Ten Republican Congresscritters, including 4th District representative JOHN HENRY RUTHERFORD, have blocked naming a federal courthouse in Tallahassee for the late U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Woodrow Hatchett, later a lawyer with AKERMAN SENTERFITT (now AKERMAN) law firm.
These ten little Congresscirtters blocked an honor for Judge Hatchett, an African-American, out of pure spite and meanness, because of one of the late Judge Hatchett's opinions about voluntary school prayer. From Florida Politics: ".Gus Bilirakis Vern Buchanan Kat Cammack Byron Donalds Neal Dunn Scott Franklin Matt Gaetz Brian Mast John Rutherford Greg Steube
The U.S. House can still pass the legislation through regular legislative process now; it required a 2/3 vote for suspending the House of Representatives rules.
But you have trashy termagants disgracing themselves and showing contempt for judicial independence, it's time for good and decent people to reconsider their Republican affiliations.
Full disclosure: For the record, since 2006, I have often been critical of AKERMAN, its clients (including BP) and its lack of significant pro bono work while doing lots of pro malo work and petulant pettifoggery on behalf of criminaloid conduct by its corpulent clients.
- I saw first-hand how AKERMAN took hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees from the City of St. Augustine in the last-ditch resistance of City Manager WILLIAM HARRISS (a/k/a "WILL HARASS" to enforcement of an FDEP order. AKERMAN failed in its attempt to block seven of us from asking FDEP to require requiring removal of a landfill from a lake. The landfill was removed from the south end of Riberia Street was dumped into our Old City Reservoir on Holmes Blvd. (now cleaned up and slated as a possible place for affordable housing).
- Also, in supporting Dave Aronberg's unsuccessful candidacy in 2010 to be our Democratic nominee for State Attorney General, I researched his opponent, an AKERMAN lawyer, and every single AKERMAN lawyer. I shared the 650-lawyer firm's client and accomplishment list. I compared AKERMAN to the movie, "Devils Advocate," quoting each lawyer's work description on this blog.
- AKERMAN is all about defending corporations and governments against the people, e.g, those pesky unions, plaintiffs, consumers, environmentalists, tort victims. My impression: just like other corporate law firms, only worse.
But on this occasion, I agree with AKERMAN.
Bottom line, the late Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett deserves to have a federal courthouse named for him. Rep. JOHN HENRY RUTHERFORD and other Dull Republicans blocking this honor require strict scrutiny, as members of a suspect class of underperforming public serpents.
From Florida Politics
Akerman wants courthouse named for late partner