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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

ALBERTO TAKES AIM AT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE!

Notice how quiet and orderly things have been in the REGJB this week?
NO JUDGES!!!


Most of our fair robed readers are at a judicial conference on the west coast of Florida.
Right in the path of hurricane/tropical storm Alberto.

For those of you worrying that the weather will effect the important work being done at the judicial conference, fear not. The bar staff has been outfitted with hand held shakers just in case the electricity goes out and the blenders cannot churn out the pina coladas so crucial to the work being done by our judiciary.

However, a possible Nobel Prize winning scientific theory has presented itself. We know this is a legal blog and science is a bit of an anathema to most of our readers, so we will try and explain this in terms even a circuit court judge could understand after a few hours of judicial training(drinking).


Hurricanes are low pressure systems that obtain energy (feed off of) from hot air and warm water.

With us so far?

What group of people collectively produce more hot air per cubic foot of ego?
JUDGES!!!

Hurricanes are drawn to the hot air that feeds them.
Hurricane Alberto is heading directly for the hot air which is a by-product of whenever you get together two lawyers who have donned the black robes and immediately become infallible.

Rumpole’s purely (un)scientific conclusion= HURRICANES ARE DRAWN TOWARDS GROUPS OF JUDGES!!!

NOBEL PRIZE WINNING SOLUTION:

In order to save civilization (we do important work here on this blog) whenever a hurricane threatens the US coastline, we propose that a group of judges from our eleventh judicial circuit be loaded on to a cruise ship and be asked to speak about their legal abilities. The cruise ship will then slowly lure the hurricane, which will be following the tremendous blasts of hot air, up the east coast into the arctic waters, where the frigid temperatures will overcome the hot air, and kill the hurricane.

Brilliant? Wait…there’s more.

While Governor Bush could declare a state of emergency and just load a bushel full of judges on to the cruise ship, the better (more humane) way to go is to just have the cruise ship put up a sign: “Free Food and Drink for Judges.”

Quicker than you can say “Court adjourned” you will have a sea of black robes lined up as far as the eye can see. Then you just give each one a microphone and ask them to give a spontaneous talk on how great they were as trial attorneys….and voila!!! Enough hot air to lure even the largest and cagiest hurricane up the east coast into frigid waters.

Rumpole (never the altruist) offers this idea not in the noble effort to save humanity, but rather because we are too cheap to buy hurricane shutters and a generator.

Plus….as this week has shown, things go a lot more smoothly when our favorite group of people are busy studying and learning how to say (una margarita por favor) “denied”!; “no more continuances”; “the state is correct”; “bond revoked”; “when I was a lawyer….”.

See you in court enjoying a pleasant and quiet week.

182 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Ivan Hernandez is in trouble with the JQC and that they are about to sanction him all bacause of little Juanito and just in time for this election?

Anonymous said...

1. I'm confident the JQC is looking at Judge Hernandez.

2. I'm also confident we won't hear from the JQC until the JQC decides to be heard from. Speculating that Judge Hernandez is "in trouble" or "about to be sanctioned" seems like baseless bluster.

Anonymous said...

1) when the retired FBI agent who is the JQC investigator spoke with me, it was about Hernandez. I told him Hernandez didn't do anything wrong from what I knew. D'Arce was another story.

Prediction: some mild rebuke.

Anonymous said...

The JQC takes years to close cases.

I bet you never hear a word.

I am trying to figure out what rule Hernandez could have broken by having a JA who moonlights on campaigns???

Honestly, Juan is a nice guy and is a reasonable judge.

Let's leave him alone.

Anonymous said...

Hernandez is responsible for the actions of his JA during court time. This is not a removable offense. A mild "don't do it again" will be issued.

D'Arce is a juanbee thug who should be arrested, get a w/h 3 years probation, s/c 300 community service hours and restituion of the salary he was paid while working against Leifman and Slom and others.

PS very funny post Rumpy.

Anonymous said...

There is no violation if a J.A. campaigned during his free time. It would only be a problem if Juan D'Arce was working against his boss- Judge Ivan Hernandez. There are no rumors of him being with Faber, thus he has done nothing wrong. Judge H has also done nothing wrong.

It appears that these rumors were created by Judges Leifman and Slom when they realized that D'Arce's campaigning from previous years had produced results. They wanted him to stop working on campaigns because they worry they will be defeated at the polls come September. Thus, the only reason Juan D'Arce is being threatened with an investigation is so he can stop campaigning.

Anonymous said...

Nice post juan.

Anonymous said...

The JQC has no balls and will probably do much of nothing. They monitor the rules and then don't enforce them. The Supremes are getting tougher but even they don't want to sanction harshly. The problem is it breeds bad judges who are unafraid to bend the rules while sanctimoniously sentencing others that don't. Judges should be an example of the ethical conduct the rules are intended to promote, not examples of what you can get away with.
Ivan's conduct is essentially an example of not giving a sh*t about promoting the integrity of the court, avoiding impropriety, allowing his dog to run freely without any reigns and saying in defense "so what". I can only say something with my vote and he loses mine.

Anonymous said...

Learn to use proper grammar. The proper verb is "affect" and not "effect." People who can't write well often think the same way.

Anonymous said...

Rump, under your nobel prize winning theory I think you need to add a few distinguished individuals to the guest list. Why not see if Jeb will go on the cruise also? If he takes Crist and Gallagher with him, there will be no shortage of hot air and I'll never have to put up my shutters again!

CAPTAIN said...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

I do not know how many of you caught the most recent news about the campaign between incumbent Judge Steve Leifman and challenger Juan Gonzalez.

Here it is:

JUDGE ACCUSED OF CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS

A complaint has been filed against Juan F. Gonzalez with the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission alleging he committed campaign violations in his race against County Judge Steve Leifman.

The complaint, filed by Leifman's campaign co-chair David Marko, says that Gonzalez's statement to The Miami Herald that Leifman didn't work full-time violates the state's Judicial Cannon of Ethics.

"The suggestion is that Judge Leifman is misusing his position on the bench," Marko wrote in the complaint. He then went on to list the various duties Leifman has as associate administrative judge in county court, as well as Leifman's work on the court's mental health commission.

The complaint also claims that Gonzalez told the audience at a campaign forum that he worked "under" Public Defender Bennett Brummer for 10 years, though he has never worked in the Public Defender's Office.

and the beat goes on .......

CAPTAIN OUT ............

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 4:12:48 PM - Juan is NOT a nice guy and he is definitely not the judge. Or perhaps that's the problem...he's been acting like he was. Ivan is in trouble because he let him. Shame on both of them.

Anonymous said...

i would like to see a clean crapper somewhere in the 33125 zip code.

has the health department checked on those el banos lately?

i have a nicer shitter on my '86 RV

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Jose L. Fernandez, Candidate for County Court Judge in Group 43!

You have my votes and all of my peoples!

Get out there and kick some Ass!

