The vote for Chief Judge ended in a run-off:
Memo From Chris Stotz/17th Circuit Public Information Officer:
"In an orderly and credible special election for chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, monitored by all three chief judge candidates as well as Judge Peter Weinstein, a majority was not reached.
A run-off election will take place between Judge Thomas M. Lynch, IV and Judge Victor Tobin on July 17, 2007 at 8:30 am, with the same election procedures as today.
ELECTION RESULTS - July 3, 2007
JUDGE # of VOTES
Judge Backman 22
Judge Lynch 33
Judge Tobin 30
Judge S. Kaplan 1 (write in)
Got to love a court system that is so under fire and scrutiny that their information officer brags that the collection of Judges acted orderly and the election was credible.
The Broward blog is full of great links today, including (we are not making this up) comments by soon to be former Chief Judge Dale Ross that he "regrets resigning" as chief Judge.
Guess those long days looming in Probate don't look so promising.
Judge "NHI" Greene has been cleared by the JQC. Apparently a Judge is not required to believe all litigants are "Human" in order to remain a Judge.
To his credit, Judge Greene did tell the JQC he was embarrassed being associated with a term that some thought might have racist overtones.
Rumpole says: He should be embarrassed. If Judge Greene was indeed innocent, he might be more sensitive in the future to people coming to court saying they have been accused of something they didn't do.
SATZ SEEKS INVESTIGATION OF JUDGE ZACK
The Broward Blog also has links to the Sun Sentinel articles on Broward's Judicial Hall of Shame, the election for chief Judge, and the news, which broke last night, that The Broward State Attorneys Office has formally requested that the Governor appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate whether Judge Zack broke any laws in accepting a loan from an attorney who practiced in his court.
Yes, weeks after Channel 7 broke the story on Zack accepting money, the Broward State Attorneys office swung into action and requested an investigation. In other news Broward State Attorney Mike Satz issued a news release applauding the election of Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford.
Finally, there is also a nice comment by attorney Norm Kent on the Broward Blog about doing the right thing. Word is no Judge in Broward has read the article.
And not to leave my favourite federal blogger out of the props, he continues his great coverage of the Padilla trial by informing us today that when the jury arrived for court
row one was dressed in red
row two was dressed in white
row three was dressed in blue.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY.