“It’s the most horrible feeling. You’re helpless … At that moment I lost all my faith in the judicial system.” – Sylvia Rios, mother of Dasyl Rios, to CBS Channel 4.
As the disturbing video shot Monday morning makes its way around the country and the world, people are once again waiting for chief judge Peter Weinsteinto publicly address the ongoing problems plaguing the 17th Judicial Circuit …
The following applicants have applied to replace Gisele Pollack on the county bench:
Adriana Alcalde, Betsy Benson, Mari Blumstein, Ana Braun, Monique Brochu, Haccord Curry, Nickolaus Davis, Brenda Di Ioia, Nina Weatherly Di Pietro, Phoebee Francois, Donald Gelin, Doreen Inkles, Ernest Kollra, Mark Kushner, Stefanie Moon, Chris Narducci, Andy Newman, Michele McCaul Ricca, Abbe Rifkin, Sue-Ann Robinson, Richard Sachs, Rhoda Sokoloff, Claudette Vanni.
The JNC will announce the interview list shortly, and the interviews will be held on March 3rd.
The list is notable for the first time application ofNina Weatherly Di Pietro, wife of Republican operative David Di Pietro. Her candidacy for this slot has been quite the topic of conversation amongst JNC watchers, as rumor has it she’s already been chosen to replace Pollack. Everyone will be watching this one, as there are lawyers with much greater experience in the applicant pool, and since this JNC has already been criticized for picking judges based on connections rather than qualifications.
Pursuant to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.215(c) the election of Chief Judge for the term July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 will take place on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM in Courtroom 840. The Chief Judge shall be chosen by a majority of the active circuit and county court judges within the circuit. All ballots shall be secret.
Nominations for Chief Judge along with two seconds in writing will be accepted by my office from Tuesday, January 13, 2015 through Friday, January 23, 2015 at 4 PM. These must all be in original hard copy format on letterhead.
The Rules of Judicial Administration prohibit proxy voting. Therefore, if you (are) unsure that you will be able to be present at this election meeting, absentee ballots will be available in Court Administration Room 880A. Voting by absentee ballot will be permitted starting Monday, January 26, 2015 until Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4 PM. If no candidate receives a majority of the Circuit and County Court Judges’ votes, then a runoff election between the two judges receiving the highest number of votes will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 in courtroom 840 at 8:30 AM. At the runoff election the judge who receives the highest number of votes will be elected Chief Judge. The term for Chief Judge commences July 1, 2015.
If you have any questions regarding the election, please contact this office at x7741.