CAPTAIN said...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

For those of you who do not know, Jose L. Fernandez, a member of The Florida Bar since 1989, has recently filed to run for County Court Judge in the newly formed Group 43. The election will be held in September and The Captain expects more challengers to file in the days to come.

CAPTAIN OUT ............

Anonymous said...

Is that Joe Fernandez, Kafka's buddy?

Phil R said...

Someone wrote this about me:

"If Phil R would simply say hello as he passed by people he knows in the courthouse, people would not consider him mean."

I have said this before- I know I walk around looking like I am scowling-its just a genetic thing (like being ugly). Usually I am deep in thought scheming of ways to look busy and get out of work. I am truly sorry people think I am mean. I have spent half my life in the justice building. I started at the SAO 8/11/1986 when I was 23 years old. The best friends I have ever made came from the justice building. I have represented friends and colleagues as well as regular clients, and I have been blessed to use the skills I have to help those who have needed me. There are worse ways to spend your life.

However, I must warn you that the downside to actually getting me to speak is that once I know you will listen, I will bore you to tears with Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl History (like the fact that the final touchdown in the 1979 super bowl from Bradshaw to Stallworth was 60-prevent-slot hook and go-google it and you will see). Its either that or listening to me complaining that Frank Gavaria took me out in a poker tournament with A/Q against my A/K. I still haven't let go of that one.
You may well be better off just letting me lumber on by.

Anonymous said...

No Phil, we love you! Really!

Anonymous said...

but tonight, WE LOVE THE HEAT even more than Phil.

How clutch is SHAQ making two free throws at the end of the game; The Glove hitting his only basket of the night with 9 seconds left and Dirk, Dirk missing a freebie with 3 seconds left to give us the win.

Let's take another one on Thursday.

GO HEAT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Heads up to you bloggers...operationrestorejustice is now endorsing Steve Leifman too. That's a no-brainer, though. Leifman defends the crazies and Gonzalez is one. Juan on the bench would be a nightmare.

Phil R said...

Heat schmeat....Watch the Steelers repeat with Charlie Batch at QB. Thank goodness I resisted the temptation to name my son "Roethlisberger Reizenstein".

Anonymous said...

With regard to the bathrooms at REG, see if you can find an open courtroom with a jury room that has a bathroom. Usually only used by a few people and the cleanest in the building. Of course, make sure all the doors are closed tightly so the whole courtroom doesn't know why you went back there.

Anonymous said...

oh great, now my bathroom secret is uncovered. nice job, buttweed.

Anonymous said...

Who is at the judicial conference- I assume Newman is here because he has released his order re Muldowney (sp?) I hope Lindsey is there, she needs all the help she can get!

Anonymous said...

what was newman's ruling?

Don Shula said...

Illegal procedure on behalf of the state and the intoxilyzer company, fifteen yards....still third down.

Irritable Bowel sufferer said...

I've been using the jury room bathrooms forever and a day. The one's in the courtrooms on 3 are the absolute best. Especially when they were remodeling Glick's courtroom and no one was using it...I had the entire bathroom to myself for a year.

Anonymous said...

i used to shit there also. never rapped the seat either.

Anonymous said...

No really ... how did Newman rule?

REVIEW OFFICAL said...

After further review.....the ruling on the field stands. 3rd Down

CAPTAIN said...

BREAKING NEWS:

MULDOWNEY

NEWMAN RULING ............

CAPTAIN said...

IS ..............

CAPTAIN said...

TIME OUT .....

CAPTAIN said...

4th quarter; two minutes to go; no time outs left.

Newman HAS NOT YET ISSUED HIS RULING ON MULDOWNEY.

CAPTAIN OUT ....................

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Herbert Andrews, who was nominated to interview for the County Court seat. Go Herb.......

Herb would be the best judge in County Court or at least in the top 3.

Be smart, Appoint Herb!

Anonymous said...

Looking at the folk being interviewed for the two county court seats, I was saw some names I've seen for years.

Anyone know the record for number of times interviewed without being selected Judge? That is, who can't take a hint?

Anonymous said...

Who is being interviewed for County Court?

Anonymous said...

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Anonymous said...

Dont worry this is not the full text....

Just thought I would offer a reality check to the lawyer North of the Border who thinks corruption doesn't exist outside our fair county.

OFFICIALS' DIVORCE CASES HIDDEN ON SECRET DOCKET-- The Bradenton Herald, http://www.bradenton.com, June 14, 2006.
Any divorce that lands in court goes on the public record, except the divorces of some judges, elected officials and others, whose cases are hidden on a secret docket in Broward courts. There are more than 100 civil cases since 2001 that have not been on any public records in Broward. The Miami Herald got a list of the files Monday [June 12] under court order, after the newspaper sued for the release of case numbers and party names. However, the cases themselves remain off the public record.

grim reaper said...

ugh, you sat on that toilet without covering it with tp? name me in your will please.

AJ Duhe said...

Newman's ruling on Muldowny is tough on the field and tough on the bench

Daunte Culpepper said...

The ruling on Muldowny is 92 dash left, 6 green, 44 round. On two.

Anonymous said...

word has it that Judge Hernandez is being moved by Chief Judge Farina and may be suspended by the Supreme Court temporarily.... wow.

Ricky Williams said...

does the ruling in muldowny affect possession of marijuana cases?

Tell Ed I used to play for the Dolphins also

Anonymous said...

which juan of the courthouses is hernandez being moved to?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to:

Jose L. Fernandez, Candidate for County Court Judge in Group 43!

Valerie R. Manno, Candidate for Circuit Court in Group 078!

Marin , Antonio E. Marin, Candidate for Circuit Court in Group 79!

Catherine B. Parks, Candidate for Circuit Court in Group 80!


You have my vote and all of my people's!

Get out there and kick some Ass!

Anonymous said...

Tony M., get rid of the fat (Longassda) guy to make sure we vote for you. That man is a Sexist Pig!

Anonymous said...

Go Joe!

Anonymous said...

Don't congratulate them just yet... time to file hasn't expired.

Anonymous said...

what a list!

just kidding

Anonymous said...

are you sexist if you think that women should not be allowed to go to law school?

Anonymous said...

hopefully herb andrews will get the nod in county court. worked with him at sao great guy--i just hope he has some people with political pull working for him.

Anonymous said...

since when does the cuban bar have the right to sanction anyone?

i thought a cuban bar was full of chocolate, nooget, rice, and beans.

Anonymous said...

MULDOWNY UPDATE!

Judge McWhorter has DENIED the Muldowny motions!

Probably too much heat for her to take with a contested election on the line (or not enough cajones to do the right thing)!

I'm writing that check to her opponent as we speak ....

CAPTAIN said...

JUDICIAL UPDATE:

The JNC has narrowed to 27 names the list of candidates to be considered for two open County Court seats, (Judge Dakis' and Judge Silvers' seats).

They will be interviewing 17 candidates next week; 10 more do not even need to be interviewed as they have done so in the past, many of them more than one time.

Two of those being interviewed are presently running for Judge: Millan & Fernandez; one is strongly consdiering a run: Miranda; and one has her name before the Gov. right now: Toussaint.

