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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dan Markel's Parents Discuss With Prosecutors Emergency Placement Of Their Grandchildren Upon Forthcoming Arrests Of Adelsons

Wendi With ChildrenWCTV, Email in Markel Case Suggests Additional Arrests Forthcoming:

An email has surfaced in the murder case of Florida State University professor Dan Markel.

The email was sent by Dan Markel's mother Ruth to lead prosecutor Georgia Cappleman on September 30th. The email was included with court documents recently released in the case. It is not clear if the email was intentionally included in the documents or released by mistake.

In the email, Ruth Markel discusses a "tight plan for emergency placement due to arrests" with Cappleman, appearing to refer to a plan for Dan Markel's children in the event that Markel's in-laws, the Adelsons, are arrested in the case.

The email goes on to list a contact for the Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options center in Broward County.

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Comments

Tragic. Stupid. Utterly depraved.

Those poor kids.

Posted by: anon | Oct 14, 2016 4:04:09 AM

Many years ago, a supervisor at a law firm in Rochester had this to say about an applicant: "Professional people are not organized. They expect you to be organized for them". Georgia Cappleman needs office clerks who make fewer mistakes.

The e-mail was sent before the Rivera plea bargain and the Magbanua arrest, so it's a reasonable inference that Mrs. Markel was attempting to set up a contingency plan, but put the phrase 'due to arrests' rather than 'in case of arrests' in the text.

If the Markels are retired (and mother and father are of an age to be), they might be able to take up temporary residency in South Florida until this is all sorted out, but they'd have to take that up with immigration authorities if it were even possible. Presumably, a Florida court would be very wary about granting temporary custody to them were they resident in Toronto, so suggesting that agency in Fort Lauderdale would be the best you could do.

Posted by: Art Deco | Oct 14, 2016 10:02:22 AM

I would think that until she is actually convicted of a crime Wendi would get some say in custody arrangements for her children. Just saying.

Posted by: Too much | Oct 14, 2016 12:08:19 PM

The email is redacted, I doubt it was released mistakenly.

Posted by: Grant | Oct 14, 2016 12:11:40 PM

Did the office redact the e-mail, or did the news media. While we're at it, how is this email 'evidence' the state is required to disclose? It does not bear on the guilt or innocence of any of the defendants or any of the targets.

Posted by: Art Deco | Oct 14, 2016 8:00:13 PM

Something tells me that this email was meant to rattle the Adelson's and perhaps get Charlie to thinking about how to keep his mother and sister out of prison.

Posted by: Travis | Oct 15, 2016 2:05:25 PM

Do you think a guy who blogs about how long to keep a toothbrush rattles easily? I think not. Nerves of steel.

Posted by: meh. | Oct 15, 2016 3:23:53 PM

I am rattled.

Posted by: Charlie | Oct 16, 2016 10:51:36 AM

Don't be rattled, Charlie. Apparently Florida won't kill you anymore. You'll just be locked up for the rest of your life...

Posted by: anon | Oct 16, 2016 5:31:32 PM

What a relief!!!!

Posted by: Charlie | Oct 17, 2016 9:15:38 AM

Meh---the only thing CA will have that is steel is the cage he lives in at Raiford.

Posted by: Laz | Oct 17, 2016 12:13:17 PM