MANDATORY JUDGES MEETING

Peter Weinstein has called a mandatory judges meeting Wednesday at 12:15 PM, location to be determined.  We’ll post more details after receiving the email.

It’s anyone’s guess why the chief judge is reacting so slowly to the crisis.  At least two circuit judges addressed packed courtrooms this morning by noting the furor ignited by their three embattled colleagues, by acknowledging jurists are indeed held to a higher standard, and by stressing the fact eighty-seven other Broward judges continue to ably serve the public.  It’s something Weinstein should have done long before the most recent debacle, but at least there are some leaders on the bench no longer content to wait for Weinstein to step up on behalf of the judiciary he represents and community he serves. 

We’re working on the mea culpa transcripts for next week, so stay tuned …

Coming Soon
Lynn Feig-Rosenthal campaigns, others cover …

FRIDAY UPDATE

Lynn Feig-Rosenthal is back in campaign mode.  As Buddy Nevins reported today, she made an appearance last night, and another source has confirmed she’s been calling around seeking support since making bond.  No word yet on whether she’ll be on a bench Monday.

Multiple sources have also confirmed Feig-Rosenthal’s husband was indeed turned away during the time of his wife’s detention/arrest, after attempting to access her office in the Broward County Courthouse.  No further information is available as to why he needed to get in there, or whether it was BSO or a judge telling him to pound sand.

Additionally, we’ve made a public records request to BSO to get Feig-Rosenthal’s property receipt from when she was booked, and to see if anything else was removed from her car besides the box of campaign literature seen in the press.  BSO said they’d get back to us on Monday.

Lastly, one of the lawyers handling Feig-Rosenthal’s case, Carlos Canet, gave a statement this morning concerning the likelihood of JQC problems because of the refusal, following a conversation highlighting his optimism that all criminal charges will be dropped. 

As follows:

My prediction, if she appears before the JQC, they won’t take any action“. (Emphasis requested)

Regarding questions as to why she didn’t provide a urine sample, Canet stated “no comment at this time“.

Developing …

Courthouse security issue – something happened up by Randi Boven’s hearing room Thursday, involving a litigant possessing a gun.  The incident is being downplayed.  A BSO rep said it involved an off-duty officer in plain clothes who was a party to litigation, who forgot to check his gun in with security.  Apparently the gun was spotted, but stories vary wildly as to exactly what happened.  On one extreme it was drawn, and on the other it was simply seen holstered.  In any event, armed deputies had to get involved.  By the time we got there, everyone clammed up, and an un-cuffed man being escorted to the elevator was quickly ushered back inside behind locked doors due to our presence.  Today Boven said she didn’t witness the incident, and referred all other questions to Peter Weinstein.  We left a message with the chief judge, and are awaiting an explanation …

Jury Room – after speaking to Howard Forman, it seems the jury room swear-in rotation of judges is strictly a judicial issue.  But more on that later …

CHEESE!



Lynn Feig-Rosenthal consented to the release of her mug shot earlier today …

SS: Mug shot of Judge Lynn Rosenthal released


” … The Sun Sentinel and JAABlog, a website that focuses on Broward courthouse news and gossip, challenged the right of the Broward Sheriff’s Office to withhold Rosenthal’s mug shot.

“She was manipulating a law that clearly doesn’t apply to someone in her position as a public figure,” said Bill Gelin, the Fort Lauderdale attorney who runs JAABlog. “We expect more from our judges as an example of candor, forthrightness and compliance with all the laws in the spirit they were intended.”

Gelin also chided the judge for refusing to provide evidence that would show whether she had drugs in her system. Driving a car implies consent to any sobriety test required by law, he noted.

“She should have submitted a blood or urine sample to confirm her claim that this was just a mistake with her Ambien,” he said
… “

        BERTILA SOTO



Miami’s chief judge runs Florida’s largest circuit,
and
a full time division …

Imagine That!

JNC INTERVIEW SCHEDULE FRIDAY MAY 30th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
                                    (open to the public)

COMING SOONCOURTHOUSE SECURITY SCARE THURSDAY (BOVEN)



                                Chan Lowe Sun Sentinel

STEP UP TO THE PLATE, PETE

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board has issued an editorial entitled Protect public from bad actors on Broward bench .  Click the link to read it. 

The following excerpt is from the editorial:

Everyone deserves a second chance. And like any citizen, judges accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

But until their cases are decided, these judges should not remain in a position to affect people’s lives.

Chief Judge Peter Weinstein should be clear in this message to all judges. Serving on the bench is a privilege, not a right. And while suspensions create havoc with dockets, it is essential to maintain high standards at the people’s courthouse.

To be clear, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources that Weinstein has failed to date to issue any circuit-wide statements to the judiciary concerning the legal and ethical problems facing Imperato, Pollack, Rosenthal, Watson, or former chief criminal judge Gardiner.  He’s also failed to respond to our questions explaining why he won’t implement programs or training for judges to help understand the extreme stresses of deciding people’s fates, and the potential for substance abuse problems.  And Weinstein’s not said anything at all to his judges or the general public signifying “bad actors on Broward bench” will be dealt with decisively and severely, in order to both reassure the public and deter future aberrational judicial behavior.

