THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
"It wouldn't bother me if we took them up to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and threw them off, and if things were right with God they’re traveling in that direction anyway ....."
Those are the words uttered today by Florida Republican House member Brad Drake***. Drake has had it with our belly-aching over whether lethal injections may have been causing some pain to death row inmates. So today he filed HB 325 and will ask the Florida legislature next Spring to bring back firing squads and fire up "Ole Sparky".
Read the full article here: http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2011/10/12/florida-legislator-wants-to-bring-back-firing-squads-and-electrocutions
***Mr. Drake is a 36 years old Baptist born in Fort Walton Beach; he represents the constituents of Defuniak Springs and he lists his interests as fishing, Florida history, golf, growing vegetables, hunting, NASCAR, and is a card-carrying member of the NRA.
In other news, newly appointed Circuit Court Judge Thomas Rebull was officially sworn in last week and is assigned to the Circuit Criminal Division. He takes over Judge Mary Barzee Flores' division. Has anyone been in front of him yet and care to comment?
In JNC news, as the result of Judge Rosa Figarola's appointment to the Circuit Court bench, the JNC will interview ten candidates and nominate up to six of them and send those names to Gov. Scott for his consideration. Interviews take place on October 21:
11:00 - Martin Zilber
11:20 - David Alschuler
11:40 - Tanya Brinkley
12:15 - Donald "DJ" Cannava
12:35 - Ivonne Cuesta
1:40 - Carlos Guzman
2:00 - Steven Lieberman
2:20 - Gordon Murray
2:55 - Yadira Pedraza
3:15 - Alan Taylor
The JNC will be busy as three days later on October 24th, they will conduct interviews to replace the retiring Judge Amy Steele Donner and also Judge Ivan Fernandez who moved South and West to "The Bunker" aka the 3rd DCA:
10:00 - Steven Befera
10:20 - Miguel M. de la O
10:40 - Andrew S. Hague
11:15 - Richard Hersch
11:35 - Norma S. Lindsey
11:55 - Cristina Miranda
1:00 - Maria D. Ortiz
1:20 - Bonnie Riley
1:40 - Alan D. Sackrin
2:15 - Rodney Smith
2:35 - Douglas Swalina
2:55 - Deborah White-Labora
3:15 - Angelica Zayas
** Donald "DJ" Cannava will be considered but will not be interviewed **
And for those that inquired about the names of the candidates who have officially filed for 2012:
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
Robert Coppel vs. Maria Elena Verde
Miguel de la O - currently has no opposition
Maria de Jesus Santovenia - currently has no opposition
Richard Hersch - currently has no opposition
Ivonne Cuesta (no opposition)
Tanya Brinkley & John Malgoza Rodriguez filed in same race. Rodriguez has thrown down $100,000 of his own money to fund the campaign.
And the newest filing has someone challenging newly appointed County Court Judge Fleur Lobree:
Fleur Lobree vs. William Pena Wells. Mr. Wells has been practicing in Florida since 1988. In 2002, he was suspended from the practice of law for three years nunc pro tunc to October of 1998. He petitioned for Reinstatement and was reinstated in 2004. He has a solo practice in NMB.
CAPTAIN OUT .....