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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

NO ENDORSEMENT



JUDGE PANDO AND SARI ADDICOTT. NO ENDORSEMENT.

Judge Pando is challenged by attorney Sari Addicott. Ms. Addicott is not known to us, but that is not a qualification or disqualification for our endorsement. Ms. Addicott was strongly endorsed by the Herald, which cited Justice Lewis’s concurring opinion that because of Pando’s conduct in not disclosing a $25,000.00 loan to her campaign, she should be removed from the bench. The Herald also noted that Ms.Addicott has practiced law for 26 years and has the experience and qualifications to be a Judge.

We did not follow the story surrounding Judge Pando’s loan, but in reviewing the public documents, we agree her conduct merits strong consideration for her opponent.

We did have the occasion to see and appear before Judge Pando when she was in the REGJB. We found her to be a good judge, although we had strong negative opinions about her inability to appear in court on time.


We strongly objected to the possibility that Judge Pando was asked to leave the Justice Building because of complaints from the State Attorneys Office. We cannot imagine any more chilling effect on an independent Judiciary than the ability of some pretentious prosecutor pontificating about a Judge’s ruling being able to get the Judge re-assigned. Therefore, for those reasons alone, our sympathies lie with Judge Pando. Indeed we may even vote for her. But there is considerable strong negative language in the opinion from the Florida Supreme Court about Judge Pando’s conduct during the previous election. Combined with her inability to promptly arrive for court on a regular basis, we feel we are prevented from endorsing her.


MARISA TINKLER MENDEZ, CATHERINE PARKS, MARIO GARICA, Jr.,

NO ENDORSEMENT.

Three attorneys vie for an open circuit court seat.

Catherine Parks saw fit to write to us about her qualifications:

I am a candidate for Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge in Group 80. I have over 20 years' experience in the practice of Law, having graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1983. My areas of expertise are primarily in medical malpractice defense, general insurance defense, product liability, mass tort liability, and administrative law. However, I have some experience in other areas as well. I have a great deal of trial experience and some appellate experience.Prior to attending law school, I was a Registered Nurse (RN). I received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I first worked at Duke University Medical Center in the trauma unit and, later, as an instructor of nursing at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I am also a certified guardian ad litem. I ran unsuccessfully for circuit court judge in 2004, having lost in a run-off to the Honorable William Thomas. I received numerous endorsements in that campaign, including those from The Miami Herald, the NorthEast Dade Coalition, the African-American Grassroots Committee, the League of Women Voters, the Women's Political Caucus, the Florida Nurses Association, and many many more. The Herald stated in its October 6, 2004 endorsement as follows: "Her experience in caring for people has given her insights and perspectives that have helped to shape her judicial temperament and keen sense of justice." I have given many lectures and seminars over the years and am the author of a number of articles, including "The Medical Malpractice Reform Act of 1985" (The Florida Bar Journal, Jul/Aug, 1985), "The Neurological Injury Compensation Plan (The Advocate, 1987) and more recently, "Alzheimer's Disease--Risks and Rewards" (The Journal of Long-Term Care, Nov 2004). I am very involved in my community and serve on the Florida Local Advocacy Council, a group whose mission is to provide guidance and assistance to the less fortunate. I am also active with the American Association of University Women and other organizations. I am on the board of directors of Hammock Oaks homeowners assocation.I am currently divorced, and I have 2 wonderful children, Michelle (15 y.o. student at Ransom Everglades) and Dan (19 y.o. student at Yale). Given my qualifications and background, I feel that I am imminently qualified to serve my community as a circuit court judge. I would very much appreciate your support and your vote.



Ms. Parks appears to be an excellent choice for the voters.

The next candidate in this race is Mario Garica, Jr., who as the Herald noted, has been a member of the bar since 1999.

The final candidate is Marisa Tinkler Mendez. Ms. Mendez, a former employee in Mr. Roy Black’s law firm, is a well known practitioner of criminal law defense. While she is our personal choice here, and would hit the ground running as a Judge, we are equally impressed with Ms. Park’s qualifications. We cannot in good conscience endorse either of these fine candidates over the other, but we do think both of them merit endorsement over Mr. Garcia.



THE SCREAM- explained?




On August 22, 2004 The Scream by Edvard Munch was stolen at gunpoint.

We've often had this thought about the painting:

"My case just got re-assigned to Judge_______????!!!!"

See You In Court.

85 comments:

Captain Lite said...

