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Thursday, August 24, 2006

NO ENDORSEMENTS

NO ENDORSEMENTS

Judge Samuels and Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer.

Judge Michael Samuels is challenge by attorney Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer. We must admit that we know so little of the participants that we even forgot to post a poll on this race. Recently we received some emails and missives to the effect that when Judge Samuels ran against Judge Emas, he used commercials attacking Judge Emas for previously representing Defendants when he was in private practice. If that allegation is true, and we have no idea that it is, Samuels did not deserve to win that election and does not deserve to be a Judge.

Neither candidate saw fit to email us anything about themselves, and we just don’t feel comfortable making an endorsement about two candidates we honestly know nothing about.


Judge Rippingille and Don Cohen.

We have a more difficult decision in this race, because we know Don Cohn, and believe he would make an excellent county court judge. He has the personality and temperament to be a Judge in a court that brings the Judiciary in close contact with the general public. When we watch a County Court Judge snap at an un-represented defendant and refuse to listen to their question and help them, we can’t help but wonder why they ever wanted to be a Judge. We have no difficulty in believing that if elected, Mr. Cohn will exhibit the kindness and patience that he is well known for in the REGJB.

Unfortunately, we have no experience with Judge Rippingille. We have asked around and gotten mixed reviews. We greatly value the opinion of attorney Ed Carhart, who saw fit to write to the blog in defense of Judge Rippingille. We also have heard many people echo the recommendation in the Herald, which cited to Judge Rippingille’s devotion to families and children in trouble. Some attorneys have a completely different and markedly negative view of Judge Rippingille. While we think the criticism we have heard is valid, because we just don’t know enough about Judge Rippingille, we hesitate to endorse Don Cohn, although we have no trouble admitting we probably will be voting for him.

123 comments:

Rumpole said...

Some time this week we're going to go over 100K of visitors to our humble blog. In less than a year!

Thank you all for reading and posting comments.

Fake Scott Saul said...

I'm hoping on the Bardwil bandwagon with my wife that's cuter than yours, and with my shirt off. Today at noon, at the civil courthouse!

Anonymous said...

And everyone on the bandwagon will be singing

Miami's for Migna
Migna's for Miami
Oh Shelly Can't you see?
Miami's for Migna
Migna's for Miami
She'll be on the bench by Janaury 3.

Fake Rory Stein said...

I'm bringing Muffins!!!

Anonymous said...

Its a bloggaha partteee. I'll be there lookin , for da man, da blogga, Joel D!

Anonymous said...

Alan, this sounds big. I think I'm going.

Rumpole said...

breaking news- someone emailed us

Jose Sanchez-Gronlier won the lawsuit filed by Valerie Manno to strike him from the ballot and prevent his votes from being counted. Despite her quarter-million bankroll, it looks like Manno doesn't feel confident about her ability to win without the help of the courts.

Anonymous said...

You can go Chris, but then you're going to have eat those dumb muffins and sing that stupid Migna song. Have fun.

A Ticket Chick said...

This Bardwil bandwagon, is the driver licensed? Proper insurance?

Anonymous said...

Any prize for being the 100,000th visitor?

Anonymous said...

It occurred to me that any Judge with the first name of PETER should be more sensitive to the bathroom needs of his male courtreporter.

Anonymous said...

My bondsman can beat up Scott Saul's Bondsman.

Anonymous said...

I'm on the Bardwil Bandwagon!

Anonymous said...

Scott Saul says he gets cases by doing a lot of advertising. Ever see his ad? "Senior trial attorney for the State Attorneys office."
Know what that means? A dopey A- was never even a DC. Plus, the only person who really has that title is Abe Laeser.

Can you spell F-r-a-u-d?

Anonymous said...

I heard Hank Goldberg never misses a post on this blog.

Anonymous said...

So does Bennett. Big deal.

Anonymous said...

Peter Adrien is the poster boy for why lawyers have to be very concerned about the judicial elections. If we don't do something about this ethnic first voting then we will have a shitty judiciary for a long time to come. All of us need to spread the gospel that competency and integrity matter most. This epidemic of teenage lawyers running for judges, name-changing to pander to ethnic communities and ethical lapses has to stop.

Anonymous said...

Miami's for Migna
Migna's for....

oh never mind.

Fake Shelly Schwartz said...

