Attention Broward ASA’s:

CBS – Race Matters: A Look Inside Broward Pot Arrests

(T)he overwhelming majority of those arrested were black. Since 2010, 69 percent of the people arrested in Broward County were black … CBS4 News also reviewed how the cases were handled in court and we found that Broward had a conviction rate seven times higher than Dade. And 80 percent of the people convicted in Broward for misdemeanor pot possession were black.

“When you look at these numbers if they don’t make you sick then you aren’t paying attention,” said Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County Public Defender. “You know what these stats show you? There is no war on drugs. There is a war on poor black people. That’s exactly what this shows.”

The racial disparities are particularly troubling because studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Health have shown blacks and whites use marijuana at the (same) rate. If anything, the surveys have shown, young white adults between the ages of 18 and 25 actually use marijuana at a higher rate than their black counterparts. Yet it is young blacks that make up many of the arrests …

SS: Should pot violation mean six years in prison?




                                JUST SAY NO


                 Senator Al Franken

“I became interested in politics when I was about 11, 12, 13 years old, during the civil rights movement,” (Franken) said.” We were watching them sic dogs or club demonstrators. My dad would go, ‘No Jew can be for that, no Jew can be for that.’ That was probably when it crystallized to me how important public affairs are.”


SS: Imperato JQC testimony

… (Boca Raton Detective) Immler said she showed the badge instead of her license when he asked her for identification. She showed him her license when he asked for it specifically.

(JQC Prosecutor) McGee argued that there was no other reason for her to show a badge instead of a driver’s license when asked for identification. But Imperato said she was merely identifying herself, admitting she was drunk at the time and not using the best judgment …

CBS TV: Weinstein says Imperato made herself a stronger person

New Times Best Local Girls Gone Bad Award: Imperato, Pollack, Rosenthal

BBeat: McLawrence lashes out at Rosenthal, supporters …

BBeat 2014: “Race Baiting For Judge Rosenthal”

LA Times: Low Heart Rate & Criminal Mitigation Motions


Cindy Imperato isn’t the only Broward judge to have a softball JQC settlement offer rejected by the Supreme Court. Today Lynn Rosenthal’s preposterous proposed ninety day suspension was sent back for trial as well, via a strongly worded order.

From the Order:

We remand for further proceedings to include a full hearing before the Judicial Qualifications Commission in order to fully develop the facts regarding any misconduct that occurred during the criminal investigation and the Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation, including any destruction of evidence and any false and misleading statements made by Judge Rosenthal, so that the Court, in determining the appropriate sanction, will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the violations.

Clearly, the Supreme Court doesn’t seem too happy, and rightfully so.  Unfortunately, as far as media, only Bob Norman and Rafael Olmeda of the Sun Sentinel have done anything to inform the public of the egregious acts committed by Rosenthal, despite the fact she remains on the bench passing judgment on others.  But hopefully things will change concerning media coverage now that the top court has weighed in, and quickly …

SS: “(The Supreme Court) can’t set a precedent like this.”

WPLG: Rosenthal admits to ‘incomplete and misleading’ testimony


BSO Media Relations has confirmed the suspension with pay of two female detention employees for Conduct Unbecoming an Employee. One is employed as a Detention Technician, and the other is a Deputy.  Nothing else is forthcoming at this time, however, our post earlier today has apparently created quite a bit of media interest, so expect the full story to break soon …

SS: Finkelstein Prevails Over Brannon


BSO Media Relations has strenuously stated there have been no arrests made regarding the rumors of inappropriate activity behind bars at this time.  However, they could not confirm whether the whole thing is a nasty rumor, or something ongoing, while promising to update via email as soon as they have something definitive.

Stay tuned …


*UPDATE*here is the Order.

And from the victorious Public Defender:

“I am very grateful to God, Judge Graham and my lawyers Alicia and Cory Laufer for their outstanding work.”

Coming Soon – how high are the attorneys’ fees, and who has to pay?; JQC v. IMPERATO TRIAL Thursday, September 10th in WPB …

Character Letters on behalf of Cindy Imperato

PB Post: Marni Bryson declined to comment …


We’re told the federal court has issued a 27 page decision ruling in Howard Finkelstein’s favor on all counts.  The decision should post shortly  …



The JQC has recommended a Public Reprimand and a 90 day suspension without pay for Lynn RosenthalThe findings and recommendation are found here.

The stipulation to punishment is found hereGuy Lewis, Rosenthal’s former boss at the US Attorney’s Office, is designated attorney of record for the accused.

(Thanks to Anonymous @10:43 AM)

Coming SoonShould the Supreme Court accept the terms of the Rosenthal settlement?

UPDATE: The documents are worth reading.  Rosenthal, in her testimony to the JQC, apparently contradicted the events captured on BSO’s video regarding the offer of a blood or urine test, just as she did on August 6th of last year when she spoke to WPLG’s Bob NormanThat video is found here.

The cellphone video Rosenthal shot on 595 was deleted after the JQC asked for it, and she told the JQC she wasn’t using meds any longer, which wasn’t true.  The JQC categorizes some statements as “misleading, or incomplete“, and references a prior attorney present at a hearing before Lewis was involved, believed to be David Bogenschutz, although we’re trying to confirm.  The JQC notes the problems with her testimony were due to a “personal family crisis“.