Hot off the presses, you're two new Country Court Judges:

Vicky Brennan & Cristina Miranda

Anonymous said...

Rump - strap on a set with the endorsements - no endorsement in the pando race is a respectable stance, but mendez deserves the endorsement in the nurse parks race.

Anonymous said...

Is it true Peter Adrien is about to sign a contract with MTV for the new "Pimp My Courtroom" show to be co-hosted with Carmen Electra and Alex Ferrer?

Anonymous said...

Before you even ask, No Chris, it's no true.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Alan.

Anonymous said...

What about John Hobart Lipinski as the blogger?

Anonymous said...

Reference "The Scream":
Scene: SAO
Supervisor: And I need you to cover Bond hearings this Saturday. Judge Arecess will be covering the calendar.

ASA: Arrrrgrrgggghhhhhhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

The rumor that Pando was moved because the SAO complained about her rulings is FALSE. Anyone remotely familiar with what happened knows that the SAO complained about her for YEARS and was ignored.

PS----frankly, I don't know how you, Rump, or anyone who's worked in the REG for any length of time can possibly give this ridiculous rumor credence. The SAO, PDs and private defense attorney have complained about several of our judges' biases/rulings and gotten nowhere. I don't know if she was moved (or chose to move). But, I can think of many reasons why she should have been forced to go: inexcusable and habitual tardiness, failing to find replacement judges even when running hours late, court continuing cases rather than trying them, etc.

Rumpole said...

OK - lots of business to take care of. 1) Re: Pando- surprising as it may seem, I don't know the inside scoop on everything (which is why we have the Captain on board) so for us, the issue of Pando's transfer, which was hotly debated on this blog several months ago, remained open.

2) RE: Mendez and Parks- the person who sent a post and made a serious allegation about a candidate and a DUI will need to email us some proof before we post it. Sorry, but that type of rumour needs some verification. Although it didn't hurt the president one damn bit in 2000.

Anonymous said...

The Scream:
Lawyer: Your case is set for trial Monday but there's a new Judge.

Client: Who?

Lawyer: Peter Adrien.

Client: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhh.

Anonymous said...

Secretary: We have the indictment Mr. Laeser, the case is set for arraignment tomorrow.

Mr. Laeser: WHo is the Judge?

Secretary: Will Thomas.

Laeser: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggh.

Anonymous said...

Reference the Scream:

Judge: I will grant the motion. The PD's are conflicted out. I will appoint as new counsel...hmm... Stuart Mishkin.

Client: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhh!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Hi, your attorney is sick but he sent me to try the case. My name is Best. Jim Best."

Client: arrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhh!

Anonymous said...

Everyone on this blog seems to talk about who is "qualified" to be a judge. But when they complain about Pando, all they talk about is the fact that she's late for court. Does that mean she's not qualified? Does she have any legal experience? Was she ever in a courtroom prior to being a judge? I know its not a fair comparison but I never heard anyone say Brennan and Burger's decisions were on point, but hey.. they showed up late so they suck as judges.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

No luck for Michael Bienstock or Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez - as Joe Fernandez does not get named as one of the two new County Court Judges.

The State Attorney's Office struck gold today when Gov. Jeb made two County Court appointments.

One former ASA, Victoria Brennan, has been appointed a Judge. She has been practicing for 16 years, most recently as legal counsel in the Executive Office for Gov. Jeb Bush in Tallahassee.

The second is current ASA Cristina Miranda, who has been a member of the Florida Bar for 8 years.

These seats became open with the ascension of Judge Roger Silver and the untimely death of Judge Linda Dakis.

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

the truth said...

Unfortunately, the position with MTV's "pimp my Courtroom" was filled by Former Judge Phil Davis and the show will be called "Pimp my Courtbroom."

Judge Harvey Shenberg is expected to do a live show from Egland where he has formed a rap band called "The Bribers."

Don't miss Sunny's informative insights on the piece, "Judge Adrien, how to discourage pleas to the court" and "watch my audit grow."

Rumpole said...

Being late to court on a regular basis is a reason to say a Judge is not qualified to hold their position. What happens when a Defendant is late? What happens when a officer or witness is late? When you have a crowded courtroom of lawyers, defendants, officers, civilian witnesses and the Judge waltzes in at 10:30 for a 9AM trial calendar, it breeds disrespect for the entire court system.

Rumpole said...

Hey Captain, what do you think about Captain Lite? Imitation is the best form of flattery.

