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David M. Edelstein, PA
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"The Courts of the Southern District of Florida remain closed for normal operating business, anticipated to open to the public no sooner than Monday, Sept. 18th. The closure is due to school closures and travel conditions, as well as power outages at various courthouses impacting services including the Court’s computer network."

http://coop.flsd.uscourts.gov/?page_id=14369
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"All Miami-Dade Courts and Clerk of Courts’ offices will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, pending clearance by the Miami-Dade Internal Services Dept. to resume operations at courthouse facilities.

The courts and clerk's offices expect to re-open on Monday, Sept. 18th.
All Court proceedings previously scheduled on the dates of court closure (Sept. 7-8 and Sept. 11-15) will be re-scheduled and parties will be notified accordingly."
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #6
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #6
jud11.flcourts.org
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Over the years, I've represented hundreds of clients who have been charged with shoplifting or petit theft. Most of them have never been in trouble before. Believe it or not, I've represented doctors, bankers, attorneys—just about everyone you can think of. So why did they do it?

Although there are definitely cases where people are falsely arrested, most of my clients freely admit their guilt and come to me like a dog with its tail between its legs. They are racked with shame and actually apologize for coming to see me (?!). I try to get them to stop beating themselves up, but it’s not easy. They seem to have a really difficult time reconciling their criminal behavior with their self-image. The worst part is that no matter how hard they rack their brain, they never seem to come up with an explanation for their behavior.

This is where I come in.

Let's just say that as a criminal defense lawyer, I get a pretty unique perspective on people. After a while, you start to see patterns. And one of those patterns is the self-flagellating shoplifting client.

So here is what I have learned and what I tell my clients: "No matter how hard you try, you will probably never be able to explain what possessed you to shoplift."

The fact is, people aren't perfect. Sometimes we can't explain why we do the things we do. And thank God for that! How boring would life be if there were no hiccups, everything made sense and 2 + 2 always equal 4?

We're all human. And we all make mistakes. You didn't commit a war crime. So please stop torturing yourself (Just don't do it again because I'll have to charge you more next time...) ;)
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Adjust your rearview mirror, we're about to backwards: Sessions signals he’d abandon Obama sentencing, police oversight reforms http://dedelste.in/2iGthOB
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I wore the other hat in this case representing the victim for a change. After a long day in court, justice was served with a guilty verdict. And it tasted just as sweet..

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/09/08/hector-olivera-found-guilty-assault-sentenced-jail/90094634/
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The picture undoubtedly would have been better if I had been clutching a copy of the Constitution to my chest. But unfortunately, I left my copy at home..
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Kudos to Rep. David Richardson for going above and beyond in his diligent selfless commitment to effecting change in the State's much maligned prison system. A shining example of public service, and to what's possible when a determined individual stops talking, and starts doing.

We're lucky to have him.

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Incredibly, I find myself tipping my hat to Gov. Rick Scott for signing a bill this week repealing the draconian 10-20-LIFE law that requires stiff mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with firearms. This one-size-fits-all law caused some glaring injustices in a number of cases. Sadly, this law will not be applied retroactively to those cases—but at least, there won't be any more

Now for those draconian drug law mandatory minimums...

Read the story here: http://dedelste.in/1QmcCsS
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As a former public defender, I know first-hand how much of a difference  I made in people's cases. That being said, public defender offices are underfunded and overburdened. It is refreshing to see the chief of the Justice Department's civil rights division recognize the plight of poor criminal defendants and the need for meaningful funding of the right to counsel.
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The Emperor Wears No Clothes
The Emperor Wears No Clothes
miami-criminal-lawyer.net
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