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Lori

Jacksonville, FL

#6475 Jun 3, 2011
I worked at the Public Defender Office and was "terminated" today. I was called in to Denise Ostertag's office. Fred Gazaleh was present but oddly, enough, my 'supervisor' was not (Sue Chamberlain). At any rate, I asked if there was a reason for termination and Denise said, "it's due to reorganization."

I did not cry, never got upset or bothered. I am okay. I did not miss a beat and said to Denise, "the beauty of making only $28,500 is that I do not have far to fall and could make that money at McDonald's."

I am a firm believer in the following two things: Karma and doors. Karma is a beautiful thing. I will leave it at that. As far as the 'doors': when one closes, another opens. I will be okay and am glad for the experience and time I had at the PDO.

I wish everyone the best! Keep fighting for the clients because they need your voices.

“The Inevitable”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#6476 Jun 3, 2011
You go girl, I wish you the best and I'm sure someone with your talent and attributes will do just fine.
Lori

Jacksonville, FL

#6477 Jun 3, 2011
Not adding up wrote:
You go girl, I wish you the best and I'm sure someone with your talent and attributes will do just fine.
Thank you, NAU:-) I appreciate your support and encouragement.
good4 paul

Middleburg, FL

#6478 Jun 4, 2011
it sounds as though Paul Pinkham made a smart move by getting out of the dead tree industry.
Interesting

Jacksonville, FL

#6479 Jun 4, 2011
good4 paul wrote:
it sounds as though Paul Pinkham made a smart move by getting out of the dead tree industry.
You mean by going to work at the PDO and being paid from Due Process funds? Wonder how long that cushy pay will last.
Unreal

Jacksonville, FL

#6480 Jun 4, 2011
Durden wrote:
I hear a state wide prosecutor investigated Durden and had someone wear a wire.
Why do people persist in spreading rumors (that's all those things are at this point until proven otherwise)? I challenge anyone to post a link or provide proof that Will (and anyone else involved in the alleged incident) is being investigated. I have also seen nothing in the newspaper. So where is this proof that he did something wrong?
good4 paul

Middleburg, FL

#6481 Jun 4, 2011
what difference does it make Interesting? Paul covered the legal system for years and got a keen understanding of the process. his proven journalism skills of asking questions and intensive research cross over well to the area of mitigation. after all, someone's got to do it.
hmm

Jacksonville, FL

#6482 Jun 4, 2011
good4 paul wrote:
what difference does it make Interesting? Paul covered the legal system for years and got a keen understanding of the process. his proven journalism skills of asking questions and intensive research cross over well to the area of mitigation. after all, someone's got to do it.
you don't find it the least bit odd that someone who wrote 'investigative' pieces on matt and his crappy decisions such as hiring rosalie bolin, would end up working at the place he did those articles on? i find it a bit weird.
Lori

United States

#6483 Jun 4, 2011
Quite sure Paul will be fired right after the election, when the office is reorganized, again.
questionable hire

AOL

#6484 Jun 4, 2011
apparently paul wasn't doing such a good job at the TU or they wouldn't have fired him
Conflict

Jacksonville, FL

#6485 Jun 5, 2011
When a current employee of either the SAO or PDO has a pending case against them, for example a DUI charge, can they still be represented by an attorney in their office or should the office conflict out?
Amy

Hastings, FL

#6486 Jun 5, 2011
questionable hire wrote:
apparently paul wasn't doing such a good job at the TU or they wouldn't have fired him
Although I am no supporter of Shirk, his admin or his cronies, I believe that Paul will do a decent job at mitigation. The man has a family to feed, too.
Yep

Jacksonville, FL

#6487 Jun 5, 2011
Amy wrote:
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Although I am no supporter of Shirk, his admin or his cronies, I believe that Paul will do a decent job at mitigation. The man has a family to feed, too.
Should he be paid $50 an hour (from Due Process funds)? I know most attorneys in the building do not even make that per hour. How is that fair? Mitigation does not require a degree nor is it rocket science. A lawyer, however, went to school for a very long time and has a Doctorate. How can you pay a hardworking attorney less than a mitigation person? Come on!
Chopper

Jacksonville, FL

#6488 Jun 6, 2011
How many more people will lose their jobs by the last day of this month? After all, the new fiscal year starts July 1.
Chopper

Jacksonville, FL

#6489 Jun 6, 2011
I had heard the PDO was moving to a new building this summer but someone else told me the move is December. When's the big move?
Choices

Jacksonville, FL

#6490 Jun 7, 2011
Amy

Hastings, FL

#6491 Jun 7, 2011
Yep wrote:
<quoted text>
Should he be paid $50 an hour (from Due Process funds)? I know most attorneys in the building do not even make that per hour. How is that fair? Mitigation does not require a degree nor is it rocket science. A lawyer, however, went to school for a very long time and has a Doctorate. How can you pay a hardworking attorney less than a mitigation person? Come on!
The hourly fee set by the State of Florida is not Pinkham's fault.

Wanna make more money? Become a mitigation specialist!
Kevin

Jacksonville, FL

#6492 Jun 7, 2011
Amy wrote:
<quoted text>The hourly fee set by the State of Florida is not Pinkham's fault.
Wanna make more money? Become a mitigation specialist!
There is not one set hourly fee set by the State of Florida. There is a range. Shirk paying Pinkham $50 an hour was Shirk's decision. He could have paid him a lot less per hour!
Facts

Brea, CA

#6493 Jun 7, 2011
Kevin wrote:
<quoted text>
There is not one set hourly fee set by the State of Florida. There is a range. Shirk paying Pinkham $50 an hour was Shirk's decision. He could have paid him a lot less per hour!
Actually, that's about as low as they come. Average is about $100 an hour.
Uhh

Jacksonville, FL

#6494 Jun 7, 2011
Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, that's about as low as they come. Average is about $100 an hour.
Should a mitigation specialist ever be paid more than someone who is an attorney and handles regular felony cases or homicide cases? I don't think so.

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