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The Second Time Around
2024-04-19 10:45
Guest Blogger Oliver A. Ruiz:By now, you are no doubt aware that Taylor Swift's new album was released at midnight. Unless you don't have a smartphone, radio, or TV. Speaking of TV, som… Read More
2024-04-18 15:01
That was Sentencing Commission Chair, Judge Carlton W. Reeves.  From The bipartisan United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today to prohibit conduct for which a… Read More
2024-04-17 11:30
By John R. ByrneSenator Bob Graham passed away yesterday. He was a great leader for Florida and our country during his years as a state representative, state senator, Governor of Florida, an… Read More
2024-04-04 11:30
 This one was before Judge Rodney Smith, who granted a Rule 29 motion.  Congrats to the defense lawyers -- Sam Rabin and Jessica Duque.  (I am particularly proud of Jessica, a… Read More
2024-04-02 10:29
By John R. ByrneFor a lawyer, serving as a federal law clerk can be one of the most rewarding (and valuable) experiences of his or her legal career. Every lawyer I've met who has clerked in… Read More
2024-04-01 12:56
By John R. ByrneAt the end of last week, Judge Moreno sent the plaintiffs in the latest Joe Carollo/City of Miami lawsuit back to the complaint drawing board, dismissing their First Amended… Read More
2024-03-29 13:53
 Congrats to blogger John Byrne, who was part of the team who heard those two magic words -- not guilty -- before Judge Williams last week.  It was an interesting case involving mo… Read More
2024-03-28 14:13
By John R. ByrneDisney and the State of Florida appear to have buried their respective hatchets. As we noted in a post a few months ago, Florida prevailed over Disney in a federal lawsuit ar… Read More
2024-03-25 21:21
 The Feds just raided Diddy's home in Miami, according to the Miami Herald.Federal agents raided the Miami area home of rap mogul Sean Combs, better known as Diddy, reports say. Diddy o… Read More
2024-03-19 14:56
The Complaint is available at this link. The case has been assigned to Chief Judge Altonaga.  Lisa Willis, from the DBR, covers the lawsuit here:Former President Donald Trump sued ABC a… Read More
2024-03-18 12:51
 SCOTUS ruled that "and" means "or." It's pretty wild.The 11th Circuit, apparently more honest and less conservative than SCOTUS, previously held that and means and.The Supreme Court ca… Read More
2024-03-01 12:54
 First, a big congrats to our three new judges.  Jackie Becerra, David Leibowitz, and Melissa Damian were all confirmed this week.  And Judge Becerra was sworn in yesterday, w… Read More
2024-02-27 10:30
1. Jackie Becerra is up for a full vote at 11am. 2. David Leibowitz is expected to be up for a full vote at 2pm. 3. Melissa Damian is expected to get a cloture vote next week.&nbsp&hell…Read More
2024-02-23 13:27
 I'm told that Jackie Becerra and David Leibowitz will get floor votes as early as next week. They should both get sworn in shortly afterwards. Whoever is sworn in first will get the op… Read More
2024-02-21 20:31
By John R. ByrnePresident Biden may have pardoned Alex Saab, a Venezuelan businessman and Maduro supporter who conspired with others to inflate the price of food and medicine during a hunger… Read More
Bonus Podcast Episode -- Judge Nancy Abudu
2024-02-20 13:30
Judge Nancy Abudu being sworn in as our newest 11th Circuit judge I am very excited to share this bonus episode with you -- an interview with our newest 11th Circuit Judge, Nancy Abudu… Read More
2024-02-08 13:22
Big argument at 10am this morning for the future of our country. Politico dives into the six actual legal questions that are presented here:Just 109 words.Whether Donald Trump can legally r… Read More
2024-02-01 11:24
By John R. ByrneGovernor DeSantis scored a victory yesterday in the Northern District of Florida. Judge Allen Winsor dismissed Disney's First Amendment retaliation lawsuit against the Govern… Read More
2024-01-30 12:38
By John R. ByrneNot SDFLA news or even news from the federal court world. But still worth covering. The judge in the Alex Murdaugh murder trial denied Murdaugh's request for a new trial. Mur… Read More
2024-01-25 12:02
 The University of Miami has a great article about Andy Adler here:Assistant Federal Public Defender Andrew Adler sat third chair in a Supreme Court case back when he was an attorney a… Read More
2024-01-16 13:09
By John R. ByrneNot from our district but notable. Judge Mizelle from the Middle District of Florida dismissed an indictment charging a defendant for possessing a firearm in a federal facili… Read More
2024-01-11 12:29
By John R. ByrneYesterday, the Eleventh Circuit ruled against Governor DeSantis in the First Amendment retaliation case filed by Andrew Warren, the former state attorney for Florida's Thirte… Read More
2024-01-10 11:59
 It doesn't look too good.  Remember that President Trump commuted his sentence.  But that put him on supervised release and apparently he isn't doing well. Apparently he viol… Read More
2024-01-08 14:00
By John R. ByrneIt doesn't happen too often, but on Friday three judges issued opinions in a criminal case. Both Judge Jordan and Judge Luck dissented from parts of Judge Lagoa's majority op… Read More
2024-01-01 12:57
By John R. ByrneHappy New Year, everybody. Justice Roberts issued his year-end report (excerpted below). He covers how changes in technology have affected the work of the courts, covering th… Read More
2023-12-21 20:09
Let's Just Cut to the Chase, Please GUEST POST BY MICHAEL CARUSO Yesterday, the 11th Circuit decided U.S. v. Sotis (Mizelle (M.D. Fla.) with William Pryor and Marcus joining)… Read More
2023-12-21 11:30
The blog will be very slow over the next two weeks.  Judges, check out this order.  We hope you agree! I'm not sure I can say it any better than the excellent Federal Magistra… Read More
2023-12-20 14:28
Well this will be a Merry Christmas for Alex Saab.He was indicted before Judge Scola in a sprawling indictment alleging FCPA and other violations.  He was sitting at FDC.  But Vene… Read More
2023-12-11 11:30
Back in October, the blog broke the news that the judges had voted Randy Katz as our newest magistrate.  However, Randy has withdrawn his name from consideration.  My understanding… Read More
Potential Lawsuits Over FSU Snub
2023-12-07 17:58
By John R. ByrneIf you're a college football fan, you know about the recent travesty of FSU being snubbed by the College Football Selection Committee. Did we really need to see Alabama in an… Read More
New Podcast Episode!
