Assistant Public Defender Ruby Green has filed to run for Public Defender in 2020 …
We’re told Jack Tuter announced at a judicial meeting today that the JQC will once again be opening up on a Broward judge, possibly as early as next week.
No further details were given.
Tuter also reportedly spoke about JAABLOG, and the importance of keeping judicial business secret. It’s unknown if the JQC news, and the warnings about the blog, are somehow related.
Here is an incomplete and totally unconfirmed list of courthouse rumors:
Ruby Green filing soon for Public Defender …
Ilona Holmes considering a run for State Attorney …
South: C. Cawthon
West: P. Francois, N. DePrimo
V. Hawkins: Family
Backman FX ROC splits: ROC merges with D. Bailey Trial Division; Vacated FX Division becomes 3rd degree Felony Court (Casey).
Lerner-Wren takes misdemeanor Drug Court (Zeller) along with her existing Mental Health Division; Lerner-Wren Criminal Division goes to Mollica …
Short List – 11 for 3 Supreme Court vacancies:
We’re told Susan Alspector is not thrilled at being assigned to take over felony domestic violence.
“To demonstrate her sincere remorse and not wanting any special treatment” and to satisfy prosecutors, Honowitz took a four-hour internet class about stealing, (Attorney Jayne) Weintraub said …
The Broward State Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that after the case was closed on Nov. 5, Honowitz was restored to her job. While she was suspended and absent from work, she used vacation time and will not be paid for approximately 20 additional days …
The Lunch Bunch: Ken Gottlieb, Bobby Diaz, and Jill Levy
Remember back in May, when Jill Levy fought Larrry Meltzer about continuing a trial case because his mother-in-law was in hospice care? After the JAABLOG post Calling All Cars went up, the case was eventually reset, allowing Meltzer to attend to his family duties. Sadly, his mother-in-law passed away days later.
As far as the case at issue was concerned, it was tried to a successful conclusion by Larry before another judge, after Levy recused herself from all of his cases.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story.
At some point following the Meltzer family’s loss, Larry got a call from a court reporter asking for clarifications of dialogue from audio-recorded court proceedings concerning the hospice care issues and continuance requests. When Larry asked who had ordered the hearings transcribed, he was told “a judge.” No further detail was given.
Apparently, despite the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Meltzer’s requests, and the puzzling resistance by Levy, somebody had put Larry in the Bar’s crosshairs.
From Calling All Cars:
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.
We have no idea who ordered the transcripts, or who brought them to the Bar’s attention, but we aim to find out. In the meantime, the Bar has fortunately come to its senses in time for the holiday season, sending this letter dismissing the complaint earlier this week:
Great news for the Meltzer family, who should not have had to endure the added stress of a frivolous and insensitive bar investigation during a period of mourning …
Coming Soon – Bobby Diaz v. Adriana Alcalde: Another real head-scratcher of a bar complaint …
We’re told Natasha DePrimo has been appointed to county court … no official word on the circuit appointments, but Frank Ledee has always been a front runner, and Gina Hawkins appears to be donning a circuit robe as well …
Here is an incomplete and unconfirmed list of upcoming rumored judicial assignments:
Alspector: Felony Domestic Violence (G. Cohen).
Powell: First Appearances (Mollica).
Mollica: County Criminal.
Weekes: Circuit Criminal (D. Bailey).
D. Bailey: Trial Division (Holmes).
Cawthon: West for Hilal.
Gillespie: Probate (Weinstein or Speiser).
Casey: new 3rd degree Felony Division.
As far as Backman’s ROC Division, it’s still unknown if he’ll be replaced, or whether both ROC’s will be combined or merged with trial divisions.
There are also some outstanding appointments to be made soon, and lots going on in Civil, so post a comment if you have insights as to other moves …