The headline, which really writes itself, is "Will Thomas Collapsed!" but that would be somewhat disingenuous and unfair to the good Judge who otherwise seems to be in fine health.
Like the new phone book, the Dolphin September-December swoon, and Judge Thomas denying a motion to continue, somethings never change, and that includes the changing of Judges. When the music stops, here's what we know via an email from Judge Sayfie:
In a nutshell, the changes will be as follows:1. Division 8, currently Judge Thomas, will be collapsed, once he is transferred to civil. This will likely take place sometime in January. His caseload will be evenly divided by the COC among the other 20 remaining regular divisions.2. The 2 ROC divisions will be combined into one. Judge Rodriguez-Chomat will be presiding over the division. The current combined caseload is 369. This will likely take place during late January.3. Judge Mindy Glazer will be coming over to REG and be the presiding bond hearing division judge. This should occur no later than .4. Judge Fleur Lobree (Division 3) will be replaced by Judge Diane Ward and the division will be relocated to Courtroom 4-8.5. Judges Gordo (2), Hendon (4), Ruiz-Cohen (6), Sanchez-Llorens (18), Rebull (19) & Fajardo (20) will be transferring out of the criminal division. Replacement judges TBA. Locations TBA.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.Nushin G. Sayfie, Circuit Court JudgeAdministrative Judge of the Criminal Division
Here's the way we envision our opening statement, sometime in January 2015 (remember our admonition to never set a case for trial for the first week of the new year): "May it please the TBA, counsel for the state, ladies and gentlemen of the jury...."
See You In Court.