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Monday, October 31, 2016

BLOCH BLOCKED

Queen Elizabeth famously said that 1992 was her annus horribilus.  Two of her children divorced their spouses that year; the last part of the realm in Africa abandoned the Monarchy; her daughter-in-law Diana wrote a tell all book; while tapes of the first in line to the throne- Charles- canoodling with his long time love over the phone were released. And then on November 20- the Queen's  wedding anniversary, part of her home-Windsor Castle- caught fire and was severely damaged.

For Jason Bloch 2016 will be his annus horribilus.  
He received the political opposition for his judicial seat that a long-time opponent had promised. And although scandal rocked his opponent in the form of her being caught telling people she was a prosecutor when she wasn't, and the revelation that she resigned an internship at the State Attorneys Office because the hours were too long (a problem she need not worry about once she dons a robe)- Bloch couldn't capitalize on his opponent's problems. 
 Lawyers grumbled when he solicited them for donations despite his financial disclosures revealing an almost Rumpolian level of wealth. His ill-timed, poorly planned, and horribly executed lawsuit aimed at knocking his opponent off the ballot blew up in his face, with losses in the district court and Third District Court Of Appeals generating even worse publicity. Even the revelation that her family derives a significant amount of income from motels designed to assist in extra-martial assignations didn't derail her candidacy and Judge Bloch was defeated soundly at the polls.

And now to add insult to injury; a prime example of being kicked while down- the JNC declined to forward his name to Governor Scott to fill the seat of retired Judge Stan Blake (whose retirement tour continues with a night by the Miami-Heat honoring him in November)*.

Bloch couldn't elbow one of these guys/gals out:


Jason E. Dimitris; Ayana N. Harris; Spencer Jet Multack; Victoria del Pino;  Lourdes Simon; and  Andrea Ricker Wolfson. 


Judge Bloch can take solace in this fellow, lost mostly to history, who had a long and tortured path before he was unceremoniously shot and killed.
At age 23 he lost his job and ran for election to the state legislature and lost. The next year his business failed; a year later his girlfriend died and the year after that he suffered a nervous breakdown at age 25. At age 34 he was defeated in a run for congress. Six  years later his application to be a land officer was denied.
At age 45 he ran for senate and lost and four years later his second bid for senate also ended in  defeat.

This was a simple man with a law degree who had continually been defeated in his bid for elective office. He was a pretty decent lawyer, and one of his successful bids for congress only lasted two years, when by virtue of a promise he made, he did not seek reelection.

At age 51, having lost his last two elections for the senate, Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth president of the United States and went on to save the Union and become our greatest president. 

So Judge Bloch, hang in there. Being rejected by the JNC is nothing like what President Lincoln went through.  Just be wary of the play "Our American Cousin" should Judge Altfield and his troupe elect to stage a revival.

See You in Court.

*The Miami Heat is not honoring the retirement of Judge Blake, although they appear to be one of the few establishments in town where a retirement party hasn't been held recently. 


Lincoln Trivia:  What does Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas off of Key West have to do with the Lincoln Assassination?  Anyone but Judge Milton Hirsch may answer. 


29 comments:

Michael Feiler said...

Harvey Mudd was imprisoned there.

Rumpole said...

Close but wrong- did you make a survivor pick?

Anonymous said...

How 'bout Samuel Mudd.

Anonymous said...

Nothing on Phil Cook's death? Shame on you. I don't often use this word but Judge Cook was a Gentleman...and current judge's could/should have learned from him.

Anonymous said...

REAL FORMER JUDGE is out. SIR KENNY W is out. Let's make up and go fishing and bet on the biggest fish?

This survivor pool is "Rigged". Trump was right.

Is SIR KENNY really an alias used by Anthony Wiener?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Samuel Mudd. Harvey Mudd was a character in Star Trek

Anonymous said...

COLBY OUT
KENNETH OUT

Real Fake Former Judge? ....IN

Anonymous said...

Really--comparing Jason Bloch to Lincoln? His lawsuit alone was disqualifying and showed extremely poor judgment.And Dr. Samuel Mudd treated Booth, and later treated yellow fever victims at the fort.

Anonymous said...

They jnc deserves credit for respecting the vote.

Anonymous said...

Have you been in Bloch's courtroom? He's not a star. He's arrogant and pushy. I will be glad to see him go but, that idiot who beat him will probably be worse.

Anonymous said...

8:21 sounds like someone who has not gotten his or her way in Bloch's courtroom.

Kenneth Weisman said...

I'm out!! Colby jinxed me! Best of luck to the remaining survivors

Anonymous said...

Sir Kenny, what do we do now?

Anonymous said...

Rumpole you are an imbecile and an ass kisser comparing Bloch to Lincoln ............. the 3rd said twice that his lawsuit and appeal were without merit.......So did Judge Bagley ......Bloch is an arrogant , entitled petty tyrant and Trust Fund baby .....Good riddance

Anonymous said...

You know, did this "Opponent" and King maker not also run a candidate against Newman? Newman beat he soundly, of well, guess the Tony Soprano of the legal community lacks juice in some areas - - -

Anonymous said...

Bloch for President 2020!

Anonymous said...

Now that the football pool is over for SIR KENNY, please note that he is back to work for the winter season as POOL and BEACH CONCIERGE at the LOEWS Miami Beach. Please see SIR KENNY for concert tickets, miami heat front row seating, JOE'S take away, parking ticket fixes, Bal Harbour Shoppes personal tours, jet ski rides, marlin fishing and Ford Mustang convertible rentals. Anything and everything. Shop at Sir Kennys. Even if you need reservations at the REN....

The Donald said...

"Yeah, but she's got great legs" - Donald J. Trump

Anonymous said...

Bloch got what he deserved. The JNC was very smart.

Anonymous said...

AS one familiar with judicial elections if you dont listen to you handlers amd carefully follow and follow instructions you don't win .Ask them

Anonymous said...

No one picked anyone to run against Newman

Anonymous said...

Jason Bloch spent $338,000 dollars and couldn't get anyone to like him( Judges,clerks,cleaning ladies or Judcial Assistants) except Lody Jean , of course

Richard L. Cooper said...

He was always fair and decent to this young private defender but I see where the solicitations, lawsuit, and america's most wanted endorsement might have rubbed people the wrong way. Nevertheless, I have a feeling this isn't the last we've seen of Jason Bloch.

South Florida Lawyers said...

I'll take Harvey over Sam (Mudd) any day.

Anonymous said...

Wait until the decision comes down from the Florida Bar on Marcia del Rey.....

Anonymous said...

Jason Bloch is horrible on the bench. Same bad attitude he had at the County Attorney's Office. He lived to hurt lawyers.

Anonymous said...

cubs won the Worlds eries after 108 years. I think that feat deserves a major post.

Anonymous said...

Bloch has been much better to the Bar over the past 8 months. Stop piling on the guy. Bunch of jealous haters in this profession

Anonymous said...

No, wait until the JQC gets their hands on Del Rey. They had election fraud.