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Monday, November 10, 2014

Governor Scott Names Two New Circuit Court Judges


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

AND YOUR TWO NEWEST CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES ARE .....

Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II
Jason Bloch

Today, Governor Rick Scott named County Judge Rudy Ruiz and Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County Jason Bloch as replacements for Judge Darrin Gayles and Judge Beth Bloom.  Prior to his appointment as a Judge in 2012, Ruiz also served as an Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County.  Before that, Ruiz worked for White & Case.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Federal Judge Federico Moreno.  Bloch's entire career, from 1994 to the present, has been with the County.

Both Gayles and Bloom have moved to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Judge Gayles was sworn in on June 23rd of this year; Judge Bloom one week later on June 30th. Judge Gayles has been assigned to the Miami Division; Judge Bloom to the Fort Lauderdale Division.

On September 10th of this year, the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, submitted ten prospects to Governor Scott's office for consideration.  Five of those ten are County Court Judges.

The nominees were:

Ayana N. Harris
Laura Anne Stuzin
Jason Bloch
Judge Jason Emilios Dimitris (2013)
Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II (2012)
Judge Charles Kenneth Johnson (2010)
Diana Vizcaino
Judge Wendell Graham (1994)
Judge Lourdes Simon (2010)
Lauren Fleischer Louis 


JUDGE GLADYS PEREZ RESIGNS .....

County Court Judge Gladys Perez has submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Scott.  Her last day on the bench, according to the DBR, is November 30, 2014.

Perez told the DBR that she has accepted a job at Shutts & Bowen in the firm's class action and mass litigation defense practice group.

Judge Perez was appointed to the bench by Gov. Crist in 2009 and ran unopposed in Group 37 in 2012.  She sat in the County Civil Division at 73 West Flagler. (Did the failure of the Court Bond initiative have anything to do with her decision; or was it all about the Benjamins?).  Her term would have run through the end of 2018.  The JNC will now have to send up to six names to Governor Scott who will then name her replacement.

JNC BACK AT WORK:

With the appointment of Judge Ruiz and the resignation of Judge Perez, Governor Scott will now have two open County Court seats where he will name the replacements. That means the JNC will have to begin the whole process anew.  Stay tuned for the announcement of when those applications will be due.

POST ELECTION ANAYSIS: WHY DID CRIST LOSE .....

The Daily Kos provides an excellent analysis as to why Charlie Crist lost the election to Rick Scott.  Their verdict ..... Scott had more votes.  Seriously, while low Democrat voter turnout has been discussed, in fact, the Dems turned out in numbers very similar to 2010.  The real reason that Scott won is because of the Republican turnout.  It was much higher than anticipated in both the Panhandle and in the area of Duval (Jacksonville) County.  A good read for all of you poli sci majors.

JUDICIAL EFFICIENCY .....

If closing cases is the best measure of judicial efficiency, then Judge Robert Scola gets the award for the Southern District of Florida.  Scola was appointed to the Federal bench by President Obama in 2011.  According to TRAC, he closed 536 cases in the 12 months ending June 30th of this year.  Scola's reputation when he was in State court was always as a no nonsense judge.  Kudos to Judge Scola.

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


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ruiz is a great Judge. Well deserved.

Anonymous said...

The Professor says:

Gladys was, and will be, a good lawyer. She never really got it and was clearly frustrated as a County Court Judge. Trial work was not here forte as a lawyer and certainly not as a judge.

She might have been a good appellate judge, but that was unlikely to happen. I don't think she saw herself as a County Court Judge her whole career.

This is a good move for her. She will be much happier.

Anonymous said...

Cudahy v. Quirk is not cited as nearly as much as it should be. I am calling upon all young lawyers to read this opinion and begin using it again.

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Jason Bloch is an extremely poor choice for Circuit Judge. Deeply flawed and devoid of ethics he is a discredit to Bench. Your election campaign begins tonight Jason......a "Nondescript" Hispanic Female will run against you in two years......We who know you guarantee it ......."Ask not for whom the bell tolls ,it tolls for thee"

Anonymous said...

8:19, you are absolutely right but Cudahy v. Quirk must be read in pari materia with Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company for it to make sense when distinguished from Butler v. Wolf-Sussman and Hawkins v. McGee.

Anonymous said...

But Cudahy is falling by the wayside and I think that is one of the great legal tragedies of the last decade. It stands by itself just fine.

Anonymous said...

Rudy....you are a class act, a scholar and a gentleman! You will be missed at 1130 Washington Avenue!! Congrats on the Circuit Court nod...though I know that will not be the end of the judicial road for you....

Best,
A PIP Defense Lawyer

Anonymous said...

Gonna call Judge Bloch "Ted Williams" now, because that was out of left field

Anonymous said...

Really 9:20? How about giving the guy a chance?

Some of the best lawyers I ever saw became crappy judges and, believe it or not, vice versa.

I've always found Jason to be a decent guy. I'll be curious to see how he does.

BTDT

Anonymous said...

Who's got the juice? FAM's got the juice. First, Luck. Now, Ruiz.