Anonymous said...

yo yo yo Joel mah blogga? I'm out!

Joey D said...

The Scream:

Joel D: That horrid man is out of jail and after me. arrrrggggghhhh!!

Rumpole said...

Hey Jerk- the blog was open all morning and you missed it. Your "money" is not being well spent.

Your Pal,

The Captian Doesnt Know This said...

Want the skinny on the Pando move to branch?

1. She wanted to take a lower profile during her JQC/S.Ct. problems

2. She wanted to solidify her base of support for re-election by going to the new Hialeah District Courthouse

3. Her Godfather is Raul Martinez who was instrumental in the support for the new District Courthouse in Hialeah.


Like most attorneys, we would like Judges to extend us the same courtesies we extend them by showing up on time for court.

On the other hand, if we have a tardy client, a late-arriving judge is a great thing. If we are an ASA, a late-arriving Judge is a godsend.

Some free advice to Ana Pando:

Start your calendar at 9:30 like Diane Ward, and set your alarm for 7:00 like the rest of us.

Rumpole said...

A Captain Kangaroo link! Wow! Can Mr. Green-jeans be far behind?

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Congrats to writer Jordana Mishory of the Daily Business Review. Today, on the front page of that noted publication, she pens an article entitled "Name Game" and discusses the practice of judicial candidates changing or adding their names to appeal to a segment of the voting population.

Credit Mishory for mentioning our Rumpole's blog in a quote about Patty Marino.

But, truth be told, I began this discussion back on March 18, 2006 when I first brought up the name change by candidate Marino-Pedraza and I followed that up with other name change examples: Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez and Valerie Manno Schurr, just to name a few. And our bloggers have been talking about it ever since.

... a little late in the game Daily Business Review?

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

Rumpole said...

In a post in another section someone avers that Mr. Sanchez-Gronlier should not be a Judge because he was a clerk. We choose to believe its not where a man comes from, but where he is and where he is going that matters. Harry Truman (the S stood for nothing) was a failed haberdasher.
Linclon was a country rube who lost every election he ran in but one. Both of them turned out OK.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole's right!
Look at Judge Adrien. He was a failed legal aid attorney and now look how he is as a Judge.

Rumpole said...

We received this email from our Captain, and felt compelled to edit and change one sensitive part of the story.


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
JUDGE ADRIEN'S COURTROOM

Some very disturbing news to report. In the past, Judge Adrien has been criticized for working his staff too hard and keeping them through lunch and without any breaks.

It seems the good Judge has finally gone too far.

Recently, a gentleman court reporter working in his honor's courtroom asked on more than one occasion for a bathroom break. The Judge repeatedly denied the requests.

Well, the court reporter, how shall I say, [involuntarily voided while working in court] [changed by Rumpole to state this matter in a more sensitive and clinical way]

It is my understanding that Judge Farina paid Adrien a visit on this latest Adrien folly in the courtroom.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

We were asked to provide the names of those that had been under consideration by the Gov. for those two county court judgeships.

The unlucky 10 that did not get picked were:

Peter Abraham
Yvonne Colodny
Abigail Cynamon
Jose Fernandez
Tamara Gray
Linda Lopez
Rima Mullins
Kathleen Phang
Thomas Rebull
Marie Jo Toussaint

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

Rumpole said...

Rumpole says: For Shame!

A Judge that cannot handle his own calendar in an efficient manner should not punish his own staff for his own shortcomings.

Anonymous said...

That Judge Adrien. A real pisser.

Ivy Ginsberg said...

Rumpole- No endorsement in the Tinkler Mendez/Garcia/Parks race. Marisa Tinkler Mendez is clearly the most qualified candidate in this race. Although Ms. Parks wrote to you about her background and experience and the endorsements she received the last time she lost to Judge William Thomas,she omits the relevant information about this race in which the Miami Herald and seven other groups endorsed Marisa Tinkler Mendez this time around. Mendez has been zooming around the county for the last month attending functions and interviews by eleven different groups for their endorsement(she received 7 endorsements), obtaining name recognition, meeting the community, putting up signs and producing radio and television ads which have not aired yet. Marisa Tinkler Mendez is the clear choice in this race.
While Ms. Parks writes about her endorsements the last time she ran in a different race with different opponents, she omits the fact that the Miami Herald endorsed Marisa Tinkler Mendez over her two opponents even though it had previously endorsed Ms. Parks. Marisa also received the endorsements of the PBA, the AFL-CIO and its affiliates, the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, SAVE Dade, the Latin Builders Association and the community newspapers.
Marisa has the consummate experience for a trial judge; not only working for arguably one of the best criminal defense trial attorneys in the nation for seven years as an associate and achieving partnership, coupled with her own experience for thirteen years as a solo practitioner in the state and federal trial and appellate courts from county court to the United States Supreme Court.
Marisa Tinkler Mendez has a lifetime of dedication and commitment to the law and clearly deserves your vote and endorsement.