The interview list is as follows:

Herb Andrews
Maria T. Armas
Tamara I. Gray
Linda Lopez
Lynette McGuiness
Cristina Miranda
Kathleen Phang
Cesar Sastre
Rima Bardawel
Victoria Brennan
Yvonne Colodny
Ivy Ginsberg
Fluer Lobree
Stephen Millan
Garry Pierrot
Thomas Rebull
Marilyn Tompkins

Those already on the short list include:

Peter Abraham
William Atlfield
Don Cohn
Abigail Cynamon
Jose Fernandez
Elena B. Langan
Rima Mullins
Maria Santovenia
Rodney Smith
Mari Jo Toussaint

The JNC is being asked to send up to 12 names to the Gov. for the two seats.

CAPTAIN OUT ..............

Anonymous said...

I wish the JNC would publish the bios for people making the "narrowed" list. Who are these people?

Anonymous said...

those 12 names do not mathematically represent dade county by gender and race.

Anonymous said...

did you say 12 names?

From those lists!

Oh God.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I gave McWhorter money but it was one of those "I had to" situations

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I gave McWhorter money but it was one of those "I had to" situations. And now I have to keep on giving to these new filers

Anonymous said...

Heard Lorens Sanchez expecting appointment following loss on 9/5/assurance comes from JNC member Hl
Anybody else heard this?

Anonymous said...

From what I hear about Judge Mc, even if you donate she still treats ya like crap!!!

Anonymous said...

doy doy doy.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know why migna sanchez llorens went from Federal PD back to house of brummer?

Anonymous said...

who cares if the candidates represent the county by gender and race - enough already. what do you not understand about the fact that law school graduates do not represent the county by gender and race??? oh, not enough cuban names (female/black/fill-your-own-blank-here) on the list? well, educate more cubans (female/black/fill-in-your-own-blank-here) and send them to law school, get them to pass the bar and then qualify and apply to the jnc. this nonsense about representing the county is just that - NONSENSE. move on already. we are drawing candidates from members of the bar, not people working in a car wash or macy's or doing security details - do you understand that???

Anonymous said...

touchy?

Anonymous said...

That is incredible. Migna's $25K payoff to Robert Perrtrieta, Al Millian and Hector Lombanda could not get her an interview. (Maybe she is not as qualified as she thinks?) Talk about someone who needs to subscribe to Consumer Reports ASAP! (Of course, allegedly.)

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Sanchez-llorens was fired or forced to resign and so had to return to the PD office.

Anonymous said...

De Madre. Dead beat.

Anonymous said...

Go Shelly, it's your Birthday!

Anonymous said...

i read the short list. I wasn't inpressed.

Anonymous said...

i just said that about the 12 people to rile someone up.

happy b day shelly

Anonymous said...

Touissant? come on!!!

Rodney Smith, funny guy, but judge?

Millian?

oh my, lets go back to the 1600s and the UK judges.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Shelly Schwartz! Many more to you sir. You got my vote sir.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Shelly! Thanks for granting my motion! :)

Anonymous said...

Feliz CumpleaƱos Shelly! You look good in Purple.

Anonymous said...

Maria T. Armas reminds me of Ann Coulter, except Armas is shorter, morbidly obese, and lacking Coulter's charm.

Evel Knievel said...

Hey Ben Roethlisberger what kind of a moron are you? Taking such chanes on a motorcycle. Are you crazy? The steeler nation is going to be pissed. Maybe instesd of putting the titanium plates and screws in your jaw they should have put them in your head. No motorcycle D.L.. no helmet, no brains!!

The Gramarian said...

That would be Knevel

Anonymous said...

Here is some information for Charlie Safdie who is obviously running the campaigns of KMF, Pando and Alvarez. It is a waste of time to hold judicial campaign signs outside a Miami Heat game. As a matter of fact, it is STUPID. If you knew anything, you would know that junior. We want Heat, not judicial Heat. You just cost some of these candidates some votes. Addicot, you are making me vote for Pando since I saw you first and I do not know who is doing your dumb campaign and Pando is Hot like the Heat.

GO HEAT! GO FLASH! GO DIESEL!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Colodny,
Why do you feel that you are qualified to be a judge? You are not an aggressive PD. Which is to say, before you were promoted to "training attorney", you were petrified to try a case.

Anonymous said...

Seems that Sam Slom was able to finally scare Cecilia Armenteros into another Group today. I just saw her name iin Group 43 against Jose "Joe" Fernandez. My vote is with Joe and I am sure most people would agree.

Cecilia, what did the Slom camp promise you that made you change Groups? You just lost your chance at being a Judge. I hope you return the favor to Slom via the FDLE and JQC.

See you in Court. JQC Court that is.

oh! the conspiracies! said...

"Cecilia, what did the Slom camp promise you that made you change Groups? You just lost your chance at being a Judge. I hope you return the favor to Slom via the FDLE"

Listen Dick Tracy, maybe Cecilia (you're breaking my heart) realized that she was embarassing herself by being pimped by juan and decided to get out and save a little credibility.

BY the way, anyone want to discuss her qualifications?

Nah...... why do that?

Anonymous said...

Why would she be more qualified than a fat guy who only hears traffic cases? (Yes, you are still fat Slom.)

This is the time when we know the truth. Will the legal establishment support her, or treat her like a "Balsera" regardless. Who is going to endorse her and donate to her Group 43 race? Comments anyone?

Anonymous said...

hey folks i hope this gets posted I'm a newby! I enjoy reading the blog and like the fact that judges and lawyers can read this and keep their finger on the pulse of the Justice Bldg. I need feed back on something that strikes me as wrong. It seems that when a case is filed with a cts, ses, pti or probation offer the judges barly allow enough time to earn a fee. Usually the case is set report re plea in 10 days!. Some Judges even pressure Attorneys to end the case . I am not exclusivly a criminal atty. and usually collect a pretty good fee for criminal cases. It is sometimes hard to justify a fee in 10 days or investigate the case as you were paid to do. what is wrong with a setting in 3-4 weeks as most case are calendared

rock and a hard place said...

i will vote for joe fernandez cause hes a friend. and i will give his campaign money, too.

but really i think hes pretty right wing. for sure he's passed the govs litmus test on the issues.

just grant a motion to suppress now and then, gimme time to collect my fees and dont make me give you a frickin absentia affidavit for soundings.

rock and a hard place said...

p.s. joe:

i know where the bodies are buried

Anonymous said...

in the meadowlands under the fifty yard line

Anonymous said...

I just heard Reemberto Diaz was appointed to the circuit court by the governor. Can anyone confirm??

Anonymous said...

Chief Judge Pariente recently distributed a memo stating that the demographics for Florida lawschools in the the 2004-2005 school year brokedown as follows:

66.40% "white";
8.75% "black";
13.50% "hispanic";
3.39% "asian/pacific";
0.61% "native american"; and
7.45% "unknown".

Can anyone cite statistics specific to attorneys to Miami-Dade?

