Zenobi took an oft-ridiculed and mostly irrelevant State agency
(see our posts here and here and especially here for a Gene Zenobi quote that his predecessor ran the office like "a police state." )
and turned it into a quality organization providing superb representation for criminal defendants at trial, on appeal, and on post conviction relief motions for which we recently learned RC3 has original jurisdiction for indigent defendants. The office also fills many loopholes in legal representation, providing attorneys in dependency and delinquency courts, and for elderly clients in probate court.
Zenobi, the Jedi-Knight of Jury Selection, has provided stability to an agency that was previously rocked by instability at the top. Experienced lawyers like Jack Blumenfeld, Alan Greenstein, Kellie Peterson, Phil Reizenstein, and Silvia Gonzalez compliment a bevy of top-notch ex-pds and ASAs.
Congratulations to Mr. Zenobi on a well earned chance to finish what he started. And unlike his counterparts at the SAO and PDs office, you might well have a chance to tell Mr. Zenobi in person, as he makes it a regular habit to appear in court in support of his attorneys.
Here is what former Attorney General had to say when Gene Zenobi was applying for the job at the time time the agency was riddled with dysfunction:
According to Ovalle, JNC member Bob Butterworth had to this to say about the employee Mr. George fired:
As the interview concluded, committee member Bob Butterworth, former Florida Attorney General, praised Zenobi.
“If governor selects you, I believe you can change the agency,” Butterworth said. “You are able to attract people of the very highest quality who would like to get back into public service.”
The above quote came from our "police state" post, a link to which is posted in this post. Go see it post-haste.
Give Bobby B credit for his prognostication abilities as Gene Zenobi has done just what the former AG said he would do.
See you in court.