THANKS, MIKE!

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November SAO Newsletter (click to enlarge)

Mike Satz may not have money to move his employees out of the old courthouse, but he does have $78,000 annually to invest in his 2020 reelection campaign.

At least that’s how some people are categorizing the recent hiring of the first ever SAO Community Outreach Programs Director Lisa Arneaud, pictured above.  She’s on board as of November 1st at the previously mentioned salary, just two months after Satz squeaked out a reelection victory over Teresa Williams in August by a mere 5400 votes.

Sadly, it would appear the pained face of old Mike at his reelection night party was not due to a bad burrito, or to the thought of how he was going to ensure Sarahnell Murphy as his chosen successor after his last triumphant term.  Rather, it seems things are getting way too close for comfort for Broward’s self-appointed State Attorney for life.

As for the $78,000 being paid to Arneaud, many at the SAO are now up in arms, in addition to the sick offices issue.  To put things in perspective, Satz has five dedicated, long-term lawyers in the top of the heap Homicide Unit making $82,000 a year, and one stuck at $70,000.  Factor in the $102,000 being paid to Public Information Officer Ron Ishoy, and the message seems perfectly clear: It’s All About Mike …

Coming SoonCircuit Criminal Judges Revolt: Hell No, We Won’t Go!

EVICTION!

*NEW UPDATE* – we spoke to Marty Kiar, outgoing Mayor of Broward County, at around 1:00 PM.  Marty had spoken with Alphonso Jefferson, the county liaison to the courthouse, who stated Monica Hofheinz had received authority from Peter Weinstein to start moving SAO lawyers into the Law Library before consulting with the County.  It is unknown at this time if Weinstein was aware of the ordinance mandating the Law Library when he made his decision.

Furthermore, Broward County Ordinance Sec. 19-6, in italics below, seems to indicate the Chief Judge may have overstepped his authority …

A committee to be known as the Broward County Law Library Committee shall be composed of a circuit judge residing in Broward County, who shall be chairman, and four (4) practicing attorneys who are members of the Broward County Bar Association. The said circuit judge and attorneys shall be designated from time to time by the Broward County Bar Association, and notice of such designation given to the County Commission of Broward County. The said law library committee shall have full authority to prescribe and enforce rules and regulations as to the use, maintenance and operation of said library. The clerk of the circuit court shall be ex officio secretary to the committee. The law library committee shall have the sole and absolute authority to select the law books and periodicals to be purchased for the Broward County Law Library. The law library funds shall be expended only for the purpose of procuring, equipping and maintaining the law library for public use and the same is hereby made a county purpose. The law library committee shall conduct, maintain, manage and make all policy decisions for the Broward County Law Library. All purchases made by said committee shall not be subject to the restrictions placed upon county purchases by general or special laws, and it shall not be necessary to advertise for bids or to secure bids for purchases made by said committee.

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*UPDATE* – an SAO source says employees have been given the option of moving to the 110 Tower or the Law Library, and that the Law Library should remain open, but we’re still waiting for confirmation from County officials …

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We’re told the current Law Library may be a goner, at least temporarily, in order to accommodate SAO personnel currently housed in the old courthouse, until the new building opens.  SAO Director Monica Hofheinz has reportedly received authorization for the takeover, but has not returned a call seeking confirmation at this time.

Broward County Ordinance Sec. 19-1, in italics below, would have to be suspended.  It is unknown at this time whether the public will have access to a pared down law library during any proposed move …

Sec. 19-1: The establishment and maintenance of a county law library in the court house at the county seat of Broward County, Florida, is hereby declared to be desirable, a public need, and a general county purpose; that the purchase of law books, legal periodicals, and the continuation of law books and legal periodicals for placement in said county law library, and the maintenance of said county law library, shall be a general county purpose.

DEVELOPING …

SS: SAO Orders County To Move Employees

CAUTION ASBESTOS

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Longtime readers will remember a picture of one of the asbestos warning signs seen above from Room 510-M published on JAABLOG years ago.  Apparently, that old photo made the rounds at today’s County Commission Meeting detailing employees’ growing concerns with the old building.  However, since our source couldn’t say whether or not the Commissioners realized the signs still adorn the air handlers on the fifth floor directly below the SAO in the old courthouse, we figured we’d publish the above new photos, all taken yesterday, November 14th, at around 11:30 AM …

TWO NEW CIRCUIT JUDGES

We’re told Martin Fein and Keathan Frink have been appointed to the circuit court to replace Renee Goldenberg and Dale Ross.

Still unconfirmed …

Lastly, previously reported judicial movement may be in jeopardy, due to delays in opening the new courthouse.  Apparently, judges don’t want to leave the North Wing for a sick old or new building …

Coming Soon Satz for State Attorney in 2020 …

UPDATE

All signs are currently pointing to Andy Siegel taking over for Marty Bidwill as Administrative Judge Circuit Criminal …

Short list – Rick Scott reportedly set to choose between Raag Singhal, Manuel Farach, and Jeffrey Kuntz for the 4th DCA, with a decision possibly coming by the end of the week …

Coming Soon – Does the Cedi Pacheco recusal have implications for other Divison FJ cases?; State v. Madcene Serfrere – Bungled Brady, or worse?; The Florida Bar’s turn re Matt Destry?; Chief Judge candidate questionnaire; Who’s up in 2018; Tom Lynch says goodbye …

CIRCUIT CRIMINAL MOVEMENT …

Completely and totally unconfirmed

Haimes to 4th or Civil …

Singhal to 4th or Family …

Bidwill to Civil …

Usan to Bidwill ROC …

Levenson to Civil …

Porter to Levenson Trial Division and Admin Criminal (for Bidwill) …

Tim Bailey, Mike Lynch, and appointees/Nov. 8th winners to remaining spots …

Goldenberg/Ross/4th appointments TBA soon; Birken and Tom Lynch seats opening soon, and many more retirements/open seats upcoming between now and 2018 …

CJ election in February … Tuter/Horowitz/Rodriguez hats in the ring thus far …

(please post a comment with any additional information or corrections … it’s all pretty fluid right now, particularly with the CJ election coming up)