Likewise, can anyone cite statistics as to the gender makeup of the Florida bar, generally, and Miami-Dade attorneys, specifically.

Judge Lenny Glick said...

I heard from Judge Blakes J.A. that it was a confirmed fact.
If, in fact, it's true I think it will be a great addition to our bench......a lawyer who actually knows the law, the system and the issues that trial lawyers, on both sides, have to cope with in their daily practice in the Courts of Dade County.
Congratulations and Pleeeease come to Criminal Division as soon as possible.
Judge Lenny Glick

CAPTAIN said...

GOV. BUSH ANNOUNCES:

I am pleased to announce that I have selected Miami attorney Reemberto Diaz to the appointment of Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Diaz is a veteran trial lawyer who has been practicing law in Florida for over 26 years. He will be a great addition to the bench.

Congratulations.

CAPTAIN OUT ..................

Anonymous said...

Joe's a stand up guy and does good work. He's helped me tremendously with some DUI issues.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Reemberto! You're a great trial attorney, and I know you'll make an amazing jurist.

Anonymous said...

Rump, why no new posts since Tuesday? Thought this week was slow for you. Although you make it sound like every week is slow for you.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Reemberto! Now that you are a Judge can you tell us, for the record, if your name means to emberto again?

calvo

Anonymous said...

I wanted to attempt to defend Judge Slom. His job is not to try cases, its to oversee the county judges its job is to try cases. This is a necessary job and I have no fault with how he does this, I can imagine many jurists that would be far more dangerous with that power. Judge Slom has always struck me as fair. Like many judges, he may be inclined to rule for the State, but unlike many judges, he will listen to arguments for both sides and follow the law. I'm a PD and when in county had a 4th DUI set in front of him that the State Atty's office had completely screwed up, to the point that it was the day of trial on an NOE and they hadn't complied with basic discovery despite outstanding motions to compel. (this wasn't really any specific state attys fault, it was the fault of a broken office over there) We all know how reluctant judges are to let cases go on speedies, and 4th DUI is the capital murder of county court. Yet he held the States feet to the fire and we ended up getting a very good result for our client. As attorneys who actually have to appear in front of these judges we should be concerned with whether they are being fair and following the law, not their ethnic profile. By this test I feel Judge Slom deserves his seat on the bench. I don't really care what backroom political dealings judges engage in, I care whether they're gonna be fair to me and my clients when I'm in front of them. I imagine most defense attys feel the same.

Anonymous said...

Whenever you bitch about our admin judges just think "Dale Ross" and you are sure to appreciate what we have...all of our admin judges are excellent

Anonymous said...

cONGRATULATION TO JUDGE REEMBERTO DIAZ ON HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
LINDA AND SHELLY SCHWARTZ

Anonymous said...

I agree with "Friday, June 16, 2006 2:41:54 PM" about Judge Slom. I just wished the other Administrative Judges would be as dedicated as him and not have a Division at all and send emails regarding the local restaurants. It would also be appreciated if they would brief the FL Law Weekly for everyone. Take note you other Administrators, you are putting the 11th Judicial Circuit to shame. Be like Judge Slom and be more aware of the Judges under you and what they are doing. You are the Boss you know.

Anonymous said...

I found this article about the illegal secret dockets in Broward County.

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/06/16/Tampabay/Cases_kept_out_of_pub.shtml

Now it seems Crist is launching an investigation, and MANY Clerks of Courts are doing a CYA (hmmmhmmm Harvey Ruvin - take note). The article also mentions that on the Broward secret docket a former state prosecutor had a case sealed. Captain, anyone, know if Michael Gilfarb was one such former State prosecutor? I seem to recall that he went before a Broward Circuit Judge asking for a suit to be sealed.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Reemberto.

As a former ASA, I always had the pleasure of having Reemberto as an adversary. ASAs will also sit around and pose the hypothetical "If you got arrested, whom would hire to defend you?" My choice was always Reemberto. He's a great advocate, both in court and out. I used to joke with him that he could probably get PTI for a murder defendant. Always respectful and straight up with the State and the Court, he will make an excellent judge. While I think Jeb and his brother are both boneheads, Jeb made a great choice.

CAPTAIN said...

BUSH STRIKES AGAIN:

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Lagoa has been appointed to the open seat on the Third DCA today. Lagoa has been a member of the Florida Bar for 13 years. Lagoa made a name for herself in 2000 representing Elian Gonzalez' great uncle, when she argued that "a child's right to seek asylum independent of his parents is well-established."

Many of you may remember two interesting side notes accompanying this appointment.

First, during the interview process, JNC member Hector Lombana asked candidate Lagoa whether she felt she could balance motherhood and the workload of serving on the 3rd DCA; (Lagoa had recently given birth to twins). Lombana was widely criticized for the question. The JNC chair, Ramon Abadin, called the question "inappropriate".

Second, one of the finalists for 3rd DCA job was Circuit Court Judge Israel Reyes; (the others were AUSA Lisette Reid, AUSA Hugo Black III, Sanford Bohrer and Douglas Stein). Reyes, up for reelection this year, drew opposition in the "eleventh hour"; or 11:58 am to be exact, on the final day of qualifying, from former County Court Judge Jeffrey Swartz. Swartz vowed not to spend any money on the campaign and to withdraw from the race should Judge Reyes not get the 3rd DCA appointment.

So, Mr. Swartz, what say you ....
IN or OUT .............

as for me, ....

CAPTAIN OUT ...............

Anonymous said...

is barbara LAGOA hispanic, anglo, african american? what kind of reputation does she have?

Anonymous said...

is she what? did you just ask if she is hispanic, anglo, african american??? who cares you moron. banana republican. like that's important. oh, if she's black is she stupid? if she's anglo she's fair? if she's cuban she'll give you good rulings because you are too? this blog is just making me ill at this point. is barbara LAGOA hispanic, anglo, african american? moron. you are a complete moron.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Langoa is a member of a right wing conservative think tank.

Anonymous said...

is barbara LAGOA hispanic, anglo, african american? what kind of reputation does she have?

I agree; what a fuckin moron. But to answer the question: her reputation is for breast-feeeding and against bottle-feeding.

Anonymous said...

Langoa is a cut of steak served in Texas

Lagoa is your new 3rd DCA Judge and she doesn't have time to belong to a think-tank; because, according to Lombana, she is too busy breast-feeding twins.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Hector Lombada did this on purpose to make sure she got in there. He is on the pay for Migna, why could he not be on the pay for maybe Lagoa? Will someone please investigate this Sexist or Smart as Hell Fat Pig. Mr. Abadin, you may be in the middle of a big situation. Report this to the FDLE and let them figure it out before you are consider the head of the corrupt operation.

During the interview process, JNC member Hector Lombana asked candidate Lagoa whether she felt she could balance motherhood and the workload of serving on the 3rd DCA; (Lagoa had recently given birth to twins). Lombana was widely criticized for the question. The JNC chair, Ramon Abadin, called the question "inappropriate".

