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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

TRAFFICKING UNCONSTITUTIONAL! (but still not legal).

There was some chatter in Tallahassee this past week about upping to ten years as a member of the Florida Bar (from five years) the minimum requirement to be a Judge. If they make it retro-active, the REGJB could empty out quickly. Add a requirement of say ten jury trials and ten appeals and the hallways would be downright lonely.


BROWARD JUDGE DOES THE RIGHT THING!!! (file this under man bites dog.)
DRUG TRAFFICKING LAW HELD TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

As per the JAA Broward blog, Judge Carlos Rodriguez has held 893.135(1)(b) UNCONSTITUTIONAL! We done old chap. The order is here. Use it. File motions, spread the word, fight the power.

The rest of the week: Milton Hirsch's coronation investiture is this Friday at the Civil Courthouse. Like the Super Bowl, tickets are at a premium. Word is that if some people cannot be seated ala Dallas this past Sunday, they will get seats in the jury box in the Judge's courtroom for the rest of the month. Wow! What a deal.

Kudos to Judge Ruiz-Cohen for a classy event last week. We expected nothing less.

See You In Court.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone know the name of the attorney who represented the client in the order granting the MTD?

Anonymous said...

Rompole, What a concept...that judges we appear before have at legal 10 years legal experience, have tried jury trials and have appellate experience. Who knows the next thing we'll ask is that they be impartial, respectful, civil, decisive, intelligent and easy going. Check out Senate Bill 140 which attempts to ammend the Fla. Constitution to increase the experience to 10 years and the retirement age to 75.

Anonymous said...

There is also a bill pending to allow defeated judges to work as retired judges. (With conditions) WRITE TO THE SENATORS and tell them no. Just when we get rid of Flora Seff, Peter Adrien and others, we don't need them back.

Anonymous said...

A requirement of 10 years to be a county court judge is a joke! Perhaps to be a circuit court judge that makes sense. In any event, this is just another example of the good ol boys and girls trying to protect their turf. This all started post Ian Richards winning in Broward as a young unknown and Post Michaelle whatever her hypenated name is winning in Miami.

Anonymous said...

Information obtained from the 11th Judicial Circuit website on Judges who had “biographies” available and had less than 10 years of practice:

Former Chief Judge Joseph Farina
Admitted in 1970
Judge in 1979

Beth Bloom
Admitted in 1988
Judge in 1995

Bronwyn Miller
Admitted in 1997
Judge in 2005

Sarah Zabel
Admitted in 1993
Judge in 2003

Caryn Schwartz
Admitted in 1985
Judge in 1993

Gisela Cardone
Admitted in 1976
Judge in 1982

Israel Reyes
Admitted in 1995
Judge in 2002

Bertila Soto
Admitted in 1989
Judge in 1997

Ellen Sue Venzer
Admitted in 1987
Judge in 1995

Cristina Miranda
Admitted in 1997
Judge in 2006

Steve Leifman
Admitted in 1987
Judge in 1995

Jeri Beth Coehn
JD in 1985
Judge in 1992

Maria Korvick
Admitted in 1973
Judge in 1979

Samuel Slom
Admitted in 1987
Judge in 1996

Carroll Kelley
Admitted in 1989
Judge in 1998

Victoria Del Pino
Admitted in 2000
Judge in 2006

Anonymous said...

Rumpole .... JNC INTERVIEWS yesterday and today. Tonight we will have our new list of potential judges ... 2 circuit and 1 county. My opinion:
- LISA WALSH
- MICHAEL HANZMAN (circuit)
and
- RICK FREEDMAN OR DAWN DENARO (county)

Any bets? Thoughts? This is to replace judges Emas and Piniero.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Real qualifications. A shocker! How about term limits while they are at it.

Anonymous said...

to 2/9/11 @ 1:33 pm,

Robert Trachman is the excellent attorney

Anonymous said...

Jury is breaking me.

Joseph Gurian said...

Great job by Judge Rodriguez!

Anonymous said...

OMG, Christina Miranda gives me Norwegian wood.

Anonymous said...

Don't get too excited, that order is coming back. You'll see.

Anonymous said...

I represented Mr. Green in this case, and filed the Motion to Suppress, the Motion to Strike State's Motion in Limine and the Motion to Dismiss. I don't recall Bob Trachman helping me with this case.

W. Dale Miller, Esq. said...

I represented Richard Green and filed the Motion to Dismiss. Judge Rodriguez wrote the order and deserves any and all accolades for the content thereof.

W. Dale Miller, Esq. said...

The State Attorney filed a notice of appeal on 2/7/11.