5 way race

Attorney Sean Conway is seeking to succeed Howard Finkelstein in 2020, joining Gordon Weekes, Ruby Green, Jim Lewis, and Tom Lynch, whose filing is found here.

From an email from Sean this morning:

“I am filing this week to become Broward’s next Public Defender!

In memory of my father, Jack Conway, an Irish citizen, who had always encouraged me to run some day, I had planned to announce it this St. Patrick’s Day.  It is something I have been planning to do for a very long time.  I really liked working for Al Schreiber, back when you and I were trial partners there.  It genuinely felt like a place where people enjoyed coming to work.  

Here are a few ideas I want to talk to the voters about:  

*I see no reason why every attorney who receives a taxpayer salary should not have a case load – even the elected PD.  Having ran my own private practice for the past 14 years, I see no reason why a lawyer cannot both supervise and represent people;

*Why does a taxpayer-funded agency call up every newly arrested inmate to ask if they need a lawyer?  I would make sure each jail has a free line to call the PD’s office & the office would also monitor all inmates to see if they are in there without any charges having been filed, or if they are being held without bond.  But the private defense Bar and bailbond agencies used to handle that quite efficiently, and I see no reason to go in and solicit additional criminal defense work on behalf of the taxpayers.    

* Also, I would work with the new Sheriff to get that Jail-Video link Mr. Schreiber had established back up & running again.  Not only did that Jail-Video link save time for the attorneys, but also less work for the BSO corrections deputies; 

* I would explore the idea of all attorneys being permitted to do limited, outside legal work (non-criminal), with certain policies in place;

*Lastly, if I am chosen by the voters, nobody at the PD office loses their job just because I am elected.  Everyone starts with a clean slate.  Even if you openly support other candidates – all I am asking for is your vote.  I have seen the tragedy which befalls other offices around the State when there is a change in administration.  It is not fair to the clients, for one thing – but also people should be able to express their political opinions without fear of repercussions … “

126 thoughts on “5 way race”

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    In response to the question why public defenders contact inmates, public defenders are empowered with this authority by statute.

    27.59 Access to prisoners.—The public defenders, assistant public defenders, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and assistant regional counsel shall be empowered to inquire of all persons who are incarcerated in lieu of bond and to tender them advice and counsel at any time, but the provisions of this section shall not apply with respect to persons who have engaged private counsel.

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            I got my divorce decree sealed from nosey prying eyes because I was a Broward Judge and my little peep installed on the bench before I left. Now I want to be your next Public Defender. I never get enough.

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      Yes, Gary, that is just the basic statute all PDs know about – thanks.

      The question wasn’t ‘why are PDs going into the jail’ – rather, it seems to be ‘why are they calling up EVERY inmate?’

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      And the so called Representation they receive? Its all about the numbers so more money can be spent on supervisors who dont pull their weight and a management that needs a major overhaul.
      Didn’t like any of the contestants for PD until now. I’ll cast my vote with somebody like Sean Conway who knows what he’s doing as opposed to a bunch of bureaucratic bumblers without any cases any day.

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      Can’t wait to hear Lynch try to weasel out of why he sentenced blacks twice as bad as whites “blame the SAO, not me – I’m colorblind”

      This is from a recent newspaper article:

      “Recently retired Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV is one example.

      The registered Democrat was one of the youngest judges in the state when elected to the county bench at 33 in 1984.

      Since 2004, Lynch handed down an average sentence of 155 days to white defendants across third-degree felonies, an analysis of OBTS data collected by county clerks shows.

      He gave blacks more than double the time.”

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    Or, there will be one candidate left, and the other four will be the new well-paid Chiefs of Administration.

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      They’re empty baggage when Finkelstein leaves except two that need a few more years until they max out.
      They’ll be looking for new jobs.

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    Who has administrative experience?

    Weekes, that’s who.

    Who has handled large budgets before?

    Weekes, that’s who.

    Who has managed a large group of lawyers before?

    Weekes, that’s who.

    Gordon Weekes is the choice with experience.

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      It sure ain’t trial experience. Being a butt kisser has a multitude of drawbacks. The PDs office needs a good clean out from the top down. Just ask any of us who work there.

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      Who couldn’t find the inside of a courtroom with both hands and a GPS monitor???Gordon weeks that’s who.
      Who has collected that big PD administration salary and done absolutely nothing???Gordon Weeks that’s who.

      Who has done nothing but suck Howards ass for his entire tenure as a PD?? Gordon Weeks that’s who.

      Who is the most unqualified candidate of the current lot???Gordon Weeks that’s who.

      Who could give 2 shits about the indigent men and women they represent??Gordon weeks that’s who, and he learned this disrespect from the biggest moron to have ever held public office, that lying hypocrite little man Howie.

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        This.

        Who will maintain the status quo? Gordon. That’s who.