Anonymous said...

I smell something very fishy here! It smells like FAT PIG FISH! Cokking us JNC Style.

Anonymous said...

Rump, did Darin finally got you put in jail since you do not care for us or what?

Anonymous said...

Talking about Dockets, Captain can you provide us with stat on how many cases the incumbents here on a weekly basis to see who is doing what? I have seen them before at the Court and thinnk we can all see where our monies is going.

Anonymous said...

This guy can run for Judge in South Florida...

School Board Candidate Under Fire Over 'Immigrant' Letter

Montalvo's letter to the Four Corners Reporter newspaper also said, "I want to get rid of these third world people..."

Story:
http://www.local6.com/news/9375390/detail.html

Anonymous said...

Why is everything always a situation? Haters. Pepe is a good man.

'Pepe' Diaz's Cancun visit is probed: A federal grand jury is looking into a Mexican fishing trip that Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz took with a millionaire developer, Diaz's lawyer

Complete Story:
http://news.pajamasmedia.com/business/2006/06/10/9127894_Pepe_Diazs_Cancu.shtml

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone run against Joe? Crazy move.

Anonymous said...

Why is Abigail E. Cynamon running for Judge in Group 80? This is clearly a conflict of interest as she works for Judge Farina and is an attorney for the Court. Did she quit or is she using her influence to get elected? This needs to be investigated ASAP! I smell conflict!

Anonymous said...

Captain, who has declared for those new seats?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mr. Diaz.
I hope you come to the criminal court soon.
From a group of court reporters.

CAPTAIN said...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

The Fla. Leg. created four new seats in its most recent session; three Circuit and one County. They are all to be elected in September. Here are the races so far, with the understanding that there will be much change between now and the last day of qualifying, July 21, 2006.

GROUP 78 - CIRCUIT

Valerie Manno, 13 years, lost in 2004 to Judy Rubenstein for County Court Judge.

GROUP 79 - CIRCUIT

Antonio Marin, 21 years, his treasurer is Hector Lombana

GROUP 80 - CIRCUIT

Rima Bardawil, 8 years; yes 8 years.

Abigail Cynamon, 16 years, president-elect of FAWL and yes she does work for the Eleventh Circuit Court as an attorney.

Catherine Parks, 22 years, ran unsuccessfully for Judge in 2004, losing in a runoff to Judge William Thomas.

GROUP 43 - COUNTY

Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez, 12 years and a former candidate against Judge Sam Slom before she dropped out of that race.

Jose L. Fernandez, 16 years

The Captain expects others to file. Look for Carlos Enriquez as a possible candidate. He originally filed to run against Judge Korvick before he dropped out of that race. Also look for Maria deJesus Santovenia, who is an attorney with the City of Miami.

AND THE CAPTAIN IS OUT .........

Anonymous said...

captain
you are a apd. your the guy with the old desk. you are a narc and a turd.

Anonymous said...

Captain, you are incorrect. Carlos Enriquez did not drop the race; he was pushed, harassed, manipulated, and coerced out of the race. Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez did not drop her race; she was coerced, harassed, blackmailed and scared out that race. The difference between what these two candidates endured and dropping a race is clear.

Over and Out Dear Captain.

Nacho Libre! I do it for the Orphans…

Anonymous said...

Interesting note....none of the candidates being pushed by Juan D'Arce showed for the League of Prosecutors endorsement forum this past week. Ivan Hernandez of course is facing possible sanction by the JQC and it is his JA who is under criminal investigation by the SAO. Juan Gonzalez and George Alvarez were also absent, perhaps because they too are considered damaged goods. Endorsements don't vote but they are good indicators of the mood of the community. For those without them and the baggage of Juan things could get pretty ugly in September.

Anonymous said...

Ivan Hernandez and Juan D'Arce are not only damaged goods, they will soon be sanctioned and convicted goods.As is appropriate for bottom feeding corrupt pond scum!

Anonymous said...

I have been told that Alvarez wants nothing to do with D'Arce.

Any info on this NOT just rumor some facts please

Anonymous said...

word has it the reason operationrestorejustice.com got over 30,000 vistors is because he did a massive bulk emailing to over 40,000 members of the florida bar and caused a massive amount of hits.

also herald was nice enough to put his site address in mondays paper. called word of mouth

Anonymous said...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

The Fla. Leg. created four new seats in its most recent session; three Circuit and one County. They are all to be elected in September. Here are the races so far, with the understanding that there will be much change between now and the last day of qualifying, July 21, 2006.

GROUP 78 - CIRCUIT

Valerie Manno, 13 years, lost in 2004 to Judy Rubenstein for County Court Judge.

GROUP 79 - CIRCUIT

Antonio Marin, 21 years, his treasurer is Hector Lombana

GROUP 80 - CIRCUIT

Rima Bardawil, 8 years; yes 8 years.

Abigail Cynamon, 16 years, president-elect of FAWL and yes she does work for the Eleventh Circuit Court as an attorney.

Catherine Parks, 22 years, ran unsuccessfully for Judge in 2004, losing in a runoff to Judge William Thomas.

GROUP 43 - COUNTY

Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez, 12 years and a former candidate against Judge Sam Slom before she dropped out of that race.

Jose L. Fernandez, 16 years

The Captain expects others to file. Look for Carlos Enriquez as a possible candidate. He originally filed to run against Judge Korvick before he dropped out of that race. Also look for Maria deJesus Santovenia, who is an attorney with the City of Miami.

AND THE CAPTAIN IS OUT .........

Anonymous said...

Having previously worked with Abigail Cynamon, I have no doubt her fellow law-clerks are solidly behind her candidacy. What better way to get rid of an ass-kissing, narcissistic jerk than to make her a judge?

Anonymous said...

Get real. Endorsements mean nothing and you guys are all idiots. I normally do not write, but I have to say that you are all full of ignorance and love to spread gossip. Fortunately, nothing works the way you say it does and never has. All the judicial candidates who have gotten the endorsements you speak about have lost in the past and if I recall correctly they had the best Bar Poll ratings and the Miami Herald endorsement. You spread rumors about things just to make you happy and try to scare good people. I have news for you, we are not Cecilia and we are the "Shadow Cabinet" and as such, we will surface soon and you will be sitting at home or at a Florida Bar office explaining how you are such idiots. Mark my words and the Phoenix always rises. Additionally, since you think we are as bad as Roaches. Please remember, Roaches do not die, they multiply. Stay tune for 2008.

Anonymous said...

That is correct, we will run again in 2008 or until we get elected. Not what do you have to say about that? Yes, that is Democracy and we will utilize it.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to ...

Anonymous said...

Can someone pull the file on McGilllis v. Ness from Miami-Dade Court to see what the case is really about. I would love to know what the fuss was really about. I cannot be just about glue...

Anonymous said...

A Phoenix first has to be first reduced to ashes and you will be!You are roaches and we got the Black Flag! Shadow Cabinet indeed, the only shadows you people know are the shadows of men's bathroom stalls!

