Matt’s Back! Back! – Destry wrote a response over on LinkedIn, and since no one will ever see it there, it’s been printed in its entirety in the comments section, despite substantial inaccuracies.
Destry does get one thing right, in that he certainly touched a nerve. We’re happy to take criticism and debate almost anyone, but it’s galling to be lectured about ethics by someone who stands mute instead of angrily refuting allegations that he bartered a human being’s freedom in exchange for help with his losing judicial campaign. Pretty disturbing stuff even by Broward standards, and in his quest to rehabilitate his shattered reputation, or by blind conceit, he goes so far as to reference the Oath of Admission to the Florida Bar. His belief that he’s the kind of person that should be upholding in others the integrity of the legal profession unfortunately says a lot about what has transpired in Broward County legal circles over the years, and ignores JAABLOG’s considerable efforts and demonstrable results in making things a little better. It shouldn’t escape anyone’s attention reading here that he’s one of the individuals now deservedly out of a job.
Underneath the sour grapes, Destry makes an argument for blog moderation. Agree or disagree, but until laws change, or the Bar changes the rules of professional conduct under which JAABLOG operates, things will remain the same. Why? Because for better or worse, the blog has always been a reflection of the community it serves, and it’s now more important than ever to let the racists, misogynists, homophobes, and alt-righters have their say, lest we forget where we’ve been as a nation, or where we may be headed if we turn a blind eye. And for honest citizens or parodists with legitimate gripes who may fear retribution, the forum must remain intact. Those that seek to destroy will not dictate the terms. It’s just that simple.
The Oath of Admission Destry cites starts with the words “I will support the Constitution of the United States”. That’s what it’s all about. And if someone doesn’t like it, including a disgraced former judge, they have the right to work to change the rules, or simply quit reading …
Sexist or Solicitous? – attorneys from both the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office have now filed Motions To Disqualify Bobby Diaz for claims of bias against female attorneys. At issue is Diaz’s habit of calling women lawyers “Miss“, and the Esquires’ belief that Diaz’s alleged disdain for women barristers will taint the outcome of their cases.
Both motions are found here. Take a moment to read, and You Make the Call!