Living in the great Broward meritocracy means only the smartest, hardest-working candidates get through the JNC appointment process, or win at the polls. With that being said, Broward should have some new judges before the end of the day, with election results coming in this evening after the polls close:
The Broward county court match-ups for 2022 are:
Mike Ahearn v. Chris Brown v. Suzette Hyde(Solomon open seat)
Mardi Cohen v. Kaysia Earley
The Broward circuit match-ups for 2022 are:
Lauren Alperstein v. Andrea Gundersen
Alex Arreaza v. Bill Haury
Gary Farmer v. Rhoda Sokoloff v. Tania Williams (McCarthy open seat)
Tamar Hamilton v. Denise Kistner v. Lorena Mastrarrigo(Perlman open seat)
The Palm Beach match-ups are:
County: Paul Damico v. Karen Velez
Circuit: Caryn Siperstein v. Alcolya St. Juste(Kastrenakes open seat)
A little after 10:00 AM this morning in courtroom 5780 (Hunter Davis, presiding), the above inmate, Jorge Arias, was allegedly attacked by a man possibly related to the purported victim in the very serious pending sexual battery charges against him.
By all accounts BSO Deputy Latanya Phillips, pictured below, deftly controlled the situation before the cavalry arrived, but we’re told any media outlets with the time to pull the courtroom video will not be disappointed.
As of this post, the individual accused of the attack is still being processed by BSO …
Should the Florida Supreme Court go along with the JQC’s recommendation of a 60 day suspension for Seminole County’s Wayne Culver, pictured above asking “a fuckin’ question, asshole!“
Or should the penalty be removal, because no matter how frustrating a day in county court may be, Culver’s reenactment of the stereotypical abusive and tyrannical Florida judge is simply unforgivable in 2022?
This is the second time the case against Gordon has ended in a mistrial. The first was in early May before Circuit Judge Lisa Porter, when the prosecution questioned a witness about the defendant’s refusal to give a statement. Juries in criminal trials are not permitted to consider a defendant’s silence as proof of guilt …
Corey Gordon’strial on murder allegations abruptly ended in a mistrial yesterday afternoon, going into its second week. ProsecutorKatya Palmiotto (formerly Pisman) sent the group text pictured below during the trial to a bunch of current and former colleagues, including former judge Gina Hawkins,* and, unfortunately, the presiding judge, Pete Holden.
We’re told Palmiotto failed to bring her error to the attention of Holden or defense attorney Mike Gottlieb, and upon finding the ex parte blurb on his phone in his office during a court recess some time later, the judge was none too pleased. Straight shooter Holden immediately brought the matter to Gottlieb’s attention, asked the defense if they wanted a mistrial, and once affirmed, declared one based upon manifest necessity.
Gottlieb today had no comment, stating he would be following up with additional filings in the days to come …