Anonymous writes in:
a war has started north of the border; Sun-Sentinel Buddy Nevins reports that Judge Robert Diaz has a challenger, anyone know Brian P. Wolk who is running against Judge Diaz in Broward?
Rumpole Responds: Article II section 4 of the Broward Judicial Code of Conduct mandates all sitting judges treat attorneys who challenge a sitting Judge in the following manner: “The challenger shall have his/her case always called last; the challenger shall have any motion filed, denied. If the challenger wants a continuance, it shall be denied, if the challenger is ready for trial, the case shall be continued.”
Say what you want about North of The Border, but they look after their own.
The Captain, not content with being our Dade Political reporter, expands his horizons North Of The Boarder, where Judges leave messages on their answering machines that they are busy “so many bad guys….so little time.”
BROWARD COUNTYFor those who have any interest in those judicial elections "north of our border", the Circuit Court shapes up like this:
11 races with one contested race:
Group 6(an open seat)
Charles Kaplanvs V Kenneth Padowitz
In the County Court:Again, 11 races and only one contested race:
Robert Diaz - who has raised $28,025 from 125 contributors; and also put in an additional $25K of his own money.vs.Brian Peter Wolk
Mr. Wolk, Esq., was admitted to practice law in Florida on December 19, 2001 meaning he would be eligible to take office on January 1, 2007; (the rule requires one to be an attorney for 5 years before becoming a judge). He squeaks in by 12 days!
The Sun Sentinel wrote about the contested race this week and said:"Broward County judges rarely are challenged for re-election, but County Court Judge Robert Diaz picked up an opponent this week -- Brian Peter Wolk of Weston.
Wolk said he decided to run against Diaz because "I looked at a place where the county would be better served having me as a judge." That's as close as he got to mentioning Diaz's problem with the Florida Bar last year. Diaz served a two-week unpaid suspension and paid a $15,000 fine for sending vaguely threatening anonymous e-mails that implied a fellow County Court judge was reporting illegal immigrants to federal authorities.
Wary that the suspension and fine might leave him vulnerable in a campaign, Diaz said, he has raised more than $65,000 to fight back.
Wolk is a former vice president in the family business, the defunct Peaches music store chain. Now a lawyer, Wolk said that since anybody could appear before him in county court, he won't take any campaign contributions. County court judges hear disputes under $15,000 and criminal misdemeanor cases."
By the way, in Dade County we have 2 contested Circuit Court elections out of a possible 22; and 6 contested County Court elections out of a possible 25.
Captain has two updates today
We have yet another contested County Court race, as an incumbent judge (who first ran and beat a sitting incumbent County Court Judge Kevin Emas) now has opposition. Now he will get to taste what it is like on the flip side of the burger!
GROUP 14 Michael Samuels - $60,000 (all of which he has loaned to his campaign; he has raised no money from any contributors)
Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer, or should I call her Gloria Gonzalez, as she is registered to practice with "The Florida Bar".
She has been an attorney since 1994. She put her name in for an open Circuit Court seat in 2005.
She works with attorney Michael Kirby and they exclusively handle Progressive Insurance company, insurance defense cases.I can't wait for the political pundits, who will surely have a field day with this female, hispanic\hyphenated jewish attorney who has her name one way with the Florida Bar and another way with the voters of Miami-Dade County.
By my count, that now makes eight County Court contests, with no less than six sitting County Court Judges who could be looking for work next January:
McWhorter vs. Marino
del Pino vs. Jacobi
Leifman vs. Gonzalez
Samuels v. Gonzalez-Meyer
S. Schwartz vs. Sanchez-Llorens
Millan vs. Twombley
B. Miller vs. Alvarez
Rippingille vs. Cohn
I WONDER WHO WILL BE NEXT......
Captain’s question is answered?
DA-VID MIL-LER DA-VID MIL-LER
See you in court, where things are getting very interesting.