Monday, October 27, 2014

Let's Talk Judge Walsh -- It's Countdown Time!


I suppose we should talk former Chief Judge Joel Brown too:
As the former chief judge of Miami-Dade Circuit Court, I do know what will happen if our community fails to support this project. The existing 90-year-old Dade County Courthouse is not only an eyesore and a disgrace to the dignity of our system of justice, it is also in grave risk of either being closed due to condemnation or having some part of the building cease to function for months on end due to colossally inevitable repairs.

And then what? Since the entire circuit is operated as a single unit, the courtrooms in the downtown building will no longer be available, and that by necessity will create a ripple effect in the other courthouses. This will lead to slowdowns and stoppages of civil business disputes, criminal prosecutions, injury cases, divorce and custody matters, domestic violence cases, juvenile and dependency matters where foster child placements may be delayed, and significant delays in decisions as to who either goes to or stays in jail.

The civil trials will be moved throughout the system, and each division of the courts will be impacted. The criminal, family and juvenile courts will all experience a slowdown as they will need to share their courtrooms and facilities with 260 clerks of court, the 25 circuit civil judges and the five civil county judges. The 936,000 yearly visitors and 65,000 yearly jurors who come to the civil courthouse will have to be dispersed to our criminal, juvenile and family courthouses.
Essentially the entire gamut of how we in this country decide what is right and wrong will be delayed.

Denying or even delaying this new courthouse will be a stain on us for decades.
Now back to Judge Walsh:
As a circuit court judge, I read with interest the Herald recommendation that the bond referendum on the ballot for funding to replace our 90-year-old courthouse isn’t yet ready for a Yes vote.
The suggestion is that somehow it’s feasible for us to relegate our court dockets to satellite courthouses and hearings in cyberspace.

Each of the satellite county court judges handles thousands of cases in their divisions such as in Coral Gables, where each judge handles 7,000 cases. Where would the 41 judges of circuit court go to conduct court?

Miami-Dade has the distinction of holding court in the oldest courthouse in the state. Each county in our state maintains a court system that’s safe, hygienic, structurally sound and adequate — except Miami-Dade County.

It’s not my place to question why, but it’s shameful that every day, the people who need our courts endure mold, structural damage, asbestos, dust, and flooding. Jurors, 800 per week, share three public restrooms.

Our elevators break down, the air conditioning system dates to the 1950’s and 41 judges share 22 courtrooms and this number is dwindling as courtrooms are sealed off to address mold and asbestos complaints. 
Fellas, relax -- and your complaint is what exactly?

Seriously, the Herald's "caution" that we need to better think through a plan for construction means only one thing -- the Herald was not adequately consulted in advance on a plan for construction.

(Jorge, why did we not get Herald buy-in in advance?)

But, as Judge Butchko says, we're not building a rocket ship to Mars -- it's a building.

When you consider all the lame-brained projects that have gotten routinely approved (and funded) in our County and which provide next-to-no public benefit, the notion that we need to conduct further study before we can conclude that a new courthouse is needed is just political hogwash. 

What it will mean is further delay, further deprivations of justice, and a different set of interests to be greased -- ten or more years down the road.

26 comments:

  1. The courthouse is just infrastructure and this country is adverse to spending money on infrastructure. Did I say country? No, actually it's only one political party clutching tightly to a narrow form of nihilism that says, "if we can't win all others must lose."

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  2. Ha, ha, ha: the Miami Herald.

    Good for their "Editors" to know the Judiciary's opinion of that "news"paper.

    Petty, small minded herald folks will likely target Judge Walsh by endorsing her opponent.

    Kudos to Her Honor for expressing the facts and not being bullied by that rag.

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  3. So, its Bush's fault that we don't have a new courthouse. I got it now. So I guess, Alex Penelas, Maurice Ferre, Steve Clark, etc. have nothing to do with the current situation.

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  4. It is also Bush's fault that you haven't had a proper orgasim since 1982. Nation Reagan is calling you secessionists!

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  5. I think he meant the local hack pol spouting off to prevent the bond.

    Can't even remember the fatty's name.