Anonymous said...

here is one case:

MC GILLIS, DAREN vs WERSTINER, RICHARD
* Click on BOOK/PAGE of a particular docket to see the image if it is available *
Case Number (LOCAL): 2005-6983-SP-25 Filing Date: 5/11/2005
Case Number (STATE): 13-2005-SC-006983-0000-25 Dockets Retrieved: 38
Judicial Section: 01

Date Book/Page Docket Entry Comments
05/09/06 ORDER: GRANTING EMERGENCY MTN TO STAY FURTHER PROCEEDINGS
05/08/06 NOTICE: EMERGENCY MTN TO STAY
03/29/06 LETTER OF CORRESPONDENCE
03/20/06 FWOP NOTICE GENERATED 05/30/2006 09:00 AM
03/12/06 FWOP NOTICE GENERATED 05/25/2006 09:00 AM
12/21/05 LETTER OF CORRESPONDENCE
12/09/05 LETTER OF CORRESPONDENCE
08/02/05 ORDER: DENY/PLS MOTI DISQUALIFY JUDGE PETERSON
08/01/05 AFFIDAVIT AS TO COSTS
07/20/05 NOTICE OF HEARING- MOTIONS 08/01/2005 : 09:30 AM
07/15/05 NOTICE OF FILING: TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS HELD ON 07122005
07/15/05 NOTICE OF HEARING- MOTIONS 08/01/2005 : 09:30 AM
07/14/05 MOTION: TO DISQUALIFY (CONSOLIDATED W/ 05 7087 SP25)
07/12/05 MOTION FOR REHEARING
07/12/05 NOTICE: PLTFS MOTI LEAVE TO ADD PUNITIVE DAMAGES IS DENIED
07/12/05 NOTICE: PLTFS MOTI REHEARING AS TO SANCTIONS IS DENIED
07/12/05 ORDER: GRANT/DFTS MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
07/08/05 NOTICE OF FILING: TRANSCRIPT DATED 07012005
07/08/05 NOTICE: ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT DATED 0701205
07/01/05 ENTERED OR DUPLICATED IN ERROR ORDD
07/01/05 MEMORANDUM OF LAW
07/01/05 MOTION FOR SANCTIONS
07/01/05 MOTION TO COMPEL
07/01/05 ORDER: GRANTED PLTF'S MOTION TO STRIKE
07/01/05 ORDER: PLTF'S MOTION TO COMPELLING DISCOVERY IS GRANTED
06/24/05 ORDER: DENYING DFTS MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
06/17/05 ORDER TO CONSOLIDATE 05-007087-SP-25 FROM : 01
06/17/05 ORDER: GRANTING DFNT'S MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE
06/15/05 NOTICE: PTF'S OPPOSITION TO DFT'S MTN F/ PROTECTIVE ORDER
06/13/05 MOTION: IN OPPOSITION TO DFT'S MTN TO CONSOLIDATE
06/10/05 MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
06/10/05 MOTION: DFNT'S B NESS'S MTN TO CONSOLIDATE RELATED S/CLMS ACTIO
06/03/05 NOTICE OF APPEARANCE ATTORNEY: 88888888 DN01
05/23/05 SERVICE RETURNED BADGE # 2 P 05/14/2005 DN01
05/23/05 SERVICE RETURNED BADGE # 2 P 05/18/2005 DN02
05/11/05 NON-MILITARY AFFIDAVIT
05/11/05 SP PRETRIAL NEW DATE 06/17/2005 : 09:45 AM

Anonymous said...

this is the case were 3dca issued mandamus show cause order against Judge Hernandez for his JA's obstructing McGillis access to the court:

Third District Court of Appeal Case Docket

Case Number: 3D05-1230
Family Mandamus Petition from Dade County


DARRIN McGILLIS, vs. BENJAMIN NESS,


Lower Tribunal Case(s): 05-14334

06/17/2006 03:13

Date Docketed Description Date Due Filed By Notes
05/27/2005 Case Filing Fee
05/27/2005 Appendix PS Darrin Mcgillis
05/27/2005 Petition Mandamus Darrin Mc Gillis
05/27/2005 Motion To Stay Darrin Mc Gillis
05/27/2005 Order Resp. on all Petitions except Prohibi(OR12L) 06/03/2005 and deny stay
06/03/2005 MISCELLANEOUS ORDER (OR999) RS shall file a copy of the order on the notice of voluntary dismissal when entered by the trial court.
06/07/2005 Miscellaneous Docket Entry Appellee's Suggestion of Mootness noted
06/14/2005 Appeal Dismissed by the Court (DA11) dismissed as moot
06/15/2005 MISCELLANEOUS ORDER (OR999) Ct. order of 6/14/05 is vacated
06/23/2005 Miscellaneous Docket Entry PT'S SUGGESTION OF EVASIVE ISSUE noted
06/23/2005 Appendix Darrin Mc Gillis
06/30/2005 Notice of Filing Daniel Leyton l.c. order to dism. petition for injunction
06/30/2005 Notice of Filing Darrin Mc Gillis Transcript of Lower Court Proceeding of June 21, 2005
06/30/2005 Transcript Received Darrin Mc Gillis
07/08/2005 REPLY Darrin Mc Gillis of Petitioner to Respondent's Response to Suggestion of Evasive Issue
07/18/2005 Notice of Filing Daniel Leyton of attached Order Regarding Voluntary Dismissal
08/30/2005 Petition for Writ Dismissed (DA28A)

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the misnomer before, you people are not roaches you are:

"CUCARACHAS"

Anonymous said...

What was the obstruction? It is not clear? Seems like you lost twice and where is the Court's ruling and on what issue? I think you are confused. Seems like you lost based on lack of an issue. Did you properly notice your paper work as prescribed by the Rules of Procedure? Please note here the actual language from the Court where it states how you were obstructed and by whom.

Anonymous said...

Why did you disqualify Judge Peterson? Who are Ricahrd WERSTINER and BENJAMIN NESS? Who are you really? Why do you sue so many people?

Anonymous said...

who are u taking too?

Anonymous said...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

The Fla. Leg. created four new seats in its most recent session; three Circuit and one County. They are all to be elected in September. Here are the races so far, with the understanding that there will be much change between now and the last day of qualifying, July 21, 2006.

GROUP 78 - CIRCUIT

Valerie Manno, 13 years, lost in 2004 to Judy Rubenstein for County Court Judge.

GROUP 79 - CIRCUIT

Antonio Marin, 21 years, his treasurer is Hector Lombana

GROUP 80 - CIRCUIT

Rima Bardawil, 8 years; yes 8 years.

Abigail Cynamon, 16 years, president-elect of FAWL and yes she does work for the Eleventh Circuit Court as an attorney.

Catherine Parks, 22 years, ran unsuccessfully for Judge in 2004, losing in a runoff to Judge William Thomas.

GROUP 43 - COUNTY

Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez, 12 years and a former candidate against Judge Sam Slom before she dropped out of that race.

