Given the message these justices are sending, Imperato should give serious thought to resigning before the case goes much further …
Thankfully, the Supreme Court is sending a clear message that soft penalties are insufficient for those who would sit in judgment of us.
Given the cloud hanging over the bench in Broward, the high court’s high standards are welcome.
SS: Court is right to reject plea deals from Broward judges (9/18)
SS Editorial: Now public will judge Imperato (12/26/14)
If her appeal fails, she should leave the bench. Even if the appeal succeeds, voters in 2016 — if she runs — would be justified in asking whether her attitudes toward police and breath tests are in keeping with attitudes a circuit judge should display.
DBR: Rosenthal steps down
“The thing that sticks out in my mind is that she was always a very hard worker and always very diligent,” (Peter) Weinstein said. “On a personal level I’ve gotten to know her very well. My wife and I have become very friendly with her and her husband. They are wonderful people, and as a judge she will really be missed.”
SS: Rosenthal resigns
(Peter) Weinstein, the chief administrative judge, praised Rosenthal’s work ethic and said she was an effective judge despite the controversy that ultimately overshadowed her career.
“She’s done a wonderful job,” he said. “Her work ethic and ability in the courtroom were excellent. I just hope we get a replacement who is as hard-working and competent as Judge Rosenthal.”
Weinstein Email To 17th Circuit Judges After News Broke:
I am sorry to report that Judge Lynn Rosenthal has decided to resign her position effective October 31st. This will allow sufficient time to work out coverage for her division.
Judge Rosenthal has worked diligently in each of her assigned divisions and I know I speak for many of you that she certainly will be missed. I would like to wish her the best.
NBC News: Florida Judge Jails DV Victim
Daily Mail: FL Supreme Court to Remove Judge who beat up APD
FL SUPREME CRT ORDER/KNOCK-OUT BLOW (10/6)
DBR: Florida Bar refiles complaint against Laura Watson
BBEAT: Not so fast, SCOTUS To Discuss Laura Watson first …
DBR Profile: Al Milian
DBR: Clerk Candidate Profiles
SS: APD sues cops for allegedly looking at her DL records
Boston Globe: MA bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana
(Justice Margot) Botsford’s opinion followed (high court) rulings in 2011 and last year finding that the odor of burned marijuana alone does not provide grounds for police to order occupants to exit a car, and that the smell of burned or unburned marijuana does not justify searching a vehicle without a warrant …
WA Post: Gloucester, MA cops grant amnesty to drug addicts seeking help (8/17)
NYT: Oregon’s Legal Sale of Marijuana Comes With Reprieve
Oregon was not the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, which happened through a state ballot vote last November, nor is it the largest. But in preparing to begin retail marijuana sales next month, it is nonetheless blazing a profoundly new trail, legal experts and marijuana business people said.
“Oregon is one of the first states to really grapple with the issue of what do you do with a record of something that used to be a crime and no longer is,” said Jenny M. Roberts, a professor of law at American University in Washington, D.C., who specializes in criminal law and sentencing.