Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Blog About

I am so bloggingThe exciting moment you’ve been waiting for all summer has finally arrived!

On July 6, 2014, Major League Baseball officially announced the rosters for the 2014 All-Star Game!

What’s that?  You don’t care?

Doesn’t the name Derek Jeter mean anything to you?

David Price?  Chase Utley?

MIGUEL CABRERA?

Seriously?

What’s with you people anyway?

Okay, never mind.

Instead, let’s just talk about North Miami and North Miami Beach’s Most Famous Felony Defendants:  Ricardo Brutus and Myron Rosner.

Although their respective trials aren’t scheduled until September, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things worth noting.

According to the latest court docket, Ricardo’s attorney, Larry Handfield (who, unlike the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, was not the top fan vote-getter for the All-Star lineup), hasn’t done much work this summer after having his May 15, 2014 Motion for Continuance granted.  His client’s plea sounding is still scheduled for August 27, 2014 and a trial hearing set for September 8, 2014.

What I did find interesting in Ricardo Brutus’ Five-Felony case of impersonating a lawyer, grand theft and organized fraud, which has been pending since May of 2012, is that an E-Subpoena was issued twice for one Dominic Angiolillo, who does not appear to have a criminal record, to testify at trial.  The first one was issued and received on March 18, 2014 for a trial set for April 14, 2014, and the second issued and received on April 29, 2014 for trial scheduled for May 27, 2014.

Ditto for Ricardo’s felony trial for unlawful compensation, which is being tried concurrently with his other case.

As we all know, these trial dates were mere figments of our collective imagination, as real life trial dates in Miami-Dade County Criminal Court only exist on the wish list of Katherine Fernandez-Rundle when she’s running for re-election and campaigns on the promise to “take a bite out of crime.”

Myron Rosner’s FELONY trial, however, has taken somewhat of an interesting turn.

His lawyer, the omnipresent Benedict P. Kuehne, took a couple of moments out of his busy summer to file stuff.

On May 27, 2014, a Notice was filed for a Telephonic Hearing to be scheduled on June 23, 2014.  Whether that hearing happened is anyone’s guess since there is no activity listed on the docket for that date.

On June 25, 2014, however, a Subpoena Duces Tecum was issued.  By definition, this is a subpoena issued to a witness not only to appear for testimony, either in court or in a deposition, but to also produce documentation or evidence as part of the testimony.

Unfortunately, in Myron’s case the name of the alleged witness on whom the Subpoena Duces Tecum was served is not listed, nor was there any indication as to whether or not it was received by the person to whom it was issued. Why?

Since I am not a criminal attorney, nor have I ever worked for one, I really cannot tell you why Myron’s docket appears to have precious little information, especially as compared to Ricardo’s.  If anyone wants to fill me in, please feel free to do so.

I will, however, go out on a limb and make two observations about Myron’s FELONY trial:

  1. His attorney is Ben Kuehne
  2. His wife is CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL.

 

Need I say more?

I didn’t think so.

As for Sarah, she’s got enough to worry about this summer.  Advocates for and against gay marriage are waiting for her to issue a ruling in what is probably the most high profile case of her career.  Although she is running unopposed in this August’s election, her decision in this case will inevitably have an impact on not only public opinion during her next term in office, but on her legacy as a jurist in tomorrow’s history books.

Needless to say, Sarah’s got more than enough on her plate.  She certainly didn’t need the headache of dealing with a husband who could end up as a convicted felon.

Talk about bad timing!

Then again, there’s never a good time to be on trial for Grand Theft and other felonies.

It’s always a good time, however, for an election.

Especially as one as contentious as the North Miami 2014 Special Election for Mayor.

As always, expect the candidates to give me something to blog about.

Stay tuned…

Stephanie Kienzle
“Spreading the Wealth”

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