Rumpole said...

Ms. Ginsberg: Ms. Mendez probably has our vote. We have a preference for people with criminal experience. But as the civil lawyers who read this blog, and there are many, would remind us, there is a whole other courthouse in downtown Miami. What they do there is beyond me, and what they accomplish there is probably not very much. However, Ms. Parks, who we do not know, appears to be qualified. If elected, she should be shuffled off to Civil, where she can spend her days mediating discovery disputes, and settling subrogated insurance claims while dashing across the street for a latte at starbucks.

We invite the ever popular Judge Barzee to defend civil court where she is currently seated.

Anonymous said...

Civil Civil Bo Billa,
Bananna Bana Fo Filla,
Fi Fie Mo Milla,
Civil!

Civil Civil Bo Billa,
Attorneys fighting fo filla
me my mo moneeeeya
Civil!

Money Money Bo Money
Sanctions Sanctions so funny
The Judge she don't likey me
Mo Me.

Me Me Bo Me
I'm a fat attoney
I rip you off and its funny
Attorney!

Anonymous said...

To the Captain Doesn't Know This.....

At one point, Pando's calendar WAS SET for 9:30 or 9:45 (depending on the day). Her calendars were set later than EVERY other county court judge and she still was late on a regular basis.

But, it wasn't just her tardiness that made her so bad..........she didn't understand the law, made capricious rulings punishing lawyers she didn't like, bent over backwards for lawyers she did, and generally did whatever she wanted regardless of the law/rules (which is why the campaign violations, misleading statements to the JQC, etc. wouldn't have suprised anyone who appeared in front of her regularly).

Anonymous said...

Peter Abraham is the Chicago Cubs of Court Appointments. Its a damn shame. He would be a great judge. He must have the longest streak going.

Anonymous said...

I'm sticking with Parks. She, I note, is the only candidate in that race who saw fit to even acknowledge the Blog's request for information. If I recall, thst request was swnt our some time ago, probably before the Herald endorsements were published this time. Her responsivneness merits serious consideration, I say. If mendez didn't even respond to the Blog, how responsive will she be as a judge? Parks, too, has been going ALL over this county, racing around, meeting people, and getting more name recognition. Plus, Mendez is represented by Levy and Lorenzo, 2 of the biggest crooks in Dade County. I would never vote for anyone who retains them. Unfortunately, that means a few other qualified candidates will not get my vote.

the trialmaster said...

rump; i am the trial master. please publish my endorsement of mike samules.

Anonymous said...

Victim: My whole family has been killed.

Never Fear, the ASA who will be handling the case is __________?

Victim: AAAAAH


Fill in the blank with some inept ASA's

Motion to Clarify said...

Rump, you have gone off the edge. Please dont mention Jose Sanchez-Gronlier in the same paragraph as Truman and Lincoln.

I agree that being a clerk doesn't disqualify someone from being a Circuit Judge. In fact I applaud Jose for rising from the Clerk's Office attorney's window to being a member of the Bar standing in line at the attorney's window.

Perhaps my point would have been better made by suggesting that Mr. Sanchez-Gronlier ahs set his sights too high. He has been a member of the Bar since '91 and is a member of the Traffic Court Rules Committee.

And the florida Bar website lists his email address as "el tiburon @ _____.com". Maybe he's a "shark", just not a legal eagle.

Methinks a County Court spot might suit his talents better. He is outclassed in this race.

Anonymous said...

Rump--Any truth to the rumor that Parks filed a lawsuit today? or maybe one Dan Loewenherz?

Anonymous said...

I heard the same thing. Parks and Loewenherz were definitely at the courthouse today. I saw them. She wouldn't tell me anything.

Anonymous said...

who's being sued?

Anonymous said...

you think parks is sueing marissa for taking her signs down?

Anonymous said...

Judge Miranda and Judge Miller at REG would make it a pleasure to come to court.

Anonymous said...