I may wear purple
and yellow too
but I'm the best Judge
If you have to sue

or if you have a ticket
for running a red light
don't let my green and orange tie
give you any fright

I'm running for re-election
this Migna doesn't have a clue
that's why my tie is red
while my shirt is green and blue

Anonymous said...

Rumpole, let's have a 100,000th blogga party at La Loggia in a week or so. Happy hour, it'll be great. Everybody can speculate about who Rumpole is and we can sell "I'm Rumpole" t-shirts. The main event can be a boxing match between Jason Gray and Scott Saul. My money is on Scott, ever see the guns on that guy?

Dr. Peters said...

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UROLOGISTS DEMANDS I REPEAT- DEMANDS AN EXPLANTION AND APOLOGY FROM JUDGE PETER ADRIEN.

THANK YOU.

Dr. Peters, AACU
MD, FACS, FACU.

Anonymous said...

Many division chiefs have their judgement castrated by the State Attorney's Office in order to ascend to that post. I don't care how Saul gets his cases, the fact that he left as an A doesn't make him any worse in my opinion. A's can usually do whatever the hell they want, and if the office doesn't like it, to hell with them it's about time to leave anyway.

Rumpole said...

Party Time? Next Thursday Night? Before the start of the long weekend? You set it up, and we'll publish the details. No way of knowing if we'll be there. We'll never tell. Maybe our favourite Herald scribe Oh Susanah Nesmith will show up with her pink pants?

Rumpole said...

We did not publish a post containing an allegation that a lawyer is endorsing a judge because they used to have a relationship, as there is no way for us to know if that is true.

Evelio Garcia said...

I'm voting for Don Cohn, well actually, I live in tampa so I can't vote for him, oh, wait, this is miami so I CAN vote for him. I used to work for him and I think he would make a good judge. He's fair, smart, and has over 25 years experience. I've been in front of Rippingille and found her to be anti husband/pro wife in almost all injunction hearings.

Anonymous said...

Learn to spell. It is "judgment"and not "judgement."

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

The information you received is correct Rump. Circuit Judge Daryl Trawick dismissed the lawsuit filed by Manno Schurr against Sanchez-Gronlier on Tuesday.

Judge Trawick's Order states in pertinent part:

"It is hereby DECLARED that Defendant Sanchez-Gronlier is in
violation of §106.021 but that removal from the ballot is not warranted."

"It is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that Plaintiff’s motion and action for injunctive relief is hereby DENIED and the Plaintiff shall go hence without day."

Sanchez-Gronlier does expect an immediate appeal will be filed by the Manno Schurr camp.

For more information, please contact The Captain.

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

Anonymous said...

I like Jose Sanchez whatever his name is. He talks funny and he's long winded but he does know his criminal law stuff and I think he would do a good job.

Anonymous said...

That Migna song crap has got to be the most anoying thing on this blog. The most annoying thing about these elections is that she could actually win and we would lose a great judge. Go Shelly!

Anonymous said...

Rump:

The reason you're not posting the name of the lawyer and judge who had relationship is because you dont know if its true or not? What difference does it make if they did or they didnt.

You shouldnt post it because its personal matter.

Anonymous said...

the Blog's favored Herald scribe would love to attend a happy hour. I've been wondering where lawyers lubricate, actually.

Alas, I may still be buried under judicial candidate questionaires and bar poll ratings. Anyone know why so many people have run for judge this year? We have 35 candidates, which seems excessive.

Susannah Nesmith

Anonymous said...

"...shall go hence without day."


i never go ANYWHERE without day! who would carry my important legal documents for me?

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS:

Pluto is not a planet, according to leading scientists.

Whats next, Dade isnt in central america?

Anonymous said...

The Marino-Pedraza vs. McWhorter suit is now set before West Palm Beach Judge Barkdull for final hearing in Miami next Tuesday at 1:00 pm.

Should be interesting as they look like they can prove many serious violations of the law.

Like Judge Trawick said, is that enough to bounce someone off the balot? I do not think so but, it is hard to understand how a judge can screw up so many things and still be a judge?

BakerACT said...

Top TEN reasons to avoid “He who shall not be mentioned” a/k/a “Hardwick” or known to Rumpole as "Nutjob":

10. He will file a lawsuit against your first born.

9. You don’t want your picture next to his fat ass in the Miami New Times.

8. You will not be invited to Judge Hernandez victory party.

7. DCF will pull your kids from you for association, Judge Cohen will execute the order and the 3rd DCA will affirm with a PCA.