Jose L. Fernandez, 16 years

The Captain expects others to file. Look for Carlos Enriquez as a possible candidate. He originally filed to run against Judge Korvick before he dropped out of that race. Also look for Maria deJesus Santovenia, who is an attorney with the City of Miami.

Anonymous said...

Rump have you deserted us for better pasture? are you in trouble? could you have been john lipinsky, and how you're worried about your weed charge? come and join us again so I don't have to scroll though these long boring blogs.
I do miss you.
:.)

Anonymous said...

Menudo was the shit. Fact.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else heard that JEB sent a letter to the Dept of Elections stating his objection to the newly created elected judicial spots saying the legislature wrongfully took away his right of appointment and now wants to block the elections?

Anonymous said...

uh, yeah, it was in the Herald - The Miami Herald, try reading it sometime

Anonymous said...

why? its one of the worst written papers in the south east, and factually suspect on many occasions. tell me why i should read the miami herald?

Anonymous said...

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
Paying lobbyists paid off well
As a disclosure deadline looms, lobbyists such as Ron Book and Broward County Commissioner Jim Scott reveal how much they are getting paid to lobby the Florida Legislature.

BY GARY FINEOUT
gfineout@MiamiHerald.com

SEEKING TO OVERTURN

The Florida Professional Association of Lobbyists, including Book, have sued to overturn the law, contending it violates state constitutional rights to privacy and equal-protection rights. A federal judge in May refused to block the new law.

Book said he decided to turn in the information while the lawsuit continues to wind its way through the courts.

''We're not done litigating, we're not throwing in the towel,'' said Book. ``My goal is not to defy the law but to challenge the law and its constitutionality.''

So far, about 300 lobbying firms have filed the required disclosures.

A spokeswoman for Senate President Tom Lee said that several lobbying firms have not yet turned in their compensation reports. One of those is Miami lobbyist Bob Levy.

Levy said he, too, will soon turn in his paperwork, predicting that Lee would attempt to bring sanctions against him if he didn't act.

''I'm going to comply,'' Levy said. ``Tom Lee would no doubt bring up any violators on charges. I don't need to be a sacrificial lamb.''

Bob Levy should also include in his report that he has made over $130,000 from KFR in the past elections, or that he contacted McGilllis about illegal campaign activity and now McGilllis has added him to his filing in the court. Levy, how does a convicted (economic crimes) felon represent municipalities in the Florida Legislature?

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14845064.htm

Anonymous said...

because then you wouldnt be asking questions on this blog that could be answered by reading the newspaper, but then again, maybe you either cant afford the subscription price, or you're illiterate, maybe both

Anonymous said...

bob levy a burgler and anyone who would pay for his politcal advise is a turd!

Anonymous said...

You bet. Levy is nothing but a Street Tug! He met his match in McGuilllis for sure. Get'm Boy!

Anonymous said...

does gov. bush ONLY appoint hispanics to the bench????

Anonymous said...

Florida Supreme Court Docket

Case Docket
Case Number: SC06-505 - Active
DARRIN MCGILLIS vs. DANIEL NESS, ET AL

03/15/2006 MOTION-STAY (PROCEEDINGS BELOW) PS Darrin Mcgillis BY: PS Darrin Mcgillis GRANTED 03/31/2006

03/31/2006 ORDER-RESPONSE/REPLY REQUESTED Petitioner has filed a "Petition for Writ of Mandamus and/or Petition to Invoke All Writs Jurisdiction." Respondent is hereby requested to serve a response to the above-referenced petition on or before April 17, 2006. The petitioner may serve a reply on or before April 27, 2006. Petitioner's motion to stay is hereby granted.

05/16/2006 NOTICE-SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY PS Darrin Mcgillis BY: PS Darrin Mcgillis (O&7)

Anonymous said...

Flash - rumps was spotted repeatedly at Ocean Reef this weekend, and was especially busy deleting spam posts last night between midnite and dawn.

Anonymous said...

no, bush does not just appoint hispanics

He appointed norma lindsey

Anonymous said...

captain or should I say Ryan do you always write in Anonymous... makes look like this blog has readers.... "NOT"

Anonymous said...

how come that ass.... can get a stay in the supreme court. what makes him so special?

Anonymous said...

Where was Judge Lawrence Schwartz last week. Didn't see him on the campaign trail. Was he on vacation? Don't work yourself too hard, you might just win, if you decide to campaign and not play.

Anonymous said...

MIAMI HERALD

Posted on Sat, June. 10, 2006

JUDGE ACCUSED OF CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS

A complaint has been filed against Juan F. Gonzalez with the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission alleging he committed campaign violations in his race against County Judge Steve Leifman.

The complaint, filed by Leifman's campaign co-chair David Marko, says that Gonzalez's statement to The Miami Herald that Leifman didn't work full-time violates the state's Judicial Cannon of Ethics.

''The suggestion is that Judge Leifman is misusing his position on the bench,'' Marko wrote in the complaint. He then went on to list the various duties Leifman has as associate administrative judge in county court, as well as Leifman's work on the court's mental health commission.

The complaint also claims that Gonzalez told the audience at a campaign forum that he worked ''under'' Public Defender Bennett Brummer for 10 years, though he has never worked in the Public Defender's Office.

Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The Supreme Court is affraid of him. I do not get it. Why has he not sued Harvey Ruvin who issued his papers wrong. Talk about not paying attention.

Anonymous said...

FLASH - FLASH - FLASH

Is there a better player in the NBA!

GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you were not at the Heat Game tonight, you are a TURD! A LEVY TURD!

CAPTAIN said...

The Captain says:

Let's Go Heat

and to 10:02 PM, who is Ryan, cause it sure ain't me................

CAPTAIN OUT ..................

Anonymous said...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

2:40 am what do you mean??

"who issued his papers wrong. Talk about not paying attention."

Anonymous said...

Seems like Harvey Ruvin and his pals once again issued Supboenas for the next day without Court Order or proper notice. They just stamped them (According to one of the Clerk's there.) and this guy served them. Catch is they were for the next day, so seems like they did not show. Read the file. If anyone here should be sued, it most likely should be Harvey Ruvin and his slacker Clerks of Court.

Anonymous said...

9:36am what are you talking about you dont make sense?

Anonymous said...

Juan D'Arce is an employee of the court who ran a judicial consulting company. He was put on leave and, rightly or wrongly, has been pilloried on these boards.

Abigail Cynamon is an employee of the court who is running for judge. Should she be also be on leave? In all seriousness, does the first matter, (D'Arce), inform the latter?

Anonymous said...

Yes. The rules proscribe her from even attending fundraisers for judges.

Anonymous said...

Worse of all, Abigail Cynamon is the employee of Chief Judge Farina. I mean, she works directly for the man and is running under his umbrella.

Talk about a dual system.

Anonymous said...

i dont know cynamon - is she sugar and spice and everything nice?

