Wednesday, August 27, 2008

AFTERMATH

Congratulations to our new Judges, and congratulations to Judges Bernie Shapiro Jerri-Beth Cohen and Norma Lindsey in retaining their seats. We are especially pleased for Bernie Shapiro because he is a well respected Judge who did not deserve opposition. His re-election puts to rest at least a little bit, the recent conventional wisdom that any Hispanic Female attorney could beat any sitting Judge. 

Call us cock-eyed optimists, but we strongly believe that any election should be based on the best and brightest among us, and not on race, religion or color. 

By all account Judge Douglas Chumbley (who was defeated yesterday) was a good judge for the short time he served. But his defeat while sad for him and possibly not warranted, is not nearly egregious as the defeat of Bernie Shapiro would have been. 

Speaking of egregious elections based on race, have you seen the incumbent bloodbath North Of the Border? 

Broward is Dade 30 years ago, where is appears that no Hispanic lawyer, no matter how qualified,  has any chance on the ballot. The highest bar-poll rated Judge in Broward- County Court Judge Julio Gonzalez Jr., was trounced. While Circuit Court Judge Pedro Dijolis remains in 3rd place 171 votes out of the run-off between the top two candidates. A recount is in progress. Of all the Judges that could have been bounced out North of Border they pick on Pedro Dijolis and Julio Gonzalez?  Hmm. What do they have in common?

When was the last time you remember that a sitting Circuit Court Judge could not even make the top two in a multi-candidate election?  Broward is and remains some piece of work. Qualified and highly qualified Judges can't even retain their seats based on nothing more than the color of their skin and the nature of their last names. 

Broward. The name just makes us ill. You can have it. We'll take Hialeah branch court any day of the week.  

See You In Court.



27 comments:

Anonymous said...

well said what a shame in broward!

Anonymous said...

Jeri Beth Cohen -- I'd rather hang myself than appear before her.

Anonymous said...

Over 90,000 people voted in Palm Beach County. Judge Wennet won his race by a mere 18 votes.

Anonymous said...

Pedro was the total flaming jerk who prosecuted 2 live crew for obescenity in the words of a song. Maybe the voters got it right.

Anonymous said...

10:09...Suggestion: Go practice in Broward County. Or hang yourself and put us out of your misery.

Anonymous said...

"Qualified and highly qualified Judges can't even retain their seats based on nothing more than the color of their skin and the nature of their last names"

And that's the way it should be!

Anonymous said...

I heard that Dijols could be tough, but that compared to what could come, he was way better and many times, had it right. I voted for him and can't believe it. What a shame.

Anonymous said...

Judge Wennett didnt win yet, THeres 180 provisional ballots beign counted. I hope he loses. He's terrible

Anonymous said...

10:09: go for it!

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS

45 years ago today, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

Tonight, before more than 70,000 people in a Denver football stadium, a black man will accept the nomination of the Democratic party for President of the United States.

Have we come a long way? Should it have taken that long? Your thoughts?

CAPTAIN OUT .....

Anonymous said...

I tend to agree with your analysis of the Broward ethnic situation, but it also counts that all 3 defeated incumbents were Bush appointees in a heavily-democratic county, 2 of the 3 were haughty ASAs in robes, and 1 of the 3 was defeated by a man of color.

Anonymous said...

11:36, 9:01, how are you Jeri!

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Governor Crist Names Charles Canady to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today named Charles T. Canady to the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Canady, 54, is Governor Crist’s first appointment to the seven-member high court. Judge Canady will fill the vacancy left by Justice Raoul G. Cantero III, who has served on the Florida Supreme Court since 2002.

“I consider this to be one of the most important decisions I will make as Governor, because the Supreme Court justices make precedent-setting decisions that affect the lives of all Floridians for generations to come,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “I am confident Judge Canady will rule from our state’s highest bench with wisdom, fairness and humility. He has shown throughout his career the courage to make rulings that are fair and just.”

Judge Canady has since 2002 served on the Second District Court of Appeals. A Lakeland native, Canady graduated from Yale Law School in 1979 and went on to a career in public and private practice, working for law firms including Holland & Knight and Greenberg Traurig. Judge Canady served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990. Canady was then elected in 1992 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented his home district of Lakeland until 2000.

“It is an honor to be appointed to such an important post,” said Judge Canady, who was in Tallahassee today with his wife and two children. “I am grateful to have the confidence and support of Governor Crist, and I will work to uphold the Florida Constitution and our justice system.”

“Judge Canady’s breadth of legal experience makes him an ideal choice for this post,” said Governor Crist. “I am confident he will have the courage to make decisions that uphold our Constitution and the justice that every Floridian deserves.”

Following his tenure in Washington, Judge Canady served as General Counsel to Governor Bush from 2000 to 2002. From January 2001 to November 2002, he served as General Counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor. Judge Canady also served in the Florida House from 1984 to 1990 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to January 2001.

“The Governor has again shown his commitment to the legal community in appointing Judge Canady,” said Marlene Quintana, President of the Cuban American Bar Association. “Like Justice Cantero, Judge Canady is an intellectual jurist with unquestioned integrity. Judge Canady is a longtime public servant and will surely add his wisdom and years of experience to the Court. We congratulate him and look forward to his many years of service of service to the people of Florida.”

“Governor Crist has made a wise decision,” said Howard Coker, Past President of the Florida Bar and Past President of the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers. “Judge Canady is imminently qualified to serve. Having personally reviewed Judge Canady’s decisions on the Second District Court of Appeal, I can say that he has set a high standard of fairness, humility and respect for the law. His proven track record of leaving politics and personal ideology out of his judicial decisions demonstrates the level of professional integrity he will bring to the bench. He will be a great asset to the Court.”

