Skip to main content

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!

Comments

  1. Happy Friday SFL!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Happy Friday, SFL.
    Sincerely,
    Your #1 Fan.

    ReplyDelete
  3. @12:29

    I've known him longer than his daughter.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @12:49,
    I still think I'm his #1 Fan.
    Have a good weekend, GW.

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

    ReplyDelete
  6. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm a whacker not a fighter!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 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.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Kind of Federal Judge!

Sure we have Scott Rothstein and his lovely Tom James clothier Romina Sifuentes, but Louisiana has ED LA judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr.:
A federal judge from Louisiana who had run up big gambling debts routinely solicited money and gifts from lawyers with cases before his court, Congressional investigators said Tuesday as the House opened impeachment hearings in the judge’s case. The judge, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court, had more than $150,000 in credit card debt by 2000, mostly for cash advances spent in casinos, investigators said. Judge Porteous’s requests for cash became so frequent that one New Orleans lawyer said he started trying to dodge the judge.“He began to use excuses that he needed it for tuition, he needed it for living expenses,” the lawyer, Robert Creely, told a House Judiciary Committee task force. “I would avoid him until I couldn’t avoid him anymore.”
Mr. Creely said he and his law partner, Jacob Amato, gave Judge Porteous an estimated $20,000 o…

Honoring Richard C. Seavey

I drank a shit-ton of bourbon last night. Enough to float a battleship.

My head hurts. But not as much as my heart.

We lost another lawyer over the weekend. Not someone who will receive facebook accolades and other public claims of friendship and statements that he shaped and changed lives and careers. Just a guy who did the best he could with what he had. Every day. And he did very, very well to be the best person he could be. 
Richard Seavey was a profoundly private person. In his 49 years, he walked through more than his share of trials and tribulations, mostly asking for no help, leaning on no one. 

Richard was a fantastic lawyer. He could try a case. He could "litigate" a case. He could mediate and settle a case. He was nuanced. He bent but never broke. The blustery Miami lawyer never scared him. To the contrary, he found humor in it, studying it like a science project. Richard never got too high or too low. He was good at lawyering, but you got the f…

First Carnival Triumph Lawsuit on File!

It was filed in the SD FL (of course) and is pending before Judge Graham.

Check it out here.

The lawyer on the pleading is Marcus R. Spagnoletti.