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Hirsch Order

Hirsch Order

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUITIN AND FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDASTATE OF FLORIDA, SECTION 14Plaintiff, JUDGE MILTON HIRSCHv. CASE NUMBERS:ROBERT WASHINGTON, F11-11019;MELALONSO CARROUTHERS, F10-36703;CORNELIOUS SMITH, F11-14965;TONIO BROWN, F11-3312B;JOSE RODRIGUEZ, F11-14407;DEON KILLINGS, F10-36745;SAM KERNEY, F11-9743;DARESSA STEINGER, F11-14133;WALTER GRAU, F11-11135;RENE TORRES, F11-6919B;PETER O’BRANOVICH, F11-13861;JARVORUS JACKSON, F11-6159;SAMUEL BROWN, F11-13314;GREGORY BUSSEY, F11-17597;ANTHONY FAIR, F11-14038B;DERRICK GUYTON, F11-15382B;MARIE LUZ, F11-17098A;HECTOR SANCHEZ, F11-1967; F11-1968;WILLIE STANLEY, F11-3940B;LAQCAUISE STANLEY, F11-7696;DONALD ST. PLITE, F11-16898;TAMARRIO TURNBULL, F11-14038A;RUBEN MERCADO, F11-7238;JUSTIN MAITNER, F11-13292;DENNIS HARRIS, F11-15382A;TREMAYNE WHIGHAM, F10-10491;TRAVONN RUSSELL, F11-7869;JIMMY FAUSTIN, F11-16304A;FREDERICK RUDOLPH, F11-7943D;JOSUE PIERRE, F10-27154; F10-27155;RUSSELL BRYANT, F11-17226;CARLOS SANTANA, F11-17954;JAMES SMITH, F10-19203; F11-4781
 
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COREY BROWN, F11-4226;CRAIG JOHNSON, F10-28945;JOSE VELLOGIN, F09-25144B;MARCOZ VASQUEZ, F11-14298;RAUL BORGES-TABIA, F10-24847A;EDWARD SHEPPARD, F11-17686Defendants. ________________________/
 
 
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ORDER ON MOTIONS TO DISMISS
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[F]or there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
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William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act II sc. 2
I. Introduction
 The 39 defendants captioned above are similarly circumstanced in that all are charged withviolation of Fla. Stat. § 893.13. In light of the recent decision in
Shelton v. Department of Corrections
, No. 6:07-cv-839-Orl-35-KRS, 2011 WL 3236040 (M.D. Fla. July 27, 2011), finding
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893.13 unconstitutional, all defendants move for dismissal. I have consolidated these cases for  purposes of these motions only.
Shelton
has produced a category-five hurricane in the Florida criminal practice community.A storm-surge of pretrial motions (such as those at bar) must surely follow. It is, therefore, essentialthat I adjudicate the present motions promptly. This order has been written in great haste and under great time pressure. As Mark Twain is alleged to have said:
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If I
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d had more time, I could havewritten you a shorter letter.
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II.
 Shelton
 Mackle Shelton was arrested on October 5, 2004, and charged with a long list of seriouscrimes. Among those crimes was delivery of cocaine in violation of Fla. Stat. § 893.13.
Shelton
,2011 WL 3236040, at *3. Regarding that count, the trial jury was given the standard jury instruction,
viz 
., the jurors were charged that the prosecution was obliged to prove that Shelton delivered a
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I am indebted to Assistant State Attorney Christine Zahralban for submitting, under the same time pressure, a very scholarly memorandum in opposition to the present motions.

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