6. Your Menudo/Ricky Martin record collection will be confiscated.

5. Piss him off and you will have a web site dedicated to you.

4. Google will block your computer from accessing search engine.

3. Will file a bar complaint against you for breathing.

2. You cancel lunch waiting for the 12:00 noon shutdown of this blog only to be told it won’t happen.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO AVOID “He who shall not be mentioned” a/k/a “Hardwick” or known to Rumpole as "Nutjob":

1. Your knowledge of the Baker Act is limited.

Anonymous said...

Captain, I saw the Trawick order that Jose Sanchez Gronlier was showing this morning at the REGJB. The judge ruled that his campaign finance violation was de minimus and did not affect qualifying. I think it was a pretty well-reasoned order by Judge Trawick that tracked the facts and the applicable case law.

Anonymous said...

Who will pay for the party? Then we would know who you are Rump.

Rumpole said...

The Party's on as Ms. Nesmith has RSVP'd!!!

Lawyers used to go to the Marine Bar or alibi lounge. They just knocked the whole building down where the Alibi used to be. Don't know about the Marine Bar anymore.

Anonymous said...

Today I found myself humming the Migna song. It's kind of catchy. I may just vote for her, "she'll be on the bench by January 3."

the trialmaster said...

lawyers never went to the marine bar. that bar was reserved for cops from MPD and MDPD. in fact, there was one notable fight between them that got alot of pub. we use to drink at the HI across from the old miami police dept. where the winn-dixie is now.....

Anonymous said...

I SAW SY GAER ON THE PILE OF RUBBLE THAT USED TO BE THE ALIBI HAVING A DRINK

Anonymous said...

that top ten is hysterical

Rumpole said...

I'm a lawyer (although some want that to stop) and I drank at the marine bar. With ASA's and PD's and even a few Judges. Throw in a few clerks, a few court reporters, and you have a watering hole.

Rumpole said...

HI= Holiday Inn=Alibi Lounge.
Sy was indeed a fixture there.

Fake Ivan Hernandez said...

I wish I had a song like Migna's.

Fake Valerie Manno said...

I wish I had a bandwagon like Bardwil's.

Real Struggling Lawyer. said...

I wish I had a bondsman like Scott's.

Fake Rumpole said...

I wish I had a blog song

Fake Ted Mastos said...

I'm glad I don't have a stalker like Joel B. (chomp chomp smack smack).

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a muffin like Rory's

Fake Judge Adrien said...

I wish I had a court reporter with a healthy prostate.

Fake Jeff Swartz said...

I wish we had a Governor who would appoint Izzy Reyes to the third DCA.

Fake Abe Laeser. said...

I wish I had another Judge on my case.

Rumpole said...

Somebody is bored at work.

the truth said...

Judge Adrien: Girl you know its true.....ooh, ooh , ooh, i love you.

Fake Chris said...

I wish I had a better mentor.

the truth said...

I wish I had legs like portia

Fake Alan said...

I wish I had a better pupil.

Rumpole said...

oooooh- A portia reference- haven't heard from her since her famous personal ad.

Fake Portia said...

Rumpole, If you show up at the party and identify yourself, I'll flash you.
They're real ...and they're spectacular.

Dr. Seuss said...

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
- Dr. Seuss

Rumpole said...

I like that.

Patty Marino Wade Culpepper said...

Me too.

Peter "Camacho" you know who said...

Yeah. I don't like it very much. Everybody knows Dr. Suess took lots of bathroom breaks. Jerk.

Rumpole said...

I think after the election is over, I may just start a book club.
First Book: "Oh the Places You'll Go."
Dr. Suess.

Anonymous said...

The Art of Cross Examination
By Stuart Mishkin.

Anonymous said...

"Lawyers I've known and banned."
By Bennett H. (The banner) Brummer.

Anonymous said...

The Importance Of Potty Training.
Peter Camacho Adrien.

Anonymous said...

The Art of Depositions.
Sy Gaer.

Anonymous said...

Compassion and Leniency In Sentencing.
Leslie Rothenberg.

Fake Allan said...

I wiah I had friends.

Anonymous said...

Pilates for Lawyers.
Alan Postman

Anonymous said...

Ok. Now I'm laughing.

Anonymous said...

How to Pick a Criminal Jury and Try a Case.
George Alvarez

Anonymous said...

