*UPDATE* – Email from Jack Tuter confirming blog post breaking news of John Murphy’s retirement:


We’re told John Murphy has submitted his resignation, ending months of speculation he would retire before the end of his term.



*UPDATE*SS: Florida Supreme Court allows judicial candidates to declare political ideology


The Supreme Court today issued an interesting opinion concerning an out-of-county JQC case, Inquiry Concerning a Judge Hon. Casey L. Woolsey, which may impact non-partisan (by law) judicial elections in politically liberal Broward County and elsewhere.

While affirming a public reprimand for Woolsey on other grounds, the Supreme Court found a judicial candidate stating “I am a conservativedoes not violate the judicial canons, meaning calling your opponent a “conservative,” if true, or calling yourself a “liberal” in line with the reasoning of the opinion, could help sway elections here in Democrat dominated Broward.

From the opinion:

COMING SOON – “Hi … I’m the biggest liberal in the whole dang world and I’m running for judge …


Old-timers will remember both former Broward ASA Al Milian, now a circuit judge in Miami, and attorney Mike Catalano. They’ve been locking horns since the 1980’s, to the point a couple of Motions For Recusal filed by Catalano back in 2016 and in 2023 have landed Judge Milian in hot water.

Both motions were granted, but because Milian refuted the allegations made by Catalano in his recusal orders, the JQC is asking the Supreme Court for a public reprimand.

Read all the JQC docket entries here.

Forget it, Jake. It’s Browardtown.


Due to the continuing inclement weather, the 17th Circuit and Broward County Courts will be closed on Thursday, June 13, 2024. First appearance will follow a weekend schedule with Judge Ricca presiding. Shelter hearings will be held via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. with Judge Bristol presiding. Juvenile detentions will be held via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. with Judge Orlando presiding. An update as to operations for the remainder of the week will be made tomorrow. – From: 17th Circuit Emergency Message