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Abigail E. Cynamon
11th Judicial Circuit Administration
73 West Flagler St., #1902
Miami, FL 33130
Areas of Practice:

Telephone: (305) 349-7313
Facsimile: (305) 349-7313
Email Address: acynamon@jud11.flcourts.org

Carol L. S. Faber
Akerman Senterfitt
One S.E. 3rd Avenue, 28th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Areas of Practice: Real Estate Law

Telephone: (305)374-5600
Facsimile: (305)374-5095
Email Address: cfaber@akerman.com

Hector J. Lombana
Gamba & Lombana
2701 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Mezzanine
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Areas of Practice: Personal Injury

Telephone: (305) 448-4010
Email Address: hjl@gambalombana.com
Internet: www.gambalombana.com

Migna Sanchez-Llorens
Law Offices of Bennett H. Brummer
175 NW 1st Avenue, Ste. 2400
Miami, FL 33128
Areas of Practice: Criminal

Telephone: (305) 761-6681
Facsimile: (305) 347-7837
Email Address: migna2006@aol.com

Seems they all know each other. Specially the FAT PIG and the $25K Sucker!

Anonymous said...

25k is good $ for Migna.

Anonymous said...

Cynamon should be reported.

Anonymous said...

It will never happen. Cynamon will never be investifated because the system is protects her as long as she stays/is running in an open seat. The challengers within her group do not have any clout to push for an investigation as sitting judges can and do.

Anonymous said...

What rules proscribe Abby Cynamon from even attending fundraisers for judges? In 2002, while an attorney with the Palm Beach Courts, Karen Miller ran for circuit judge in Palm Beach County and was elected.

In addition, I think because of having been an attorney for the courts, Judge Miller comes prepared to hearings having already read the case file and the caselaw presented. With all of her legal knowledge, Abby Cynamon would be a terrific judge.

Anonymous said...

Cynamon should go on leave.

Anonymous said...

5:30 doesn't know what you're talking about. The rules specifically state that a judicial candidate cannot go to any fundraisers for any other candidates. And it doesn't take clout to report a candidate to the ethics commission. They do a good job. They investigated when Cathy Parks reported William Thomas for having a radio commercial that was false and misleading (plus it didn't have the legally required disclaimer--pd pol adv blah blah blah, blah), for campaign finance violations, for being on Republican and Democratic slates (prohibited partisan activity), changing his name to TOMAS, and a whole bunch of other things. A finding of probable cause was made and Thomas was fined. So it can happen. The problem is that they don't have much teeth. But they will investigate and do their job. You don't have to have any clout to do it. But Cathy is a good friend of the chairman, Jonathan Goodman, and if she smells any violations and/or inpropriety, you can bet that she'll report it. Not to be mean, but just to get an ethics advisory opinion. And that's the right thing to do.

Anonymous said...

11:28, specifically what rule proscibe that a judicial candidate can not attend their own judicial fundraisers?

It would only make sense that Abby Cynamon could attend her own judicial fundraisers just like all of the other judicial candidates can attend their own fundraiser(s).

I have already contributed to several of the judicial candidates that I believe are highly qualified. From reading of her experience and community activities, I believe that Abby Cynamon is highly qualified to be a circuit court judge.

Just like I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of the judicial candidates at their fundraisers. I look forward to meeting and getting to know Abby Cynamon at her judicial fundraiser(s).

Anonymous said...

12:58, there is an elections ethics opinion, an attorney employed by the State (this one was an Assistant State Attorney) does NOT have to go on leave while running for judge.
Abby Cynamon is an attorney employed by the State and, pursuant to the already published ethics opinion, is not required to take leave from her job to run for judge.
Otherwise, everytime an attorney employed by the Public Defender's Office, State Attorney's Office, Attorney General's Office, State Dept. of Revenue, State Dept. of Children and Family Services, or any of the approx. 50 other state agencies run for judge, they would need to first take leave.

Anonymous said...

If a lawyer employed by the State, i.e. Court, can run for Judge without having to go on leave it would mean a lawyer who is a Judicial Assistant could run for Judge without any conflict?

Anonymous said...

A Judge can run for re-election without having to go on leave. There is no conflict for a Judge to run for re-election.

An attorney working as a Judicial Assistant or any other attorney working for the State does not have to go on leave to run for Judge and does not have a conflict.

Anonymous said...

Cynamon seems like a conflict to me. Sings of impropriety for sure if not a conspiracy. The woman works for the Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit. Hello! Specially if she has the mobsters on her team calling and scaring the hell out of people saying that they won’t be able to practice in the State again and lose all their cases as Judges will punish them for being insolent.

Here is the problem; we seem to interpret the rules as they best fit our friends and enemies. It has been mentioned before, Judge Bob and Judge Jackie Scola are the prime culprits of abusive campaign tactics. Bob, don't tell me you did not know your wife was going to run on the same year you ran for re-election. Jackie, you are a nice lady, but surely not a good judge or capable of raising all that cash alone. Do you really think you raised all that cash by being a member of FAWL, a good lawyer or something? If you think you did and or that you are, I have some property in Mars that you may want to purchase. You did not even get opposition for God’s sake. OK, make up excuses if you want, but the bottom line is that Bob got you that job and you should thank him everyday you live.

The rules are clear; then again they are not rules but merely suggestions. Spouses cannot do what the Judge or Candidate cannot do. Period!

Anonymous said...

12:30, there are two ethics opinions.

Ethics Opinion 84-4: A judicial assistant running for public office, clerk of the court, does NOT have to take leave and there is NO conflict.

Ethics Opinion: An Assistant State Attorney running for judge, does NOT have to take leave and there is No conflict.

If you have any law, rule, ethics opinion to the contrary, as an attorney cite it! Otherwise, quit making specious, meritless accusations.

From what I have read above, Abby Cynamon is an attorney employed by the Courts. She does not sign orders or make rulings like a judge. She does not make findings of fact like a magistrate. Therefore, Cynamon can NOT have any conflict with anything.

When I worked for the government, the hours were 8 to 5, Monday to Friday, no weekends or evenings. Much better than now being with a large firm. Being with the firm, usually I work late nights and weekends. I'm more concerned that campaigning for judge would interfer more with Mendez's, Park's and Bardawil's practice and the representation of their clients. Cynamon, working for the Courts, would have her weekends and evenings free.

Therefore, based upon the above two ethics opinions, as long as Cynamon campaigns on her own time, there is no legal or factual reason for her to have to take leave to run for judge and there is no conflict.

In addition, Cynamon does not represent plaintiffs or defendants. From all of the possible candidates, Abby Cynamon is the only one that would be completely un-biased in any case that may come before her as a judge. Further, Abby Cynamon would have legal knowledge of every type of case that may come before her and know the standard to be applied

After writing this, I've relized that Abby Cynamon is the only candidate with civil, crimimal, family, probate, juvenille and appellate experience.

In addition to President-Elect of FAWL, does anyone know Abby Cynamon's other community involvements?

Anonymous said...

Cynamon stands out from her opponents because she does not have the brains or talent to get a job in the private sector. The FAWL members I talked to said she is president-elect by default because no one else ran. They are dreading the coming year.