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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

11 PM UPDATE 99% REPORTING

Lawrence 'Larry' Schwartz
51.62%
70,862
Gina Mendez
48.38%
66,404
137,266

JUDGE LARRY SCHWARTZ: FIRST A TEACHER; THEN A PROSECUTOR: STILL A JUDGE. CONGRATULATIONS.
By the way: we saw Ms. Mendez working hard, campaigning in an honest and ethical manner, and we think she should not give up her dream to be a Judge.



Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer
51.21%
67,088
Michael J. 'Mike' Samuels
48.79%
63,912
131,000

TAKE A BOW JUDGE GONZALEZ-MEYER.


Migna Sanchez-Llorens
48.07%
63,212
Sheldon 'Shelly' Schwartz
51.93%
68,282
131,494


SIX MORE YEARS OF COLORFUL TIES AND ROBES.
MIAMI LOVED SHELLY MORE THAN MIGNA.


Don S. Cohn
50.77%
62,816
Bonnie Lano Rippingille
49.23%
60,899
123,715

CAN YOU SAY JUDGE COHN?
SOMETIMES THE REALLY NICE AND GOOD GUYS CATCH A BREAK.


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
Our final 4 races that were 51-49% can all be called now, and the Captain is prepared to call the following candidates -

"JUDGE"Judge Lawrence Schwartz over Gina Mendez, with a 4,500 vote lead

Judge Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer over ex-Judge Samuels, with a 3,200 vote lead

Judge Sheldon Schwartz over Migna Sanchez-Llorens, with a 5,000 vote lead

Judge Don Cohn over ex-Judge Bonnie Rippingille, with a 1,900 vote lead.

Finally, looks like it will be Marisa Mendez in the run-off with Cathy Parks, as she leads Mario Garcia by 2,200 votes.
CAPTAIN OUT .............

108 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL RUMPOLE THATS JUST FUNNY

Anonymous said...

Ivan still a crook

Anonymous said...

nbc making reports

Anonymous said...

Larry happy he won, but angry he had to drop 150K of his own $$$$. Watch out Miami.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Our final 4 races that were 51-49% can all be called now, and the Captain is prepared to call the following candidates - "JUDGE"

Judge Lawrence Schwartz over Gina Mendez, with a 4,500 vote lead

Judge Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer over ex-Judge Samuels, with a 3,200 vote lead

Judge Sheldon Schwartz over Migna Sanchez-Llorens, with a 5,000 vote lead

Judge Don Cohn over ex-Judge Bonnie Rippingille, with a 1,900 vote lead.

finally, lloks like it will be Marisa Mendez in the run-off with Cathy Parks, as she leads Mario Garcia by 2,200 votes.

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

Anonymous said...

GINA MENDEZ = PERRENIAL LOSER.
Hang it up toots and stay home trying to keep your nut-job husband out of trouble.

Anonymous said...

JUDGE FABER, JUDGE FABER, YOUR HONOR I AM NOT USED TO DUE PROCESS EXCUSE ME JUDGE DID YOU SAY I GET A CHANCE TO RESPOND IN YOUR COURT. WOW.

Anonymous said...

who juan?

ivan said...

i thought I juan?

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Now we can analyze the results and when we do we find that, much to our surprise and absolute joy, the voters of Miami-Dade County did not vote strictly along ethnic lines and, across the board, elect hispanic candidates over anglo/african-american candidates.

Here are the numbers:

In the 16 contested elections, there are three run-offs and one race, Cohn v. Rippingille, that we have eliminated.

In the other 12 contested races where anglo/african-american candidates faced off against hispanic candidates, they won 7 of the 12 races, with hispanics taking the other five seats.

Those that are looking closely at those numbers, and smiling, ever so slightly, include 2008 candidates:

Barzee, Ward, Donner, Friedman, Fierro, Firtel, Trawick, Gordon, Dresnick, Farina, Prescott, Muir, Glick, Bagely, Zabel, Simons, Emas, Wilson, JB Cohen, Shapiro, Schumacher, Rosinek, Scola, Scola, Karlan, Sigler, Tunis, Eig, J. and Schwartz.

