge Cohn has set a status hearing on Sapp's petition for May 28.


Anonymous said...


Shoot The Lawyers said...

When you see lawyers fire a pre-emptive strike declaring their fidelity to non pecuniary motives, grab your wallet, check where your watch is, count your fingers, and roll up your pants.

No Conflict Here said...

But Stuart Smith, a lawyer representing fishermen hurt by the spill, remained skeptical, saying that federal and state authorities had not fulfilled their watchdog role.

Last month, for example, various state and federal Web sites included links that directed out-of-work fishermen to a BP Web site, which offered contracts that limited their right to file future claims against the company.

This month, a federal judge in New Orleans, Helen G. Berrigan, struck down that binding language in the contracts.

Anonymous said...

Caliing the Shumie @ 1pm.

Anonymous said...

One of the best novels in the last 50 years, and a wonderful reminder that no one has control over their life.

Captured a moment in time, perfectly.

NB Judge Leonard White: Let me tell you what justice is. Justice is the law. And the law is man's feeble attempt to lay down the principles of decency. Decency! And decency isn't a deal, it's not a contract or a hustle or an angle! Decency... decency is what your grandmother taught you. It's in your bones!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah: and this quote , too:

Peter Fallow: If you're going to live in a whorehouse, there's only one thing you can do: be the best damn whore around.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this sound even more like what Ted Kennedy did?

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Anonymous said...

ok. fine. You have it your way and I'll have it mine. In my version, Ted Kennedy, a flesh and blood person, got behind the wheel of a car while drunk, crashed, and an innocent person died in the water while he (the drunk) took no action until it was too late.

You can keep your fictional account of a character ultimately played by Tom Hanks in a crappy movie (ok, I liked the movie, but that doesn’t mean it was any good compared to the book).

South Florida Lawyers said...

The Teddy analogy has some parallels, I agree.

I thought of Sherman McCoy first mostly because he's such a shallow, selfish, over privileged, arrogant doofus with not one iota of self-awareness.

(Depending on your viewpoint, I may have just made your case).