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Thursday, March 05, 2015
CHIEF JUDGE SOTO RE-ELECTED, AND MORE
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
LA JEFA JUEZ SOTO .........
Congratulations go out to Judge Bertila Soto as she was elected, unopposed, to a second term as Chief Judge by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit's 123 County and Circuit Court Judges.
Judge Soto has come a long way from her days as a young ASA when she joined that office in 1989. She was elected to the County Court bench in 1997 and later appointed to an open seat on the Circuit Court in 2002 by Governor Bush. She was first elected to the position of Chief Judge in 2013.
YOUR NEXT TWO COUNTY COURT JUDGES .......
Have not yet been chosen. You still have time to contact Governor Scott's office and weigh in on who should, or should not, be chosen to replace Judge Gladys Perez and Judge Rudy Ruiz for the two open County Court seats.
The Governor has the following names before him:
To replace Perez:
Laura Ann Stuzin
Karl St Hope Brown
Elijah A. Levitt
To replace Ruiz:
Laura Ann Stuzin
John William Wylie IV
Alexander Spicola Bokor
The Governor has until April 3rd to make his selections. If you would like to weigh in on any of the finalists, you can contact Governor Scott's Office of General Counsel at 850-717-9310.
NORTH OF THE BORDER ...........
The JNC got busy with naming a replacement for Judge Giselle Pollack, who recently resigned from the County Court bench. Today they sent six names to Governor Scott, including:
Nickolaus Hunter Davis
Michele McCaul Ricca
Nina Weatherly Di Pietro
Richard A. Sachs
What some may describe as a controversial decision by the JNC, in Broward County (said it ain't so), is the inclusion of Nina Weatherly Di Pietro, on the short list. It appears that Ms. Di Pietro has the distinction of having been fired from the Broward County Public Defender's Office by Howard Finklestein. Anyone who has ever served as an APD knows how truly difficult it is to get fired from that job. The Sun Sentinel covers all of the controversy here and here.
LOVING SOUTH FLORIDA ............
It's March and that means sunny and breezy days living in our tropical paradise with outings to watch international golf at Doral, international tennis on Key Biscayne, and international auto racing on the streets of Biscayne Blvd. And, of course, every criminal defense lawyer's dream weekend, ULTRA. Lots of new misdemeanor and third degree possession cases soon to fill your office stockings.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
CAPTAIN OUT .....