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

Anonymous said...

Why do I have a feeling that we will soon find out who Juan D's candidates really were, maybe it was not Alvarez but Del Pino and Pando are the ones who will shed him the big bucks.

Anonymous said...

I was already able to obtain a hearing date from the soon-to-be- named Judicial Assistant for Judge Faber.

Anonymous said...

I think this was an odd election year for the judiciary with too many behind the scene deals, and possibly a team of crooks working the polls using dirty campaign tactics. Even He Who Shall Not Be Named was printing flyers.

CAPTAIN said...

NORTH OF THE BORDER:

Just two notes from Broward worth mentioning:

...former APD Michele Towbin Singer leads a group of three candidates in Circuit Court Group 57 and she will be in a runoff.

...former Judge Terri-Ann Miller leads a group of four candidates in County Court Group 32 and she will be in a runoff.

CAPTAIN OUT .........

Anonymous said...

Judge Faber's, JA, is already giving out hearing dates. WOW due porcess in group 4.

I love America.

Anonymous said...

11:31 that would be Darrin McGillis . News Flash Election is over call him by his first name Darrin.

He has earned some respect.

YOU KNOW WHO said...

Goodbye Ivan! Goodbye Juan! Goodbye George! You were all a disgrace to the goals that Decent competent Cuban American Lawyers fought for years to achieve .You were slimy incompetent lawyers traveling on nothing but your last names.Telling people to vote Cuban and against the Gringos,You should be ashamed of yourselves! You certainly did embarass the rest of the Cuban American Legal Communnity but thankfully the community was mature enough to vanish vermin like you out of the halls of justice and into the job market ,GOOD LUCK! and GOOD RIDDANCE!
Don't let the door hit you in the A-- on the way out

Anonymous said...

anyone have a hearing in judge hernandez court this week. Can I be co-counsel I just have to see his face. Please ,, oh please

Anonymous said...

hey ivan, this is from the united states of america to you-- F*CK YOU! Why don't you put proper english on your campaign literature and maybe you would have won, e.g. "A distinguished war veteran THAT has earned your support" - its WHO has earned your support you a&&wipe!! See you at the ticket clinic with your "close" friends Alvarez and Juan D'Arce. LATER BIYATCH.

Anonymous said...

Faber over Hernandez is such sweet justice. Sweet, sweet justice. Let D'Arce suck on that that. Can we change his leave status from temporary to permanent.

Anonymous said...

D'Arce will not be rude to anymore litigants or denying hearings to litigants.

This is America and today we have exercised our right to vote. Good bye Ivan..........

Anonymous said...

I still cannot understand why Pando won by such a great margin?

Why did nobody vote for Addicott???

Anonymous said...

This has been a sad, sad election filled with lots of vindictiveness. We are legal professionals and supposed to uphold ethical standards. Referring to those who will no longer serve on the bench as vulgar words is unacceptable. Rumpole I hope you delete those comments.

Anonymous said...

12:42 get over it. When a turd like hernandez is thrown off the bench its gonna bring forth one or two vulgar words.

just get a grip already its a blog.

Anonymous said...

12:40 I agree but pando did have that illegal ad hovering over the 836 hwy on the over pass and other huge ad's .

She did a good job promoting herself and also had experience last time around.

Miami Herald said...

Contested seats abound for judgeshipsMiami-Dade voters chose from a list of 35 candidates for 16 judgeships.
BY SUSANNAH A. NESMITH
snesmith@MiamiHerald.com
With 16 judicial seats up for election, and 35 candidates vying for them, two-thirds of the ballot in some precincts was devoted to the judges.

Late Tuesday night it was too early to call most of the judicial races. One race that appeared to be clear was the contest between County Judge Ana Maria Pando and Sari T. Addicott. With more than a third of the precincts reporting, Pando was a clear favorite.

