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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TALLAHASSEE .....

UPDATE: Coming tomorrow: Our first REGJB Blog Person of the week. And it will surprise you. 

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

SINE DIE, ON FRIDAY ......?????

Yes, those words may or may not get uttered on Friday in Tallahassee.  Normally, the end of the legislative session is deemed official with the calling out of those words.  But, as of today, it looks like the budget will not get passed by both chambers by Friday, (the only constitutional requirement the legislature has), and that means the final day of the Spring 2017 legislative session will extend into the weekend or beyond.

Some good news:

SB 118, ADMINISTRATIVE SEALING OF CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS has passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor's desk.  The bill,  which can be found here sets up a process whereby certain records are sealed once the opportunity for appeals has expired.  Automatic administrative sealing of records of adults and minors charged with felonies or misdemeanors can occur if a State Attorney declines to file charges, all charges were dismissed before trial, or the person charged was found not guilty. 

The bill also covers entities engaged in the business of publishing arrest booking photographs.  It prohibits them from charging a fee to remove the photos.  It provides a mechanism for the requested removal of booking photos.

SB 312, POLICE LINEUP STANDARDS FOR EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION, has passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor's desk.  The bill, which can be read in its entirety here requires law enforcement agencies to use lineup standards to avoid eyewitness mistakes that could lead to wrongful convictions.  Lineups will be required to be conducted by an administrator who does not know the suspect in order to ensure impartiality.  Also, witnesses should be told that suspects may or may not be in a photo or in person lineup and that they are not required to make an identification.

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A JUDGE ..............

3RD DCA

Governor Scott will be naming a replacement for Judge Linda Wells.  He has until May 30th to decide between:

Judge Monica Gordo
Judge Norma S. Lindsey
Judge Bronwyn C. Miller
Oren Rosenthal, Esq.
Judge Daryl E. Trawick
Judge Angelica Zayas


CIRCUIT COURT

The JNC will interview nine applicants on Friday, May 19, to replace Judge Robert Luck:
1:30pm Joseph Mansfield
1:45pm Raul Cuervo
2:00pm Luis Perez-Medina
2:15pm Ayana Harris
2:30pm Judge Spencer Multack
2:40pm Judge Lourdes Simon
2:50pm Judge Andrea Ricker Wolfson
3:00pm Judge Tanya Brinkley
3:10pm Judge Ivonne Cuesta

COUNTY COURT

The JNC, on the same day, will interview 16 applicants to replace Judge Victoria del Pino:
(Three applicants, Mansfield, Cuervo, and Perez-Medina, are being interviewed for both open seats).

9:30 a.m. Julie Harris Nelson
9:45 a.m. Natalie Rico
10:00 a.m. Peter Heller
10:15 a.m. Renatha Francis
10:30 a.m. Denise Martinez-Scanziani
10:45 a.m. Ramiro Christen Areces
11:15 a.m. General Magistrate Karl S.H. Brown
11:30 a.m. Christina Marie DiRaimondo
11:45 a.m. Vivianne Del Rio
NOON General Magistrate Gordon Charles Murray, Jr.
12:15 p.m. Elijah Levitt
1:00pm Steven Paulson
1:15pm Ariel Rodriguez
1:30pm Joseph Mansfield
1:45pm Raul Cuervo
2:00 pm Luis Perez-Medina

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


20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not many good candidates putting in for judge. Some are down right terrible.

the trialmaster said...

Gordo? If she gets to the 3d, she will be the most unqualified judge ever to sit there. She does not even have a basic grasp on fundamental civil cases. Any of the others are a much better choice.

Anonymous said...

Peter Heller is a great choice. Nice guy.

Anonymous said...

I have a very complicated case in front of Gordo. She is smart and hard working. She also has a great temperament. Trialmaster, you got this wrong. I just don't wanted to get appointed because I don't want to lose her as a judge

Anonymous said...

Rumpole .... so??

Who gets the Person of the Week?

Anonymous said...

Ditto 6:03 on Gordo. I've found her smart, capable and prepared in multiple cases.

Anonymous said...

Grouper vs. Snapper?

Sir Kenny, please let me know your thoughts??

Anonymous said...

Person of the Week is obviously Judge Meek Robinette?

Anonymous said...

Why has Judge Amy Steele Donner been so quiet on the blog lately? I always had a crush on her. She was so sweet and kind to all of us lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Agree with first post. Not many folks known or qualified.

Anonymous said...

THOSE are the candidate for the 3RD????

Sorry bunch of candidates.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


GJB PERSON OF THE WEEK:

My Gerstein Justice Building person of the week, with all due respect to the Honorable Judge Colby who spoke on behalf of the Honorable Michael Hanzman, is to nominate a person who does NOT get paid for doing the work they do to help all of us in the criminal justice system - defendants and attorneys included.

It is easy to nominate and post about someone who is getting paid for their work. They are getting a weekly paycheck and I would expect nothing less of Hanzman or anyone else who works in the criminal justice system and is earning a paycheck.

My person of the week has a criteria whereby they are doing it for the love of bettering our system, but they are not getting any financial benefit for the work they do.

My person of the week is FACDL-Miami President Brian Kirlew. This is Brian's final week in office - his term ends next week on May 13th at the FACDL Gala. Brian has been amazing for the past 12 months working tirelessly and advocating on behalf of defendants rights and lawyers rights, in the criminal justice system. He was the right person at the right time for the job and he has upheld the long tradition and history of FACDL leaders giving back generously to this community.

Congratulations to Brian on his successful term as President and to his honor, in my eyes, of being the GJB Person of the Week.

Cap Out .....

Real Fake Former Judge Jon Colby said...

I'm hearing its INTEGRAL and CRUCIAL to Hanzman's future he secure the first POW for the blog. The governor and even higher !! are watching this closely. Justice Hanzman? Senator Hanzman? President Hanzman? POPE HANZMAN? Don't mess this up for him rumpole. I mean it.

Anonymous said...

I vote for JUDGE HANZMAN. I agree with Judge Colby, Judge Moreno, Judge Scola and Judge Ungaro.

Anonymous said...

All of these no names looking for a steady paycheck with big benefits because they make a dime in private practice and want people to think they are really smart because they are "judges". SAD.

Anonymous said...

Brian Kerlew is indeed an excellent lawyer, but more importantly, he's also honorable and good guy.

Anonymous said...

Who is the Person of the Week RUMPOLE?

A surprise? I can't wait.

This is the best competition ever at the Justice Building!!

Anonymous said...

Bobo (Steve from Florida) deserves the Person of the Week. Just for his toupee alone he should be recognized.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole loves the Steelers and Judge Sepe. Right?

Anonymous said...

Why not former judge Ralph Person?