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Monday, September 21, 2015
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
TOUGH LUCK .....................
And no we are not speaking about tonight's Monday night football game between the Colts (and their starting QB Andrew Luck) against the New York J-E-T-S.
Last week, as one of our readers pointed out in the Comments section, Circuit Court Judge Robert Luck, a Scott appointee, drew opposition for the 2016 election.
In September of 2013, Governor Rick Scott appointed prosecutor Robert Luck to an open seat on the Circuit Court. Judge Luck was assigned to the Criminal Division and has been there for two years. Luck began his legal career serving as a law clerk for Judge Ed Carnes, on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, (2004-05, 2006-2008). He spent one year in the appellate division of Greenberg, Traurig from 2005-06. He joined the US Attorneys Office in Miami in 2008. He then spent five years serving as an AUSA, (trying 19 jury trials), before being tapped by Gov. Scott.
Little known fact about Judge Luck - he co-authored a book entitled The Facts and only The Facts, in Race to Injustice: Lessons Learned From the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.
By all accounts, the reviews on Judge Luck have been very good.
Enter Yolly Roberson. Ms. Roberson filed to run against Judge Luck in the upcoming 2016 election. This will be Judge's Luck first appearance on a ballot. Not so for Ms. Roberson who has appeared on at least five ballots. Yolly Roberson first won election to the Florida State House in 2002 and served four terms, getting re-elected in 2004, '06, and '08. She was term limited and completed her eight years serving in the House in 2010. She served as Democratic Whip from 2004 to 2006.
Ms. Roberson was born in Haiti in 1955. She emigrated to the United States and went to college and earned a degree in Nursing in 1983. Five years later she earned her JD from the New England School of Law. She worked for the Public Defender's Office in Boston before moving to South Florida and becoming an Attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale. According to The Florida Bar, Ms. Roberson became a member in 1991 and currently runs a solo practice out of an office in North Miami.
Back in 2010, when Kenrick Meek decided to run for the U.S. Senate (against Independent candidate Charlie Crist and eventual winner Marco Rubio), that opened up Meek's U.S. House seat in House District 17. Ten candidates filed to run in District 17. You may remember that election, because one of the ten, criminal defense lawyer Rod Vereen, entered the race as an Independent. Yolly Roberson was one of the nine Democrats who sought to win the Dems primary. That primary election was eventually won by Frederica Wilson who then went on to defeat Vereen in the general election.
Little know fact about that 2010 House primary contest: one of Roberson's eight opponents in the primary election was her ex-husband, Phillip Brutus.
The Luck v. Roberson contest in Group 66 is one of five current contested judicial election set for 2016.
CAPTAIN OUT .......
Rumpole adds: Nice post Captain.
We wholeheartedly support Judge Luck. Stop by his court and watch him. He is all you want in a judge.
Second: A little Monday morning trivia. Roberson previously ran for judge. But she didn't win or lose. 1) What happened? 2) Her actions in that first race have a current impact on the judiciary. How so?
See you in court. With the loss by the Ravens and Fins the survivor pool is decimated. Anyone want a B pool? start next week, play to the end, play the winner of the A pool? Email us at the FBpool12 address and let us know.