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Friday, October 19, 2018

17 APPLY FOR TWO OPEN SEATS ON 3RD DCA .....


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A 3rd DCA JUDGE .......

The application deadline has passed, and you’ll be happy to know that Judge Michael Hanzman and Judge Milton Hirsch will not be leaving the trial bench any time soon. Neither of them applied for the two open seats on the 3rd DCA due to the resignations of Judge Leslie Rothenberg and Judge Richard Suarez. Judge Lisa Walsh though is one of the 17 applicants*** that will be interviewed next week. A total of nine current and two former judges are among the applicants. Two, Judge Alexander Bokor and Edward Guedes are also being interviewed for the three open seats on the Florida Supreme Court.

The interviews will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 and Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Those being interviewed include:

Hon. Jason Bloch

Hon. Alexander Bokor

Jeffrey R. Geldens

Kansas R. Gooden

Hon. Monica Gordo

Edward G. Guedes

Hon. Eric W. Hendon

Hon. Timothy J. Koenig (Monroe County)

Hon. Fleur J. Lobree

Hon. Bronwyn C. Miller

Ann M. St. Peter-Griffith

Hon. Thomas J. Rebull

Oren Rosenthal

Hon. George A. R. Sarduy

Melissa Damian Visconti

Hon. Lisa S. Walsh

Hon. Angelica D. Zayas

***It was rumored that Rumpole was personally asked to apply.  In response to the request, he issued a one word PCA that read: "Overqualified".

Members of the public are invited to attend the interviews (they are being held at the law offices of DLA Piper) and also are urged to contact the commission concerning the applicants. Please consider emailing any comments concerning any of the applicants to the JNC Chair:

Harout J. Samra, Chair
DLA Piper LLP
200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2500
Miami, FL 33131-5341
Tel: 305-423-8534
Email: harout.samra@dlapiper.com


Predictions anyone ?????

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

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lobree and Walsh would be fine

Anonymous said...

I think it's time for Bronwyn Miller to be elevated. She is fair and certainly respects your time. It does not take months for her to rule... She would be a great addition to the Third.

Anonymous said...

Walsh is the best candidate, I hope she gets the spot. Criminal experience, civil experience, a fair judicial temperament, and an obsession with getting it right.

Anonymous said...

Rebull is a solid pick. Reads. Thinks. Is prepared. Follows the law. Sounds simple, but most judges don't seem to measure up to that standard.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that Hirsch and Hanzman knew they had no chance of getting appointed by Rick Scott. This is a terrifying list. I guess...Walsh? I don't think there's one other name that would be remotely fair to criminal defendants.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Lobree and Walsh

the trialmaster said...

Hendon is a very good trial judge. I have tried a few before him. could live with Walsh as well/ Might be good for the Plaintiffs bar. Far better the Rottenberg. Gordo is a former gang prosecutor would not be good for defendants or Plaintiffs. No civil experience as a lawyer. And bad altitude as a prosecutor.

Anonymous said...

Zayas is a dark horse. Brilliant jurist with an excellent command of the law.

Anonymous said...

Why is Judge Martin Zilber not the Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division?

Anonymous said...

Judge Hanzman would have been a walk on but im glad hes staying put

Anonymous said...

This was the court of Daniel Pearson, Wilkie Ferguson, Phillip Hubbart, Natalie Baskin,
Robert Shevin, and Alan Schwartz. It's a sign of the times and terrifying that some of these
applicants even THINK they are qualified.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the humility of Alex Bokor. A little less than 2 years on the county bench and he is ready for the 3rd DCA or even the FSC.

Anonymous said...

Lobree and Miller are absolutely terrible. Who is pushing them. Does anyone remember the absolute absence of common sense and the disrespect to people rights that were daily servings in Lobree’s court? Not only was she profoundly rejected by the citizens of Dade county twice, but save for a couple of her prosecutor friends she had zero supporters from the lawyers who appeared before her. Miller openly prosecuted people from the bench. Prosecutors in her court would complain that she would step on their necks while going after defendants and attorneys. They could barely speak. Just replay her performance when Mathewman and Millian represented an innocent man in spite of her Herculean efforts and then repost. Geez! Walsh is fantastic. A class act.

Anonymous said...

Anything that replaces Leslie Rothenberg would be an improvement at the 3rd DCA.

Anonymous said...

I had thought more of Ayana Harris. She is applying to be appointed judge by Rick Scott but she is openly mocking of him on Facebook. Nice person but show a little more political game. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

I think it’s a solid slate and that there are a few applicants that would be great additions- Walsh, Rebull, Miller, Gordo to name a few. As for Hanzman I’ve been reading the blog praising and was skeptical until I just read 35 page Order in DBR dissecting condo statutes. This guy is at a different level. How the hell is he not doing complex business. Our court adm is either incompetent or asleep at the wheel.

Anonymous said...

Listen here RUMPOLE. I can’t go an entire weekend without seeing a new post or at least reading new comments. Be fair. You are cruel.

Stop taking weekends off!

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY .....

Early Voting in Miami-Dade County runs from Monday, October 22, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. There are 28 locations and you can find the list of locations here:

https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1511962555914873

Only one judicial election on the ballot in Miami-Dade County. Circuit Court run-off between Vivianne del Rio and Renee Gordon:

Vivianne del Rio 89,587 34.76%
Renee Gordon 122,561 47.56%
Louis V. Martinez 45,562 17.68%

In Broward, there are four run-offs, two in Circuit and two in County:

BROWARD

Jason Allen-Rosner v. Stefanie Moon (circuit);

Maria Markhasin-Weekes v. H. James Curry (circuit);

Corey Cawthon v. Tanner Demmery (county);

Allison Gilman v. Jackie Powell (county).


PLEASE EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT AND VOTE !!!

CAP OUT .....

Anonymous said...

Ed Guedes has a reputation for being smart--putting aside whether he has the necessary ties to the Governor to get appointed. But the guy is an established appellate practitioner with a decent reputation. It's good to see a practicing attorney apply for this type of position--that seems to be happening less and less these days. Rebull, however, would be my top choice. Bronwyn Miller gives me serious concerns because (a) her temperament is off and (b) she's not humble enough to recognize what her weak spots are. Hanzman would be great as well but likely didn't apply because he knows the Governor would not appoint him--BUT no doubt he's brilliant (albeit acerbic at times).