        The people in that office are miserable. Admin thinks that by throwing them raises they will buy their loyalty. Funny, when Cathy was there, there was no money. Now gordo is running, people hate HF and anything to do with him, and raises magically appear. Dont be fooled people. Anything is better than him. Anything.

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    One thing about Ruby Green , when she walks through the hall it’s not like she’s too good to acknowledge anyone. The rest of the group appear as if they wouldn’t spit on you if you were on fire .

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      Way over her head. Can you imagine Ruby Green trying to grasp budget issues, who pays for what? Nooo. Or deal with the other elected PD’s? A slaughter. Or understand FTE’s? She doesn’t have the capacity. BUT, her wigs are great fun!

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        Ha. Like Renee gets budget issues? Please. Just surround yourself with competency and you got this Ruby G.

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      Not true! Jim Lewis is non-judgmental, friendly, and puts out fires on a regular basis. He’s a real trial lawyer.

      The PD’s needs someone who can try a case with eyes closed and wake up the next morning and do it again.

      Jim Lewis for public defender. The only real trial lawyer that’s running.

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    Sean Conway would be a great boss, if that’s what you’re looking for in an elected public defender. He’d be really positive for private attorneys, if that’s what you’re looking for in an elected public defender. He has a real concern for how hard the BSO detention deputies will have to work, if that’s what you’re looking for in an elected public defender. Priorities, Sean, priorities.

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        We pled Cruz guilty at an arraignment.
        While vouching for his mental health.
        What else could we have possibly done to further the case?
        We laid out the the whole case in 4 minutes.
        We could have had sentencing done at the hearing too, but the judge may not have gone for it.

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        I read one thing which said bringing back Schreiber’s jail video link would “save attorneys time, but also create less work for the corrections deputies.”

        As a PD, I hate having to drive out there for some piece of information – be better if I could just call the inmate up and ask him! That it also assists with another taxpayer-funded agency just happens to be a side benefit of getting that video link back up ..so many haters.

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      Hey “priorities” – yes, how the video link will create a little less work on the BSO was the primary focus of his plan?!

      That was Schreiber who set up that video link – so you’re saying the Boss Man was solely focused on deputy comfort?!

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      Maybe I’ll run for PD. I like my chances against blacks and losers with irish names. This time Holness promises to deliver the win.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59I_pHtCji4

    SFC LAMPOON Broward County Clerk of the Court Losing It

    Dictionary result for lampoon:

    Verb
    Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm.

    First Amendment considerations arise when you are openly recording the activities of police officers (or other public officials) carrying out their duties in public places.

    A number of U.S. Courts of Appeals have held that, in such circumstances, the First Amendment protects the right to record audio and video regardless of whether the police/officials consent. This constitutional right would override any state or federal laws that would otherwise prohibit such recording.

    Currently, the following U.S. Courts of Appeals have recognized the First Amendment right to record the police and/or other public officials:

    Eleventh Circuit (with jurisdiction over Alabama, Florida and Georgia): see Smith v. City of Cumming, 212 F.3d 1332, 1333 (11th Cir. 2000) (“The First Amendment protects the right to gather information about what public officials do on public property, and specifically, a right to record matters of public interest.”).

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    The democrate with the most political pull wins. Those that haven’t gone to meetings or been involved will be losers. So, who actually has legs besides Gordon? Who gets all the endorsements?

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      Its a crapshoot. The Democratic Party Affiliations wont make much of a difference. It will all be in the name game. Voters are looking for a change from these gophers. Weeks loses by double digits and Satz is in trouble.

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      It’s all about the name.
      Remember Kaplan wins every time. almost.

      Vote Richard Brian Kaplan for Public Defender. Ensuring liberty and delusional drug rants for all.

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        Why? it appears the JQC gives him a pass while Kollra and Bailey got dinged on ticky tack stuff… Guess Metoo isn’t as important to Judge Krista Marx and he JQC as dumb or inadvertent comment.

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    BIG FISH TASTES ROTTEN BUT ITS THE ONLY THING ON THE MENU IN PODUNK COUNTY

    BIG FISH IS THE SMALL POND SINCE 1976

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    Is it true the Judge’s private Bathroom is stocked with multi ply/quilted toilet paper while everyone else gets the cheap stuff?

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        If Tuter’s looking for me tell him something he’ll believe like I ran over to Publix to restock on Charmin

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    It’s nice to see that the heir apparent has to work for it. Beats all the years he didnt do much at the pd.

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    Weekes hasn’t been able to distance himself from bad rep he’s managed to carry around like a badge of honor in the office. Its out now and costing him votes on the campaign trail. Finkelstein isnt doing him any good either.

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    Broward’s political hypes run for any office in attempts to get their noses in the public trough. Then unlike its judges who cant seem to help falling off the wagon, they stick around as long as the slop holds out.

