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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON

More on the Richard Feder ruling on the Broward fiasco.  The title links to the Herald Article. 

To summarize, Judge Feder came out of retirement and  granted Judge Dijols's motion to  throw Candidate Mardi Levey (legal term: "chuck-off") off the Broward Ballot for the upcoming run-off election. Dijols finished third by 1 & 3/4 of a vote (It's a Broward thing) to Levey, who used her married name "Cohen" for her professional life, but ran under "Levey" because she didn't want to use the advantage of her Husband's last name.  Her husband happens to be a Judge in Broward.  

It's like All-In-The Family, and - Feder just called Levy a meathead. 

The best part of the hearing was that Levey managed to testify with a straight face on the issue of not wanting to use her husband's name  as an advantage in the election. We have several clients who could learn a lot about testifying from her.  Levey apparently forgot that she ran for Judge and lost under the name "Cohen"  while "Jill Levy" has recently won a judicial election. Of course we believe Levey. Who wouldn't? 
Well, Judge Feder for one. 

Also not to be missed was the argument by the candidate who finished in first place: Bernie Bober. "Hey, I finished first. These two can't work it out. Let's just call the whole thing off and award me a 650K  plus judicial post for the next 6 years. " 

Bober wins the coveted Rumpole Chutzpah award.  (That's yiddish for "cojones")

Meanwhile the Broward Department of Elections ("Hispanic candidates need not apply") stated that they were going to have trouble complying with the Judge's order. First of all, people in Broward would rather eat sludge than have a Dade Judge tell them what to do. Secondly, apparently the Department decided prior to the election that Dijols would not make a run-off and printed up ballots with Levey and Bober.  The Department said it would be nearly impossible "to turn this horse around" (that's the quote on the Broward Blog from an attorney who was present at the hearing). 

Feder apparently told The Department Of Elections what he thought of them, AND THE HORSE THEY RODE IN ON. (sometimes we even crack ourselves up.)

Oh to have been a fly on the wall during this hearing!!!!!!

KILLERS CAN APPLY:

Meanwhile just to prove that Broward doesn't have all the fun, we have this gem from Dade Federal Court: 

A killer. A thug. A person of such low character that he stands accused of murdering a captain and his wife and two crew members. His name is Guillermo Zarabozo, and while he may be a killer, he's just the type of guy the Miami Dade Police Department is looking to hire. 

The Herald reports that 4 days before killing four people, Zarabozo got a letter stating "Congratulations!!! You've passed the basic ability test!!!!" The letter then invited him to take the next step in becoming a police officer.  

Yeah, he had ability all right. Nice call Miami-Dade. 

As we are often reduced to musing "you just can't make this stuff up." 
 And you can't.

 But don't you sort of hope that the people who want to be a Judge have the character to do what's right and not what's necessary to win?

We have tried to live our life by the simple motto that "character is what you do when no one is looking." 

This business of changing names to win judicial elections is demeaning to the judiciary. And it's not like Broward needed any help in bringing down the reputation of their judiciary. The unspoken problem behind all of this is that Judge Dijols did not merit one challenger much less two. It's clear to us that these two opportunists ran against him because of his name and for no other reason.  It speaks very little about their character. And everybody is watching. 

See you in court. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Feder: "It's Shumie time for Levy."

Anonymous said...

This business of changing names to win a judicial election IS demeaning and congratulation to your blog and to El Capitan.

The Captain was the first one with the courage to blast candidate Denise "Martinez" Scanziani for changing her name when she filed to run against Hendon and then Shapiro.

Scanziani did the same thing as Mardi Levey Cohen, only worse.

Anonymous said...

rumpole - i am a well off civil lawyer and i had asked you for your advice on whether you thought the bentley gt or the bentley convertible was the way to go.

in light of the wall street massacre, i am not going to buy it. why did you not warn your blog readers to go to cash as soon as the housing, derivative, fannie mae debacle was in its infancy. we depend upon you.

please let us know if it is a time to start buying or stay in cash...

The Devil's Advocate said...

The hostile, childish level to which judicial races deteriorated in South Florida this past election cycle, is just another indication of the mean, rude, un-courteous environment in which we reside. It is pathetic and sad - and yet just another fact of day-to-day life in the Sunshine Capital of the World (a/k/a the Sun-and-Fun Capital of the World) NOT ! As one small example of stupid, unnecessary, ugly behavior, judicial campaign signs would be put up, and then shortly thereafter mysteriously would be found on the ground or missing altogether. The nature and the scope of the childish and hateful behavior was astonishing.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how relevant it is for the older attorney, but to us youngins, Professor Charles Whitebread of BAR/BRI and The University of Southern California passed away on Tuesday. He lectured on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and was an absolute pleasure to listen to compared to some of the boring, droning, monotone gas bags that BAR/BRI otherwise employed. Sad day for future bar applicants, Hopefully they'll keep some of his lectures and use them as long as they are still relvant to the law

RIP

cheap-hairpiece-lovers-for-the-princess said...

11:05, Is the Elmer's glue holding your cheap hairpiece in place?

Anonymous said...

Rump - shouldn't your red subhead read: ALLEGED Killers Can Apply"? He did pass a lie detector whatever...

Anonymous said...

Bernie is a great guy and oh, FYI, he just happens to be Hispanic. You do realize that having your name end in 'EZ' is not a prerequisite. You really should know something about a candidate before you start smearing him.