Thursday, January 27, 2011

Judge King Wants to See You, Mark

Remember when marijuana was the smuggler's livelihood? Doesn't that seem nostalgic? Like hearkening back to a simpler time.

31 years is a long time.

31 years ago, Miami's Best Criminal Defense lawyer, pictured below while delivering his closing argument in the Buju Banton trial , was in 4th grade.

31 years ago, Tom Meeks was the King of spring break, according to South Florida Lawyers.

Heck, 31 years ago Steel Hector & Davis not only existed, but was relevant.

One thing has NOT changed in 31 years: Judge King remains on the bench. And that is very bad news for Mark Phillips.

As the Herald reported, Mark was a reputed member of the "Black Tuna" Smuggling Ring and indicted on charges of racketeering, possession and distribution of marijuana in February 1980. After sitting through a month of trial before Judge King, Mark skipped out. Mark was convicted in absentia. Mark spent the next 31 years living pretty well in Chile, Germany, London and New York. Until he was apprehended today in a retirement community in West Palm.

So, guess who represented Mark before Judge King 31 years ago, according to the docket.

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