A question for Rumpole and his/her loyal readers: What do you think about Judge Areces' new Standing Pretrial Order (effective 9/5/06)? No Soundings? On the day of trial be ready to pick a jury or be on 1-hour standby for the remainder of the 2-week trial period? Etc. Just curious.

the truth said...

second day of trial

Judge Adrien; (Whining New York Accent) keep typing.

Rumpole said...

1) As long as we're not being sued (especially by Mr. Nutso) we don't really care who is being sued.

2)Motion to Clarify GRANTED.

3)Judge Areces: what can you say execpt the voters believed after a careful study of both candidates, their respective merits and abilities, that she was the person to replace the very very able Judge she defeated. Only she knows in her own mind, deep down, whether this job is too much for her, and all things being equal, the other candidate was a better Judge.

Anonymous said...

TO ALL THE JUDGES AND JUDGE WANNABEES: YES THIS IS REALLY WHAT WE THINK OF YOU.

Anonymous said...

Michael Bienstock is a prosecutor and Joe Fernandez got the League of Prosecutor's endorsement...HMMMM

Anonymous said...

Cathy Parks was an inept civil defense lawyer with a definite pro defense bias. Marisa Mendez is a first class lawyer.The choice is obvious

Rumpole said...

CAPTAIN LITE-
"YOUR" MEANING BELONGING TO YOU. AS IN "YOUR IQ IS RATHER LOW"

"YOU'RE" AS IN YOU ARE. AS IN THE SENTENCE "YOU'RE QUITE A POOR WRITER OLD CHAP."

YOUR (SEE HOW IT WORKS) FIRST POST OF THE DAY READS AS IF WE ARE THE TWO NEW JUDGES, WHICH WE MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT.

CAPTAIN BAD ENGLISH MORE LIKE IT.

Rumpole said...

PS. If you can't stand the heat, stay off the blog.

Anonymous said...

and he called them Country Court. i think that was a motel in Hooterville

Anonymous said...

Hey Rump
Patty "What's her name lately" dumps her endorsement by Save Dade because she wants the Christian Coalition endorsemnet and then ends up on the UC Florida PAC, dedicated to helping the hispanic gay,lesbian,transgender community along with all the other CC endorsed candidates. Very intersting

Lady_Themis said...

Rumpole----Please remove if this violates your rules of the forum:

For the person who wrote the following:

---Mendez is represented by Levy and Lorenzo, 2 of the biggest crooks in Dade County. I would never vote for anyone who retains them. Unfortunately, that means a few other qualified candidates will not get my vote.----

To make an allegation like this, you better have something to back this up as far as proof! Especially, if you are using their names!

Maria Oviedo
Lady_themis

Lady_Themis said...

You said:

---I'm sticking with Parks. She, I note, is the only candidate in that race who saw fit to even acknowledge the Blog's request for information. If I recall, thst request was swnt our some time ago,---

My answer:
What makes you think she recieved anything from the blog? You don't know if she actually received anything, to even speculate!

You said:
I say. If mendez didn't even respond to the Blog, how responsive will she be as a judge?

I answered:

Greatttttttttttttt!

You said:
Parks, too, has been going ALL over this county, racing around, meeting people, and getting more name recognition.

My answer:
Where can I send her a brownie cookie!

Go Marisa Tinkler Mendez you have many of us supporting you and if anyone deserves to win this seat it is you!

All the best!

Maria Oviedo
Lady_Themis

the truth said...

Why do Rumpole's judicial endorsements carry any weight? He is some defense hack who has a penchant for computers and set up a web page. All of us entertainment starved bores read the thing which somehow lends him some sort of political credibility.

Rumpole said...

Now while "The Truth" has made several regretable assumptions, the overall gist of the comment is correct. That being said, we are in the beginning throes of a good old american cat fight.

the lie said...

Rumps endorsements have been right on the money. The truth is a fraud!

Anonymous said...

why is moderation on

Rumpole said...

Because the blog is under attack by he who likes to threaten. When I turn moderation off, he loads and re-loads the file containing all the names of attorneys in Florida. It jams up the comments section and stops you from posting. This is what that lunatic is reduced to doing because he can't sue me or file a bar complaint against me. Sorry, but soon the men in the white coats will come to take him away and things will return to normal. Moderation is off for many parts of the day, as nutso can't spend every waking moment watching the blog. But as he has no life, he does spend all evening doing it.

the truth said...

who's going to listen to a guy called the lie?

Lady_Themis said...

