And the Captain is quick with an election analysis:
In GROUP 30 - COUNTY COURT ...Judge Roger Silver is the incumbent and his term runs until January 1, 2007.
Stephen Millan was the first to file in that division. He hoped to cause Judge Silver to retire. Then Robert Twombley filed. Judge Silver never filed for re-election.
Judge Silver did put his name in for the Circuit Court seat that he was just appointed to.This presents an interesting issue. Can Governor Bush ask the JNC to give him six names to replace the now open County Court Judge Silver seat? If so, and he appoints a new Judge, the law says that that Judge would not have to stand for re-election in this cycle and would not have to run until 2008.
All this would result in Millan and Twombley having to file in another division or simply wait until 2008. In the words of Colonel Klink ..... "verrrry interestingggg"
Rumpole notes: Silver didn't file for re-election for county court, and snags a Circuit Court slot??? Very interesting indeed.
On the Ray Sarmiento matter, from a personal standpoint, we are glad no charges were filed against Mr. Sarmiento. From a professional standpoint, outside of extraordinary circumstances, there is no practical way Mr. Sarmiento could return to his job as a prosecutor. We wish him well.
Anonymous wants to know:
ROGER SILVER??????!!!?!?!?!?Who else was sent to the Guv, Rumpy?
Sneezy, Grumpy, Humpty Dumpty,…no seriously….Lindsay, Arzola, OK. We will stop being funny. We have no idea who was sent to the governor. Why would we care?
For all of the problems about judicial campaigns, seeing the effects and performance of the Governor’s last few appointments, maybe elections are not so bad. For instance, to be elected, you need to fill out some forms, sign your name, and make a blasted decision about what race to run in. Thus the qualities of being decisive and being able to fill out a form are qualities we have not yet seen in some of the recent appointments. Without (yet) naming names, there is a “deer in the headlights” quality to some of these new Judges.
Case in point before a new Judge appointed by the Governor.
Judge: The State made you a plea offer of a $500.00 fine.
Defendant: I can’t pay a fine.
Judge: Do you want a trial?
Thus confronted by a defendant who did not want a trial, and could not pay a fine, the Judge’s arraignment calendar ground to a halt, as this Judge, much like a mouse in a maze, could not for the life of her, figure out what to do next. It would have been funny, if not for the fact that this was the person the Governor thought to be the best and brightest candidate for the bench.
Just another day at our fair Justice Building.
Speaking of "best and brightest"...
THE JNC IS SEEKING CANDIDATES TO THE THIRD DCA:
We took the time to re-print the letter seeking nominations to the Third DCA:
WANTED: ONE APPELLATE COURT JUDGE.
QUALIFICATIONS: MEMBER OF THE BAR. REPUBLICAN OR TO THE RIGHT OF REPUBLICAN. Cannot have practiced criminal defense law. Cannot have ever said anything nice about a criminal defense attorney or a defendant.
The ideal applicant will be a Judge who has never granted a motion to suppress, a JOA, or sentenced a Defendant to anything under the top of the guidelines. Having never granted a motion for a defense continuance is a plus.
Must work well with Judge Rothenberg and be willing to overlook, ignore, or explain away at least eight of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Legal research skills must be limited to the late 1700’s case law, as only those candidates that promise to apply only the original intent of the framers will be considered, especially in cases involving the internet, computers, telecommunications, or searches of automobiles.
Membership in organizations that espouse the belief that the United States Of America is a Christian Country, and that separation of church and state is an outmoded concept will receive a favorable and expedited review.
Democrats, people who read books other than the Bible, and defense attorneys need not apply.
Pay flexible based on experience.
Ask about our ‘per curiam affirmed” bonus program for criminal appeals!!!!
See You In Court avoiding the 3RD DCA.