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Thursday, December 13, 2018
GOV. SCOTT NAMES TWO NEW 3RD DCA JUDGES; FOUR OPEN SEATS FOR THE JNC
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
YOUR TWO NEWEST 3RD DCA JUDGES ARE .......
JUDGE ERIC HENDON. (62 years old). Hendon began his career at the SAO in 1979 where he worked for two years. He spent most of the next eight years in private practice before joining the PD’s office in Miami-Dade in 1989. He spent ten years as an APD before Governor Bush appointed him to the County Court bench in 1999. In his bid to maintain his seat on the bench in 2002, he was defeated by Judge Jacqueline Schwartz. It was back to private practice for four years until his appointment again to the County Court bench in 2006 by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2008 he ran to maintain his seat against Denise Martinez-Scanziani, defeating her. In 2012, Govervor Scott promoted Hendon to the Circuit Court bench. He ran for a full six year term unopposed in 2014. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Leslie Rothenberg.
JUDGE BRONWYN MILLER. (46 years old). She began her career as an ASA in 1997. She spent eight years with the SAO before being appointed to the County Court bench by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005. She ran against George Alvarez in 2006 winning a six year term. In 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Miller to the Circuit Court. She ran unopposed twice, in 2012 and again this year. Miller fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Suarez.
Those that were passed up for the 3rd DCA include: Hon. Monica Gordo, Hon. Timothy J. Koenig, Hon. Fleur J. Lobree, Hon. Thomas J. Rebull, Hon. Lisa S. Walsh, Oren Rosenthal, Ann M. St. Peter-Griffith, Melissa Damian Visconti.
The appointments of Hendon and Miller creates two openings on the Circuit Court bench. The JNC will be back at work sending nominees to Governor-Elect DeSantis in the next month or so.
Speaking of the JNC, they have announced that they will interview a total of 20 attorneys to replace County Court Judges Alexander Bokor and Carlos Guzman. Both judges were recently elevated to the Circuit Court. Those interviews will take place on December 20, 2018:
8:00 a.m.: Renier Diaz de la Portilla
8:15 a.m.: Gustavo J. Losa
8:30 a.m.: Zachary N. James
8:45 a.m.: Natalie Drew Moore
9:00 a.m.: Robert T. Watson
9:30 a.m.: Michelle A. Delancy
9:40 a.m.: Blanca T. Greenwood
9:50 a.m.: Marcia Giordano Hansen
10:00 a.m.: Jeffrey M. Kolokoff
10:10 a.m.: Jonathan Meltz
10:20 a.m.: Julie Harris Nelson
10:30 a.m.: Christopher Pracitto
10:40 a.m.: Manolo Reboso
10:50 a.m.: Stephanie Silver
11:20 a.m.: Karl S. H. Brown
11:25 a.m.: Carmen R. Cabarga
11:30 a.m.: Scott M. Janowitz
11:35 a.m.: Griska Mena
11:40 a.m.: Gavin N.L. White
11:45 a.m.: Peter S. Heller
CAPTAIN OUT .......
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The Captain Reports:
Miami killer Jose Antonio Jimenez was put to death by lethal injection tonight. He is the 28th inmate to be executed under the reign of two term Governor Rick Scott, a record for a Florida Governor.
This case touches close to home as Jimenez' victim was Miami Dade Criminal Courts Clerk Phyliss Minas. Minas was responsible for mailing the hearing notices to criminal defense lawyers. She was killed in her North Miami apartment back in 1992. The jury vote was 12-0 for the Death Penalty.
Despacito Pracitto…..County Court...Circuit Court....Fla Supreme Court and THEN TO INFINITY AND B...E...Y...O...N...D!
Hendon Hendon bo bendon bo be fi fo fendon...HENDON!
Judge Hendon is a great choice for the 3d, although its a huge loss for the trial bench of the 11th. I tried a few civil cases before him and he was fair to all, good sense of humor,ran a nice courtroom and no black robe fever. I am happy for him, he deserves it but sad to see him leave the trial courts.
This is a perfect example of political connections beating out truly qualified candidates. It should have been Walsh and Lobree.
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
AND YOUR NEXT STATEWIDE PROSECUTOR WILL BE ......
The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended and certified the following nominees for the office of Statewide Prosecutor:
Nicholas Bernard Cox
Abbe Sheila Rifkin
Jason David Winn
Cap Out .......
Happy birthday to the greatest blog character and REGJB irregular there ever was and ever will be...SHUMIE!
Bruce Jacobs gets another 3rd DCA smack down/order to show cause: http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/opinions/3D18-1840.osc.pdf
I really do not know that much about Lobree, but passing over Walsh is mind blowing. She is a super star and the sky is the limit with her. Her time will come.
Wow. We are so fortunate to have so many qualified people applying to be District Court judges. The JNC did an outstanding job narrowing the field. Yes, several of those who were passed over would make excellent appellate judges (I hope they continue applying), but you can't argue with Hendon and Miller, both of whom are outstanding picks. Hendon caps a long and steady lifetime (professional lifetime) of public service, while Miller is a rising star who is only beginning to reach her incredible potential. Congratulations to them both.
PS---629, Fleur is a true legal scholar who would be a great appellate judge.
Hendon is a solid pick. Time will tell on Miller. It will be a big loss for the 3d if Judge Luck goes to Tally, but I wish him the best of luck.
658............Don't underestimate Miller. She is smart as a whip, honest, fair, compassionate, and hard-working. She will continue to rise through the ranks. I'll be surprised if she's not appointed to the Federal bench or to another position in the next few years.
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