From: Ruby Lenora (Ruby Green) Date: July 15, 2020 at 9:59:49 AM EDT
Subject: (BACDL) Reopening the Courthouse
Please see the message from Chief Judge Tuter below:
After discussions with the major stakeholders, we determined the afternoon meeting regarding reopening is not necessary. The environment in Broward County is not conducive to reopening any of the courthouses for face to face hearings. As such we will continue on Zoom through the month of August and another meeting will be set mid-August to determine the outlook for September. Currently, there is no way we can comply with the Chief Justice’s workgroup recommendations for reopening.
“Petitioner John E. Carter, an attorney facing criminal contempt charges below, filed the instant Emergency Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and/or Writ of Prohibition after being placed in custody by the trial court pending a mental health evaluation. Petitioner seeks (1) a writ of habeas corpus requiring his immediate release from custody, and (2) a writ of prohibition barring the Honorable Marni Bryson from presiding over the pending contempt proceedings below. Although Petitioner has long been released from custody, we grant his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and direct the lower tribunal to conduct a proper bond determination. For the reasons explained herein, we also grant the Petition for Writ of Prohibition and direct that all further proceedings in this matter take place before a different trial judge … “
We are adding another in-custody docket running every afternoon effective July 6, 2020. This “additional PM” docket will be running at the same time as the current PM docket. The “additional PM” docket is under the control of each division judge. Thus, effective July 6, 2020, there are three in-custody sessions. A schedule is attached assigning times to each division for each docket for the month of July 2020.
All in-custody dockets have a seperate zoom link. All hearings for the docket shall be scheduled with the division JA assigned to that division. When scheduling a hearing make sure to give an accurate estimate of time necessary. Please reach out to resolve the matter before scheduling. We are all trying to work together. I ask you to read the online general procedures set forth for in-custody dockets, they are applicable to the “additional PM” docket.
Once again, we have to work in time parameters. The AM docket runs from 8:30a.m.-12-00p.m.; the PM docket runs from 1:30:p.m.-5:00p.m. and the “additional PM” also runs from 1:30pm until 5:00pm. If a matter is not finished by 5:00pm it must be finished on a future date. Remember, BSO controls the order of appearance, please do not request to be called out of turn.
Lastly, If the matter involves an individual in BSO custody, on an out of county hold, it must be set through my JA, Sabrina. The matter will then be set administratively.. I will make arrangements to address it as soon as possible on my docket or another division’s in-custody docket. The methodology for addressing out of custody holds is controlled by Supreme Court AO. (Note: I will be available to address other criminal division administrative matters as before.)
This will continue until the courthouse reopens to the public for hearings and in-custody individuals can be brought to the courtrooms.
The SAO’s felony case filing unit located outside the main courthouse is closed today, following a Covid-19 positive diagnosis in a staff member. She’s reportedly doing fine, but now one of the few SAO units that hasn’t been able to function in full-on remote fashion due to the hard-copy driven case filing process is shutdown pending a thorough disinfecting, with employees currently seeking Covid tests. We’ll update soon, but in the meantime, attorneys are cautioned to keep an eye on 33 day deadlines for incarcerated clients …
COMING SOON– Sun Sentinel to endorse Sarahnell Murphy for SAO? …
Former Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer was, as predicted, cleared relatively unscathed via diversion on May 18th. As you may recall, the case was opened after concerns raised by federal judge Jimmy Cohn.
The entire Grievance Committee (GC) recommendation referenced above and below is found here.
The case seems to have taken all of twelve months for the Bar’s one time leader to be cleared. Brenda v. Blog, featuring the Bar’s least favorite lawyer, is now 600 days old since the initial complaint was received by the Bar without it having been presented to a GC.
Here’s how the GC defended Suskauer against the media coverage of her case, despite the Oath she swore to become Bar President, mandating familiarity with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, also pictured below:
Ruby Green, BACDL president, via email earlier today:
I just got off of a zoom meeting with all of the key players. Looks like everything, besides the Clerk office will stay remote until at least the end of July. They are trying to introduce thermo scanning. Now, with the numbers rising…it could be longer. I will keep you up to date. They are testing out mock juries remotely and said that we probably won’t be able to have a jury in the building until at least September, maybe longer. I invited the Clerk to speak at our next meeting on July 6th, so please join us at noon to ask questions!
1.) Organizers Bruneley Lalanne and Melinda Blostein; 2.) Greg Lauer kept the pace brisk and slogans inspired; 3.) Taking a knee in front of the Federal Courthouse; 4.) Taking a knee in front of the Broward Courthouse for eight minutes and forty-six seconds and trying not to cry …