DIAZ & SCHERER UPDATE

After a comment from “Sleepy judge” on May 20th, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources that Bobby Diaz did indeed appear to fall asleep during the trial and testimony of ex-BSO Deputy/Defendant Jorge Sobrino.

We’re working on getting audio and/or video footage that may have captured the judicial reawakening at roughly 1:36 PM on May 19th. The trial was widely covered, and CBS 4 was handling the “pooled” video feed, so we’ll be sure to follow-up.

Paraphrasing, one observer had this to say:

It was clear to everyone in the courtroom (the judge) was asleep. The clerk was tapping on the glass to wake him. He was leaning back in his chair, and no one knows how long he was out for, because it was only when the defense lawyer asked to approach that people realized the judge was out.

Fortunately for Sobrino, his lawyers Eric Schwartzreich and Michael Finesilver did not ask for a mistrial, most likely sensing that the ultimate not guilty verdict was on its way …

(Thanks again to “Sleepy judge”)

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Liz Scherer, previously known for her astounding comments about Rastafari, today reportedly professed ignorance regarding Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

From the Twitter feed of WPLG 10’s Christina Boomer Vazquez, covering Parkland earlier today:

UPDATECHANNEL 10: Broward judge ‘didn’t get memo’ on Juneteenth (Video)

COMING SOONWWHS (or What Would Haile Selassie Do?)

LAWSUIT!

Formerly Chukwuma, Hildebrandt & Ray …

Former Broward ASA’s Jeff Chukwuma and Landon Ray are headed to court in Miami in different roles than they’re used to, following the filing of this complaint by Plaintiff Ray on May 10th.

Judging from the allegations, the dissolution of their law partnership has unfortunately turned toxic, and definitely newsworthy, given Jeff’s massive presence on social media …

SPENCER OUT …

*UPDATE* – text received from Jordy Spencer at 6:01 PM:

I am postponing my run for judge until 2024 due to the medical decline of a family member. I want to thank my friends, family and firm for their continued support during this difficult time.

And a text at 6:02 PM from her former opponent Mike Ahearn:

I was saddened to see Ms. Spencer is leaving our race due to a family illness. I have come to know her over the last few months and found her to be someone who would have been a tough opponent. I wish her well in her future endeavors and my prayers to her family.

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Jordanne Spencer has quit the race to fill the county seat vacated by Mindy Solomon, after paying the $6255.08 qualifying fee on April 29th, leaving the following three candidates in place:

KASTRENAKES OUT …

South Florida legend John Kastrenakes is hanging up his 15th Circuit robe, after qualifying for reelection just last week.

The following email was reportedly sent to supporters today:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Today I sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections officially removing my name from the 2022 ballot for Circuit Court Judge, Group 23.

As someone who has served in our judiciary since 2009 and who dedicated their entire career to public service, this was an incredibly difficult decision to make. We tentatively reached this conclusion last Monday, and now firmly believe that this is the best decision for my family moving forward.

Recent developments in the election landscape created new circumstances that would have substantially impacted my family and my job as a judicial officer. As my career has amply demonstrated, being a good husband, father, grandfather and dedicated, hard-working judge takes priority, especially over politics.

I have been humbled by the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received across our legal community. To all those who donated, thank you for your generous support. My campaign plans on making a refund of your donation.

I have been blessed to know the best of our legal community and citizens over a 42-year career of public service spanning from Miami to Washington, D.C. During that career, it has been my honor and distinct privilege to serve the citizens of our State and my country in multiple capacities. It has been a labor of love and gratitude. During that time, I was blessed to work with incredibly talented and dedicated public servants, not the least of which have been my colleagues here on the bench in Palm Beach County.

I plan to serve out the remainder of my term and then spend more valuable time with my wife, Pia, of 42 years and our children and 9 grandchildren. I also plan on expanding my national teaching schedule with multiple agencies whose mission is dedicated to making our nation safe. Of course, if called upon, I would not hesitate to come back in any capacity where I can further serve our community in the future.

Sincerely yours in service,

Johnny K.

MOVEMENT

NOT OFFICIAL:

Frances Viamontes to old Ledee Family Division;

Catalina Avalos to misdemeanor DV;

Kathleen McCarthy from misdemeanor DV to current Jackie Powell civil;

Jackie Powell to newly created misdemeanor civil division;

Old MT/Mollica downtown criminal division to John Fry, now running two downtown criminal divisions …

2022 RACES

Congratulations to Broward county court judges John Fry, Kal Evans, Florence Barner, Dan Kanner, Nina Di Pietro, Kathleen McCarthy, Jay Hurley, Betsy Benson, Kim Mollica, Tabitha Blackmon, Ken Gottlieb, Debbie Carpenter-Toye, and Giuseppina Miranda, who have been reelected without opposition.

The Broward county court match-ups for 2022 are:

Mike Ahearn v. Chris Brown v. Suzette Hyde v. Jordanne Alana Spencer

Mardi Cohen v. Kaysia Earley

Congratulations to Broward circuit judges Ken Gillispie, Elijah Williams, Carlos Rodriguez, Hope Bristol, Barbara Duffy, Michael Davis, Carlos Rebollo, Mike Lynch, Stacey Ross, and Ed Merrigan, also elected without opposition.

The Broward circuit match-ups for 2022 are:

Lauren Alperstein v. Andrea Gundersen

Alex Arreaza v. Bill Haury

Gary Farmer v. Rhoda Sokoloff v. Tania Williams

Tamar Hamilton v. Denise Kistner v. Lorena Mastrarrigo

Congratulations to all the Palm Beach judges elected without opposition, including Marni Bryson.

The Palm Beach match-ups are:

County: Paul Damico v. Karen Velez

Circuit: John Kastrenakes v. Caryn Siperstein v. Alcolya St. Juste