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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

RETIRED JUDGE ALAN POSTMAN HAS PASSED AWAY

He ran an innovative political campaign for the time, with signs stating "The Postman is Coming!" And now we are passing along that former Circuit Judge Alan Postman passed away on May 1, 2018, after battling medical issues for several years.

Judge Postman  served in the Circuit Criminal and Civil Divisions from 1991-2003 and presided over some notable cases including a large class action tobacco lawsuit in 1998 and a case where he awarded over seven  million dollars  to the ex-wife of Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque, where Postman wrote,  ”Cuba committed acts of sexual battery, torture and terrorism by orchestrating Roque's sham marriage so he could infiltrate the exile community.

After retiring Judge Postman became a mediator.

A reader has written us that  "Alan was a very nice man with a good heart. He worked where we work every day, sometimes with us, sometimes against us. In that sense though, we all have a common connection to him and share in his loss."

Funeral arrangements to follow. 

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Judge Postman was a very kind and nice man. He tried his best to have everyone like him. Always entertaining and with a smile. It was hard to upset his sweet demeanor - but if you did - you bought donuts for the court personnel. He loved to golf too and was always entertaining on the course! Thoughts and prayers to his family whom he loved greatly.

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.

Jonathan Blecher said...

Services for Alan Postman:

May 6, 2018
2:15 pm
Eternal Light Memorial Gardens
11520 State Road 7 Boynton Beach, FL 33473

https://goo.gl/maps/DqhQpYnRzy32

dianne glick said...

So very sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin, Alan Postman. He cared deeply for his family. Our thoughts of Alan are shared with his family at this very difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I am saddened by the passing of my cousin, Alan Postman. He was a devoted family man. Our thoughts are with Alan's family at this very difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Who is going to give the eulogy? Any Justice Building regulars or old timers going. Get up and say some nice things.

Judge Postman loved JOE’S and Morton’s. I believe he liked Christie’s too. Any others?

Jonathan Blecher said...

Posted with permission of, and written by, Alvin Entin:

"Saying goodbye to too many old friends, much too often. I am terribly saddened to learn of the passing of my dear old friend, Judge Alan Postman. Alan was so proud of starting his career as a Prosecutor on the Brooklyn DA's office in the early 60's. He moved to Florida in the early 70's and became a prosecutor with Dick Gersteins office. We both lived in Kendale Lakes at the time and began to play golf regularly together and with the late Charles Papy and Shelby Highsmith. Alan became a partner with myself, Lew Kimler and Howard Ullman and remained so for several years when he left to do PI work with Ron Vogeler. We of course remained friends and golf buddies. Eventually Alan ran for Judge and was elected. How he enjoyed being a Judge, and he was pretty damn good at it also. He lost an election though and returned to practice. He also became one of the most sought after mediators in the area. He was always bright, gregarious, funny and wise. I will miss my old friend and never forget the constant beatings he gave me in our 2 dollars Nassaus. Rest in Peace my Friend."

Anonymous said...

Alan Postman was so nice to people. I recently wondered how he was doing.

the trialmaster said...

Alan came to the SAO as a former prosecutor in New York under Hogan.He went right into major crimes. I had the honor to try a number of murder cases against him. He was always very ethical and a pleasure to deal with. I won all but one. Alan would remind me of his sole win but would tell me that I won anyway at sentencing. Later, when he became a Judge. he told the Herald that he could not be bought, but a nice campaign contribution might get you a continuance He was never shy about asking for campaign but overall a really good guy and I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Anonymous said...

Very sweet man who tried.

Anonymous said...

One of the greats. Judge Postman will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Is Fred Haddad a rumpled version of Andrew Boros?

Saw Fred at Tarlicka Navarro investiture.

By the way, where is Andrew Boros? Haven’t seen him in ages

Anonymous said...

1:46, here's the thing, they love Hanzman in criminal bc he grants stupid defense motions. The defense bar calls him brave and brilliant. They give him awards. But, he eventually get reversed at the 3DCA so I don't understand it either.

Anonymous said...

Andy is retired and happily living with his lovely wife Fran in New Mexico. He misses the people but not the grind.

Anonymous said...

What a character Alan was (in a good way) ! So many humorous incidents while he was sitting as a judge. I remember I was representing an African American gentleman who's first name, interestingly, was "Rabbi" yet he was hardly Jewish. Alan was so enamored and excited with every time the case appeared on the calendar as he always called the case by only calling him "Rabbi" and treating my client like he was a genuine religious leader, even asking him spiritual and lifestyle advice. When the case was nolle prossed, Alan had a twinkle in his eye.

Anonymous said...

Whoever made the critical comments about Judge Hanzman presumably had an out-of-character bad experience with him. He is, without question one of the finest judges before whom I have practiced for decades. Would that he could be cloned. he does the right thing always.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but Judge Hanzman has never been reversed.

Anonymous said...

1 46 is so off base I've appeared before this Judge many times in civil Always on time, read everything, and polite. After a hearing he enters detailed reasoned orders quickly What more could you want. Just argues a difficult case and got a scholarly 25 page order 5 days later Understand from colleagues that is the norm. Don't know what experience 1 46 had but he is one of the best civil judges I have ever appeared before

Anonymous said...

Hanzman has never been reversed on a criminal case. 7:39, I guess that's the beauty of posting easily fact-checked and clearly false claims anonymously, you don't have to be accountable for your idiocy.

Anonymous said...

How could you leave Miami for New Mexico?

Anonymous said...

Alan was a one of a kind guy. I had a couple of trials (civil) with him and got to know him over the years pretty well. Always wanted to do what was right and had a big, big heart. Juries loved him.

As far as Hanzman, warm and fuzzy he ain't -- but he is a damn good judge. Be prepared and know your stuff and you'll do fine.

Anonymous said...

The Postman ran against Wally Pasetsky in 1990. Wally was the former Mayor of North Miami Beach. Both sweet nice people. It was the same year that Loree Feiler ran and won. Rob Pineiro too.

Anonymous said...

To 7 39. Can you give us the cite of the Third DCA opinions reversing any of Judge Hanzmans orders .Have looked hard and cant find a single one. Maybe i just missed them . More likely you just made that up. Look foreard to yiu citations.

.. said...

Alan Postman had a big heart. I witnessed first hand how seriously he took his job and how his decisions affected people. I watched him struggle with the decision of sentencing a defendant to death. He was sometimes misunderstood, but always tried to do the right thing. He adored his wife and kids, and was a hard worker. He was a gentle giant and will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Alan Postman had a big heart. I witnessed first hand how seriously he took his job and how his decisions affected people. I watched him struggle with the decision of sentencing a defendant to death. He was sometimes misunderstood, but always tried to do the right thing. He adored his wife and kids, and was a hard worker. He was a gentle giant and will be missed.

Anonymous said...

10:50--are you kidding? You need to get out and see more of America. Miami is far from the jewel of our country.