WALKOUT!

Courthouse regulars were made aware this week that the current courthouse cafeteria service providers were preparing to move on, but nobody was ready for today’s total shutdown.  Locked doors and blacked out windows greeted coffee and egg seeking patrons this morning, while workers inside packed things up.

Alphonso Jefferson, Assistant County Administrator, explained earlier today that the walkout caught the county by surprise too.  While it was known the vendor was having issues, Jefferson described the vendor’s actions to “up and leave” as a violation of contract terms, and a “business decision” that the vendor had made.

In the meantime, the county is exploring its options, legal or otherwise.  According to Jefferson, the vendor could honor its contract obligations and reopen, or the county could try to expedite the normal bid process through which a new vendor can be found.  It’s unknown at this time what equipment remains in place, so either way it could be some time before things return to normal for thirsty and hungry courthouse regulars and jurors …

UPDATE – Alphonso Jefferson emailed to clarify the county’s position at this time, stating “Right now, we are exploring our options to determine the next steps.” …

 

CALLING ALL CARS

Jill Levy is pushing Larry Meltzer to trial today, despite the fact Meltzer has explained his wife left town this morning to attend to her mother in New Jersey, who is in hospice care due to brain cancer.

Yesterday Levy denied a request for a continuance made by Meltzer, known for trying more DUI cases than almost anyone, and she reportedly ordered him to pull his son from school and be present today with the boy, all in a strange effort to overcome the child care issues created by his wife’s need to go to New Jersey.  This morning Levy told Meltzer that her niece was in the courtroom and available to babysit Meltzer’s four year old son during trial, an offer that was appropriately declined.

This is ongoing.

Yesterday we ordered the audio from Monday’s hearing, and alerted mainstream media.  Chris Pole, in charge of the County Criminal courts, reportedly tried to intervene yesterday, to no avail.  Motions to Disqualify filed by Meltzer were denied …

Developing ….

UPDATE 11:09 A.M.: Levy is still on an extended recess.  The jury panel is waiting patiently in the hallway …

UPDATE 11:14 AM.:  Back on the bench, handling other cases for now …

Young woman identified as Levy’s niece by the JA, also pictured …

FINAL UPDATE – CONTINUED! (surprise)

Sun Sentinel report HOPEFULLY to follow ….

THE MATCH-UPS

It appears as if there weren’t any true last minute surprises, although the following information is not final until both the Florida Division of Elections and the Broward Supervisor of Elections update later today:

COUNTY COURT

Grp 9: Corey Cawthon v. Tanner Demmery v. Leonore Greller

Grp. 10: Bobby Diaz v. Mike Heise

Grp. 17: Mike Davis v. Rhoda Sokoloff

Grp. 19: Allison Gilman v. John Phillips v. Jackie Powell

Grp. 25: Bob Lee v. Stephen Lustig

CIRCUIT COURT

Grp. 8: Alan Schneider v. Ernie Kollra

Grp. 36: Shari Africk-Olefson v. Kristin Padowitz

Grp. 38: Jason Allen-Rosner v. Melissa Donoho v. Stefanie Moon v. Linda Leali

Grp. 39: Susan Alspector v. Camille Coolidge-Shotwell

Grp. 42: Richard Kaplan v. Mike Usan

Grp. 43: Dan Casey v. Karen Berger

Grp. 46: Haccord Curry v. Maria Markhasin-Weekes v. Dale Miller

Congratulations to the following judges on securing new six year sentences unopposed: Olga Levine, Katy McHugh, Lou Schiff, Mindy Brown, Ginger Lerner-Wren, Jill Levy, Jen Hilal, Arlene Backman, Teri-Ann Miller, Carol-Lisa Phillips, Nick Lopane, David Haimes, Ari Porth, Mike Rothschild, Fabienne Fahnestock, Jose Izquierdo, Tim Bailey, Mike Robinson, Marty Fein, Keathan Frink, Yael Gamm, Tom Coleman, Al Ribas, Michele Towbin-Singer, and Marina Garcia-Wood.

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

COMING SOONLook who’s up in 2020 …