DENIED?

Rumor has it Barbara Duffy denied the  motion to disqualify filed by the Public Defender in Helio Lessa.  Odyssey has not yet updated, so it’s a wait and see.

Typically, a lot of judicial groupthink goes into handling things like this, so it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here …

UH OH …

The Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda has broken a big story regarding an alleged incident at judicial college concerning Barbara Duffy.  There’s been a lot of innuendo around the courthouse and in the comments section of Jaablog up until now concerning this particularly infamous judicial happy hour, and now Rafael has the goods here.

The disqualification motion filed by Howard Finkelstein’s office is found here.

Developing …

FIX THIS NOW, PETER!

blogg Ask Azim Ramelize …

The sleek new courthouse is partially open for business, but the festivities are muted due to the embarrassing, seemingly patchwork ramp that connects the North Wing to the new addition.  The long hallway has already caught the attention of the Sun Sentinel and ADA attorney Matthew Dietz, who is on record stating the ramp’s angle is steeper than Federal standards allow.  As one courthouse regular puts it, even if the slope is legal, it’s definitely not accident or lawsuit proof.

Today we shot a couple videos with APD Azim Ramelize to show just how fast the ride down is, and how straining the climb back up will be for folks in wheelchairs.  Video Number One is here, and Video Number Two, wherein Azim discusses some of the other problems in the existing courthouses facing disabled folks, is found here.

Let’s hope Peter Weinstein, who has made the new courthouse his number one priority, addresses all of the issues immediately, and doesn’t leave them for the new chief judge to solve … *

* The CJ election is February 1st.  Early voting is currently underway.  Jack Tuter, Fred Horowitz, and Carlos Rodriguez are the candidates.  The new boss takes over in July …

12 FOR 2

The following twelve names were sent to Rick Scott in consideration to replace Tom Lynch and Arthur Birken on the circuit court:

Daniel Casey, Tom Coleman, Fabienne Fahnestock, John Fry, Yael Gamm, Stefanie Moon, Michele Ricca, Abbe Rifkin, Andrew Salvage, Claudette Vanni, Mariya Weekes, Michelle Zeiger …

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Peter Weinstein Tuesday morning, swearing in Betsy Benson, Debbie Carpenter-Toye, Barbara Duffy, Kathleen McCarthy, Mike Lynch, Kim Mollica, Florence Taylor Barner, and Andrea Gundersen …

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