Two circuit judges and nine county judges drew opposition this year. Misdemeanor criminal and smaller civil cases go to county court while circuit court judges hear felonies and larger civil cases.

In addition to those 11 races, 11 people are vying for four new judgeships created by the Legislature; two are running for a seat vacated by a retiring judge.

''I can't remember a time that there have been so many contested races in this county's judicial history,'' said Circuit Judge Scott Silverman, the unofficial historian of the county's courts. ``This is unquestionably a first.''

But how is a voter to know who will make a good judge?

It's actually hard to say.

Judges and judicial candidates are prohibited by Florida's canon of ethics from publicly discussing their views on anything they someday might have to rule on.

So the candidates campaign on their years of experience and their connections.

Some worry that opens up judicial races to ethnic politics.

''There are people who think because they have a Hispanic name, irrespective of their qualifications, they can win because of the demographic,'' said Ramon Abadin, a former president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

But he noted a Hispanic name alone hasn't worked for everyone. ''Some of those people who thought they could win because they had Hispanic names in contested races didn't [in 2004],'' he said.

Gerald Schwartz, a political consultant on local judicial campaigns for the past 50 years, said he thought Hispanics might not have voted in as high numbers as usual because of a combination of the rain and the lack of interesting races.

''I have a hunch that Hispanic voters would not turn out as heavily in inclement weather as they might have ordinarily because of the lack of Hispanic issues in the major races,'' he said, noting the governor's race hasn't inspired many of any ethnic background.

Many judicial campaign-watchers, Abadin and Schwartz included, were closely watching the race between County Judge Steve Leifman and attorney Juan F. Gonzalez. Leifman is widely regarded for his work for the mentally ill. Gonzalez is relatively unknown among attorneys.

Gonzalez had the lowest rating in the Dade County Bar Association poll, with 70 percent voting him unqualified to serve on the bench. Leifman had the highest rating in the same poll, with 74 percent voting him exceptionally qualified.

The Cuban American Bar Association poll results were similar in that race, with 73 percent rating Gonzalez unqualified, while 91 percent ranked Leifman qualified or exceptionally qualified.

Similarly, County Judge Bronwyn Miller was ranked qualified or exceptionally qualified by 90 percent of CABA members, while her challenger, George Alvarez, was ranked unqualified by 60 percent.

And Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy was deemed either qualified or exceptionally qualified by 91 percent of CABA members who voted versus 57 percent who voted his challenger, Josie Perez Velis, unqualified.

County Judge Ivan Hernandez, embroiled in a scandal involving allegations his assistant did campaign work on government time, was deemed unqualified by 57 percent of CABA members who voted. Only 15 percent found his challenger, Robin Faber, unqualified.

Early voting results suggested upsets were possible in several races, including the Hernandez-Faber contest. Hernandez trounced his challenger.

But absentee ballots, the next group to be counted, brought the numbers closer to a dead heat in that race, and completely turned around several other races.

oh susannah said...

good job susannah - "Hernandez trounced his challenger."

What time did you go to bed? 7:30?

BONNIE LANO LANO LANO said...

TURN THOSE MACHINES BACK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Susanna, when will the herald be publishing the "dewey beats truman" headline? For Christ sake, Hernandez got smoked. Hey ivan, that's what you get for being a lazy worthless public servant - maybe Leifman will make you a traffic magistrate...

Anonymous said...

Alan HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLP. I'm on the Bardawil bandwagon and I can't get off. And they keep singing the stupid Migna song. HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPP.

Anonymous said...

Parks should be very happy with over 40% of the vote because, historically, whoever wins in the primary with that large of a lead will wiln in the run-off.

Anonymous said...

Parks should be very happy with over 40% of the vote because, historically, whoever wins in the primary with that large of a lead will wiln in the run-off.

Anonymous said...

looks like susannah is about as smart as j flesihman. no wonder the herald is about the worst paper in america. only the new york times trumps the herald with more incorrect reporting.

i wouldnt even wrap my fish with the herald. nice job oh susannah and springer, er fleshman.

Anonymous said...

Parks is dead meat.Marisa Tinkler Mendez will win in the runoff

Anonymous said...

http://www.sptimes.com/State/113098/Debate_surrounds_voti.html

read this article and compare this guy to some dade county voters.

and im still waiting for that file norberto. just because you didnt win the election last night doesnt mean you can go hibernate for another 20 years. chop chop.

Anonymous said...

For all you idiots out there who can't read right: Nesmith's article in The Herald says that "early voting results suggested upsets..." It was in 'early voting' that "Hernandez trounced his challenger."

She never claimed that was the outcome of the race.

Learn how to read before you criticize.

Anonymous said...

not true. that's sheer stupidity. if so, murphy and faber would not have won.

Anonymous said...

When you make a statement, "Hernandez trounced faber", you clearly imply a lopsized victory. I dont care if its predicated by 'early voting suggests". Unless early voting accounts for at 75% of voting, or has customarily been an accurate barometer for predicting elections (which it has not), that is simply non-factual, sensationalistic reporting.

sort of along the lines of rick sanchez and jim cantore running around in rainsuits this morning in miami sounding the hurricane florence bell. they are coverd, though, as the fineprint in the corner of the tv read (with only early cone predicitions being looked at).

Anonymous said...

that's sheer stupidity. if that were the case, murphy and faber would not have won.

Elephants Don't Forget! said...

Bye, Bye Mike! How about for your new career you try being ... a criminal defense attorney?!

Anonymous said...

i sort of wanted to see larry waiting in line and being lectured on how to be a lawyer. oh well.

whats that about rick sanchez hyping the destruction of miami from hurricane florence?

Anonymous said...

D'Arce's candidates were all trounced. Good riddance. See you in the box Juan

Anonymous said...

Remember when Mike Samuels ran against Emas and said Emas "represented the BAD GUYS."

You can now call her Patti hernamenextmonthisJudgePatti.

I bet Larry Schwartz is nicer in the future.

I bet Shelly gets even lounder clothes.

I bet Bronwynn gets even better looking in old age.

I bet Robin Faber turns out to be a very good judge. Don Cohn too!

I bet Ivan Hernandez ends up making millions in his follow up career.

I bet that jerk Gina Mendez runs again and again.

I bet we get smart ane elect Jose Fernandez.

Anonymous said...

Migna lost because she was Al Milian's girl, and because her song was just obnoxious.

Anonymous said...

how many people predict McWhorter will file a lawsuit against marino and that she gets the JQC to initiate formal charges and the supreme court throws her off the bench like they did a few months ago to renke.

What a last minute smear campaign againts this judge. Those 9000 votes came from readers of the herald who thought McWhorther was a crook. That was low and under the belt.

Marino knew that the complaint would go know were and it was dismissed with prejudice. JQC if there was ever a case when they are needed its this one.

Anonymous said...

Anonymouse says:

Hernandez defeat is particularly sweet; Six years ago he beat a good judge, trying to capitalize on the bad press that other judge received from being wrongfully arrested (which ultimately led to a jury finding of not guilty but also a JQC reprimand). Can anyone say Judge Reginald Richardson? What goes around, comes around, eh
Judge Hernandez?

Rumpole said...

Kind of rough in the comments,but actually I was expecting worse. The winners won, and will be or stay Judges. The losers lost, and will go on with their lives. And most importantly, our clients will still keep getting arrested, and I will still keep getting them acquitted.

See You In Court.

Anonymous said...

in the end rumpole you are a good guy

Anonymous said...

I will miss the fights between you and he who shall not be named "mcgillis" although they were all good natured humor

Rumpole said...