Sharing an Article with the Group:

Someone mentioned this article in one of the post. I did some research and found the following:

FLORIDA LAW MURKY

In Florida, the situation is murky. Judicial Canon 7E, adopted by the state Supreme Court, says that candidates cannot "make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office" or "make statements that commit or appear to commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies or issues that are likely to come before the court."

But the Florida Bar's judicial ethics advisory committee stated in May that judicial candidates may announce their views on disputed legal or political issues, provided they stress that as judges they will uphold the law. Many observers say that opinion leaves it unclear what is and isn't allowed.

Jennifer Davis, a Bar spokeswoman, said the existing canon restricting judicial campaign speech remains in effect unless and until it is changed by the Supreme Court. "The Minnesota ruling is only applicable in Minnesota, because that's where the decision went down," Davis said. "There are arguments going back and forth on this by candidates, but we tell candidates to go by the canon as written just to be sure."

But Robert Jarvis, a constitutional law professor at Nova Southeastern University, said it's "absolutely ludicrous" to say that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling does not apply to Florida judicial elections. On the other hand, he said, judicial candidates need to be extremely cautious in participating in such surveys.

Jarvis speculated that the reason the Bar is saying the Supreme Court's Minnesota ruling doesn't apply here is that Bar leaders don't want candidates talking about issues.

But the Christian Family Coalition's Verdugo, who's not a lawyer, contended that Florida judicial candidates are free to publicly state their views under the Supreme Court ruling. "It sounds like they're running for cover," he said. "The question's been answered legally and ethically. The Florida Bar doesn't have a problem with it. Neither does the Supreme Court of Florida. There's no controversy."

Brooke Kennerly, a spokeswoman for the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates and prosecutes judicial campaign misconduct, said no complaints have been filed against candidates for responding to surveys.

SECOND THOUGHTS

Verdugo said the Christian Family Coalition's survey for judicial candidates was carefully worded to elicit the candidates' views without asking them how they would rule if elected. He was pleased that half the candidates surveyed in Miami-Dade responded, and hopes to survey all Florida Circuit Court candidates in 2006.

Among those who responded, Miami attorney Catherine Parks, who is facing assistant federal public defender William Thomas in a runoff next week, answered only one of the five questions. She said she agrees with the dissenting opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court's 2003 decision, Lawrence v. Texas. That ruling overturned a Texas law that criminalized sodomy between consenting adults.

In an interview last month, Parks said she regretted participating in the survey. "I probably should have chosen not to respond," she said. "There is nothing wrong with agreeing with a dissenting opinion. But some people might think I'm taking a public stand on a controversial issue."
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Hey Group check this out---on another post someone said "Levy" was a crook and was going to stick to Parks"""

In case you did not know---the person you accused of being a crook also represented Parks in 2004----according to this part of the same article:


PRESSURE TO PARTICIPATE

Levy, a judicial campaign consultant who represented a number of Miami-Dade judicial candidates this year, said he urged his candidates not to participate in the surveys. Two of his clients, Parks and Areces, disregarded his advice and responded anyway.

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So now what? Do you still want to vote for Parks---you said that was your reason not to vote for Mendez eh!

By the way this article is long to post....But if permitted by Rampole,,,I will gladly post the whole article for everyone to read!

Lady_Themis

Anonymous said...

Adrien, have you lost your mind? give the guy a break to go void his bladder. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Anonymous said...

has anyone ever seen ivy ginsburg and marisa tinkler in the same room? aren't they the same person?

Anonymous said...

Lady Themis, you're a nut.

Anonymous said...

If Mendez is such a first-class lawyer, why does no one know her outside of the criminal arena and the Roy Black fans>

Anonymous said...

mendez is a hack! she was the head of roy blacks appeals dept? is that some kinda joke? she was the only one in his appeals office way back when.

Anonymous said...

reference "The Scream:"

Judge: well there, ASA, I can see that your vicitm is in serious condition and is not expected to survive more than two years. The court is appointing Louis Jepeway

ASA: AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!

Anonymous said...

Rump:

You aren's serious in considering Samuels, are you? Since you (or your collective) are a criminal defense attorney, I would assume that your skin must crawl everytime his name is mentioned. He meets every criteria to be shunned, not supported, given your past musings. Why?

-He ran against an extremely qualified judge [Emas] for no other reason than he had a better name;
-He used that judge's former background as a criminal defense attorney against him in his advertisements;
-In said advertisements, he used a picture of a dark skinned person behind bars, a none-to-thinly veiled reference.