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  6. I guess you're just mad that the Matt Shepard murder was thoroughly exposed as a fraudulent, agit-prop movement over the weekend.

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  7. I think 3:58 is referring to this: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/10/27/the-guardian-promotes-discredited-debunked-book/201327

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  8. Right, because there's always a 'right reason' to beat a kid to death. I'm getting hell hotter for you fucktard.

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  9. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/26/the-truth-behind-americas-most-famous-gay-hate-murder-matthew-shepard

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  10. That would be almost interesting if not for the confessions of the perpetrators that they killed Mathew, at least in part, because he was gay.

    I could, if I so chose, post a different victim of homophobic violence on this blog every night from now until eternity. Mathew is just one of many.

    So what's the point? That people aren't killed and victimized because they are gay??? We all know that's a crock of shit. That Mathew had it coming to him because he MAY HAVE been a recreational drug user??? Nice. You win Godwhacker's Heartless Asshole of the Day award.

    This is a losing issue for social conservatives. It's a special kind of stupid that keeps dredging it up. You'll never win. You've already lost. Now go away.

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  11. I think you are missing the real point of the article -

    Apparently (assuming it is accurate), one of the perpetrators was at least bisexual and prostituting himself in relation to his drug habit; he also was a sexual partner with M.S.

    If what you say is true about his confession, the fact that he was also bisexual or homosexual, or a male prostitute, speaks volumes of the homophobia that forced him into the closet and into the darkenss of the meth/gay world where people were doing dangerous things because they could not do them in the open.

    Really, ask yourself: how many young men end up addicted to serious drugs as a result of the fact that they have to hide their sexual orientation, or engage in unsafe practices they would not otherwise do if society just simply accepted homosexuality?

    I don't care if the M.S. case was incorrectly used to pass hate crime legislation - it was important legislation that needed to be passed.

    But that doesn't mean that people should ignore the truth, or not be interested in what really occurred.

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  12. I'm not missing anything. I can see the real motives behind this hateful nonsense crystal clear. There isn't an important event in human history that isn't stretched beyond its original actuals. And while you may support the hate crime laws, this book is being seized upon as an a ha moment by those who oppose them. Whatever Mathew did, he paid the ultimate price and it's rather sordid to soil the name of the dead to appease not truth, but crass gutter politics.

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  13. Just Another InternOctober 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Who trusts statements made during "confessions"?

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  14. Let me also add that the possible fact that one of the perpetrators was gay or bisexual does't eliminate the homophobia from the equation. Some of the most vulgar and violent homophobia comes from closeted homosexuals.

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  15. The statements on the motivations for the murder that I'm talking about were interviews conducted years after the trial.

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  16. "Soil the names of the dead" isn't that what you do to Ronnie Reagan everyday?

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  17. Ronald Reagan's GhostOctober 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I soiled myself regularly, but only after approval from the astrologist. You can never be to careful folks! It was a kinky sex thing I learned at Bohemian Grove.

    Extra nappies!

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  18. So angry.

    Why can't you respond to an argument you disagree with, rather than go on a tirade? If all the people you are fighting with did not get along with the one and true owner/writer on this blog, maybe you would seem reasonable.

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  19. Ronald Reagan's GhostOctober 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I'll tell you what was reasonable! Inventing crack cocaine and selling it in the inner cities to fund those freedom fighters the Contras! It was genius, pure genius!

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  20. Ronald Reagan's GhostOctober 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    And holding up the release of the hostages in Iran and then selling Iran weapons! And then I called the Taliban "the equivalent of our founding fathers."

    Obama and George W. got nothing on me! I funded both sides baby, from day 1! From day fucking 1!

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  21. Still so angry.

    Why can't you be drawn into the narrow argument that I want you to be in, just like in my sexual fantasy? If all the people you are fighting with (just me) did not get along with the one and true owner/writer on this blog, maybe you would seem reasonable. And then, perhaps, I could form a coherent sentence after the orgasm.

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  22. Godwhacker says, "Keep your Gods and your psycho-stalkers on a tight leash. They need the control, really they do."

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  23. Coherent is not in the cards for you. Ever.

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  24. Is someone having an argument with themselves again? Oh, dear.

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