17th Circuit AO Governing Media



A cameraman and what appears to be a producer or development type person have been stationed in Liz Scherer’s courtroom all morning. The producer/development type was dour, and both her and the cameraman steadfastly refused to offer up any information or even hints as to their mission. The cameraman stated “Im working for myself,” while the woman was taking long, detailed notes as the morning progressed.

As the docket concluded, we asked for permission to take a photo of the media activity. The request was granted by Liz in part, after the woman told the judge she didn’t want her picture taken, despite being part of a team filming everyone else all morning. For his part, the cameraman agreed to have his picture taken, while promptly hiding behind his equipment, as pictured above.

JAABLOG was then escorted from the courtroom as it was being locked, with the camera crew being allowed to remain after requesting access to a conference room.

Additionally, the bailiff today was in full dress, and the judge was her usual highly telegenic self.

We’ve made a public records request to Court Administrator Joe D’Amico as to the identity of the crew, and will update when we get a response …



Press Release (5/17)

SSDeSantis appoints four new South Florida judges (5/17)


We’re told are Broward’s newest circuit court judges, replacing Linda Alley and Charlie Greene

(JAABLOG will update following the official announcement from the Governor’s Office)

COMING SOONthree more new circuit court judges

LA TIMES Inmates leaving California prisons may be armed with Narcan to reduce overdose risk


*UPDATE UPDATE* – the following questions were emailed to the judicial assistant for Liz Scherer at 12:09 PM. As of 2:09 PM, there has been no response. We’ll update upon receiving any additional information:

” … (I)s Judge Scherer sick?  Will she be in court tomorrow? … “


*UPDATE* – 9:07 AM email:


Email sent Monday morning at 8:57 AM ...

Liz Scherer has once again canceled court with minutes to spare before the scheduled docket start time, following Friday’s pre-scheduled day off …


Liz Scherer has once again canceled court this morning with extremely short notice.

One Defendant is present with her family, who was also canceled last week …

CORRECTION – Last week’s last minute cancelation was Monday, not Wednesday, as previously reported.


Another last minute docket cancelation this morning for Liz Scherer. Court staff and members of the public are leaving the courtroom at this time.

Last week Monday, it was the same thing. Another last minute cancelation.

Friday, of course, was a pre-scheduled day off.

Meanwhile, it’s nearly a daily occurrence recently wherein we’ve been called or texted that Scherer’s resignation letter from the circuit bench has been received somewhere in officialdom, with a last day of June 1st or June 30th.

But no one has a copy.

Does Liz’s rumored impending resignation have something to do with her legendarily light court schedule? Is she Hollywood or private practice bound? Or is she staying put, with the attendance rules which apply to all other judges somehow not at issue?


COMING SOON Bryson v. Scherer update:


*UPDATE* – SS: A Broward judge makes the only sensible call | Editorial (4/25)

… It’s obvious that for the sake of his daughter’s career, the judge cannot antagonize the governor. That’s an obvious appearance of impropriety, but the judge denied a motion by Velez’s lawyers to disqualify himself

The judge’s recusal order was public Monday. He signed it Friday, the day the Sun Sentinel posted a column by Opinion Editor Steve Bousquet, urging him to recuse himself.


Michael Robinson

A Broward judge sees no conflict, but we do

By Steve Bousquet, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

” … The case of Rod Velez v. Ron DeSantis was assigned to Circuit Judge Michael Robinson, who has been on the bench for 13 years …

With Velez’s suit against him pending, DeSantis must soon decide whether to appoint the judge’s daughter, Allana Robinson Woods, to a vacant circuit judgeship …

Judge Robinson never disclosed to the parties that his daughter’s legal career is solely in the hands of the defendant — DeSantis …

This is an important case, and it should be decided by someone other than Judge Michael Robinson. For the reputation of the Broward bench, step aside, Judge.