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“CAN’T ANSWER THAT”

Both the chief judge’s and general counsel’s office were queried a few moments ago (11:27 and 11:28 AM) about whether the 17th Circuit will be open or closed tomorrow. Child care concerns given the closure of Broward schools were stressed by JAABLOG, but no answer was forthcoming from either office.

Stay tuned for an announcement, as we’re sure the issue is currently being discussed …

MOVEMENT

Chuck Morton is done with retirement. He’s heading back to the SAO as a full-time ASA.

We spoke to Chuck earlier today, who told us he’s coming back not in an administrative or supervisory role, and will be responsible for trial/case evaluation and investigation, as well as being a “senior adviser.” In short, Chuck stressed he will primarily be trying cases, but will also be available to help out in other areas.

WELCOME BACK!

Fein for Siegel – Thanks to Andy Siegel for always being accessible to lawyers with both emergencies and gripes alike during his tenure as Chief of the Criminal Division. And here’s to looking forward to similar approachability by incoming Criminal honcho Marty Fein, effective January 1st …

WELL DONE!

ELECTION RESULTS/MANUAL RECOUNT*

Very early results indicate Lauren Alperstein defeats Andrea Gundersen; Bill Haury prevails over Alex Arreaza; and a real horserace between Mardi Levey Cohen and Kaysia Earley*:

BROWARD ELECTION RESULTS

UPDATE 7:44 PM:

UPDATE 8:09 PM:

FINAL UPDATE 11:00 PM (LEVEY COHEN BY .16% – MANUAL RECOUNT – 356 VOTE SPLIT):

WLRN Bailey/Odom Nov. 2020

Caryn Siperstein bests Alcolya St. Juste, and Paul Damico crushes Karen Velez, who just wouldn’t listen to anybody except the wrong people:

SS – Keep Judge Damico
PB Post – Damico faces challenge from Velez

Former Broward ASA Scott Janowitz loses his judgeship in Miami (thanks to Anonymous at 4:51 PM):

NOVEMBER RUNOFFS:

Chris Brown v. Suzette Hyde (Solomon county seat)

Gary Farmer v. Tania Williams (McCarthy circuit seat)

Tamar Hamilton v. Lorena Mastrarrigo (Perlman circuit seat)

COMING SOONWin the Primary, lose the General?

ELECTION DAY!

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)

SS – Man attacks inmate in Broward courtroom

MEDIA ALERT

Defendant/Alleged Victim

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 …

COMING SOONElection Fun!

Commendable!

NEWMAN V. PRYOR!

Andy Newman, former long-term ASA under Mike Satz, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Harold Pryor.

Andy was one of the few ASA’s who wasn’t retained by Pryor upon his swearing in as the first new State Attorney since 1976, and certainly the oldest of a group that had gray hairs to spare.

From the Complaint For Employment Discrimination:

The Complaint was filed on July 21st, but since the response we’ve been waiting for was motioned (unopposed) for extension yesterday off the original due date of August 22nd, we’re posting it now …

(Click this link for the full Complaint For Employment Discrimination)

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State v. Corey Gordon update (motions filed today, John Murphy presiding):