Sunday, December 15, 2013


Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” 
― William ShakespeareRichard II

Richard's funeral will take place at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach today at 1:30. The address is 4144 Chase Avenue.
The funeral will be live streamed ( a first for us) at Temple Beth Shalom Website. 

 For Sharpie 

It seemed a bright and sunny day 
when our friend Richard passed away. 
A razor wit, a silver tongue, 
upon each word of his we hung. 
He walked with grace and spoke with pride, 
all loved to be there by his side 
to hear the tales of battles won, 
of wars he’d fought, of wrongs undone. 
If only we could learn his skill 
to bend a courtroom to his will! 
To turn the tide, to find the way 
to bring back light on rainy days. 
When storm clouds gathered, skies grew dark, 
Richard’s was the name we’d hark- 
for he could see the sun obscured 
and find a path to light restored. 
If only we had known the wrath 
of storms that darkened Richard’s path 
Could we have lent what we had learned 
to help our friend at our turn? 
What clouds were these that darkened skies 
the day that our friend Richard died? 
-Jason Grey 

“For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin” 
― William ShakespeareRichard II

A reader sent us this email. It speaks for itself:

I wanted to mention an example the way judges felt about Richard. After the post-argument renewal of a Rule 29 motion in USA v. Craig Toll, in a case that Richard and Ari tried 4 months ago, Judge Dimitrouleas spoke about the case and Richard:

THE COURT:  Well, I think -- at this point, I think I'm going to stick with my prior decision, that it's a question of fact for the jury, and deny your Rule 29 motion.  BUT I WILL SAY THAT I'VE HEARD A LOT OF CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN MY TIME, AND I DON'T KNOW THAT I'VE EVER HEARD A BETTER CLOSING ARGUMENT THAN MR. SHARPSTEIN GAVE YESTERDAY.



What a wonderful tribute, Jason, to such a fine human being. The posts and stories about Sharpie,s life have been so great to read. He had such a positive impact on so many lives.


Rumpole said...

Being out of town I cannot attend the funeral. But I am sure it was well attended, poignant, fiting and probably many funny war stories which he would have loved.

the trialmaster. said...

I do not understand why one would take his own life when he had so much going for him. How could he hurt those who loved him so much, his children, parents,and the legal community. This was so unlike Richard who always though of others. Why??

MC Waste Services, Inc said...

there is a moment in time that you see with complete clarity that life is somewhat meaningless, that it is absurd, that we will all grow old and die anyways. this is the when and the why.

Anonymous said...

Suicide - such a cruel act to those who are left behind. It is sad to think Richard was in enough pain to kill himself, but he leaves many people in anguish. Was that his intent? If so, then maybe he was not the man we thought he was. He had so much more than many. No matter what, this is just a tragedy and a waste.

Secret Judge said...

Keep this in mind when trying to make sense of how Richard's life ended. Nelson Mandela tolerated 26 years in prison with constant cruel treatment, but still managed to hold on to his sanity, but upon his release from prison, he was divorced from Winnie in exactly 6 months. That's right, he could only tolerate 6 months of marriage before that woman drove him sufficiently nuts that he ended their marriage. Think about it.

Rumpole said...

I'm not sure where you're going with this, but Mandela's wife confessed to having a lover so their marriage had been shattered.

Anonymous said...

Secret Judge's comment is the most asinine thing I ever read on this blog (excluding DS comments).

Secret Judge said...

The point being that marriage can be the worst hell that any of us experience in our lives, even worse than serving time in prison.

Anonymous said...

Stupid comment, secret judge.
Won't waste my time on saying more than that.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sharpstein was a kind, friendly and nice man to all, may he rest and be at peace.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Anonymous said...

the breakup of mandela's marriage was due to his disapproval of violent acts his wife approved in the war against apartheid while he was incarcerated. read his book judge.