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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

DECEMBER 11, 2013

In the middle 90's, Richard Sharpstein represented me Pro Bono on a public records case against then Governor Lawton Chiles' private state Film Commission. Much like my current activities with the City of Miami, my fight with the Florida Entertainment Commission was long and nasty. I had filed a lawsuit - one of over a dozen during a 4 year span - against them for refusing to provide me with public documents, and they in turn decided this time to get cute and filed a cross complaint accusing me of stealing documents from their office. 


It was a truly nasty case, and Richard and his wife Janice took the case on 24 hours before the trial was to start as a favor to a mutual friend who who felt that I needed some help. He was right. I did.


I've always remembered how he cross examined the witnesses and how the opposition lawyer basically threw in the towel and withdrew the counter complaint by mid-afternoon on the first day of the trial when he realized that he and his clients were in over their heads. The judge ended up ruling in my favor and imposed a permanent injunction against the organization for their bad behavior.


Richard was a really, really good lawyer and while he will be missed everyone who knew him, I’m sure that he will never be forgotten by any of his clients.


I’ve always considered Richard and Janice agreeing to take on my case - someone who they had never heard of until an hour before we met - and canceling everything else to spend the day prepping for trial the next morning as an unparalleled act of kindness for a stranger in need that I’ve never forgotten or failed to appreciate all these years later.


His death at 63 is a shock and a loss that will not be forgotten.


  For more information on his death you can go to: Random Pixels

- Bill Cooke/Random Pixels

A PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE

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