By JIM ROSS and BRIDGET HALL GRUMET
© St. Petersburg Times, published July 2, 2001
Jim Cummins, the colorful Inverness lawyer, injected a much-needed bit of levity into a tense civil hearing last week.
Cummins represented a divorced man who was trying to protect his child visitation rights.
The man has a troubled past, and the judge, not to mention the former wife, were wondering whether the children would be safe in the father's care.
Cummins said that the man is enrolled in Drug Court, where he must submit to drug tests and keep his life in order.
In fact, court officers monitor the drug defendants "voraciously."
"Sorry," the lawyer said sheepishly. "That was the biggest word I could come up with."
PLOP-PLOP, FIZZ-FIZZ: County Commissioner Jim Fowler grew weary last week as the commission went on and on discussing space needs for various government offices.
"I've heard this so many times I could use an Alka-Seltzer," Fowler said as the debate neared the two-hour mark.
- Staff writers Jim Ross and Bridget Hall Grumet contributed to this report.