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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

ELECTION CENTRAL 2010 – IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR …….

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE:

There are 20 seats up for election in 2010. So far, 16 Groups have candidates; 4 of those are contested races. There are 4 Incumbents that have yet to file.

Contested Races:

Group 21 (Judy Kreeger retiring):

Miguel de la O
Patricia Kopco

Group 41 (Gerald Hubbart retiring)

Milton Hirsch

Group 45

Peter Adrien (I)
Samantha Ruiz Cohen
Jeffrey Swartz

Group 62 (Paul Siegel retiring)

Robert Kuntz
Juan-Carlos Planas

Incumbents that have yet to file:

Group 10 – Scott Bernstein
Group 12 – Bertila Soto
Group 13 – Norman Gerstein
Group 30 – Rosa Rodriguez


Incumbents (without opposition) that have filed:


John Schlesinger, John Thornton, Scott Silverman, Jennifer Bailey, Barbara Areces, Gill Freeman, William Johnson, William Thomas, Michael Genden, Nunshin Sayfie, Julio Jimenez, George Sarduy


COUNTY COURT JUDGE:

There are 10 seats up for election in 2010. So far, 8 Groups have candidates; 2 of those are contested races. There are 2 Incumbents that have yet to file.

Contested Races:

Group 11

Flora Seff (I)
Michaelle Gonzalez-Paulson

Group 31

Lisa Walsh (I)
Silvia Perez

Incumbents that have yet to file:

Group 5 – Fred Seraphin
Group 35 – Wendell Graham

Incumbents (without opposition) that have filed:

Edward Newman, Judith Rubenstein, Beth Bloom, Carroll Kelly, Amy Karan, Rodney Smith


A reminder that the Governor has six names on his desk to replace former County Court Judge Arzola. Those names are:

Tanya Brinkley
Tamara Gray
Steven Lieberman
Anita Margot Moss
Lourdes Simon
Andrea Ricker Wolfson

Signing off for now, from Election Central ……

CAPTAIN OUT …….

29 comments:

South Florida Lawyers said...

Oy, this means a lot of fundraising events.

Anonymous said...

Gerstein is retiring.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Flora is screwed. How's she been as a judge?

Anonymous said...

Can we donate money to a fund to simply keep Jeffrey Swartz from being a judge again?

Pat Kopko is a decent person and De La Over has an attitude problem.

Anonymous said...

WILLIAM JOHNSON NEEDS TO GO!!!! WILL SOMEONE FINALLY RUN AGAINST THIS SORRY EXCUSE OF A JUDGE????

Anonymous said...

SAY NO TO DE LA O...SAY NO TO DE LA O....SAY NO TO DE LA O.......SAY NO TO DE LA 0.......GO KOPCO!!!!

Anonymous said...

I would not elect sylvia perez to be the dade county dog catcher

Anonymous said...

But when, 9:40? When?

That's the key.

Open for election, or another JNC appointment?

Rothstein to plead guilty said...

De la O will mop the floor against Kopko. All Kopko has to do is speak at events and De la O, wins by a landslide.

He is smart and professional including to his opposition.

BTW: Rothstein will plead guilty:

http://www.miamiherald.com/416/story/1411878.html

Miguel M. de la O said...

To 4:37pm:

My mother passed away unexpectedly a little over a month ago of a heart attack, a fact of which you appear to be aware. You are a coward. Do you plan on making fun of my kids next? Grow up.

Anonymous said...

They hate Johnson in Juv because he finds everyone not guilty. He is actually a nice guy.

De La O, has built of quite a rep for being unkind.

Flora has been a really rotten judge and has no personality. How did she get appointed?

Kopco is no ball of fire but, was a respected prosecutor and has a decent rep in divorce circles.

I agree with the guy at 12: 02, Jeff Swartz was a nightmare as a judge. Remember when he made clients sit in his chambers and listen to classical music as punishment for playing their car stereo too loud? I say, NO JEFF SWARTZ... PLEASE NO JEFF SWARTZ!!!!

Anonymous said...

I THINK DE LA O POSTS ON HERE SAYING HOW WONDERFUL HE IS...BS...KOPCO WINS!!!

Anonymous said...

None of them having anything on Mary Jo Francis

CAPTAIN said...

The Captain Reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday dismissed a case regarding the scope of immunity prosecuting lawyers have in case surrounding wrongfully convicted citizens. The case revolved around a lawsuit in which two men wrongfully convicted of a 1978 murder filed suit against the prosecutors, alleging they had procured false testimony. The parties in the lawsuit recently reached a $12 million settlement. The case potentially opened the door for a ruling on to what extent can prosecutors be held responsible for violating the constitutional rights of defendants.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/
Justice/2010/0104/Supreme-
Court-drops-key-case-on-
limits-of-immunity-for-
prosecutors

Cap Out ....

