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Split Deposit, an Original Screenplay by Mark Anthony Given

Split Deposit where the customer presenting an endorsed check receives part of the amount being deposited in cash. Split deposits are a major source of teller errors and potential fraud in customer statements.-ABA


From a normal mid afternoon work day we focus on the drive up teller area, then a particular car, we see Mark in a luxury automobile with expensive suit and tie, haircut, stuffing 5 to 7 checks into the teller tube and close the lid after throwing the pen in with it. We hear the bank automated vacuum carrier as Mark close the window, adjust the radio and the air conditioner then sits back and as the classical music plays awhile and then SWOOSH…..stop! Mark is seen rolling down the window, he removes the container turning the lid and dumping the 10 one hundred dollar bills into a leather folder on the passenger seat which contains about ten times as much cash. As he is returning the containers we hear: “Thank you, Mr. Maloney, have a nice day” Mark You w…

Hot Check and a Prayer, By Mark Anthony Given

The Land of Milk and Honey is Now the Land of Money. -Bob Dylan
IM THE SEVENTH son and I was born on The Sabbath,  April 27, 1957, in a sleepy little outpost of Orlando, Florida, twenty miles inland from the Atlantic, at Sanford, Florida at precisely 7:07 in the morning.  I always thought being born in Florida was the coolest thing ever!More chill than being born in California or Montana or even New York!It’s like being born on vacation!   Being born on a mandatory day of rest and rejuvenation, and permanent vacation, I suspect doomed me for a life of leisure, because other than "Getting to Heaven," and absent good breeding, I was utterly devoid of ambition.  
My sixth-grade teacher at Ballast Point Elementary School, in Tampa, told the whole class, 'anyone of us could be President of the United States!Anything was possible!It sounded like a lot of work to me….

My Dad drove a Yellow Taxi Cab, and my mom was a housewife. Shortly after I was bor…

My Attorney is a Streetwalker, By Mark Anthony Given

Law is reason free from passion. -Aristotle _______________________________________
          WHEN I WAS THE HEAD OF THE INMATE LAW LIBRARY at FCI Seagoville, Texas back in the early 90's, I used to pull this case off the shelf's every few weeks and read aloud from the transcripts and we rolled in laughter at this:

US v. Flint, 756 F.1358-62 (9th Cir. 1985):

The dialogue in which appellant and the Magistrate engaged was as follows:
THE MAGISTRATE: Mr. Flynt, if you tell me that you do not understand that you have the right to have an attorney represent you, I am going to be obliged, in order to protect your rights, to appoint an attorney to represent you.
THE DEFENDANT: Don't do me any favors, your honor. I mean, you are the madam, and over here (indicating) is another whore and this guy who says he is my attorney is a streetwalker.
THE MAGISTRATE: Mr. Flynt, I expect you to behave yourself here.
THE DEFENDANT: Then you might as well put …