Nobody wants Weinstein to step down.  In fact, all anybody desires, judges included, is for Weinstein to step up and demonstrate to the community the ship has a captain, and that five embattled individuals haven’t sacrificed the moral and ethical high ground the vast majority of the 17th Circuit’s judges occupy through dedication, hard work, and leading exemplary lives.  But if Weinstein can’t show at this crucial time that he possesses the desire or ability to lead, then he should step aside for someone who can, just as one of his predecessors did way back in 2007 …

Coming SoonHoward Forman on jury room campaigns; Will the chief judge support diversity on the bench?; Lynn Rosenthal’s mug shot; Who is Meredith Bush, and why?

SFT: What we Think: Rectify woeful lack of black judges

BBeat: Consultants Explain: How DUI Judge Should Handle Her Political Future

SS: Judge dealing with alcoholism asks for pay during suspension

 EVERYBODY LOVES

     THURSDAYS


BOGIE TO THE RESCUE – PETITIONS SCT TO PAY GISELE POLLACK

NBC 6 – FINKELSTEIN QUESTIONS ROSENTHAL REFUSAL

SS: FINKELSTEIN QUESTIONS AMBIEN DEFENSE

CH. 10: WEINSTEIN’S PUNT

LYNN ROSENTHAL DRIVING FOOTAGE RELEASED

COMING SOONJNC thanks Judge Rosenthal …

*UPDATE* Ian Richards
swore in the jurors Wednesday morning …

              COMING SOON



  STEP UP TO THE PLATE, PETE …

Ch 7 – Rosenthal/Weinstein “has a responsibility”

Ch. 6 – Rosenthal/Gordon Weekes

Ch 10 – Rosenthal/Weinstein “no comment”

Ch 4 – Rosenthal/Weinstein issues

SS: Rosenthal Ambien defense …

SS: Sct suspends Pollack

UPDATE
– ROSENTHAL OUT OF CRIMINAL WHILE CHARGES PENDING

              (Bidwill, Levenson & Weinstein until further notice)

    

  Amateur photo
grapher Lynn Rosenthal …

JQC/SCT BRENDA TRACY SHEEHAN DUI OPINION

MUG SHOT MADNESS

 Vote for Lynn …

(SS photo of box of campaign literature found in back of crashed BMW)


Lynn Feig-Rosenthal
is creating another campaign issue, and she may not even know it.

When in jail, Feig-Rosenthal scribbled out 119.071(5)(i)1.a, as provided by BSO earlier today, specifically precluding dissemination of the following:

For purposes of this paragraph, “identification and location information” means the:


a. Home address, telephone number, and photograph of a current or former United States attorney, assistant United States attorney, judge of the United States Courts of Appeal, United States district judge, or United States magistrate … (Emphasis Added).

Got that?

Feig-Rosenthal, a sitting judge and public figure actively distributing her own picture prominently displayed on campaign literature, objects to the less flattering mug shot being released because of a statute designed to protect the safety of current and former law enforcement officers.  It really is a stretch, putting BSO right in the middle, since they can’t violate the plain language of the statute without a court order, or a waiver from Feig-Rosenthal.

So there you have it.  We’ve got a call in to Brian Silber, the accused’s lawyer, to see if they’ll agree to release the photo.  In the meantime, an interested party could move for declaratory judgment (or some other fancy civil law term), thereby guaranteeing additional ongoing publicity for the embattled judge.

Definitely a wait and see …

(* The second page of the PDF provided by BSO has nothing to do with Feig-Rosenthal.)

AND LOOK WHAT’S WRITTEN AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FLORIDA DL:



SS: Should judges be held to a higher standard?

“(Judges) need to know their actions will be scrutinized. And if they don’t, they should be replaced.”

DUI ARREST!

*UPDATE*Coming SoonAmbien Defense?

Sources say there may have been another accident before Lynn Rosenthal got onto courthouse property.  It didn’t involve another vehicle, and there weren’t injuries, but she may not have stopped to deal with it.  Also, sources are saying the DUI arrest may have something to do with meds.  That’s being investigated. 

Rosenthal is still being processed at this time, so a mug shot won’t be available until later today …

FROM BSO:

The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding a DUI Arrest located at: 201 S.E. 6 St., Ft. Lauderdale.

Public Information officer Keyla Concepcion is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:

BSO received a call shortly after 8 a.m. regarding a vehicle that struck a parked BSO unit in the parking lot of the courthouse located at 201 S.E. 6 St. The driver of the black SUV was Judge Lynn Rosenthal. Rosenthal was arrested for DUI and will be booked into the Main Jail.

This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.

COMING SOON
Will Weinstein answer our emails now?; Judge McLawrence? …

ACCIDENT!

Lynn Rosenthal has been involved in a car accident this morning, allegedly striking a police car and the gate of the judicial parking lot.  She’s reportedly not injured, and BSO is investigating the crash.  Marty Bidwill is covering her docket, and her BMW SVU was still positioned outside the semi-closed gate a few minutes ago when we took a picture for posting later in the day.  Lots of crazy rumors are circulating as to what happened, but all completely unconfirmed at this time.  There are cameras out there, so hopefully the investigation will proceed quickly …