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Saturday, August 26, 2006

RUMPOLE ENDORSES VICKI DEL PINO FOR COUNTY COURT.

UPDATED:

Judge Martin Shapiro is retiring and Joel Jacobi runs against Vicki Del Pino. Memo to Judge Shapiro: That large sign you have in your courtroom informing pro se litigants that a withhold of an adjudication is not a conviction is wrong. It induces people to accept resolutions by giving them false information. You should take it down.

Rumpole endorses Vicki Del Pino. She has demonstrated her considerable ability by her patience and demeanor as a traffic magistrate. We have much less knowledge about Mr. Jacobi. If, as he told the Herald, that 20% of his practice is indeed pro bono, then we know what that feels like.


This is not an endorsement criticizing Mr. Jacobi's ability to be a Judge, but praising what we know about Ms. Del Pino. We think she is a great choice for voters on September 5.


No one even noticed we were gone, did they?

Update: We really thought we used to see Ms. Del Pino in the REGJB as an ASA but several alert readers told us we were wrong. We still are endorsing her.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

With the first post on the saturday before the big blog party, I nominate Sunny for the 3rd DCA!!!

Anonymous said...

you spelled her name wrong in the title, and i dont think she was a prosecutor, was she?

this was a race you should have stayed out of. You endorsed the most-least qualified in this race.

Anonymous said...

I can't take these judicial races anymore. The candidates are all terrible, would _______________________________ please run?

No Fan of "Trialmaster" said...

"Trialmaster" wrote about Mike Samuels: "although his tactics against kevin [Emas in a past election] were not admirable [in that he had printed ads saying that he could not be trusted because he had represented "criminals" as a defense attorney], after all, it is poltics".

Sorry "trialmaster", but as a defense attorney, some "politics" are too below the belt for me to just ignore it, especially when it is done in such a mean-spirited and disgusting manner.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

While not wanting to correct my friend Rump, I do want to point out the following:

Victoria del Pino has been a member of the Florida Bar for 5 years. She started out as a CLI working for the PD's offices in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

She has been handling mostly criminal and family court matters since then. She is a Traffic Magistrate.

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

Anonymous said...

Dear 10:05
Miami political races are the greatest in the world. They political are mini wars without the violence. And that is what American politics should be.

trialmaster said...

the trialmaster's rebuttal: in these judical races there really are no issues that the candidates can use. remember that whack henry ferreo who beat ted when ted asserted his constitutional rights[5th amendment].mike is a great guy and has been a good judge. and kevin made it back to the bench anyway.no harm, no foul. trialmaster has spoken.......

Anonymous said...

Del Pino was married to former ASA (and the longest "C" JC. Planas). Does that tell u something about her judgment?

Anonymous said...

DJ Rumpole coming to you courtesy of the fired dj. RUMPOLE'S DELIGHT. He's anonymous I do suppose - blogging around in his pantyhose - he may feel very sexy and even cute - but he just a shyster lawyer in his blue poly suit- Hotel Motel Gerstein Building Inn- If you get dissed on the blog then blog him too. Master Rump its on you so what you gonna do- If your judge has you for dinner and chews you up like wood, then you oppose them in November and make them look like stool, The beat goes on until the break of dawn- master rump its on you so what you gonna do when their expose your ass for what is- that you are really just full of gizz. Piss out by da masta g. Blog on my brudda.!

Anonymous said...

5th year lawyer running for judge; pathetic.

Shouldn't even be allowed.

Anonymous said...

Judge Steve Leifman is a treasure. I have known him since he was a young public defender. Our daughter Eliza Cava, age 3, joined on the campaign trail as I walked door to door for Steve in the Roads neighborhood. Steve was hardworking, idealistic, committed, effective. And he still is, only more so!

Judge Leifman has pioneered a mental health court that has made a huge difference for those struggling with serious mental illness that can cloud judgement, lead to failure to follow through with treatment, and, too often, to arrest. His national model has resulted in better care for thousands, peace of mind for family members, and reduction in needless revolving door participation in a justice system ill-prepared to deal with treatment issues.

