Bob's early years were packed with dicey relationships and stories well worth the telling. His life before the age of thirteen was shocking in some instances, unbelievable in others. At fifteen, he made a profession of faith at Capital Avenue Baptist Church and from that point on his life began to change for the better.
An eight-year stint in the United States Air Force took Bob to foreign countries that he could only have dreamed about as a boy. Many extraordinary episodes ranging from the flight lines in England to the casbah in Marrakesh, North Africa, peppered his career with incidents that are sometimes humorous and often tragic.
While pursuing an education, Bob faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles and endured overwhelming hardships. But he kept his eye on the goal and refused to quit in the face of an adversity that would have crushed someone less focused and committed. Prior to his final clearance for practicing Law, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners subjected Bob to extensive background checks and interrogations as a result of a criminal record he had acquired as a young juvenile. Through sheer grit and perseverance he eventually prevailed and became a lawyer against all odds.
A realist as well as an idealist, Bob freely admits to his shortcomings and mistakes. Though his determination to succeed led him to seedy bars and questionable surroundings while representing pimps, prostitutes, transvestites, transsexuals, low-level criminals, and an occasional white-collar businessman, he never compromised his personal values. Over the years, his success led to more "acceptable clients" such as alleged mobsters, entertainers, sports figures, doctors, lawyers, judges, and even an Iranian Prince.
As his reputation as a criminal lawyer soared, he received the highest rating voted on by his peers. For twenty-eight years, having been lead counsel in more than 250 jury trials that included some of his 32 homicide and rape cases, he became recognized as a formidable force in the quest for justice.
Success, however, did not come without a price. Some law enforcement agencies, including FBI, DEA, and FDLE did not appreciate his victory in many high-profile cases, and he was targeted as the subject of a Federal Grand Jury investigation for money laundering. Integrity, however, was on his side and he was subsequently cleared.
Bob was eventually elected to the circuit court where he served eleven years, ten of which were spent on the Criminal Bench. Finally, as a result of an athletic injury, Bob was forced to retire after having handled some of the most sensational cases of murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and other infamous crimes brought to trial in recent years.
Throughout Justice from Buttermilk Bottom, Bob vividly describes his ups and downs, admitting to some very poor choices, but also embracing the fortuitous events that changed his life.
This compelling "rags to riches" account illustrates in striking terms what a person can accomplish if he or she is willing to buckle down and pay the price.
|Publisher:||International Legal Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.91(d)|
Table of Contents
|Movin' On Up|
|Chapter 1||Beginnings in Buttermilk Bottom||1|
|Chapter 2||G.I. Beans and G.I. Gravy||13|
|Chapter 3||The Air Force behind Me||24|
|Finding a Niche|
|Chapter 4||Establishing A Practice||39|
|Chapter 5||Catching a Rainbow||52|
|Building a Life|
|Chapter 6||Tampa in the Roaring '60s||57|
|Chapter 7||Movers and Shakers in the '70s||63|
|Chapter 8||The Roundup of Organized Crime||81|
|Chapter 9||The 70s Wind Down||92|
|Chapter 10||The 80s Heat Up||115|
|Going for the Gold|
|Chapter 11||Pursuing My Dream||153|
|Chapter 12||High-Profile Comes to Division B||165|
|Chapter 13||Miracles Remembered||200|
|Chapter 14||Incredible Career: Ended?||221|