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Monday, April 30, 2018

JUDGES SMITH AND RUIZ SCORE FED NOMINATIONS

It's been so busy that we missed last week that Miami Judges Rodney Smith and Rudy Ruiz were nominated to the Federal Bench by POTUS. 

DOM of course didn't miss it and his post is here

The nomination of Judge Rodney Smith is especially satisfying. If you've ever seen Judge Smith speak in public, he has an amazing life story that includes as a young man seeing ASA Don Horn speak about being a prosecutor and making up his mind to do the same- and then going to college and law school and becoming a prosecutor. 

Judge Ruiz was, inter alia, a clerk for Judge Federico Moreno. Pretty soon there won't be a Judge in South Florida who didn't clerk for  Moreno, which goes to show how well and carefully he chose his clerks. 

The nominations of both Judge Rudy Ruiz and Judge Smith are ones we can all be proud of. 
Good luck to both. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I watched Rodney Smith do the right thing a few times. I am a fan of Rodney Smith.

Go Rodney!

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


But, your loyal El Capitan, did not miss the news .....

REPRINTED, WITH PERMISSION FROM THE CAPTAIN:

The Captain Reports:

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE:

President Trump has nominated Judge Rudy Ruiz and Judge Rodney Smith for two of the open seats on the Southern District; he also named Roy Altman, a former AUSA and current partner at Podhurst Orseck (can you say big time pay cut).

Cap Out .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:44:00 PM

Anonymous said...

It should have Hanzman. How did the JNC pass him up?

Anonymous said...

Clearly a racist administration.

Fight the power in occupied America.

Moron.

the trialmaster said...

I have appeared before Judge Smith on several occasions and tried a jury trial with him. He is an excellent trial judge, has great patience and demeanor and will be an asset to the federal bench. I am sorry to lose him as he is one of our better judges but happy for him as he deserves it based on where he came from and the challenges he faced. Oliver, his baliff is wonderful as well.

Anonymous said...

We should push for Hanzman for Federal Judge for one of the remaining 3 openings. Ask Scola or Moreno for their opinion. We need more brilliant jurists appointed by Trump.

Anonymous said...

Hanzman was not passed up. He did not apply

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


11:24 PM:

Because Hanzman didn't apply:

DAY ONE November 28, 2017

9:00 am Benjamin Greenberg
9:40 am Migna Sanchez-Llorens
10:20 am Rodney Smith
11:00 am John Thornton
11:40 am Marina Garcia Wood
1:00 pm Angel Cortinas
1:40 pm John Kastrenakes
2:20 pm Orlando Prescott
3:00 pm Melissa Visconti
3:40 pm Beatrice Butchko
4:20 pm Raag Singhal
5:00 pm Antonio Arzola

DAY TWO November 29, 2017

9:00 am Roy Altman
9:40 am Thomas Rebull
10:20 am Michael Sherwin
11:00 am Dina Keever-Agrama
11:40 am Daryl Trawick
1:00 pm William Roby
1:40 pm Peter Lopez
2:20 pm Jeffrey Colbath
3:00 pm David Haimes
3:40 pm Rodolfo Ruiz
4:20 pm Mark Klingensmith
5:00 pm Meenu Sasser

Cap Out .....

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


The finalists included:

Roy Altman
Antonio Arzola
Benjamin Greenberg
David Haimes
Peter Lopez
Rodolfo Ruiz
Raag Singhal
Rodney Smith
John Thornton
Melissa Visconti

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

You posted the list of interviewees; others applied but didn't get interviews.

Anonymous said...

If you ask Moreno and Scola - they would say John Thornton. They pushed for him to join the US District Court.

Anonymous said...

Why would Hanzman not apply?

Didn’t Scola and Moreno want him?

Maybe he will apply for the Third DCA?

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't understand everyone's love affair with Hanzman. Maybe he was great in criminal (I wouldn't know). He's not great in civil. And I suspect that he'd be terrible in federal. He's got a big head and a bad attitude. Terrible combination for life appointment.

Anonymous said...

None of the three nominees has the experience to get a lifetime appointment. Nelson should not return blue slips.