Bad guy, bad campaign, bad Judge. Hit the road Mike!

Anonymous said...

I'm a legal assistant who once worked for Cathy Parks. She is the greatest.

Anonymous said...

marisa tinkler should be diqualified form becoming a judge because she has the most annoying voice.
also trying to trade on roy blacks name is lame. yeah i am sure roy had you out there second chairing him and doing half the witnesses. you probably were one of 3 people who got him coffee, his laundry and carried the file

Lady_Themis said...

I once said,,,,,in a different post! A Doctor came to visit our class as a guest speaker! He spoke to us about the medical malpractice lawsuits and how hospitals protect themselves from being sued. ***Once a patient is discharged,,,the hospital has retired nurses and/or nurses that no longer work in the nursing field because he/she has had a change of career! These nurses are paid very high to go through the patients medical charts and take out or amend any documents in the patients chart in case there is a law suit---the family, patient or the Attorney representing them would not have any type of proof if there is a medical negligent caused by a staff or the doctor. I asked in an earlier post if Ms. Catherine B. Parks, helped those that are the people,,,or was she one of those Nurses who participating in helping the Hospital! I never got a response, so I did my research and found the following written by John Fries wrote the following:

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Her areas of practice include insurance defense, mass tort litigation, medical malpractice and nursing home defense litigation, and

--she represents such high profile clients as hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers against some of the most prominent plaintiffÕs attorneys in South Florida.---

She said she chose to be a defense attorney because, "as a nurse, you can read between the lines and ferret out the truth. As a defense attorney, I can often see where patients (suing facilities and providers) have been non-compliant or where there is a valid medical reason for the problems that they experienced."
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Ok, I understand, that was your job!!!!!!!But based on the doctor who visit my Paralegal class and provided us some facts about what goes on behind close doors,,,,I can't see myself voting for someone who perhaps was one of those nurses, who would most likely be unloyal in my own opinion. Cathern B. Park may be a great person---I cna't say she is one of those nurses who practices amending medical charts to save a Hospital, or Nursing Home from a big law suit.....because...I would be lying---But to know, she defended the Hospital and Nursing Home and so on,,,,brings back the flash back of the doctor telling us in school the above and to add how doctors and nurses bet while patients are having a procedure doen if this patient will amke it or not! It's a shame to hear all this coming out of a Doctor mouth---------Good luck to All-----And again to Marisa Tinkler Mendez.


Lady_Themis
Maria Oviedo

Anonymous said...

reference the scream

scene pdo

rory stein(to his secretary)--where's my muffin?

secretary-- weed ate the last one and i am sorry but everyone else is out and you actually have to go to court

rory oh nooooooooo

Lady_Themis said...

---You Said---

marisa tinkler should be diqualified form becoming a judge because she has the most annoying voice.
also trying to trade on roy blacks name is lame. yeah i am sure roy had you out there second chairing him and doing half the witnesses. you probably were one of 3 people who got him coffee, his laundry and carried the file

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Marisa Tinkler Mendez is a very respected attorney by many. Very dedicated to work and her family.

You probably wish you had just 1/2 of the knowledge this person has. For a person like you to scoop so low, gives me the impression that you are just a miserable person, envier, jealous and have no sence at all as to what your talking about. Marisa Tinkler Mendez is were she is today because of her wisdom in law that you don't have. I will just reserve the words and thoughts of what I really think of you and only because, I don't want to give you the pleasure of scooping down to your level! I have more class then that.

Lady_themis
Maria Oviedo

Anonymous said...

To Lady Themis

I am extremely offended by your comments. I worked as a nurse years ago. I can assure you that I never altered any medical records. For you to imply otherwise is libelous. Perhaps you don't know it, but it is a criminal offense to alter medical records.

Listen, I think you've made your point: You support Marissa. I can accept that. But don't malign or belittle me. There's no reason for that type of behavior.

I will continue to run an honorable campaign.

Cathy Parks

Anonymous said...

Lady Themis:

I might add that it was not me who made the comments about Marissa's voice or her ties to Roy Black. I happen to think her voice is sexy. Also, I think Mr. Black is sexy.

Cathy Parks

Lady_Themis said...

Responding to Cathern B. Parks regarding your post below:

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To Lady Themis

I am extremely offended by your comments. I worked as a nurse years ago. I can assure you that I never altered any medical records. For you to imply otherwise is libelous.