Anonymous said...

the question I have is as a PDO CLI does one have to go and get muffins and coffee for rory, weed and the rest of the 120k a year do nothing club?

question for old timers. has weed ever ever tried a case?

8 years ago i once saw rory walk into court and beat up on a hapless asa right out of law school on a slam dunk for the pds. other than cherry picking layups was he ever a trial lawyer?

Anonymous said...

Is Del Pino married to JC Planas?

I love how Planas didnt even keep his three year commitment to the sao, never tried anything more than a c case, and runs around saying "once a prosecutor always a prosecutor"

Rumpole said...

DJ Rumpole is hands down very funny. People may like me, people may not like the blog, but to give myself some small props: 1) I can laugh at myself; 2) When I blow it, like I did today thinking Ms. Del Pino was a former ASA, at least I admit it and don't hide it.

OK- having praised myself, here come the: "sure its easy when your anonymous" "Jerk"; "idiot who can't spell" "zzzzzzzzzzz" replies. Go ahead. I've posted them before and will do it again.

Rumpole said...

Nice post about Judge Leifman by the way. Either he wins, or all of Miami loses.

Anonymous said...

I have been going crazy to find out the answer to this burning question: Did anyone sing the MIGNA song on the Bardwil Bandwagon?

Anonymous said...

would Jeff Swartz and Jonantan Schwartz please run on the Swartz & Schwartz ticket?

Anonymous said...

Would Miguel De La O please please please run?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about you,
but I'm voting for Judge Ivan Hernandez. He has EARNED another 6 years.

Paid political Adv. Ivan Hernandez for Judge. I'm not Ivan Hernandez and I approved this ad.

Anonymous said...

That Rima Bardwill bandwagon is awful full. No room for chris and alan.

Anonymous said...

I would love to vote for the BIG O.
He would be a great Judge!

Anonymous said...

Ivan Hernandez? Please he has no repeat NO WORRIES. 65-35 in a romp over that lazy PD.

Anonymous said...

Any truth that Shell Schwartz has filed a lawsuit to prevent Migna from using the Migna song in her radio commercials?

....she'll be on the bench ny January 3eeeeee.

Anonymous said...

I caught Judge Ivan Hernandez's famous "no excuses" speech. Quite powerful. I'm voting for him.

Anonymous said...

If she divorced JC at least that shows some good judgment no?

Anonymous said...

not sure if rory ever tried a case. i did go to training seminar a few years back upstate and he did a lecture on cross exams. he was awesome. pd's from around the state were asking about him.

as for today, does he try cases, no. he is an administrator. an he is more up to date on case law than anyone i know. when i was there, his door was always open to help with trial prep and explain new law. i dig the guy.

does KFR try cases? i hope not, she has different responsibilitites.

Judge Adrien said...

Blame it on the rain, ain, ain.

Anonymous said...

I think people promote the Big O just because it drives you know who nuts.

Anonymous said...

Rump- a private veterans group comissioned a poll and spent some serious money and found -get this- among likely NON HISPANIC voters- Ivan Hernandez beats Faber 54 46. WoW!

Anonymous said...

Alan- I told you w would miss the boat.

Anonymous said...

For my money, if I got a DUI I would run, not walk, and hire the big Q- Quirantes. He's the DUI guy for me.

Anonymous said...

No Chris, you said we would not get on the bandwagon. Big difference between a band wagon and a boat.

Waiting for Godot. said...

NORBERTO....this is getting ridiculous. I'm still waiting.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disagree Rumpole, but if Ivan Hernandez loses, we all lose.

Anonymous said...

there is only 1 big O. his name is oscar rodriguez. and he ain't running for judge....

Anonymous said...

Hey Rumpole: Why is "abbreviation" such a long word?

Also- How do people who live at the end of a one way street get out?

Just wonderin.

Madam Im Adam said...

