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!
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).