We shall endeavor to sift fact from fiction, truth from rumor, all the while remembering that this is Broward, so anything can and probably will happen.
Rumour: The Florida Supreme Court has appointed Jimmy Carter as election monitor.
Rumpole says: NOT TRUE. A spokesman for the former President said that because there was not any affordable parking near the courthouse, the former President would regrettably be unable to attend.
Rumour: Each judge will enter a Survivor type voting area where they will hold up their choice and explain their vote for the TV camera.
Rumpole says: POSSIBLE. Judge Ross has declared the courtroom where the votes will take place off limits to the public. "Openness has no place in our democracy" Ross was quoted as saying. Since the voting is secret there is no way to know just exactly what those 88 robe wearin, party type people will be doing.
Whatever the result, we will endeavor to report it as quickly and as fairly as possible ( as soon as we regain our composure and stop laughing.)
JUDGE FEDERICO MORENO IS NEW CHIEF JUDGE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA.
As surprising as it seems, the Feds were able to appoint a new chief judge for a term specific seven years without any controversy. Judge Moreno, who got his judicial start in our own County Courts of the REGJB, is the new chief of the Federal Judges for the Southern District of Florida. Before that Judge Moreno was in private practice, and before that he was a member of the Federal Public Defenders Office.
Longtime and careful readers of the blog may remember that while in County Court, Judge Moreno was forced to issue a bench warrant for one of the Miami Dolphins who did not appear in court. The warrant was issued with this admonition: "Do not arrest on Sunday." (We vaguely remember the Dolphin in question was one of the wide receivers- Clayton or Duper, if we recall. Any one else remember who it was?)
With this kind of wit and wisdom, we think Judge Moreno will do a fine job and the Southern District of Florida is in good and capable hands. We wish him well.