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Friday, January 12, 2007

"CODE BLUE" - NEW JUDGES BACK IN TOWN

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

As many of you know, in November, we elected several new judges to the County and Circuit Court bench. New faces you may see hiding behind those black (and sometimes) blue robes include: Judges Patricia Marino-Pedraza, Robin Faber, Victoria del Pino, Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer, Don Cohn, Jose Fernandez, Valerie Manno Schurr, Antonio Marin and Marisa Tinkler Mendez.

All this week, they, along with 110 other newly elected and appointed judges, went to Orlando for Florida's Judicial College. The faculty of sitting and retired judges included Judges Stanford Blake, Kevin Emas and Sam Slom, among others from Miami-Dade County. During the week of schooling, the new judges were reminded of others who donned the robes who got caught in compromising situations, such as DUI arrests, romantic relationships, pornographic emails, and the recent removal of Judge Sloop from the bench for ordering 11 people jailed for mistakenly going to the wrong courtroom; (they had been directed by court personnel to the wrong courtroom).

Also, during the week, each new judge presided over a mock trial where a host of scenarios was thrown at them to see how they would rule and react. In one mock trial, presided over by one of the new female judges from Miami, (I'll let you guess which one), the case was about a lying, cheating husband who had been stabbed by his wife. During the trial, the attorneys asked to go sidebar, and while they were there, the defendant grabbed the knife and snuck it back to the defense table before the judge noticed. They also threw a few more curve balls at her honor, including a sleeping juror, a gum chewing defendant and a name calling lawyer, not to mention the knife incident.

After the mock trial was over, one of the teachers reminded the new jurist that she must make herself aware of everything that happens in the courtroom, not just the legal arguments.

The BLOG looks forward to critiquing the new judges as they begin presiding over calendars, hearings and trials here in Miami and hopes that the judges remember that most of the attorneys practicing in the REGJB are hard working, dedicated barristers just trying to do their best for their clients while at the same time attempting to manage a law practice and keep their heads above water.

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

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to say that they were also taught how to screw us and:

How to avoid ruling to avoid error.
How to make a case appeal proof.
How to make the lawyers look bad and judge look good.
How to stay out of trouble but, be re-elected.
How to push us around.
How to get out of the office by noon almost every day.
How to have your JA's machine answer the phone most of the time to avoid work.
How to create rules that make all kinds of work for us just so they can be controlling and assholes.....

Rumpole said...

Here's how I envision Judge Camp:

Teaching Judge: No- hold the gavel more at the base-it gives you more leverage

New Judge: "Like this?"

teaching Judge: "Exactly. Very good. B+ in Gavel. OK. Now repeat after me. Motion denied. Motion denied. No...you in the back row-- keep your voice even...not too much inflection. Motion Denied. See how the tone stays the same through all syllabals? Better...Better...

Just How I see it.

Anonymous said...

captain
you are not funny.

the trialmaster said...

blake, slom and emas all gators/ this is truly the year of the gator/ it is not a coincindence that these distinguished judges all have UF education/ the trialmaster

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

to 9:20:

then watch Jay Leno

Anonymous said...

he is not funny either.

Anonymous said...

And will this course make them smart?

Check with brother Fredo for the right answer.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to today's Judicial college class topic: FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND VOICE INTONATION. This is particularly important when you don't know how to rule, the law, and especially if you have been transferred from an area you know to one you do not. For example: a defense attorney uses the term Bruton, Miranda, or Williams Rule and you were a civil attorney before becoming judge and do not know what those terms mean. Do not say- What is Miranda? do you ; counselor did you file a motion, can I have a copy of any case law you have in support of your position. By all means wait until back in chambers before cursing the lawyer and throwing a book against the wall. I will now accept nominations for judges who need a refresher course, CLE, at the college. I nominate Jacqueline Hogan Scola for the seminar on anger management.

fake brummer said...

Can I be a guest speaker on the subject of APC?

Anonymous said...

CODE BROWN; named after the entry of Roy Black into the building because every case he is there on is BIG TIME serious. another example of why he was and still is DA MAN.

Anonymous said...

HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST POSTER IS FAKE BRUMMER WITH THE PICTURE BECAUSE OF THE ANSWERS ON HIS BLOG WEB SITE. THAT'S WHAT I CALL FUNNY.

Anonymous said...

To 10:47:45 PM

you are REALLY smart! everyone wishes they were you. You are the best. You knoww everything

Anonymous said...

How do you add a picture when you post?

Anonymous said...

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-judgecollege1207jan12,0,6644733.story

Anonymous said...

Rump: I'm surprised at your response posted last night at 9:07pm. You noted some faculty from Miami were well-regarded judges like Blake, Emas and Slom (yes,all Gators). You also probably know that other faculty from Miami include: Judges Platzer, B. Scola, Kelly, Barzee, Tunis, Leesfield, Baily, Freeman, etc. Do you really envision any of them, whom you have spoken about in positive ways, telling a judge how to use a gavel. That was a ridiculous post by the "real" Rump we've come to know.

Anonymous said...

um, i believe the gavel comment was a joke. certainly made me chuckle.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, new judges.

They rule in favor of the State 99.9999% of the time until they realize cops lie.

I wish they could all go away for two years and come back with experience.

Anonymous said...

Think about this, if Bennett H. Brummer is willing to screw his client to stay re-elected, what stops a Judge from doing the same to your client who you know is innocent, but Fernandez-Rundle wants to use as the center piece of her next campaign? Judge school is a secret camp where they talk on ways to stay elected and such. Term limits are needed for Judges. As well, what about Brummer? Slime ball of all PDs in the US. Sucks to be him or on his staff.

Rumpole said...

Maybe Judge's camp is run by the "Tri-Lateral Comission" (uhho-70's flashback!!!) and they are secretly ploting to take over the world with the uN and the Masons.

Anonymous said...

to jan. 13, 8am. Sorry Judge Glick, or is it Blake, or is it Piniero, or maybe Hague. To all Judges: they give you a black robe because most of you live in the darkness.

Anonymous said...

what is it with all the BHB bashing! get over it already and leave the guy alone. If ya dont like the guy run against him or is it that you are a bigger ass!!

Stop bashing BHB or at least be woman enoough and post you name!

Rumpole you should down some laxitives and get over your self!

Anonymous said...

Same thing. Brummer stinks. The more you defend him, the worse it will get. That is a promise sunshine.

Anonymous said...

TO ANONYMOUS 8:48; 12:03 RUMPOLE 9:07;

WELL SAID

VERY WELL SAID

Anonymous said...

HAS ANYONE EVER (I MEAN EVER) SEEN A JUSGE ACTUALLY HOLD A COP IN CONTEMPT OF COURT?

I HAVE SEEN DEFENSE ATTORNEYS HELD IN CONTEMPT.

Anonymous said...

I seen Judge Rosinek hold cops, hearing officers and other in contempt. I seen him do other things too, but you are not asking about that. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, you idiot. Learn how to speak.

"I seen the Law and the Law won...!

Anonymous said...

All the newly elected judges, with a few notable exceptions (and most definitely all the re-elected ones) have already violated most of the Canons.