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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

JUDICIAL COUNTDOWN


We enter the final thirty six hours until the judicial races for 2014 are decided on Friday May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM. 

On that date and time, the eyes of the free world (or at least a few hundred lawyers and judges) will be on this blog, as the Captain brings you up to date on the judicial races. 

Who has opposition? 
Who got a free ride?
We will have it all. 

The latest breaking news is that Judge Zabel drew opposition, supposedly from a lawyer with an agenda on a marriage case of some sort (gay marriage?). 

There have been a myriad of judicial receptions all over town this week, and your favourite robed readers who are up for re-election this year having been making the rounds, eating the brie, sipping a coke, and shaking hands.  

The constant contact with those who wear robes and those who want to was enough to send us to a long, hot shower, with  plenty of disinfectant soap. 

So stay tuned, as the news breaks, and some judges open the bubbly, while others roll up the sleeves of their robes and get to work campaigning. 

See you in court. 


24 comments:

007DUI said...

And a bababooey to ya'all.

MC Waste Services, Inc said...

i hope zabel gets moved off the same sex marriage case and her opponents raison d ete is blown up

Anonymous said...

Will Peter Adrien attempt a surprise comeback?

Anonymous said...

Who is the Q endorsing?

Anonymous said...

Even assuming arguendo that Zabel's opponent wins and is assigned to the unadjudicated marriage equality case, wouldn't her background provide a hell of a recusal motion for the plaintiffs?

Anonymous said...

Big question--will Multack and Ruiz get a free pass? Anyone have the guts to challenge them???

Dooley stay in Schwartz race-you can beat her.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...



THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

REALLY NORTH OF THE BORDER JUDICIAL ELECTIONS .....

By far, my favorite candidate in this season's election cycle has to be in Panama City, Florida. In the 14th Circuit, Group 10, Incumbent Judge Jim Fensom, who is nearing retirement age, has drawn three opponents.

They include DUI criminal defense attorney:

Billy-Joe "Hoot" Crawford

And folks, that IS the way he lists his name with The Florida Bar - including the Hoot.

I think our readers could come up with some great lines on addressing the Judge during morning calendar with a name like that.

Good luck to "Hoot".

Cap Out ...
Captain4Justice@gmail.com


Anonymous said...

why are all of these county judges getting a free pass?

Is ferrer going to stay in the Saenz race?

Where is Bocanegra going? No way he is staying in Schwartz race

Anonymous said...

You watch.... just like 2 years ago, some asshole with no connections, no experience, 5.1 years in practice and no brains will run against a perfectly normal judge and make that judge spend the entire summer campaigning.

You watch.

007DUI said...

Will the judges who don't get opposition say winner winner chicken dinner? NO they'll say winner winner SHEEN dinner.

Anonymous said...

Can the captain. Hire 007dui!!!

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

WHO HAS PAID THEIR QUALIFYING FEE???

In order to run for Judge, you must pluck down your Qualifying Fee of $5,803.00 for Circuit Court and $5,520.80 for County Court.

Here is the list of who has put their money where their mouth is:

GROUP 16

Cobitz - Qualified (Q)
Millan - Q

GROUP 26

Carrazana - Q
J/ Rodney Smith - Q

GROUP 27

Milian - Q
Mary Gomez - NOT
Joseph Perkins - NOT

GROUP 46

J/ Zabel - Q
Marianne Salazar - NOT

GROUP 58

Rodriguez-Fonts - Q
Zilber - Q

GROUP 70

Diax de la Portilla - Q
Mavel Ruiz - Q
Veronica Diaz - NOT

COUNTY

GROUP 19

J/ J. Schwartz - Q
Dooley - Q
Bocanegra - NOT

GROUP 36

J/ Saenz - Q
Victoria Ferrer - NOT

All decisions will be made on paying the Qualifying fee or not, and choosing which Group to run in and who your Opponent will therefore be, by NOON tomorrow.

Cap Out .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

To update Captain's post, Gomez, Perkins and Diaz have paid their fees.

Anonymous said...

M. Salazar was sued for malpractice in 1999. She blew a statute of limitations in a simple run of the mill MVA case.

Anonymous said...

Diaz de la Portilla? Another 6 year lawyer who thinks he can be a trial judge, assuming he can find the courthouse. I'm sure his experience on the school board qualifies him. When is the Bar going to up the bar admission to 10 years before becoming a judge?

At least Mavel Ruiz spent every single day of her career in the courtroom.

Go Mavel.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why Victoria Ferrer has three years between graduating law school and being admitted to the Bar? Thanks.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

UPDATE ON QUALIFYING .....

All candidates in contested races, except for Marianne Salazar, have now paid their qualifying fees, in both Circuit and County Court.

As for Diaz de la Portilla and the fact that he has only been a lawyer for six years - you may want to tell that to the likes of his Campaign Chair Benedict Kuehne and the list of Endorsers that came with my invitation to his latest fundraiser; (see below). Looks to be a bunch of politicians; and is slim in attorney endorsements.

Ben Kuehne-Co-Chair
Harold W. Foster-Co-Chair
Dax Bello
Anastasia Garcia
Dori-Foster-Morales
Kevin Tynan
Mayor Joe Geller
Mayor Gene Flinn
Mayor Robert
Marcus Lapciuc
Mark Richard
Mike Haggard
Richard Lydecker
Stephen Cain
Tom Cerra
William Muir
Mayor Robert Yaffe
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff
Roy Wasson
Ron Book
Rep. Erik Fresen
Russell Galbut
Reggie Clyne
Endorsed by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

As for the suggestion that the Bar change the requirements to become a Judge from 5 years to ten years membership in the Bar, please note that the "rule" is a Constitutional law and not a Bar Rule.

See Article 5, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution that reads in pertinent part:

No person is eligible for the office of circuit judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by general law, no person is eligible for the office of county court judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida.

CAPTAIN OUT .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hottest rumor is that a sitting federal judge- "newer" to the fed bench has dropped a cool million dollars into a campaign account, is going to file in an open seat tomorrow and is going to resign from the fed bench. The Judge is "fed" up with all the fed bullcrap and the increased scrutiny on his personal life, the protection provided by the US Marshals has greatly impinged on his personal life, and his comings and goings from the love nests of his partners, not to mention the work load is such that he cannot steal away as much as he used to.

Watch tomorrow and be prepared to be stunned.

Anonymous said...

Why Rodney? He is great.

Anonymous said...

Marc Sarnoff? The man who stole the headlines by threatening to kick out Ultra, but changed his tune as soon as the Ultra people donated some money to his wife's campaign for Commissioner? That Marc Sarnoff is endorsing Lifetime Politician Judicial Candidate Reineer DLP? God help us!

Anonymous said...

I had respect for Ben but think I just lost it with a DLP endorsement.

Anonymous said...

I always liked Ben K. But endorsing a train-wreck of a human being with ZERO legal experience like Renier DLP is just plain crooked and slimy. I expect that from politicians not from lawyers of Ben's character.
That guy runs for politics so he can have a job because no one in their right mind would hire him. But because Miguel DLP is a state senator, he's obtaining endorsements.

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me why Renier Diaz de la Portilla also has a 3 year gap between graduating law school and being admitted to the Florida Bar? I can only think of 2 reasons, and neither is good.

Issa Israel said...

I just met Victoria Ferrer for the first time yesterday and I can unequivocally say that she has both the brains and the bronze to get the job done and to get it done right. She's a judicial candidate worthy of our support and our belief.