Pleae don't start any trouble. We have peace. I endorsed Faber (because it was the correct thing to do) and he won. I feel bad for Ivan. He was a decent guy who got caught up in events and did not get a handle on them. In the end, that did him in, and it reflected poorly on his ability as a Judge, so the electorate did the right thing. Can't same the same about McWhorter, and I have no opinion on Rippingille or Samuels, as I rarely or never appeared before them.

Anonymous said...

Boy will I miss the Migna Song. But how about this?

Miami Liked Migna
But Miami Loved Shelly
Oh Migna do you see?
Miami liked Migna
But Miami Loved Shelly
His Party is on January 3eeeeeeeee!

YOU KNOW WHO said...

The comments were kind of "rough" RUMPOLE because those of us who were out fighting D'Arce's guys on the street and at the polls ran up against all kind of scumball tactics from Hernandez,Gonzalez and Alvarez.Our worst fears were confirmed by their behavior.Thus after a tough street fight where many people helped save the Republic(well at least the integrity of the Judicial system in Dade County)we felt like letting out our pent up emotions.Rumpole unlike your Ivory Tower, these elections are a real life street fight New Yaaak style!Next time come down from your lofty perch, get your hands a little dirty and we will see how you feel and express yourself !

Anonymous said...

4:57 play nice we won.

YOU KNOW WHO said...

Rumpole always the Hernandez Apologist.Decent Guy? How does a decent guy let his JA lord over lawyers like a factory foreman, run a Judges office like a personal political fiefdom and then have his division work only "part time" 3 days a week while he plays golf all day on Monday and Friday?

Get real Rumpole!

Anonymous said...

that orj site was just meeting D'Arce on his own playing field. Problem ORJ backed all its allegations and comments with links to documents written by Farina, Brummer, Phil. R, Don Cohn and even Rippengile, and much more. . . .

Anonymous said...

Rumpole is entitled to his personal opinion this is still a democracy.

Anonymous said...

alan how should I feel?

Anonymous said...

Chris feel great we live in America, uhh wait maybe not?

Anonymous said...

Ok Chris I will feel great.

Joker said...

A lawyer fresh from another irrational court ruling from Judge Hernandez comes into a bar. Angrily he shouts "I think Judge Hernandez is a asshole!!"

A slurred response from the back of the bar is heard: "I resent that!"

The attorney peers into the back and asks "Why, are you a friend of Judge Hernandez?"

"No," the voice slurs, "I'm an asshole."

you know who said...

Ok 5:05 you are right we did win so never mind !

My problem is that I watched too much Conan The Barbarian and have taken the following principles to heart:

"Mongol General:Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!
Mongol General: That is good."

So SOORRRYY!

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank The Captain and Rumpole for some great reporting and good insight into the elections. I look forward to more of the same in 2008.

Anonymous said...

lol

Fake George Alavarez said...

juan you said we would win

Fake Juan D'Arce said...

they did not count the illegal votes from hialeah, the new technologies are working

fake judge hernandez said...

i lost me job, i am a war vet how could this happen

Fake Juan Gonzalez said...

Juan I need answers, I had presold the trinity tour.

Fake Juan D'Arce said...

demand a recount, we can pay someone off

Rumpole said...

IVORY TOWER? IVORY TOWER? How about tiny office cramped with bills and bill collectors nipping at our heels, not to mention prosecutors, and federal prosecutors, and new Judges who say: "When I was an attorney, I filed all my motions before I received discovery and was always ready for trial the first time up, and...."
I could go on and on.
IVORY TOWER INDEED.

However, we are very pleased that Don Cohen won. He is one of us. We know he understands what its like to run a law office.

Fake Judge Ward said...

I am now a huge target when I come up for election I paid you good money juan

Anonymous said...

Rumpole I got your back.

Rumpole said...

YOU KNOW WHO said...
Rumpole always the Hernandez Apologist.Decent Guy? How does a decent guy let his JA lord over lawyers like a factory foreman, run a Judges office like a personal political fiefdom and then have his division work only "part time" 3 days a week while he plays golf all day on Monday and Friday?

Get real Rumpole!

