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RESIDUE, WEED, AND THE LAB

The Broward SAO has apparently decided to catch up to the rest of the judicial circuits in Florida when it comes to small time drug cases, preferring to instead dedicate precious lab resources to the swift prosecution of more serious crimes starting January 1, 2018.

The language seems pretty clear, but we’ll be sure to follow-up with SAO public information officer Constance Jones Simmons, who left the world of television media to replace the recently retired Ron Ishoy

How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

-John Kerry

UPDATE – we received an email stream between Gordon Weekes and Jeff Marcus that began in August, including a proposed highly detailed and specific standing discovery stipulation for the SAO and PDO, which was drafted by Weekes and may have triggered the changes …

WHEEL!

– Robert Lee reportedly sent out an email this morning alluding to the fact the 17th Circuit will likely be going towards a countywide wheel for outside mediators.  And just a few days after the JQC spoke …

– The JNC has opened up Fred Horowitz’s seat.  Applications are due December 21st by 3:00 pm.

FOR THE VICTIMS

While what the New York Times has deemed “(t)he fast-moving national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace” continues unabated in the high-profile professions, many are wondering when shoes will begin to drop in other fields.  After all, there are powerful people who have done bad things in all walks of life, even if they aren’t as rich or glamorous as the folks in New York, Los Angeles, or Washington.  And their victims, of course, are just as important as the long-suffering who work in media, national politics, or the arts.

Here’s the point.  The Broward County court system is no stranger to scandal and corruption.  A former Sheriff went to prison, judges have committed dangerous crimes and other detestable acts, and a chief judge a long time ago was himself accused of sexual harassment.  Is it not reasonable to therefore wonder over the past few decades if some of the powerful who are still employed or work in the courthouse, or have retired or left otherwise undetected, were sexually abusive or inappropriate?  Is it possible there have been settlements, compromises, or cover-ups over the years?  And isn’t the integrity and sanctity of the justice system more important than a television show or movie, while acknowledging that all victims everywhere deserve compassion and justice?

Post a comment if you need help or know of an event that needs looking into, or send an anonymous tip.  Complete and total confidentiality guaranteed, as well as private or public support, however we’re directed.  Because to continue moving forward, it’s sometimes necessary to look back …

RUMPOLE: WHEN WILL THE OTHER SHOE DROP?

SDFL Fed Blog: 10 for 5 spots:

Roy Altman
Antonio Arzola
Benjamin Greenberg
David Haimes
Peter Lopez
Rodolfo Ruiz
Raag Singhal
Rodney Smith
John Thornton
Melissa Visconti

JAABCAM

Raag Singhal and David Haimes are among five Broward judges battling it out for five available Federal District Court seats.  The others are Michael Davis, Bill Haury, and Marina Garcia WoodThe SDF blog has the full list of forty-five hopefuls here.

The new Public Defender mid-rise offices are ready for business.  Goodbye to J-Mark and 412, affectionately remembered as the old juvenile building.

ASA Justin McCormack renders aid to a woman who collapsed after climbing the hill connecting the new courthouse to the North Wing.  She was ok after a breather.  This was taken well before the recent installation of guard rails, pictured below.

Attorney Harold Pryor speaks to Bob Norman on behalf of the TJ Reddick Bar Association regarding the Napoleon Bonaparte statue …

Kelly Hancock prepares to toss the ball around to prospective jurors during voir dire on an auto negligence trial.  His client was Michael Greco, of Cardinal Gibbons/Green Bay Packers Super Bowl fame.

Fight the Power!

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SS ON STATUE/STATE v. DARYL MILLER

No Driver’s License? No Felony, Florida SCT Rules

OPINION: State v. Daryl Miller

*UPDATE* – SS/Rafael Olmeda – Is Broward named for a racist? Courthouse statue controversy raises question

“The decision on whether or not to remove any fixture lies with the Broward Board of County Commissioners,” (Jack Tuter’s) office said in an email. “The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit does encourage the Board of County Commissioners to remove the fixture if evidence suggests the monument stands for a person who was involved in racial discrimination.”