Anonymous said...

Bernard Shapiro received opposition because he forgot what it was like to "not be a Judge". The way he carried himself as a judicial candidate is sad and disappointing, to say the least. Hopefully he will use this next term to have a positive influence on the the residents of Miami who appear before him.

We can hope!!!

Anonymous said...

Emas is a real smart guy but, he has a super agressive temper and maybe that killed his chances.

Boy can he be an advocate from the bench when someone pushes his buttons.

Anonymous said...

You have got to love Marlene Quintan's CABA BS. We lose the first Cuban American Justice, and we praise the Governor who could have appointed Jorge Labarga, for the 15th Circuit.

Marlene how can you say that:

“The Governor has again shown his commitment to the legal community in appointing Judge Canady,” said Marlene Quintana, President of the Cuban American Bar Association. “Like Justice Cantero, Judge Canady is an intellectual jurist with unquestioned integrity. Judge Canady is a longtime public servant and will surely add his wisdom and years of experience to the Court. We congratulate him and look forward to his many years of service of service to the people of Florida.”

Is this a joke, do you and the others owe so much to the establishment. Here is Jorge Labarga's resume:
B.A.(1976) and J.D.(1979) from the University of Florida.
1979-1982 Assistant Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit.
1982-1987 Assistant State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit.
1987-1992 Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Roth & Romano, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Partner.
1992-1996 Roth, Duncan & Labarga, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Partner.
1996-present: Circuit Court Judge. Appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1996.
Martindale-Hubbell Rating while practicing law: "AV"
Previously assigned to the Family Division (1996 - 1998).
Previously assigned to the Circuit Civil Division (1998 - 2004).
Administrative Judge of the Civil Division (2001-2004).
Assigned to Circuit Court Criminal Division of the 15th Judicial Circuit in 2004.

Look at how Broward responded to the Hispanic, and how Hispanic cannot get elected in Broward. The Governor has a chnace to make an appointment, to replace the first and only Hispanic in the Supreme Court and he bypasses a qualified Hispanic, please Marlens, and the gang, wake up and smell the coffee!

They use you as window dressing!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the Review for its elections coverage this year. Noticably beefed up. election night coverage. A big section "voters guide" on all the candidates. And they were writing about the Broward problems months ago. They had a good story today, too, on the Broward tragedy. And Broward is allegedly a liberal county. Too bad voters there are bigots.

Anonymous said...

jeri beth is going to be even more arrogant, even more rude, and even more devoid of judicial demeanor.

it makes me all randy.

i love when she humiliates me.

team-miguel-for-the-princess said...

6:37
"jeri beth is going to be even more arrogant, even more rude, and even more devoid of judicial demeanor."

-You took the words right out of my mouth.

Anonymous said...

3:37
Perhaps the other guy was more qualified??
Just becuase the guy who quit was Hispanic doesn't mean that you have to replace him with a Hispanic.
have you ever heard of reverse discrimination?
So much for all this Martin luther discussion.
when are people going to stop caring whether someone was born here or wherever and what language they speak?
what difference does that make?

Anonymous said...

jeri beth's re-election antics and attitude on the bench reminds me of a great line from A Few Good Men by the one and only Jack Nicholson...if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about (Guantanamo Bay Cuba)

Anonymous said...

What a shamefor our citizens that are not wealthy, here comes Judge Cohen and her disgusting antics!!!!Would hate be be in anyone's position that has to come before her especially if they are Hispanic(oh no I forgot) there is no racism in this perfect society we have here in Miami Dade. 10 to 1 she rules for the City since she doesn't need the votes of citiens, she can buy those!

Anonymous said...

Hey 3:37: Indeed he is more "politically qualified" you obviously were out when he served with Charlie in the Florida Legislature, or when he was part of the Newt Genrich corwd. So, Yes he is more "politically" qulified, so when you speak of "Qualified" speak of the proper qualifications. And Yes, if we were talking about Gisela Cardonne vs Canady, I would agree, Canady is more judicially qualified, but as between him and Labaraga, no. Labarga is a-political and a good jurist. So when you speak, know the history.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole! How do you manage to talk out of both sides of your mouth?

Incredible.

Anonymous said...

Okay 11:45 and 2:33 are the same person and most probably JB's opponent Denise "Whatever-her-name-is-today".

I grow weary of your "antics" and those who complain but do nothing. You wanted elections and you got them. You wanted your judges to be politicians, but when they act like one you rant and rave and indict them.

Grow up. You want something different then start a movement. Work to establish merit retention.

Besides whether you like her or not JB was far more qualified than you or, if not you, her opposition.

My money says she rules for Braman, because that is what the law requires and say what you will, JB will follow the law.

Anonymous said...

All this goes to show you that the folks to the North Broward County fot it right. Don't come here crying about what they did in Broward by ousting Hispanics from the bench, the establshment and majority population spoke and reminded folks that the "Anglos" ran Broward, kudos!! As for Miami the majority of the voter are Hispanic, but they sell themsleves to the Americans, starting with CABA and them!!! We ought to learn from Broward, there is no reason why our judiciary needed to to have a anti-Cuban on the bench.

Anonymous said...

Chumbley got what he desered - being booted from the bench. He was a lousy judge, who is being replaced by a caring, honest, person who is not self-serving like her predecessor.