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John George passed away Sunday of heart failure, 69 years of age.  His wife of over thirty years was with him.  In addition to Diane, John  leaves his son Edward, and his daughters Victoria and Diana.

John was one of those guys no one ever spoke a bad word about.  Soft spoken and erudite, you listened when he talked.  In addition to the authority he carried by virtue of handling the heaviest cases for so many years, he also was a Vietnam Veteran.  There was a depth there which only unmatched experiences and intelligence could provide.

From Louis Pironti:

John was truly the defense lawyer’s defense lawyer.  He went to the wall for his clients.  On a personal level, he was kind-hearted and loyal to a fault.  He was an excellent human being and a great lawyer …

Visitation: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at T.M. Ralph Funeral Homes, 7001 Northwest 4th Street, Plantation, Florida  33317.

(Mass and internment information to follow or visit for further information)

Ross Mowry, 98 years oldBrian Cavanagh sent this message November 1st, shortly after learning of the former judge and World War II Veterans passing:

I just heard Judge Ross Mowry died last night at 98.  May God rest his soul.  As an old-time public defender before he became judge, he infused with Southern gallantry – the real meaning of Justice and Fundamental Fairness into our local criminal justice system during his tenure on the bench.  

I’ll never forget my first day in his County Court division in 1978, when he looked at me and said, “Well Mr. Persecutor, do you have anything to say?”  Taught me proper humility and a perspective steeped in decency right from the start …


Betsy Benson, Monique Brochu, Daniel Casey, Mardi Levey Cohen, Tom Coleman, Haccord Curry, Maria Estevez, Phoebee Francois, Keathan Frink, John Fry, Donald Gelin, Pamela Gordon, Julie Hough, Ernest Kollra, Sam Lopez, Chris Narducci, Andy Newman, Grainne O’Sullivan, Mason Pertnoy, Al Ribas, Michelle Ricca, Abbe Rifkin, Pauline Robinson, April Rolle, Andrew Salvage, Russell Thompson, Madeline Torres, Claudette Vanni, David Weintraub, Beranton Whisenant, Jeremy Zubkoff.

Interview list should be out Thursday …


Broward has a reputation for nasty judicial politics, but from what we’re being told, Palm Beach 2016 could make things south of the Boca Raton border look downright dignified.

Check out the following two mailers, purportedly sent in a targeted mail blast in Palm Beach County some months ago:

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It’s all very mysterious.  The judge isn’t named, and the upcoming election cycle isn’t mentioned either.  The featured website,, is inactive.  The mailers didn’t appear in the Palm Beach mail slots of anyone we know, but a judge did mention to us that the flyers had created quite a buzz at a recent judicial conference.  Of course, the allegations, if true,  are indeed shocking, and hardly judge worthy behavior.

Definitely a wait and see …



Stand Up for InnocenceSaturday, November 7, 2015 at the
Bienes Center for the Arts at St. Thomas Aquinas
2801 SW 12th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 32312


Meet & Greet Reception – 7:15 p.m.

Comedy Show – 8:15 p.m.

Featuring Kenny “The Viper” Rogerson, Karen Morgan, and Jim Short.

All proceeds from STAND UP provide critical money for our litigation efforts on behalf of the wrongfully convicted in Florida prisons. Your sponsorship will make these opportunities available to others who are innocent, imprisoned and waiting to come home.

Several Florida exonerees will be present throughout the evening. Florida has freed 14 men who collectively spent more than 268 years in prison for crimes that DNA testing proved they did not commit.

ALJAZEERA – “Satz doesn’t sanction torture” 

New Times: Strike Four For Robert Carney

PBS Frontline: Requiem For Frank Lee Smith

“In The Blink Of An Eye”

Justice Advocacy Association of Broward