ALWAYS THE HISPANIC APOLOGIST? Did you read the comment, which we re-posted yesterday, calling us anti-hispanic? We must be doing something right if both sides hate us.

For the record, we are not pro- or anti- any race, religon, or ethnicity. We prefer the company of the opposite sex, and we otherwise value people as individuals, based on their merits, intelligence, and ability to pay our fees.

Anonymous said...

THREE
TWO
JUAN
I NEED A JOB COME JANUARY 1
(Ivan H, George A, and that chick with 5 names whose husband runs her life, and she finished 3rd to Joe).

Anonymous said...

THREE
TWO
JUAN
I NEED A JOB COME JANUARY 1



---------------

I love it. Can we get everyone to humm this tune in the halls for south dade justice court?

Anonymous said...

ya know I have not heard a word about the chavis chick. What a complete sad story there.

Anonymous said...

THREE
TWO
JUAN
I NEED A JOB COME JANUARY 1

(second verse)

FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHT
PAYOLA DID NOT WORK THAT GREAT

Anonymous said...

whats sad is that anyone voted for her

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 5:58-
What is your problem,,,are you the only one a certain "Hot Judge" DIDN'T blow to get where she is?

Rumpole said...

LETS not make references to anyone's sexual orientation please. The post "flamer" was removed.

Anonymous said...

Hey George, I hope all of your extensive "federal experience" will help you file your BANCAROTA. Good luck at your "transaction division" of your ticket law firm. Does that mean you write the deposit slips/run the credit cards for the $59.99 a pop or send out the free mailers? Who will you run against next, Ada Poza Revilla? You are a shmuck on wheels.

Anonymous said...

I learned a new song last night:
One, two, three, four,
Someone we know is a whore...
Five, six, seven, eight,
She's a bitch that we all do hate.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole have a Martini Jeez!
I said "Hernandez" apologist not "Hispanic" apologist

Aren' i right Alan?

Anonymous said...

The judicial races are over(for the msot part).Now is the time we,should start a review of the selection/election process for the judiciary.
The ability of the peolple to vote for a judge must not be taken away.
The Gorvernor should not have unbridled power to select the judiciary from a list of names submitted from a J.N.C.he had a hand in selecting.
To say the above are not political is to be foolish.But a hybrid plan,utilizing both would be appropriate perhaps.Some of the finest judges in Miami-Dade could not get appointed(i.e.Glick went to Governor over 15 times and finally was elected,not appointed).Yes,greater scrutiny is used and sometimes a better judge may be appointed,but to say this is not political is stupid.
Elections should be watched more closely.Spending limits should be set for candidates.Few know of judicial candidates and that includes sitting judges.Perhaps the J.N.C. can hold four or five open forums for the public during a campaign period,asking questions of the candidtaes so the public will have an oppurtunity to view and hear the candidates under
guidelines defined:instead of the false bravado and rhetoric spewed out during campigns.Oh yes,this may also provide the demise of the heavy handed,expensive publicist.The community has disdain for lawyers:what would the public say of the publicist.
When violations of the Election Laws or any law occur during a campaign,swift review and action should and must be taken.Action should not be a mere blurb on a blog,or slight admonishment by J.E.A.C.,J.N.C. or Dade County Bar.What good is a person being admonished five times or fifteen times and then taking the bench.Yes,we have had judges receive that many violations,founded following review and then taking the bench.Can you imagine,we allow people to lie and puff and mislead like car salesman,only to allow them to become sitting judges.
Now is the time for our legal community to do someting to change the process.It will not happen easily,because although we do not wish to acknowledge it,the rest of the State,the other sixty-six counties are out of sync with Miami-Dade(or is it the other way).
We can and should attempt to change the process for selection of the judiciary!

Anonymous said...

TO ANONYMOUS 6:30-
So you had to rewrite your post to get put back up...but noting your intense anger towards Mr. Alvarez,,I guess my assumption is right. You got left out! Maybe you didn't get blown cause she couldn't FIND IT!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUVGmHUJ-VI

Check out Judge Leifman's JA using her job to get herself perks

Anonymous said...