How the Irish Hurt Miami
Josie Perez-Velis

Anonymous said...

How to File Bar Complaints
Hardwick the Horrible.

Anonymous said...

Where to Find Heaven.

Portia

Anonymous said...

Girl you know its true.

Judge Adrien

Anonymous said...

How to Make Pile of Money Doing Tickets by Randy Maultasch with a forward by Marc Gold

Anonymous said...

How to Privately View Porno Tapes at the SAO by Howard Pohl

Anonymous said...

Runners I've Known by Frank Gaviria

Anonymous said...

Leopards Do Change Their Spots by Judge Julio Jimenez

Anonymous said...

How to Lose Your Goldmine by Howie from the Pickle Barrel.

Anonymous said...

Sexual Harrassment in the Modern Age by Michael Band

Anonymous said...

How to Cook up Some Crack by Tyrone Biggums with a special acknowledement to Phil Davis

Anonymous said...

What's Height Got to do With It? by Jose Sanchez-Gronlier and Patty Marino-Pedraza

Anonymous said...

Oh, The Files I've Never Had! by Seymour Gaer

Anonymous said...

Million Dollar Bonds on Third Degree Felonies Made Easy by Judge Cheryl Aleman

Anonymous said...

that sy gaer reference about him having a drink on the rubble that was the alibi is a top ten all time post

Anonymous said...

clients i have met while yachting

Anonymous said...

How to Be a Housewife and Become Judge. Myriam Lehr

Anonymous said...

"Anything out of turn?" by Marc Schumacher

with that purchase you get the pamphlet "you gotta good lawyer, do what he tells you"

By Gerry Klein

Anonymous said...

Scott Saul is so buff, Scott Saul is so lean

Have you scene his pectorals and his abs so mean?

He looks so good without a shirt

So good it makes my eyeballs hurt.

His wife she's just so fair and cute

I wish he'd raise my kids to boot.

Oh I wanna be

I wish I could be.

Why must I be me?

When I could be him.

Anonymous said...

Rainmaking 101!
By: Scott Saul

Anonymous said...

How to Wreck a Redskin!
By: Mike Grieco

Anonymous said...

"Ties are for hanging oneself"

By: "Handsome Scott" Saul

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Nesmith-
I used to be a good and dedicated lawyer until this blog came around. Now I work about half as much and spend half the day reading poems about Migna and wondering if my chest is nicer than Scott Saul's. I was just wondering. Did you have any respect for the legal profession before you started reading this blog, and has the blog destroyed any respect that you had?

Anonymous said...

Sy is Rumpole...fact. He writes everything in his blackbook, and one of his former clients who can not afford to pay types it into a blog for him in lieu of a fee. The man is a genius. Genius I tell you!

Anonymous said...

How to get less than 7% of one's peers votes on a blog poll

By

Josie Velis Perez

Anonymous said...

My Space Mishaps!
By: Mike Grieco

Anonymous said...

Legal Lyrics!
By: DJ Esquire

Anonymous said...

Prosecutorial Pink Slips!
By: Richard Sharpstein

Anonymous said...

Oh Patty, Give me Back My Name

By: Dan Marino

Anonymous said...

How to do a bad job masking your identity

By

Phil Reizenstein

Anonymous said...

how to not get re-elected

By Ivan Hernandez

the trialmaster. said...

the trialmaster has known mike samuels since law school when he was a coconut grove hippie. his head is on right and should be reelected.although his tactics against kevin were not admirable, after all, it is poltics. mike may have the jewish male v. the hispanic unknown female problem. in my humble opinon, the bench in dade has never been weaker.the trial master endorses mike samuels.

Anonymous said...

Re: Shelly Schwartz...he's got to be the most antagonistic, nasty, intimidating, rude judge on the bench (hummmm, maybe not). Have you all BEEN to Hialeah and seen for yourselves what he does to people? Heavens forbid you roll trough a stop sign. Its equivalent to say...running over a little old lady, or, one would think by the way he YELLS at people. Forget him, its worth giving Migna, or frankly, ANYONE else a shot. When was the last time he engaged in a LEGAL argument? 1963? He's annoying.

Anonymous said...

How to be a Public Defender but not believe in the ideals of "innocent before proven guilty."

By Robin Faber

Anonymous said...

The Importance of Fast Cars in a Democratic Society

Cathy "Barbie" Parks

Anonymous said...

