SMITH CASE HEATING UP

Sun Sentinel: 60 Year VOP

At a recent hearing, Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry sentenced Smith to a total of 60 years in prison, stunning Smith, his family, his lawyer, and even the prosecutor, who had recommended a sentence of 13 years.

“I think 13 is a bit much, but the law is the law,” said Smith’s attorney, (Attorney) Brian Greenwald. “The prosecutor was not being vindictive.”

But the judge was, said Tonya Dumas, a family friend who responded to the sentence by starting a petition on change.org demanding Destry’s removal from office, accusing him of bias against black defendants. The petition, posted last Wednesday on the JAABlog courthouse news and gossip page, has garnered nearly 19,000 signatures …

New Times: 60 Year VOP

“No one is saying that he is a good kid,” Greenwald says of his client. “But [Judge Destry] still took this kid’s entire life away because police found ammunition in the map holder of a car he didn’t own.”

Rumpole Reading JAABLOG Comments Section too …

Herbert Smith Petition

Coming Soon Teresa Williams files; General Master Alexandra Rieman?; I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille …

74 thoughts on “SMITH CASE HEATING UP”

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      Most Judges aren’t racist but on the other hand most are too chicken to do anything about racist officers or case filers bringing cases into the system based on racist stops or just plain lying po po.

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      Smart enough to have his own office so his clients don’t have to meet him in the Dunkin Donuts lobby.
      Someone who is willing to actually fight for his clients rather than simply take $500 to force them into a plea.
      Get a life, Bill.

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      Amen.

      It was a legal sentence & the judge applies that “1 chance” policy to everybody regardless of race. Dude had his 1 chance ..

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    Does Rieman already have the GM position? When was it advertised?

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    not fair to label him racist because of the defendant’s race. Destry granted a motion for judgment of acquittal in a PBL case and yes defendant was black (State v Christopher Hall)

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      I’ll bet he was black after 17000 petition signatures! Same old Broward judge game trying to come out from behind the eighth ball! Destry must be a total moron.

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    WHEN THE STATE ATTORNEY DOES NOTHING TO COMBAT SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT AND EXERCISES ZERO CONTROL OVER AN OUT OF CONTROL POLICE PRESENCE IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES EVERYONE ENDS UP LOOKING LIKE A PIG NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED

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    Wow, It appears that Dan Lewis is working against Michael Lynch.

    I hear a nasty fundraising email was sent out by Lynch’s opponent Doreen Inkeles through Strategic Technologies which is affiliated with Dan Lewis.

    You would think that Hurley’s paid campaign consultant Dan Lewis would be out there buying trouble from major Lynch supporters like Jay Spechler for example.

    It will be interesting if the results of the public records request to the 17th judicial circuit looking for the names of any judges that received campaign fundraising emails from Judge Hurley (Nov 9) and Judge Bristol (October 19). Interesting because it appears under Florida law candidates can’t solicit donations at government owned buildings. Wouldn’t sending a solication to a Judge at his/her 17th Judicial Circuit email be considered soliciting in a public building?

    More here…

    http://redbroward.com/2015/12/02/danlewis

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      Michael Lynch don’t have the juice anyway even with running with daddy’s name recognition. Hasn’t daddy sucked at the trough long enough ?

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    M. lynch doesn’t have a chance in hell of pullin this one off. He’s right where he belongs with all the other losers in the conflict office! Lol

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    I hear Benson was sending fundraising emails to members of the Judiciary, State and PD office. Last I checked all three are contained in a publically owned county building.

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    By the looks of that email by Lynch’s opponent “she” looks like a cross between Stephen Tyler and Kaitlyn Jenner.

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    Isn’t Destry up for reelection this time? Is anyone going to run against him? I guess we can all just whine about it on this blog and continue with the status quo. Oh well.

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      What a tool – hey Greenwall you only get to argue vindictive sentencing if the JUDGE made an offer beforehand…

      Nice quote btw: “my client isnt a good kid” (sure hope potential clients dont read you said that in the short time u had to say something to the press – maybe something about race or how it was excessive. Instead you went with that. Nice.)

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    When is someone going to grow a pair and take on McCarthy? She is easily beatable despite what Ahearn wants everyone to believe.

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      David Solomon is running against her. Because of this, they put her in civil. Maybe he should run against Destry and they will move him too.

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        Seems like a prime time for an African-American candidate to put in against Destry. If he or she plays the cards right, galvanized support re: this 60-yr sentence among the minority voters, etc. smh

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    Was that who the woman I think it was having lunch with Jay Spechler today? Looks like Dan Lewis stirred up a hornets nest. Appeared to be a long time Dade lawyer who lives and goes to a big Temple in Hollywood.

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      He likes talking b.s. about other lawyers who get publicity (kind of a hater). So its funny that the only time a case of his gets any publicity, it’s one where he stepped in it with the “my client is a bad kid” comment & starts calling the judge “vindictive” even though judge never made any plea offers.

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          Don’t fuck with the Bradford…he will tape you walking around the courthouse, say you are a shitty dresser and talk shit about your toddlers

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            That guy really is as dumb as he looks. Worse in fact. It’s great now that you never see him anymore. Business must be bad.

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    Greenwald was the guy who had the little girl who was “blown away” by the bouncehouse at the beach. Glad she was o.k., but means not much of a case. Maybe she’s seeing a psychologist, and getting better. He’s a nice guy; we’re all fighting a hard battle, live & let live.

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    Everyone needs to be examining the injustice from the State and the judge. Yes, he had a poor lawyer (to all attorneys, never speak ill of your client and never ON THE RECORD and/or to a newspaper, how dumb and reprehensible!).
    But the real problem is the state attorney for offering such a plea and the judge for nailing this kid. I hope someone with a brain runs against Destry, surely even the most mediocre intellect is far superior to this judge.
    And further, as a symbolic gesture against this sentence, please court house staff do not attend his pathetic holiday party.

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    I’m wondering what all you geniuses would have done in the situation. You morons sit here and bang on Greenwald when most of you know there was nothing he could have done. The kid was scoring 15 years at the bottom the state offered 13 kid said he didn’t want it. They went to final hearing on a DWLS which everyone knows is a loser and they lost. Judge lit him up which was ridiculous but happens. So tell me legal geniuses of Broward..I say that laughingly because you are all idiots that trudge around the courthouse hoping to make 1000 on a VOP tell me how young Mr. Greenwald should have handled it?

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    Greenwald’s first mistake was opening his cake hole in the first place without thinking, not a very good trait for someone in our profession.

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      That pea brain has had more not guilty verdicts this year alone than the total number of trials Bill Gelin has had in the past five years!

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        It doesn’t surprise me. some lawyers are inept at negotiating good results for their clients, an equally, if more valued trait for an attorneys practicing before judges like destry and unfair state attorneys. the ability to avoid putting your client in a precarious position before the court is under-valued. I cant stand practicing in destry’s courtroom because he doesn’t dole out equal treatment, to defendants AND lawyers. and the sad thing is he takes so long so you are forced to sit there and witness it.

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