Fun with anagrams:

Elvis = Lives

Listen = Silent

Clint Eastwood = Old West Action

Madam Curie = Radium came
Evangelist = Evil's Agent
Waitress = A stew, Sir?
Desperation = A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code = Here Come Dots

Anonymous said...

Can't you get google to block him (using his isp address) from posting here?

Carnac the Magnificent said...

A SIC MIND GRILL
MACING RIDS ILL

Anonymous said...

lots of judicial commercials running - anyone else notice that the same actors appear in several of them?

cheesy pathetic crap.

WTF! said...

From the SAVE Dade Website:

The SAVE Dade Action PAC endorsement process for the County Commissioner and State Representative races for the September 5th Primary Elections has been concluded and the following candidates have been endorsed:

The Christian Family Coalition has decided to do endorsements for the first time this year, as opposed to the report cards they have done in the past, and they have also adopted a policy to only offer endorsements to those candidates that agree not to accept the SAVE DADE endorsement. Formerly endorsed judicial candidate Patricia Marino-Pedraza (County Court Judge - Group 01) has opted to drop our endorsement so that she may receive the Christian Family Coalition endorsement.

SAVE Dade would like to thank the judicial candidates who turned down such offers from the Christian Family Coalition.


County Court Judges

Karen Mills Francis Robin Faber

Michael J. Samuels Steve Leifman

Bonnie Lano Rippingille Bronwyn Catherine Miller

Shirlyon J. McWhorter

11th Circuit Court Judges

Dennis J. Murphy Lawrence Schwartz

Rima Catherine Bardawil

Marie Abigail Davidson

Marisa Tinkler Mendez

*Ms. Marino-Pedraza's opponent, incumbent Judge Shirlyon McWhorter, was not interviewed during the initial interview process because we did not hear from her in time to participate due to a change of address that occurred during the time we mailed questionnaires. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature created several new positions for judges in Miami-Dade County. The qualifying date for these positions was after the conclusion of our initial endorsement process. The board of SAVE Dade decided to convene interview panels to interview the candidates for the newly-created positions. The board also decided to invite Judge McWhorter to participate in the endorsement process. She interviewed with us on August 9th and was subsequently endorsed. We hope you will support Judge McWhorter in her bid to retain her seat. Contributions for her and all our endorsed candidates are highly encouraged.

Anonymous said...

While it is true Vicki Del Pino has not been practicing long, her opponent has few too many years under his belt as well. Perhaps something should be done with the minimum 5 years of practice rule but the issue is which one of the candidates in the race are better qualified over the other.

Ms. Del Pino has judicial experience as a traffic mag, Joel does not. Ms. Del Pino has tried numerous cases herself, Joel has not. There is no evidence other than she will be a fair judge upon her election. Rump's endorsement could not be more on target.

Rumpole said...

I wish to apologize to Mr. Postman. That comment should never have been posted. A few too many glasses of chateau miami river dulled my judgment. But its removed this morning.

Anonymous said...

I looked over the Carla Savola v. J.C. Planas suit and saw an administrator for Judge Farina as Treasurer for the Savola campaign: Ms. Maria Mihaic from the AOC.

Does this mean Farina is after JC Planas?

Does JC plan to ask for answers to this?

Thus, the plot thickens!

Don't think you're really a trialmaster said...

Re: Trialmaster's Rebuttal: "Kevin made it back to the bench anyway.no harm, no foul."

Sorry buddy, but the fact that the prior Gov. had the good sense to reappoint Emas does not make what Samuels did right or worthy of our endorsement. As far as I am concerned, he stole his seat on the bench and we should do everything we can do see that he is removed.This isn't basketball there Shaqmaster...

Get Off The Blog, Albert! said...

RE: "For my money, if I got a DUI I would run, not walk, and hire the big Q- Quirantes. He's the DUI guy for me."

Are you on drugs? Get off the blog Albert! You're about the last guy someone should hire to do their DUI! Next thing you know, you'll be telling us you'd hire Naftally to handle you 1st degree murder case!