Weight Loss Tricks That Don't Work

Bu Don Cohn

Anonymous said...

The Psycological and Strategic Advantages of Keeping a Low Profile in a Judicial Election

By Mario Garcia, Jr.

Anonymous said...

How to Insert a Foley Catheter in a Person Who Needs to Urinate But is Not Allowed to Visit the Facilities

by Nurse-Attorney Cathy Parks

Anonymous said...

Everyone Loves Pando Bears

By Judge Ana Maria Pando

Anonymous said...

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

By George A. Alvarez

Anonymous said...

The Folly of Having a Bad Last Name and in Making it Worse

By Valerie R. Manno Schurr

Anonymous said...

Get ready folks. It's Cultural Fridays

Anonymous said...

How to write newspaper articles with the blog as your single source.

By: Rumpole's Favorite Herald Scribe in Pink Pants.

wewholaborhereseektruth said...

Rump, in making a decision not to endorse anyone in the Samuels v. Gonzalez-Meyer race, you said:

"Recently we received some emails and missives to the effect that when Judge Samuels ran against Judge Emas, he used commercials attacking Judge Emas for previously representing Defendants when he was in private practice. If that allegation is true, and we have no idea that it is, Samuels did not deserve to win that election and does not deserve to be a Judge."

Well it is not simply an “allegation”; it is--sadly-- true. Here are the actual words from the direct mail piece that was sent to thousands of "well-informed" voters 10 years ago. (Yes, someone saved a copy. I tried without success to scan the ad onto this post.) The front cover of the direct mail piece reads:

"Fighting for the bad guys. Is this any way to become a Judge? You decide..."

You open up the direct mail piece and there is a discussion of the fact that Emas had recently been appointed to the County Court bench, having spent his career doing criminal defense work.

The next panel of the ad contains a picture of a bearded black man, dressed in prison garb and peeking from behind prison bars. The ad continues:

"Just months ago, Judge Emas was fighting for the bad guys. Now he is facing the voters, asking us to fight for him. There is a better choice. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, vote for Michael J. Samuels for County Court Judge. Michael Samuels feels strongly about maximizing sentencing guidelines for criminals."

Does this affect your analysis of the race and your decision not to endorse either candidate, Rumpole?

wewholaborhereseektruth said...

Rump, in making a decision not to endorse anyone in the Samuels v. Gonzalez-Meyer race, you said:

"Recently we received some emails and missives to the effect that when Judge Samuels ran against Judge Emas, he used commercials attacking Judge Emas for previously representing Defendants when he was in private practice. If that allegation is true, and we have no idea that it is, Samuels did not deserve to win that election and does not deserve to be a Judge."

Well it is not simply an “allegation”; it is--sadly-- true. Here are the actual words from the direct mail piece that was sent to thousands of "well-informed" voters 10 years ago. (Yes, someone saved a copy. I tried without success to scan the ad onto this post.) The front cover of the direct mail piece reads:

"Fighting for the bad guys. Is this any way to become a Judge? You decide..."

You open up the direct mail piece and there is a discussion of the fact that Emas had recently been appointed to the County Court bench, having spent his career doing criminal defense work.

The next panel of the ad contains a picture of a bearded black man, dressed in prison garb and peeking from behind prison bars. The ad continues:

"Just months ago, Judge Emas was fighting for the bad guys. Now he is facing the voters, asking us to fight for him. There is a better choice. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, vote for Michael J. Samuels for County Court Judge. Michael Samuels feels strongly about maximizing sentencing guidelines for criminals."

Does this affect your analysis of the race and your decision not to endorse either candidate, Rumpole?

Anonymous said...

We need a blog for the Family Law Courthouse. You guys are having way too much fun over here.

Anonymous said...

can Stephen Millan beat Karen Mills-Francis?

Anonymous said...

These are the candidates with the most (or best) experience, in my opinion:

Judge Karen Mills-Francis
Robin Faber
Rima Bardewill
Don S. Cohn
Joel Jacobi
Shirlyon McWhorter
Cathy Parks
Judge Schwartz
Judge Leifman
Judge Murphy

The others I don't know about. This is just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Everything is ok,,with your list. But for one!

Judge Karen Mills-Francis
Robin Faber
Rima Bardewill
Don S. Cohn
Joel Jacobi
Shirlyon McWhorter
Marisa Tinkler Mendez
Judge Schwartz
Judge Leifman
Judge Murphy