Here’s the surveillance video from October 16th.  We’ll be posting other videos from December 5th and 12th as time allows.

Video 1 – Far Away View … clearly shows Gelin coming off elevator … Forman puts hand up and says something along the lines of “Get this man out of my face!” while Gelin is taking out camera …

Video 2 – Close Up ViewStarts with Brenda hugging BSO Deputy Francis on second floor … Gelin comes off elevator from court to take walking bridge over to felony … sees Forman and takes out camera … Forman quickly disappears into Clerk’s Office …

From Brenda’s restraining order petition: (click to enlarge)

From Brenda’s Bar Complaint and BSO report:

And Ed Hoeg in the Sun Sentinel:


It appears Brenda really doesn’t want to answer any questions posed in open court by Bill Altfield.

Today her attorney Tom Loffredo filed this Petitioner’s Motion to Cancel January 31, 2019 Hearing. There’s even a footnote advising the court that Brenda will file a writ of prohibition if the motion isn’t granted.

Ed Hoeg was kind enough to file this objection, but since Altfield’s email concerning the proposed colloquy was simply a request, it’s likely we won’t be getting our day in court after all.

Should we now ask John Howes to formally and succinctly respond ready for trial in the still pending Bar matter, to ensure a full and fair public airing of this entire affair?

Wait and see …

Coming SoonSurveillance Video!

Gregory Tony, Broward’s affable new Sheriff, poses for JAABCAM earlier today …


Brenda may still have some explaining to do.

Miami’s Bill Altfield has not cancelled the January 31st hearing.

From an email sent earlier this week:

We are in receipt of the Voluntary Dismissal filed by the Petitioner.  Judge Altfield is asking for the hearing set on Thursday, January 31st, @ 9 AM, remain scheduled. He would like to colloquy the petitioner.

What’s it all about?

Wait and see.

In the meantime, the Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda has updated his article for the upcoming print version, with additional choice comments from Ed Hoeg and John Howes, who has graciously offered his services to handle the pending Bar Complaint


Ed Hoeg, Pro Bono Warrior

Brenda has quit her stalking complaint, as reported by the Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda.

Our thanks to Ed Hoeg, who knocked this out of the park for free.  We’re also indebted to the other lawyers who lent a hand behind the scenes, all gratis, who wish to remain anonymous.  In the end it cost us a few dollars for some fancy invitations, a court reporter fee, and some Amazon bonus points for this American Flag suit to wear at the now cancelled hearing.  Oh well, at least we have some dandy souvenirs, even if we didn’t get a chance to depose Brenda and Dian Diaz on video, or watch Hoeg cross them in court.

In all seriousness, it’s on to the next step.  The filing of a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice (emphasis added) is not the end of this.  What Brenda has done here is reprehensible, and it’s far from her first legal system rodeo.  We hope to be posting soon some of the interesting background materials on Forman that have come our way since Brenda v. Blog began, as well as videos that mostly contradict what Brenda and her team claimed in their statements.  We’ve got the ones mentioned in the Sun Sentinel’s article, and will be petitioning the County to release additional surveillance video from December 5th and 12th, which has been duly preserved.  After that we’ll weigh all available options.

Here’s what Hoeg had to say:

It is anticlimactic that Ms. Forman withdrew her complaint.  Knowledge is power.  If we had litigated this case in an open courtroom, the people of Broward County would have benefitted because the Clerk’s abuse of the judicial process would have been exposed, and with that knowledge, the people of Broward could have voted accordingly in 2020.

Lastly, speaking of 2020, Howard Forman this morning confirmed rumors that he has been asked to run against his ex-wife, and that he “hasn’t decided just yet.”  Brenda, when asked at 11:20 AM whether she would step aside if Howard ran for his old job back, failed to respond …


COMING SOONBrenda/Florida Bar v. Blog Update!

SAVE THE DATE: 1/31/19

Here is Bill Altfield’s order setting Brenda v. Blog down for hearing on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM in Room 10160 (10th Floor) of the Broward County Central Courthouse.

Altfield, like his predecessor judge, did not put a temporary injunction in place, despite Brenda’s “Supplemental Affidavit” filed on December 13th, which is linked in a prior post …

WILL BRENDA SHOW?  WAIT AND SEE! names Fry and Ross as possible Sheriffs


*12/28 UPDATE*Here is Bill Altfield’s order allowing Jackie Powell’s deposition to proceed pretty much unfettered, issued yesterday.  Accordingly, Powell was deposed, with a Gray Robinson representative for Brenda, and an Assistant AG in attendance for Jackie …

Miami’s Rumpole on Brenda v. Blog


SHE’S NOT A JUDGE YET… but the AG is fighting to stop Jackie Powell from telling everything she may know even before she takes the oath of office:


Merry Christmas, Brenda!


Jackie Powell has been served for deposition next week, December 27th.  She’s a witness named by Brenda, and is essential to clarify exactly what happened on the public walkway connecting the courthouse to the garage on December 12th.

Oddly enough, Powell doesn’t want to be deposed.  Despite being an incoming judge charged with upholding the law, this particular search for the truth and justice doesn’t seem to interest her.  Her office said she wouldn’t be cooperating, and on Friday one Chesterfield Smith, from the Office of the Attorney General all the way up in Tallahassee, spoke with Ed Hoeg to make it clear he would be attempting to obtain a protective order.  If Smith can’t get one issued in time, he said Powell would probably no show.  Strange indeed.

As for the other depositions, Brenda, in her capacity as Clerk, has not responded to repeated attempts to coordinate dates and times that her named employee witnesses will be available.  Subs on that will therefore be issued based on Hoeg’s schedule shortly, as Bill Altfield’s office has suggested a hearing date of February 1st in Broward County.  Requests from Altfield’s and Charles Canady’s offices to hold the hearing in Miami were, of course, politely declined, as we strongly feel what happens in Broward must stay in Broward, so as many interested people as possible can personally bear witness to the actions and complaints of one of their elected Constitutional Officers …


… Forman later claimed in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel that an article about the dispute would unfairly incite “racism, hate and bigotry toward me and my employees.” She asserted that the information in her domestic violence complaint is “confidential” and “protected.” The complaint can be accessed by any member of the public on computers located on the first floor of the Broward courthouse. She did not return a phone call and email seeking comment.

Her attorney, Thomas Loffredo, said he is not authorized to discuss the case …