----I answer:

Dear Ms. Park, you said you read between the fine line, but obivously you missed the fine line in my post. You should not feel offended if you don't have a guilt trip! If you go review my post again--may the second time around you will be able to read the fine print carefully. Since you missed it the first time around and fill offended.

What I said is true! Some how you missed the part where I indicated you may be a nice person and you also missed the part where I indicated, I can not say you were one of those nurses that commit this type of unloyal act. Being said, I don't see why you feel offended if indeed it was not directed at you!

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You said:

Perhaps you don't know it, but it is a criminal offense to alter medical records.

I answer:
Keep in mind it is a criminal offense and I am quite aware of this. Shall I remind you, it's no crime until they get caught and like the doctor said as a guest speaker to our Paralegal class---good luck in trying to find the evidence,,they will be no where to be found. That is why we pay the retire nurses and/or those who have had a career change. So there is no criminal offense until the source is caught to make it a crime.

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You said:

Listen, I think you've made your point: You support Marissa. I can accept that. But don't malign or belittle me. There's no reason for that type of behavior.

My answer:

Trust me that is not my intention! So go over my post again and read the fine prints! Don't try to set me up---and make me your next person to sue! If saying you may be a nice person and all that is mailgn or belittling you is bad---then with all do respect Ms. Park so be it! Go read the fine prints again,,,some how you misunderstood something or like they taught me in class---when someone feels offended about something it's beacuse of a guilt trip!

So, you should not feel offended! I never said you are one of those nurses----those that do that know who they are! I did say knowing that you worked to defend the hospital, nursing home and so on---brought me the flash back of the gues speaker---but your not the guest speaker and again don't feel offended---because at no time did I say Cathern B. Parks did the above.

You said:
I will continue to run an honorable campaign.

Cathy Parks

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And I'm sure Marisa will to! Again, Good luck to all the Candidates---especially Marisa Tinkler Mendez!

Lady_Themis
Maria Oviedo

Lady_Themis said...

Dear Ms. Park,

You said:
I might add that it was not me who made the comments about Marissa's voice or her ties to Roy Black. I happen to think her voice is sexy. Also, I think Mr. Black is sexy.

I answer:
Why even go there, I have never accused you of being the person who said the above.

Listen Ms. Parks, like you said, yes I am going for Marisa Tinkler Mendez. Quite honestly I feel she deserves to win. I am sure you are a nice person just like Marisa. I feel you deserve respect, but so does Marisa. I have not belittle you and I suggest like I said before you review my post again and take a look at the fine prints. You did mention you were able to read between the fine prints. At the same time, before you even ask me to consider anything for you,,,try telling your helpers not to belittle Marisa as well.

If you can't take the heat,,,just like Rampole said in one of his post then don't read the blog. Those that are going for you have not been to nice. I say if the shoe fits then wear it.

Have a good evening Ms. Parks and all the best---especially to the Candidate of my choice Marisa Tinkler Mendez!

Lady_Themis
Maria Oviedo

Anonymous said...

Rump, some people seem to have way too nuch time on their hands. I'm starting to find her very nasty with how she takes apart every little word and sentence. Parks has graciously responded to her accusations several times, but that doesn't seem to be enough for her. I know that the candidates are very busy right now, and Parks probably doe not have time to check the blog very often, so I will take this opportunity to say that, based on everything I know, I will vote for and continue to support Cathy Parks. And not knowing anything about Mendez, I would have given her the benefit of the doubt. However, now I can assure you that I would never vote for her based on all the mean and negative stuff Lady Themis has written about Cathy Parks. So Go Parks!!

Anonymous said...

To Lady_themis,

I will vote for your lady. You have not written mean and bad things about Ms. Cathy Parks. You just have some people trying to input information on the blog wanting to give the reader a wrong impression of you. Keep up your dedicated work! I believe your Candidate will do fine. I wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

I won't. Anyone who starts the negative campaigning which is what Lady Themis has done (whether she will admit it or not), will not get my vote.

Anonymous said...

If I recall after reading everyone's post, it appears that the negative comments were directed first to Mendez and lady_themis responded to those negative comments. However, if you view all of the post you will see I am right about this. No matter what, those that are in favor of Parks will go for Parks and those in favor of Mendez will go for Mendez. That is why we vote! My vote went for Mendez.

Anonymous said...

And my vote goes to Parks!

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:00:48 Tinkler Mendez deserves the endorsement vs Parks!