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Friday, July 15, 2005
Biggest case for this district?
Richard Rosenthal (a soon-to-be contributor to this blog) had a great question: What is the biggest case ever in the Southern District of Florida? I'll post it as a poll soon, but first wanted to see if there were any suggestions. Certainly the following make the list: Bush v. Gore, USA v. Magluta/Falcon, and USA v. Noriega. And maybe some class actions like the HMO litigation and Allapattah v Exxon. Any others? Post them in the comments.
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Here are some to consider: The Cops case (you pick which one), the three trials (two mistrials) of Brother Louv and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, the prosecutions of Victor Posner (just because he had big bucks and the biggest lawyer of his time, Edward Bennett Williams) or Daniel Neal Heller (biggest explicit example of anti-semitism by a trial jury), or the tobacco litigation trial (but, of course, this was in the state court of the SDFL). Or perhaps the biggest case was the one never filed -- to cover up the Iran Contra scandal. Or maybe the biggest case was heard by Judge Atkins, although it never went to trial -- the school desegregation litigation.
How about Judge Atkins's ruling in the homeless persons case a few years back? From a civil liberties standpoint, that was a big one.
Judge Davis's case involving the disputed Miami mayoral election didn't break any new legal ground, but it was fairly consequential in a local sense.
Some of the cases are obvious Bush,Noriega etc.But when I searched for Yaweh,Brother Louv,Falcon etc. which I never heard of it came back with nothing on this site. How big can they be? An which police cases as there have been many? A summary of those cases would be nice .
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