Anonymous said...

any latin female with more then 5 years as a lawyer would beat milt... and btw he will not be a good judge. he is short and has a huge ego. not sure why about the ego considering he is going broke in the private sector.

Rumpole said...

I removed the 4:37 comment because I certainly was not aware of that. I am sorry and I hope the comment did not cause you too much pain. Only a jerk would write something like that designed to cause you grief.

Anonymous said...

hawk hubbart aka "the greek" will never retire. long live the hawk.

Fake Alex Michaels said...

Stop da bullsheeeeeeet. I vill be running for JUDGE!

Anonymous said...

Judge Francis is no where nearly as nice as she appears. Faber is worse because he is so insecure and unsure of himself. Liefman and Pooler for jail division. Francis for social worker and Faber for village idiot.

Anonymous said...

Miguel De la O, would make a fine Judge.

He was always professional and always had a calm demeanor when he was my opposition. In litigation.

A Judge has to be able to take on difficult task and remain judicially calm.

In addition he is smart and knows the law and will be able to make sound legal rulings from the bench.

He also surrounds himself with some of the best jurist on the bench and that says something about his character.

You can learn more about Mr. De la O, on his Campaign site at:

http://delaoforjudge.com/

On a personal note I am so sorry for the loss you have suffered Mr. De la O, I know that when you are sworn in as Judge she will be there in spirt.

Loyal reader said...

This blog is so full of hypocrisy. You guys constantly bitch that jnc applicants are just looking for a raise because they can't make it in the private sector. You bitch that some of the new judges have no trial experience. Here comes Milt Hirsch and Miguel De la O, two guys taking huge pay cuts, successful private careers and loads of trial experience, and you anonymous yahoos begin engaging in petty juvenile name calling. Tear these guys down, and you'll get the judges you deserve. Sure Milt has an ego, but he's earned it and is a good guy. Talk to him and see for yourself. Have you ever spoken to Miguel? Completely down to earth, approachable guy, with no ego. We could do a lot worse (Planas, Adrien, Swartz), and won't find many better.

South Florida Lawyers said...

I agree with 11:28 on Miguel and am so sorry about his loss.

He is smart, knowledgeable, fair, and will make a tremendous judge.

Sentinel said...

I underwent many show-downs in front of Johnson, and on legal issues I think he applied the rule of lenity beyond its fair bounds, though I usually felt he at least gave the appearance of listening to the State's arguments before making up his mind. I agree with another commentator that Johnson too often found juveniles not-guilty, although I would have too if I so frequently fell asleep during the hearing and missed substantial evidence. It is not that he is unkind; he is nothing if not a gentle soul. However, if trials or other factual hearings bore you, then perhaps he should resign and hope for elevation to the 3DCA.

Anonymous said...

WILLIAM JOHNSON MUST GO..WHY HAS NO ONE RUN AGAINST HIM? PEOPLE RUN AGAINST GREAT JUDGES BECAUSE OF THEIR NAME....HOW ABOUT RUNNING AGAINST SOMEONE WHO IS REALLY IN NEED OF A NEW JOB???

Anonymous said...

who will run against Rodney Smith? Dont forget him out in Hialeah....he did not deserve a judgeship! Who is running? Youll get many campaign contributions....

Anonymous said...

Agree with the Johnson comments. You will not find a nicer guy. But not the sharpest legal mind. But he is pretty harmless over in juvenile, unless you are an ASA over there, in which case get ready for a few Not Guilty verdicts on your "slam dunk" cases. PDs love him over there.

Anonymous said...

who will file to run against johnson?

Anonymous said...

11:17 is correct: Long live "The Hawk." Gerald "Hawk" Hubbart will indeed be a loss to the bench when he retires.....This statutory senility law has caused some of the best and brightest to leave. He will be one. Others leave only because of DROP....or the idea they will make beaucoup bucks in private practice. Others are born with the termperament, intellect and decency to be judges. Hawk, hope you sit senior! There are few like you anymore. OLD TIMER

Anonymous said...

5:51 - You don't know what you are talking about. You obviously weren't there. I was. I was a prosecutor on the Beach when Swartz was there.

He never MADE anyone listen. In return for going back and spending 2 hours listening to opera, the defendant got a dismissal. You all complain that judges don't find ways of helping defendants out. Swartz did and you rail on him for it.

I suppose it would have been better for the defendants to take PTI and spend several weekends taking a values course and pay for it to bbot. Or better yet carry a withhold with costs.

Every one of those defendants was always given the choice to go to trial. Not one did. Not one got less than a dismissal. The cops were happy, the defendants were happy, the residents of M.B. were happy and so was I.