ROUND-UP

July 9th – start date for Marina Garcia-Wood in criminal, replacing Bill Haury.

August 6th Tom Coleman’s start date in criminal, replacing Mike Rothschild, who is departing for the family division.  Andrea Gundersen to criminal rumor is still unconfirmed …

Appointment/No Appointment? – has Rick Scott decided who will be replacing Claudia Robinson on the county bench?  We’ve left a couple of messages with Daniel Nordby in the Governor’s legal department trying to find out, but to no avail.  Phoebee Francois, Tabitha Blackmon, Mark Kushner, Michele Ricca, Hunter Davis, and Claudette Vanni were sent up for consideration on April 5th …

Open to the Public – the Ehrlich/Porter JNC circuit court interviews will take place June 19th in the courthouse, room 1882, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

July 6 is the Deadline … for applications to replace Michael Gates on the circuit court …

SS Editorials – the Sentinel’s picks for judge are starting to roll in.  First off, they like Mike Heise over Bobby Diaz.

From the editorial, found here:

Broward County Judge Robert Diaz has served citizens well during his 26 years on the bench, but it’s time for him to take a well-deserved retirement …

The best judges rarely draw election challengers because they’re tough to beat. But this is not the first time Diaz, 65, has drawn an opponent, in part because he finds himself in the middle of controversy from time to time.

The latest kerfuffle stems from his practice of calling females in his courtroom “Miss.” Earlier this year, Assistant State Attorney Adrianna Alcalde complained when Diaz continued to call her “Miss” despite her objections …

He said that if he called everyone “counsel,” every attorney in his courtroom would respond. Diaz said he considers the term respectful, but that he had called both women to say he meant no disrespect by using that appellation.

The “miss” issue has been covered on JAABLOG, so it was a surprise to hear that Diaz had contacted Alcalde, who stated earlier today “I have never received a call from him.  Ever.”

We’ll try to follow-up with Diaz to clarify on both this apparent miscommunication, and the earlier problems he had with Jack Tuter regarding Rafael Olmeda’s in-court identification as a reporter …

Cawthon for county Corey Cawthon gets the nod from the SS over Tanner Demmery and Leonore Greller

SS: Broward wrestles with court reporter shortage

Online criminal scheduling pilot program – go to calendar@17th.flcourts.org to schedule hearings with Dennis & Tim Bailey, Andy Siegel, Martin Fein, Ernie Kollra, and Chris Pole …

Allen-Rosner 1, Minsk Donoho 0 – we’re told Minsk Donoho has failed at the trial court level to push Allen-Rosner down the ballot, although there is no order by Mily Rodriguez-Powell yet showing on Odyssey …

Going to North Satellite is not a total waste of time …