THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
HAS DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA COMMITTED POLITICAL SUICIDE ?????
As previously reported on this Blog last week, in our post entitled SHAME ON YOU RENIER DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA Candidate Renier Diaz de la Portilla crossed so far over the line with the disgusting campaign literature that a PAC connected to him sent out that he may have cost himself any chance of ever becoming a judge, or, if he is elected, he likely guaranteed his removal from office.
That is because local attorney (and former State Legislator) Juan Carlos “JC” Planas has filed complaints against Diaz de la Portilla with both The Florida Bar and the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). As first reported by the Florida Bulldog, the Complaints accuse Diaz de la Portilla of using a Political Action Committee (PAC), called Proven Leadership, as a “proxy to smear” his opponent, Judge Fred Seraphin. That PAC was originally set up to support Diaz de la Portilla’s older brother, Miami Commissioner Alex Diax de la Portilla.
In the Complaint, Planas alleges that Diaz de la Portilla violated both the Florida Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the Canons governing judicial candidates that require candidates to refrain from engaging in inappropriate political activity.
If either the Bar or the JQC find probable cause with the Complaints, the Florida Supreme Court will ultimately determine Diaz de la Portilla’s fate.
In 2018, in a period of just seven days, the Florida Supreme Court removed two sitting judges for campaign violations. Many of our readers will recall when 15th Judicial Circuit Judge Dana Marie Santino was removed from the bench for her attacks on her opponent, when she said things like this: “Attorney Gregg Lerman has made a lot of money trying to free Palm Beach County's worst criminals. Now he's running for judge!" The JQC report stated “Candidate Santino did not merely compare her background, qualifications, character and integrity with that of her opponent,” the report said. “She imputed guilt to those that were merely accused. She also expressly stated and implied that Lerman was not impartial, was predisposed to favor criminals, while she was predisposed to victims, and courted votes based on each candidate's supposed predisposition.” ARE YOU READING THIS MR. DE LA LIAR. SOUND FAMILIAR!!!
One week earlier, the Florida Supreme Court removed 7th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Scott DuPont for, what they called “numerous violations of judicial canons, including an allegation that DuPont published false allegations online about his 2016 election challenger, Malcolm Anthony, and Anthony’s family members.”
THE JQC Report found that DuPont “imputed criminality to his opponent’s wife and daughter on his website.” “He disseminated false and misleading information that Anthony employed aliases, posed as an imposter, and was ‘booked’ for arrest,”. ARE YOU READING THIS MR. DE LA LIAR. SOUND FAMILIAR!!!
Why don’t you make it easy on yourself right now by just withdrawing from the campaign so that the most qualified candidate, Judge Fred Seraphin, wins the race, unopposed.
THE LATEST ON THE SAGA OF ATTORNEY BRUCE JACOBS ....... JACOBS CALLS FOR DISBARMENT OF 3RD DCA JUDGES
Well, like Britney’s song says: “Oops I did it again”.
Today, the 3rd DCA issued SANCTIONS as the result of not one but four Rules To Show Cause against attorney Bruce Jacobs (there were actually seven cases but who’s counting). Jacobs is back at it accusing the 3rd DCA of, among other things: (The Opinion can be found here).
“It is self-evident that the right to a meaningful hearing is denied when the Court refuses to recuse itself, refuses to follow the law, knowingly deprives homeowners of their property without due process, and then attempts to disbar the lawyer for exercising his first amendment right to expose corruption in the courts. This is not North Korea, Cuba, Russia or some third world country. This is a major city in the United States of America.”
This Court has entered “orders that violate the constitution as Mr. Jacobs’ African American and Jewish clients believe the court below has repeatedly done.”
“It is self-evident that . . . [Mr. Jacobs’] clients are not before a fair and impartial tribunal [as] guaranteed by the constitution.”
This Court has created a “shadow body of law that allows banks to commit fraud.”
This court’s issuance of a citation per curiam affirmed opinion in this case constitutes “an abuse of judicial power, an act of judicial tyranny perpetrated with disregard of procedural requirements, resulting in a gross miscarriage of justice.”
“[There is a problem] when a court has actual knowledge [a party] committed felonies and fraud upon the court, [and] decides to attack the whistleblower attorney who defended against the fraud.”
“The Judges of the Third DCA should be removed from Mr. Jacobs[’] cases and disbarred for violating the judicial canons, abusing their judicial powers, and knowingly depriving people of
their constitutional rights.”
The list goes on. And on. And on.
The Court issued Sanctions as follows:
1. We formally refer each of these matters to the Florida Bar for appropriate disciplinary proceedings against Bruce Jacobs, Esquire.
2. We award the opposing party, in each of the above proceedings, a reasonable attorney’s fee in an amount not to exceed $5000 (a total maximum amount of $35,0001) for services rendered by counsel for each opposing party in responding to Mr. Jacobs’ post-opinion motions seeking rehearing, rehearing en banc, certification and/or issuance of written opinion. We remand this cause to each of the respective trial courts to fix the amount. Bruce Jacobs, Esq. and Jacobs Legal, PLLC, shall be jointly and severally responsible for payment of the reasonable attorney’s fee.