We’ve personally had a couple knock-down drag-outs in First Appearances on Sunday in felony and today in juvenile, where judges overruled the SAO’s “business-as-usual” approach to keep nonviolent offenders locked up, and to hell with the pandemic. In both cases, ASA’s told us they had no directive from their bosses at the SAO to change course from the Office’s standard approach to magistrates.
Accordingly, the following PRR’s were sent to the SAO after court this afternoon:
THE SAO RESPONSE:
THE FOLLOWING PRR WAS SENT TO BSO; RESPONSE WILL POST WHEN RECEIVED:
Barry, I noticed you are still on the board at the Broward Criminal Defense Association. We are working on a plan to permit Private Attorneys into the courthouse on certain dockets possibly later in the week.
Please send this message to your members and pass the word. Judge Siegal is actively doing this now. The plan would likely entail dockets beginning at 330 in the first appearance courtroom.
We will likely only consider a motion that constitutes an emergency or other matters relating to possible release from jail of a person in custody. Judge Siegal will provide more definite guidelines.
Please be patient we have many moving parts but did not want to leave the private lawyers out. We also are working on permitting private attys to appear by phone if they do not want to come to the first appearance courtroom for these hearings.
More news as we develop a plan. Any plan may change as we work our way through this.
I have copied Joe as well from the office of regional counsel. Please keep all you can in the loop.