Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday news and notes -- Back to school edition

1.  Judge Huck is trying to tutor young lawyers.  Via the DBR:

Senior U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck said when he got out of law school in 1965, he didn't need to consult a career counselor.
Freshly minted lawyers simply cracked open the Martin-Hubbell Law Directory and figured out where they wanted to start practicing law. Then they started to make phone calls.
"Back then if a law firm was really busy and they needed a lawyer, they needed them right then," said Huck, who after graduating the University of Florida loaded up his Volkswagen Beetle and headed south to an Orlando firm.
Coming off the Great Recession, it's not so easy for new lawyers these days.
So Huck organized two seminars aimed at making it a little easier. Early last month, he again assembled the Federal Court Observer Program, a mainstay for seven years. He also reached out to young lawyers at his alma matter.

2. Go Dore Go.  Dore Louis' creative motion for NSA records started a new trend.  I think it's hilarious that the Miami Herald refers to Dore Louis not as Mr. Louis or Louis, but as Dore:

One of the first phone-records motions in a criminal case came from Marshall Dore Louis, a Miami defense attorney who represents Terrance Brown, implicated in a federal bank truck robbery conspiracy case. Dore may have started a trend.

After Dore filed his motion in June, he received calls and email messages from dozens of attorneys across the country interested in filing similar motions in their cases.

In addition, many more attorneys in drug-trafficking cases nationwide are said to be preparing motions after Reuters revealed on Aug. 5 that the NSA is a partner in a special Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) unit that supplies tips to local law-enforcement authorities. Those tips come from a massive phone-records database that the DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD) taps, Reuters said.

The expected onslaught of demands for NSA records from defense attorneys is an ironic twist for a once-secretive agency whose acronym was often jokingly said to stand for No Such Agency.

3.  Did Steven Steiner learn his lesson.  Judge Williams hands him a 15-year sentence:

Steven Steiner, a former executive for a Fort Lauderdale insurance brokerage business that fleeced hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.
Steiner, 61, was convicted earlier this year of conspiring to launder the money to support his expensive lifestyle in waterfront homes in Fort Lauderdale and Maine, and a condominium in Manhattan.
His defense lawyer urged U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams to show mercy and sentence him to about five years, far less punishment than recommended under federal sentencing guidelines.
“Mr. Steiner is admittedly an imperfect soul,” attorney Joaquin Mendez wrote in an objection to the sentencing guidelines. “However, he requests that the court consider his good deeds and sensibilities, which the sentencing guidelines generally ignore, into account in determining the appropriate sentence.”
Federal prosecutors strongly disagreed, arguing that a 22-year prison term under the sentencing guidelines for Steiner’s offense would not be “unreasonable.”
Williams essentially split the difference in determining the punishment for the former vice president of Mutual Benefits Corp., the business that was shuttered by federal regulators almost a decade ago.
Steiner offered no apology for his wrongdoing, and instead penned a rambling, remorseless note to the judge. He described as “draconian” the indictment against him and his former partner, saying they lost everything in forfeiture to the U.S. government.
“There were clearly no real winners at the end of this trial,” Steiner wrote in his 14-page note, saying he was “no doubt one of America’s biggest losers.”
“I was ultimately punished for the greed and arrogance of others,” he concluded.

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Anonymous said...

Hurrah for giving the NSA a hard time. That's an agency that needs to go. Whatever perceived benefits there are to their existence, Snowden's revelation of the FISC's secret GENERAL WARRANT given to the NSA shows that the NSA is more of a danger to our freedoms than anything else it claims to be.

Anonymous said...

The video is so great - guy squirming is priceless

Anonymous said...

I like Dore.

s/ Nemo