What's up with this?

Are the votes final or not?

A report released by the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition said during the elections there were "serious problems with policies and procedures that are supposed to protect the integrity of the ballot."

In many precincts, the number of people who signed in to cast votes was not tracked carefully, or in some cases was not compared with the actual number of ballots cast at those precincts.

The group also said there was a touchscreen machine malfunction; when votes were tallied the results from one machine had been counted three times, creating a discrepancy of 171 votes that became part of the certified canvass, the group said.

"It slid right through and nobody caught it," said Martha Mahoney, a professor at University of Miami and a group member.

Fifteen of Florida's 67 counties used touchscreen machines, including most of the heavily populated ones.

Election officials welcomed the criticism and said the machine that gave a 3-for-1 tally has been sent for testing.

Anonymous said...

A 3-for-1 tally has been sent for testing. I wonder if Parks vote fell in this category, boy no I am worry for Parks and I was going for her. Does anyone know if the votes are final yet?

Anonymous said...

how did you get peace rumpole?

Anonymous said...

Since when does having run a law offices make someone a qualified judge? What makes Don Cohn one of "us", and who are we anyway? He seems to be an unqualified HACK, oops but this is Miami--I guess that makes him qualified to wear the robe and sit in judgment. G_D help this County. On the BRIGHT side the voters kept “Murphy's law.” I guess Rumpole the bull@#$% about Murphy running a weak campaign was just that bull@#$%. Now that I am on a roll, why would you (Rump) encourage another run by the imminently unqualified Ms. Gina Mendez. She may a nice person, and she may have run a slick campaign, but what about just saying the truth she is unqualified to sit on the Circuit Court. Remember that is the Court of General Jurisdiction in this great State and it is responsible for claims in controversy involving serious damages and the power to put a person to death or sentence someone to life. Call a Spade a Spade and stop all the$$ sucking its unseemly!! Let us as people who work in the law call for higher standards in our judicial candidates and appointees. I’m OUT!!!!

Anonymous said...

my my this is the most democratic post I have ever seen.

Free speech, Judge (i mean former judge) hernandez can you get the idea of free speech.

you fucked to many litigants over in your six years on the bench. You want to be Fidel Castro go south about 200 miles and you can be him. I hear he may be dead soon so you can be the next dictator or Cuba.

You are a disgrace to all American Cubans. you got what you deserve.

Rumpole said...

Well! I'm glad you cleared that up for all of us. Do you feel better now?

Anonymous said...

laughing so hard. Rump you the man.

Anonymous said...

9:37 has a point. The quality of the judiciary in Miami is abysmal. Why don't we call a spade a spade and admit that the only two judges we have had in Criminal Court in recent times who approximate scholars of the law are Judges Barzee and Emas? The level of legal ignorance displayed by the bench is not only embarrassing, but it undermines the integrity of the entire system.

It's high time we did away the elected judiciary. It's equally high time we did away with the JNC/appointment sham. The judiciary should be professionalized and made into a meritocracy the way it is in much of continental Europe. Politics has no place in the judicial branch of government.

Working Moms Unite said...

leave leifman's JA alone.

if you listened to her 5 minute statement to the school board it was about getting her gifted child into the same school as his sister.

you would have heard her mention her job as a JA in passing as a factor relevant to balancing the time involved in transporting 2 kids to different schools.

she wasnt looking for any "perk" as you call it. nor did she misuse her position as a JA to her benefit.

her job as a sole assistant to an administrative judge is pertinient to her request. she mentioned it once.

now, where can i get some chanel chance perfume spray for my girlfriend?