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    I hear Ruby said no to a hypothetical “deal” offered by a local political consultant to get back with Team Gordon. This took great courage, especially for a single mom making ends meet.

    Fight on Ruby.

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      They dont want anyone even remotely connected to Finkelstein and his pompous bs. Gordon and Ruby should be lookin for employment after they lose.

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      I hear some PD alums over at GEICO or Progressive may have made an interesting offer for Ruby to drop her candidacy and become a PIP defense lawyer.

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    If Weekes fouls up on this one, he probably wont be playing the violin anytime soon again. He doesnt even have the support of his own office, let alone the condo vote as its being split big time among the other contenders. Howie as a lame duck cant pull it thru for his handpicked boy. Good thing. Weekes is a horrible administrator like the rest of the do nothing supervisors. The blowback is gonna land it in somebody else’s lap.

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    Step aside Sean Conway and the rest of you loser’s. Saranell Murphy is running for the office of Public Defender and she WILL be Broward County’s next Public Defender. Gordon Weekes needs to start packing up his office NOW because that LZY LOSER will be the first slug fired. Saranell Murphy is a REAL attorney and will show these wannabee attorneys how to do things the right way.

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    Howard has left the office in ashes. U think he cares? Gordon doesnt have the energy or the know how to put it back together. Political payback has only started. Howard’s memory will be totally erased.

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    Gordon Weekes may as well let his dreadlocks grow back, he’ll soon be unemployed and selling Ganja again on any given street corner.

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    The Public Defenders Office…..A bunch of little crying, sniveling snowflake, Twinkie make believe lawyers still living at home with Mommy and Daddy taking care of them.

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    The Public Defenders Office…..A bunch of little crying, whining little snowflake Twinkie make believe lawyers still living at home with Mommy and Daddy taking care of them.

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    GORDON AND THE PD ADMIN IS IN PANIC MODE
    SUPERVISORS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CARRY CASES
    NO MORE FREE RIDES
    NO MORE BS

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    There’s a big difference in saying because you’re signing on other attorney’s cases, then counting them as your own when somebody else is doing all the work.

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    Sean

    If you had your heart set on running for PD, why did you donate $100 not once but twice to the Jim Lewis Campaign for PD?

    Odd

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    Hey Gordo, you just can’t get past all of the nasty lies you have told about people over the years, can you? Catching up to you, right? How about all the times you backstabbed your colleagues just to get your lips closer to Howie’s ass? Paying the price now, huh? Is nobody giving Gordo the love anymore? We all just love the slow strut through the hallways with the blank stare on your face. It is so endearing. Time to step aside you pathetic poser wannabe. A new wave is coming and you are on the outside looking in! Send out job apps as soon as possible. You will not be missed… by anyone… promise.

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      Gordon can go to one of those civil firms he referred kids to over the years. Yes Gordo, we known about that. I hear there are lots of video depos of kids and their families getting busted making false claims and pleading ignorance how they got hooked up with a civil firm in DC right after your visits. We know Gordon.

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    Gordo’s been skating for years and doing next to nothing like a lot of the other supervisors in the PD office. Howie thought he’d look all magnanimous and everything trying to promote Gordo to be his his hand picked successor leaving a messed up office to a minority. All that is okay. But Gordo’s done nothing to earn it. That’s one of the reasons so many people have filed to run against him. That and he’s a dimwit and they want to clean up the mess the PDs office has become with a bunch of supervisors informing on the rest of us that actually do the work from the trenches. Thats the reason Gordo doesnt have much support from the office. Being Howie’s pimp has a lot of drawbacks that he’s just now finding out about and having to deal with. Its also the reason Gordo wont win. Its not like this is much of a well kept secret. Gordo is just hoping he can minimize the fallout. He’s not doing a very good job at that either.

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    Hanging on Judy Stern’s hip at every event is not helping you. Give Bruce Roberts a call at the retirement home and ask him how Judy being out front on his campaign worked out for him.

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    Its good to see Worthless Weekes wont be on the receiving end of Howie’s handout for Public Defender. The only thing hes ever done is live up to his name of “Worthless Weekes”.

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    Finkelstein is at the wrong end of the stick on this one. His little pimp will lose. Weekes has little experience outside brown nosing and playing inter office politics like the rest of the supervisors who have handled few cases over the years and know even less about running the Public Defender’s Office.

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      Gordo is finished. He should apply for a position at the OCCRC – they take anyone with a pulse and the office is filled with worthless election wannabees like Heise and Donohoe. No one there has any skill and none of them work a full day. Perfect for Gordo.

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    IT WAS MORE FINKELSTEIN’S IDEA
    SO WHEN A MINORITY LIKE GORDO LOSES
    HOWIE CAN SOAPBOX ABOUT HOW RACIST BROWARD IS

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