Mimesis Law
4 June 2020

Law, Order and Mahjong

Dec. 2, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — I enforce the law to provide order. That’s what Germans do.

Thus, I was particularly pleased with the swift and decisive action of law enforcement taken at the Escondido Condominium clubhouse in Altamonte, Florida. If there was ever a den of iniquity, the clubhouse at Escondido is that place.

Acting on a tip from an informant (whose identity has been kept confidential to protect him/her from retaliation), the police broke up a gambling ring being conducted by Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King. These women (87 to 95) played Mahjong for money!

‘Playing Mah-Jong at the Clubhouse of the Century Village Retirement Community’ by Flip Schulke (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

When interviewed by the press, the women laughed. This display of willful disregard for the law probably forced the police to come back on several occasions to make sure these bad actors were not at it again. Recidivism, you must understand, is a huge problem.

As of now, no formal charges have been filed.* But doubt not. “Broken windows” policing works. If nothing else, it shakes up the bad guys (and elderly women too). Just ask the criminals at Escondido Condominium clubhouse.

Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge (Nebraska)

*Liberal criminal defense lawyers sneer, pointing out that “Penny-ante games,” like the one played by the Florida-Four, are lawful if the winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game do not exceed $10 in value. Florida Statutes, Chapter 849 Gambling § 849.085(2)(a) (2015).

H/T:  The Times of Israel and the Orlando Sentinel.

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  • Wrongway
    3 December 2015 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Hey Judge,
    I was wondering if you’d like to stop by tomorrow night.. Some friends of mine will be here for a friendly……. umm …. nevermind…

    • Richard G. Kopf
      3 December 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply


      I’m not sure, but I think you just used the wires thus making your approach a federal crime. In short, I’m not falling for your sly invitation. After all, I once was an old style Methodist.

      All the best.