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REJECTED!

Brenda’s quest to sit on the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors has failed.  Unbeknownst to us, she had applied to be a lawyer overseer on January 4th, after falsely complaining to the Bar about JAABLOG’s supposedly aggressive behavior, which was also claimed in her now discredited lawsuit.

Jack Thompson, one time blog foe and now friend, sent over the Dear Brenda letter pictured above, and we followed up today with the Bar’s PIO, who provided Forman’s redacted application, found here.  The Bar could not recall a Constitutional Officer ever applying for the Board of Governors over the last twelve years or so, but a thorough records check was not requested, and has not been done at this time.

As far as Brenda’s motives in wanting to participate in formulating and adopting matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar, the application doesn’t mention whether or not JAABLOG played a role.  In any event, her written statement regarding “how important it is to stay on the honest and right side of the law” is welcome, given the mixed messages previously offered by Mark Speiser in her guardianship debacle, and her affidavits and assertions now wholly contradicted by video in Brenda v. Blog

The above photograph of shackled juveniles being led to court in the North Wing of the central courthouse was not taken years ago, when people like Vic Tobin and Peter Weinstein were campaigning hard for a new courthouse tower.  It was, in fact, taken this morning, and is representative of the still daily medieval display that the now built, expensive new courthouse was supposed to eliminate.

Given Jack Tuter’s recent plea in the DBR to “encourage anyone involved in the court system to give us input on changes we can make to be more efficient,” the following email was sent this afternoon to the chief judge:

” … I am requesting a meeting to give input on how we can address the shameful practice of parading shackled juveniles in the public hallways of the North Wing.”

Of course, since Tuter has blocked JAABLOG from sending emails directly to all judges after some embarrassing word snafus, the message bounced back, which is why it’s being posted here …

JQC v. KOLLRAhere is the Sun Sentinel on the most recent example of a Broward judge stepping in it.  It’s the “Is the rumored impending JQC action merely a campaign violation case?” that we mentioned back on December 5th.  And as far as Dennis Bailey’s proposed JQC settlement, there’s still no direction from the Supreme Court …

SS: Path to court for shackled Broward juveniles is shameful spectacle (2010)

” … When Broward County builds a new courthouse, the problem will be solved, (Tobin) said, because separate, private pathways for juveniles will be designed and built into it … “

TWO MORE FOR TUTER

Kathy Pugh sent the following email message this morning, after early voting tallies for Jack Tuter’s unopposed run for a new term as chief judge were satisfied:

I am pleased to announce that Chief Judge Jack Tuter  has been re-elected by a majority vote of all active Judges for another two year term beginning July 1, 2019.

Congratulations!

Coming Soon – Is Jack Tuter Broward’s newest chief judge for life?

AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN …

Anyone hoping to see Brenda swear an oath before Bill Altfield on January 31st and discuss her discredited and baseless claims against JAABLOG are out of luck.  The hearing was dismissed sans colloquy last week.

The interesting thing is the near conniption displayed by her legal team at just the thought of Forman having to appear in court and answer a few questions.

Instead of a simple reply email to Altfield’s JA along the lines of “no thank you, Madam Clerk is too busy with her official duties to attend the proposed colloquy,” Tom Loffredo filed the previously posted Motion To Cancel January 31, 2019 Hearing, and on January 25th, this strongly worded anti-JAABLOG Petitioner’s Motion To Strike Respondent’s Objection To Petitioner’s Motion To Cancel January 31, 2019 Hearing in response to our previously posted Objection.

If you believe her lawyer, Brenda is the victim here.  Let’s just hope he’s getting paid, so it’s not a total waste of GrayRobinson’s resources.

As for the rest of us, it’s time once again to grin and bear the latest example of an unprofessional and unaccountable Broward Constitutional Officer embarrassing her office and the judicial circuit, at least until 2020 …

Coming SoonWhere’s the DBR, and why?

SS – Howard Forman accuses estranged wife of frivolous incompetency claim (2018)

Tuesday’s hearing, which is set to resume Wednesday, continues the bitter end of a marriage that began to unravel publicly after Brenda Forman was elected to succeed her husband as clerk of courts.

Earlier on Tuesday, she faced the possibility of a contempt ruling for failing to show up for the Dec. 5 hearing that dismissed her incompetency petition. Through her lawyer, she told Speiser that she had withdrawn her petition that morning and that she was in Orlando at a mandatory training event for clerks. The judge accepted her explanation and did not hold her in contempt …

“I’M GOING TO GO FILE A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE”

The video (w/audio) from December 5th is now available, titled:

I’m going to go file a domestic violence charge” … Gelin was at the BSO Substation in the main lobby of the courthouse, had met with Sgt. Hernandez and Deputy Francis, specifically to start the process for retrieving the Oct 16th video … ironically, right after the meeting, here comes Brenda for a public DL workshop, just in front of the BSO Substation.

