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Friday, June 08, 2018

BAD DAY FOR JUDGE MILLAN AND JUDGE ORITZ; GOOD DAY FOR JUDGE FAJARDO ORSHAN .....


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

BREAKING NEWS ..... AND IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS FOR EITHER JUDGE STEPHEN MILLAN NOR JUDGE MARIA ORTIZ

The Florida Supreme Court does not take Friday's off.  Today they issued two rulings, one each affecting the future of Judge Millan and Judge Ortiz.  For very different reasons each judge has faced an Investigative Panel of the JQC.  Both judges woes have been well documented on this Blog, on Ortiz here, and on Millan here and here.

JUDGE STEPHEN MILLAN:

The Florida Supreme Court issued an Order today rejecting the proposed Sanctions against Judge Stephen Millan.

On May 21, 2018, Judge Krista Marx, on behalf of the Investigative Panel of the JQC, issued the following recommendation:

"... the Investigative Panel of the Commission recommends to the Court that Judge Millan be suspended without pay for a period of 30-days, that he receive a public reprimand, and that he pay a $5,000 fine, to cover the administrative costs of providing judicial coverage during his suspension."

The Florida Supreme Court weighed in today stating:


"Upon consideration of the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s Findings and Recommendation of Discipline and the parties’ Stipulation, the Court rejects the Stipulation and disapproves the proposed sanctions.

We remand for further proceedings to include a full hearing before the Judicial Qualifications Commission in order to fully develop the facts regarding any misconduct that occurred, so that the Court, in determining the appropriate discipline, will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the alleged violations."


JUDGE MARIA ORTIZ:

The Florida Supreme Court issued an Order today rejecting the proposed Sanctions against Judge Maria Ortiz.

On May 4, 2018, Judge Krista Marx, on behalf of the Investigative Panel of the JQC, issued the following recommendation:

"... the Investigative Panel of the Commission submits to the Court, that a public reprimand and a fine of $5,000 are sufficient to address Judge Ortiz’s conduct, and likewise serves as a reminder to all judges about the importance of monitoring their personal finances, and accurate reporting on their financial disclosures."

The Florida Supreme Court weighed in today stating:


"Upon consideration of the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s Findings and Recommendation of Discipline and the parties’ Stipulation, the Court rejects the Stipulation and disapproves the proposed sanctions.

We remand for further proceedings to include a full hearing before the Judicial Qualifications Commission in order to fully develop the facts regarding any misconduct that occurred, so that the Court, in determining the appropriate discipline, will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the alleged violations."


IN OTHER NEWS .....

Congratulation to Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan who got the phone call she had been waiting for.  Pres. Trump yesterday nominated her to become the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.  Judge Fajardo Orshan is a graduate of Nova Law. Directly out of law school in 1996, she became an ASA and worked for KFR for six years before joining a family law firm where she spent the next nine years. In 2012, Gov. Scott appointed her to the Circuit Court. She then won a six year term in 2014 unopposed.  The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

 
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12 comments:

Vlady P. said...

To the Russia saga followers:

1. Special counsel moves to revoke manafort bond based on witness tampering.
2. Judge sets hearing to decide if there is any merit to the charges.
3. Special counsel then simply indicts manafort for witness tampering.

What do we take away from this?

Special counsel was worried it couldn't establish the witness tampering to the judge--and instead prefers the grand jury? If no, then why not simply indict him first and then move to revoke bond?

Anonymous said...

Will Fajardo stand up for her AUSAs when they are bullied and belittled by maniacal federal judges? Or will she cower like the rest?

Anonymous said...

739
You have to provide at least some details about what you're talking about. The audience here will likely be pretty hostile, but this would make for an interesting discussion!

Anonymous said...

AUSAs bullied by Federal Judges - you very clearly have never appeared in Federal Court. Ever. The better question is will she stand up to the AUSAs who commit Brady violations?

Anonymous said...

Maniacal federal judges? We have judges that are maniacs? Federal Judges in Miami acting extremely wild. Screaming and yelling at poor prosecutors ready to leap off the bench and batter the hapless ASA. Pull the video! If judges are maniacs, Congress needs to act.

Anonymous said...

Or will Fajardo cover up for the plague of dirty AUSAs acting like they're above the law?

Copygate .. Defense Invasions .. Perjury ..

Anonymous said...

Fajardo has been a fine judge but being the US Attorney? With zero federal experience? And so young with a lack of real world experience? And do impressive intellectual background? It's always been a very political appointment. An experienced AUSA has no shot at running that office.

Anonymous said...

Truth is , the best trial lawyers at the USATTY are former state prosecutors. I know it hurts to the federal snobs but it’s a fact. get used to it. This is a wonderful selection by President Trump.

Anonymous said...

Is it mandatory to take the appointment? I mean seriously, it's a 3 year job at the most.

Anonymous said...

Has Steve Millan resigned yet?

Maria Ortiz may have a shot at keeping her job if she can show it was all a mistake and not intentional. Shame is that she really is a nice and very fair judge.

Anonymous said...

Mostly true. However, there is a handful of really talented ones who were not.

Anonymous said...

What happens to the Millan seat? Will it be on the ballot?