Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Billy Corben is on jury duty

Miami filmmaker Billy Corben is on jury duty this week.

And I, for one, couldn't be happier.

Billy's been sharing some random thoughts on Twitter and Facebook on the creaky machinations of Miami-Dade's justice system as it's practiced at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building.

Here's what Billy shared yesterday:
  • "The Richard E. Gerstein Justice Bldg. in Miami-Dade County, Fla. was built 40 years ago for 8-10 judges. It now has over 45 judges and 1 working elevator."

  • "Richard E. Gerstein was a 6-term (1956-1978) Dade County State Attorney who investigated the Watergate burglars and allegedly had ties to Meyer Lansky. Later, Gerstein defended Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) when he was charged with indecent exposure at a Florida adult movie theater."

  • "The WiFi works better on the Miami-Dade County, Fla. Metrorail than it does at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building."

  • "The jury room movie today is NOT 'Cocaine Cowboys.' I wonder if they have a public performance license to show these DVDs... Miramax?"

  • "I got picked to be on the jury in a criminal trial starting tomorrow. On the bright side, mañana's lunch special at the courthouse is sautéed bistec with white rice and red beans."
  • Today, Billy kicked off a day of Facebook status updates and tweets with this observation:
    "Ironically, the view from the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building is of one of the greatest crimes ever perpetuated on the people of Miami-Dade County."

    Keep 'em coming, Billy!

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