Here’s what Brenda swore to in her original petition: (click to enlarge)

And here’s Dian Diaz’s statement from the supplemental affidavit filed December 13th:

Compare and contrast all the supplemental statements from Brenda’s employees filed on December 13th to the available video here

Coming SoonDecember 12th video!

FUN WITH VIDEO

Here’s the surveillance video from October 16th.  We’ll be posting other videos from December 5th and 12th as time allows.

Video 1 – Far Away View … clearly shows Gelin coming off elevator … Forman puts hand up and says something along the lines of “Get this man out of my face!” while Gelin is taking out camera …

Video 2 – Close Up ViewStarts with Brenda hugging BSO Deputy Francis on second floor … Gelin comes off elevator from court to take walking bridge over to felony … sees Forman and takes out camera … Forman quickly disappears into Clerk’s Office …

From Brenda’s restraining order petition: (click to enlarge)

From Brenda’s Bar Complaint and BSO report:

And Ed Hoeg in the Sun Sentinel:

MOTION TO CANCEL!

It appears Brenda really doesn’t want to answer any questions posed in open court by Bill Altfield.

Today her attorney Tom Loffredo filed this Petitioner’s Motion to Cancel January 31, 2019 Hearing. There’s even a footnote advising the court that Brenda will file a writ of prohibition if the motion isn’t granted.

Ed Hoeg was kind enough to file this objection, but since Altfield’s email concerning the proposed colloquy was simply a request, it’s likely we won’t be getting our day in court after all.

Should we now ask John Howes to formally and succinctly respond ready for trial in the still pending Bar matter, to ensure a full and fair public airing of this entire affair?

Wait and see …

Coming SoonSurveillance Video!

Gregory Tony, Broward’s affable new Sheriff, poses for JAABCAM earlier today …

COLLOQUY!

Brenda may still have some explaining to do.

Miami’s Bill Altfield has not cancelled the January 31st hearing.

From an email sent earlier this week:

We are in receipt of the Voluntary Dismissal filed by the Petitioner.  Judge Altfield is asking for the hearing set on Thursday, January 31st, @ 9 AM, remain scheduled. He would like to colloquy the petitioner.

What’s it all about?

Wait and see.

In the meantime, the Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda has updated his article for the upcoming print version, with additional choice comments from Ed Hoeg and John Howes, who has graciously offered his services to handle the pending Bar Complaint

BRENDA BALKS

Ed Hoeg, Pro Bono Warrior

Brenda has quit her stalking complaint, as reported by the Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda.

Our thanks to Ed Hoeg, who knocked this out of the park for free.  We’re also indebted to the other lawyers who lent a hand behind the scenes, all gratis, who wish to remain anonymous.  In the end it cost us a few dollars for some fancy invitations, a court reporter fee, and some Amazon bonus points for this American Flag suit to wear at the now cancelled hearing.  Oh well, at least we have some dandy souvenirs, even if we didn’t get a chance to depose Brenda and Dian Diaz on video, or watch Hoeg cross them in court.

In all seriousness, it’s on to the next step.  The filing of a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice (emphasis added) is not the end of this.  What Brenda has done here is reprehensible, and it’s far from her first legal system rodeo.  We hope to be posting soon some of the interesting background materials on Forman that have come our way since Brenda v. Blog began, as well as videos that mostly contradict what Brenda and her team claimed in their statements.  We’ve got the ones mentioned in the Sun Sentinel’s article, and will be petitioning the County to release additional surveillance video from December 5th and 12th, which has been duly preserved.  After that we’ll weigh all available options.

Here’s what Hoeg had to say:

It is anticlimactic that Ms. Forman withdrew her complaint.  Knowledge is power.  If we had litigated this case in an open courtroom, the people of Broward County would have benefitted because the Clerk’s abuse of the judicial process would have been exposed, and with that knowledge, the people of Broward could have voted accordingly in 2020.

Lastly, speaking of 2020, Howard Forman this morning confirmed rumors that he has been asked to run against his ex-wife, and that he “hasn’t decided just yet.”  Brenda, when asked at 11:20 AM whether she would step aside if Howard ran for his old job back, failed to respond …

GRUDGE MATCH?

COMING SOONBrenda/Florida Bar v. Blog Update!