In one of the worst weeks for the 17th Circuit in years, details are emerging concerning a trial with Barbara McCarthy featuring a pair of female defense attorneys. One of the attorneys has a newborn, and requested time during the trial for a pump break.
Apparently, the attorney was told there wouldn’t be any recesses for pumping, resulting in the Defendant having to endure periods of the proceedings when one of his lawyers had to absent herself. Depending on the full circumstances, it could be an appeal issue.
Whether or not McCarthy was aware of the dangers to Mom and supply concerns associated with interrupting the pumping schedule before denying the request for a recess is unknown at this time. We’ll be sure to update when the picture gets clearer. (CLARIFICATION – McCarthy had no problem with the lawyer exiting the ongoing trial to accommodate pumping, but made it clear the trial would not be paused)
All in all a terrible few days for the Broward judiciary. Bobby Diaz, Merrilee Ehrlich, and now concerns over McCarthy acting very imprudently indeed. Morale in Criminal is at an all-time low, and with little oversight by the mainstream press, no end in sight …
Coming Soon – Does Jack Tuter look down on the Criminal Division?; Court reporter mayhem!