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Monday, June 13, 2011

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

2012 ELECTION UPDATE .....

The following non-incumbent candidates have filed to run for Judge:

CIRCUIT COURT

Group 15 - Maria Elena Verde ....The seat is currently held by Judge Lester Langer.

Group 42 - Miguel de la O .....The seat is currently held by Judge Lawrence Schwartz

Group 47 - Maria de Jesus Santovenia ..... The seat is currently held by Judge Arthur Rothenberg

Group 49 - Richard Hersch ..... The seat is currently held by Judge Mark King Leban

COUNTY COURT

Group 27 - Ivonne Cuesta ..... The seat is currently held by Judge Sheldon Schwartz

All of the incumbent Judges are retiring.

Also expected to file in County Court Group 28 is Jacqueline "Jackie" Woodward. Judge Catherine "Katie" Pooler is retiring.


IN OTHER NEWS .....

So, you want to be a 3rd DCA Judge .....

The following candidates will be interviewed for the open seat as the result of Judge David Gersten's retirement. 15 have applied including three Circuit Court Judges, three County Court Judges, and one Judge of the Compensation Claims Court (Pecko):

Judge Jennifer D. Bailey
Bambi G. Blum, Esq.
Jonathan D. Colan, Esq.
Gail Ash Dotson, Esq.
Judge Ivan F. Fernandez
Michael H. Galex, Esq.
Esther E. Galicia, Esq.
Ivy R. Ginsburg, Esq.
Judge Norma S. Lindsey
Thomas W. Logue, Esq.
Judge Maria D. Ortiz
Judge Kathryn S. Pecko
Judge Gladys Perez
Judge Jose M. Rodriguez
Edwin A. Scales, III, Esq.


If you want to provide comments to the JNC, please direct them to Jeffrey Bass, Esq. (Chair), Shubin & Bass at jbass@shubinbass.com .

So, you want to be the Regional Counsel for the 3rd District OCCCRC .....

As I reported two weeks back, the Supreme Court JNC had their first round of interviews for this four year appointment and only one name is being considered so far: Joseph P. George, Jr. The JNC has decided to re-open the process, accept more applicants, and conduct more interviews. They would like to send three names to Governor Scott for his consideration.

If you are interested, you have until July 15, 2011 to get your application submitted to the SCJNC Chair, Martin Lee Garcia. Go to the Florida Bar web site for more information.

So, you want to be a Circuit/County Court Judge .....

Two open seats on the Circuit Court. The JNC will be conducting interviews on Thursday, June 13, 2011 with three to six names being recommended to the Governor for his consideration. Tough luck for the winners, who will likely be named before August 14th. If they get the appointment before that date, they will need to run for a full term in 2012. Anyone appointed after that date, will in effect get a three year appointment and not have to run until 2014.

Two open seats on the County Court. The JNC has not yet set interviews for these two seats.


School is out so the traffic should be lighter. And according to the NWS, our long hot humid summer should be arriving this week. Ugh.

Enjoy your summer vacations. Here's hoping the NFL has a season in 2011 or Horace will be writing once less column on the weekends.

CAPTAIN OUT .....

18 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

Article V, Section 11 b of the Florida Constitution reads:


The governor shall fill each vacancy on a circuit court or on a county court, wherein the judges are elected by a majority vote of the electors, by appointing for a term ending on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of the year following the next primary and general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. An election shall be held to fill that judicial office for the term of the office beginning at the end of the appointed term.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

Just sent my email to the JNC informing the chair of why Judge Gladys Perez should NOT be nominated to be a Judge on the 3rdDCA.

Judge Gladys Perez should never have been appointed to County Judge let alone have the nerve to seek to be a Judge on the 3rdDCA. I will write and write in a effort to stop her appointment, lets see her face the voters in 2012 first.

Master Chief said...

Disaster at the metal detectors today. Was at the courthouse at 9:10 for 9:30 hearings.

The attorney line was (like the riff raff line) out to the street.

How early do we need to be to avoid these lines?

Turning up the sensitivity is a huge stupid mistake, at least on the attorney line.

Deer Hunter said...

Anyone named Bambi has my vote for judge. Will she have a brass pole in her chambers, and two for one friction dances?

Anonymous said...

Shocking lack of commentary on the blog about the Casey Anthony trial.

Anyone have an opinion?

Anonymous said...

What an asshole De La O is. Larry Schwartz may not be the best judge but, he's ok and does a good job.

CBS Breaking News said...

Breaking News on CBS

Anonymous said...

4:10 - please elaborate.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Mercedes leave her's?

Anonymous said...

Gladys Perez? Really? lol

Anonymous said...

Even though you refused to post it (probably because it is about your wife), Woodward has ZERO shot at winning an election in Miami.

Anonymous said...

7:10 pm, didn't you read that Larry Schwartz is retiring?

Anonymous said...

Who gave the order to adjust the sensitivity of the detectors to such unreasonable levels?

Anonymous said...

congrats on your wife running for judge

Anonymous said...

Monday, June 13, 2011 7:10:00 PM

Just go away... NEXT TIME READ YOU MORON. This is the kind of lawyer who meets them and pleads them because he can't fuckin read!

Doesn't work on Fridays said...

The Law Offices of Meet & Plead, PA

I like the sound of that.

Rolls off the tongue.

I didn't write that previous post, but I think I have a new blog pseudonym.

Anonymous said...

Ivan Fernandez used to be a nice guy when he was a cop and a prosecutor. Then he got the "robitis" and started looking down on everyone. Things change I guess...

Anonymous said...

I am fully supporting Tonya Brinkley folks! She is a top attorney and great traffic magistrate. We can all rest assure to be respected when she is on the bench.

Support Tonya!