It has been my specialty for many years of sitting and listening to what happens in our nations courtrooms. (Even as a cop I would sometimes sit and listen, you learn stuff.) I have spent hours in courts both here in California and in numerous states. New York is just wild, there the criminal courts are open 24 hours a day and you will see inmates being brought in, all chained together for their moment in court.
How about this, I remember Municipal Courts and Justice Courts….I loved Justice Courts as I could bring someone that I had just arrested and have them standing in front of a judge within hours of being arrested. (The Honorable Judge Scott, Fresno, Ca.)
So when people who know me assume that I am up to some big case when they see me sitting in the hallways. I always have a reason for much of what I do, and spending time in the hallways and in the courtrooms I always learn something.
(For instance, why would a CHILDREN’s Monitor be flashing a badge and carrying a gun? I swear, this is happening as I type and another HUGE issue is this. It would appear that HIRING a big well dressed smile and getting a third stringer who shows up to “ Monitor”, and it appears with the court’s blessings, I am just saying)
Well the other afternoon I decided to sit in the Honorable Christine W. Byrd’s courtroom, Dept 65. Who do I see looking dynamic in an all black suit and great shoes is Melanie Shornick, Esq. Ms. Shornick is an associate of the Trope and Trope firm, (since 2006 ). Well let me tell you this, she was up against Mark Vincent Kaplan, Esq., Mark has been a lawyer since 1974, (was at one time employed by Trope & Trope, hundred years ago). Mark is as tough as it comes when he is working the court and he is very well versed in all the great lawyer tricks. I always find watching Mr. Kaplan very entertaining, today his voice was very low, not sure why. Mark Kaplan also has a great sense of humor and his years in the DIVORCE racket is obvious.
All I can tell you is this, Kaplan was pitching and Shornick was batting those pitches out of the park. Shornick, obviously has a few tricks up her sleeve and to watch these two champions of L.A. Divorce was fun. Now, keep in mind, the pitching and hitting, the ultimate ‘ump’ is sitting and listening. Better than an umpire is Judge Christine Byrd, and she is smiling as in ‘are you kidding‘, and Her Honor is also catching all of what I love to call is lawyer ‘Shenanigans‘, not a bad thing keep in mind. Judge Byrd is making her thoughts on some of the issues and you can see Kaplan slowing the pitches and Shornick is leaning on her bat……this was some great stuff to listen to and observe in Dept. 65.
Once again to watch and listen to Judge Christine Byrd make comments to these two very capable lawyers, it is very obvious that she is reading between the lines. So much that Judge Byrd corrects some of the testimony with what the facts actually are. LMAO I can only guess that Her Honor did some reading before taking the bench.
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December 6, 2012
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