2023-12-06 13:30
  pictured: Randall Jackson (left), Tom Barrack, and Michael Schachter (right) FOR THE DEFENSE, HOLIDAY BON… Read More
2023-12-05 14:34
By John R. ByrnePretty crazy story broken by Joshua Goodman, a reporter from the AP, about a former American diplomat who was allegedly a spy for Cuba. For two decades the man, Manuel R… Read More
Congress And Football
2023-11-22 12:35
By John R. ByrneThanksgiving is one of the best times to watch football. And we have a Dolphins game on Black Friday. If you're racking your brain trying to remember the last time the NFL pl… Read More
Howe Comes To The Southern District
2023-11-17 12:41
By John R. ByrneAmy Howe, of SCOTUSblog and Howe on the Court blog fame, once again brought her talents to the Southern District of Florida yesterday. She speaks every fall to the South Flor… Read More
2023-11-13 11:30
 Okay, I think this one is really silly, but everyone seems to be talking about the two post-it notes left in the elevators at the U.S. Attorney's Office for hours last week.  Some… Read More
2023-11-08 11:30
 Government press conferences and press releases about arrests have always bothered me.  It's especially infuriating when the government complains about defense lawyers speaking to… Read More
2023-11-07 15:34
 Lots of folks down here have been talking about the case and Dan Rashbaum’s representation of Charlie. I haven’t been posting about the case because I was involved pre-char… Read More
2023-11-03 18:53
By Judge Raag Singhal I write today to come to the defense of my colleague and close friend Judge Roy Altman.  I’ll call him Roy because that’s who wrote the piece in Natio… Read More
2023-11-03 01:55
 ...and I'm very grateful he is doing so in defense of Israel and against the terrorists.  John Byrne detailed his UM speech and article in this post.  This time, he writes a… Read More
2023-10-30 00:52
 I missed this speech by the relatively new Justice.  The AP covered it here: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett said Monday that it would be a good idea for the na… Read More
2023-10-26 13:40
By John R. ByrneTough week for the qualified immunity defense in the 11th Circuit. This case involved a school resource officer who sought and obtained arrest warrants for first and second d… Read More
From Giza To Gaza
2023-10-25 11:20
By John R. ByrneUM law school held a panel talking about the current crisis in the Middle East. Interesting perspectives from Judge Altman (not on behalf of the federal bench, he was careful… Read More
Grisham And AI
2023-10-18 13:13
By John R. ByrneFamous author John Grisham appeared at the Coral Gables Books & Books yesterday to promote his new book, "The Exchange," which is a sequel to "The Firm." He was very funn… Read More
2023-10-17 12:26
 It will be interesting to see how Judge Chutkan deals with Donald Trump when he violates the gag order she imposed yesterday.  Even the judge recognized that putting him in jail d… Read More
2023-10-15 22:00
 Yikes -- a huge piece of marble fell inside the courtyard at the Supreme Court where the Justices and clerks mingle.  From the AP: The Supreme Court avoided a catastrophic a… Read More
Women In The Courtroom
2023-10-13 11:18
By John R. ByrneThe Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers (MDFAWL, for short) recently hosted a lunch panel at Greenberg Traurig  titled, "Supporting Women in the… Read More
2023-10-11 12:34
 The Sam Bankman-Fried trial is on!  Defense lawyers read this NY Times piece about the judge shutting down and abusing the defense, and simple sighed.  We’ve all been t… Read More
2023-10-10 12:45
 Howard Bashman of the legendary How Appealing blog will get his first SCOTUS argument. Reuters describes it this way: Bashman, who writes the popular legal industry website H… Read More

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