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David Markus
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A federal trial and appellate lawyer
A federal trial and appellate lawyer

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D’oh! Cut and paste job goes bad... charges against Assange revealed in unrelated court filing.
The Washington Post has the story, which is every lawywr’s nightmare when they hit the file button on cm/ecf: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a developmen...
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Chuck Grassley and George Will (and lots of other GOPers) think we need sentencing reform
Here’s The NY Times on Grassley’s push for federal sentencing reform, which now has a real shot of passing: A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on the most substantial rewrite of the nation’s sentencing and prison laws in a generation, giving ...
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Will Alex Acosta be named Attorney General?
Marc Caputo floats the idea here : WHAT ABOUT ACOSTA? — It’s well-known that President Donald Trump prizes loyalty and loves guys with Harvard degrees. By those standards, Alex Acosta fits the bill for attorney general. Acosta has also already survived Sena...
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Election impact on SDFLA
With the Republicans picking up seats in the Senate and Rick Scott flipping Florida to a two-GOP Senate state, it will be that much easier for Trump to push his judiciary picks.  The three pending district court judges should be confirmed shortly.  And it w...
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El Chapo trial expected to last 4 months
So absurd. No trial should last that long. It's not fair to the jurors. If the prosecutors can't prove that case in 2-3 weeks, then something is wrong. Here's Reuters with the background : U.S. prosecutors say that as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel since 20...
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U.S. v. Bruce Wayne [Harrison]
You thought you knew who Bruce Wayne was.  But you were wrong. He also goes by : Hopper, Grasshopper, and ... ... of course ... Loose Bruce. Don’t tell me that this blog never gave you important information. (And shame on you clerks for Marcus, Pryor, and R...
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Trevor Noah from the Daily Show visits Miami Beach
He’s here all week.  Good stuff.  He explains how the news has followed him here to Miami with the bomb case (clip from YouTube here ). Here are some other clips from last night including Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber presenting Noah with the key to the city...
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Slow blogging.
Sorry for the very slow blogging lately. I’ve been traveling and under water at work. Please send tips if you have them and I will post. Also, please let me know if you want to guest post about the SDFLA. Meantime, an arrest has been made in this District (...
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“Almost nobody knows that James Madison wrote the Constitution, they all think it was Thomas Jefferson … and he was in France!”
That was Justice Gorsuch speaking on the public's lack of knowledge about government and the judiciary. SCOTUSblog has more : The justice noted that even law clerks who come to his office fail to recognize a portrait of Madison hanging above a fireplace. Go...
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11th Circuit affirms conviction where portion of trial occurred without the defendant and her lawyer
The case is U.S. v. Lourdes Garcia . It is the follow up to U.S. v. Roy, where the trial proceeded without the defendant present and was affirmed by the en banc 11th Circuit. Both cases involve the same district judge. Here’s how Garcia starts out, by Jud...
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