Anonymous said...

or such enlighted enclaves as Massachusetts or New York.... People seem to be happy with mediocrity so long as the pictures on the ads look good. In reality how much do the voters know when they step in the booth to vote for judge? I for one concur on the Barzee and Emas comment by 10:22. Let us not worry so much about finding judges who stroke us on the heads like lap dogs, but let us focus on quality whether the judge rules for us or not. It is not about the judge laughing at your jokes jokes or backslapping. Maybe we could remember teh little signs above the bench about the search for truth and justice. Or are we just interested in having a nice day at the courthouse and some coffee at the Pickbarrel.

Anonymous said...

Here's the rub: Governor Bush appointed Judge Lindsay; the voters voted in Judges Areces and Adrien. Either way we lose.

AMERICA said...

I agree that politics have no place in judiciary. But in this case we had a corrupt judge and needed him out. The JQC had this not been a election would have taken years to get him off the bench.

The free society and voters of DADE county were able to act and remove this idiot from the bench.

I am personally satisfied that Judge Leifman, Judge Miller and Judge Faber are more than qualified to be on the bench.

The removal of Judge Hernandez proves that the vote does work. If this was not a free society www.operationrestorejustice.com and its creator would have been jailed.

Because this is America Rumpole is allowed to keep his identity secret and promote FREE speech. The wannabe dictators wish Rumpole and McGillis could be jailed. Why they both had there disputes that what free speech is all about.

I think thats why the dictators or radical far right Americans never smile. Have a sense of humor and laugh. Rumpole created a blog which has spoken serious subjects but also some humor at the judiciary and through his popularity and this being a free society I beleive Rumpole has made this county's judiciary a better place.

American FREE speech for all.

Rumpole said...

Lets not get crazy now.

OK. We have made America a better place. Now please click on an ad so we can earn a buck.

Anonymous said...

If a Democrat is ever elected to the White House, Barzee and Emas will wind up on the federal bench, and that will leave us with, oh, lets see, Adrien, Areces, Perez, Thomas, Miller, Zabel, Young, Reyes, both Rodriguezes, and all the other legal geniuses who wear the black robes in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Lucky us.

Anonymous said...

Leifman's JA selling items out of Judge's Chambers to litigants and attorneys is unethical and illegal. I betcha that every lawyer that bought 2 perfumes would get preference when setting hearing dates or getting motions "taken care of" quickly.

Anonymous said...

rumpole please take down that 7:24 post with the link to a video of Judge Leifman's JA, who is a single MOM trying to get her two children in at the same school so she does not have to transport them to two different schools and pick them up at two different schools all why trying to get to a demanding job as a JA .

That is a personal issue talking about her minor children and it is just wrong to keep the link up to that.

Rumpole for all single mom's out there please take down that post.

Anonymous said...

now that so many lawyers made demands for integrity and honesty on the bench, let us do the same.

asa's -- represent the state with integrity.

def attys -- do the same; represent our clients with the same zeal we did our first year.

peace to all

Anonymous said...

The 9:37:55 post must have been written by Cathy Parks who in a previous post claimed she was "imminently qualified." Now, she claims Gina Mendez is "imminently unqualified." The word is eminently, you idiot!

Anonymous said...

Please explain why you think Robin Faber is going to make a good Judge? I know why Hernandez does not but do you really think Faber is any good or were you all just voting against Hernandez? My experience with Faber is that he thinks he is very smart and can actually be quite condescending in court against his opponents. He is a "rub it in your face" type of person. I hope he has grown up and changed a bit from the days he thought he was hell on wheels in Juvenile!

Anonymous said...

sore loser. Faber was rated 86% qualified or exceptionally qualified by his peers, you must of been in the bottom percent.

Anonymous said...

post linking to a video of Judge Leimans, JA, should be taken down.

It is a video of a single mom trying to get her two minor children in the same school and getting to work for a administrative judge and also picking her kids up after school. I do not think personal attacks on JA's is warranted, especially when her minor children are mentioned in the video.

Please take it down.

Anonymous said...

sorry "leifman"

Anonymous said...

i worked with faber in juvi. he is a turd on wheels. for real.