Friday, October 17, 2014

How Do You Execute Against a Terrorist Organization? Plus "Bad Judge" Friday!

It's Friday, so let's keep it light with the 11th Circuit discussing FARC:
On February 13, 2003, Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Thomas Janis were flying over Colombia while performing counter-narcotics reconnaissance. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) shot their plane down and, after the plane’s crash landing, captured the group. FARC immediately executed Janis and took the survivors hostage, holding them for over five years. After they were rescued and returned to the United States, Stansell, Gonsalves, and Howes—along with Janis’s wife, Judith G. Janis, as personal representative of his estate, and his surviving children, Christopher T. Janis, Greer C. Janis, Michael I. Janis, and Jonathan N. Janis—(collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint against FARC in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida under the Antiterrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2333, naming FARC and a number of associated individuals as defendants. After court-directed service of summons by publication, FARC failed to appear, and the district court entered a default judgment in favor of Plaintiffs in the amount of $318,030,000 on June 15, 2010.

Because of the difficulty inherent in the direct execution of a judgment against a terrorist organization, Plaintiffs sought to satisfy their award by seizing the assets of “agenc[ies] or instrumentalit[ies]” of FARC....
Of course there's always a bank involved!

Speaking of FARC FAWL, this "Bad Judge" show seems really stupid: 
"Over the past 35 years, the mission of Miami-Dade FAWL has been to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession. Unfortunately, 'Bad Judge' is a step in the wrong direction," said the letter from FAWL president Deborah Baker.

Among the examples FAWL complained about are a reference to a "muffin-top judge," a bumper sticker stating "If you are rich, I am single" and having sex with an expert witness in her chambers before court.
Ok, that's just hackneyed writing.

And have you seen most expert witnesses?

BTW I really like how assertive Ms. Baker has been as FAWL President -- keep it up, Deb!


Anonymous said...

Happy Friday SFL!

Anonymous said...

Happy Friday, SFL.
Your #1 Fan.

Godwhacker said...


I've known him longer than his daughter.

Anonymous said...

I still think I'm his #1 Fan.
Have a good weekend, GW.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Don't fight -- I love all my fans equally!

Shoot The Lawyers said...

Re the FAWL complaint. There are precedents. In the 1960's , the CIA agents' union asked the producers of Get Smart to stop creating negative images of undercover agents. And the USMC was not happy with Gomer Pyle showing a drill sergeant as an incompetent loud mouth buffoon.

Godwhacker said...

I'm a whacker not a fighter!

Anonymous said...

Bad Judge is right on point as was Bad Teacher. It's comedy. The facts are weird, but we all know a bad judge. Especially in Broward. Pretty much equal to having Deb as President of FAWL. Not assertive, just plainly funny.

Why is FAWL so concerned with a judge issue when women lawyers are still suffering? Deb get a grip please. There are more important matters to handle.