ALERT!

County court judge Jill Levy Zooming along …

Despite glitchy technological issues on top of the difficulty of judging credibility in normal court proceedings, the lack of real-time client interaction, and the potential for unethical witnesses to exploit the shortcomings of remote testifying, at least one Broward judge has started setting Final Violation of Probation evidentiary hearings over objections on Zoom.

Accordingly, on the heels of David Ovalle’s Miami Herald article reporting similar issues in circuit court proceedings in the 11th Circuit, we reached out to FACDL Miami’s Dan Tibbitt, who is handling matters pro bono at the Third DCA following Miguel de la O’s Order Overruling Objection To Zoom Probation Violation Hearing.

Click here for de la O’s order and the attachments currently before the Third DCA, and for the Petition For Writ Of Prohibition, click here. An Amicus Brief filed by FACDL, NACDL and the Florida Public Defender Association is found here.

Tibbitt explained the Miami judges have stayed all Zoom probation violation hearings until the DCA rules, and doesn’t believe any judge across the state has held one to date over objection. In the meantime, FACDL wants to be kept abreast of other judges who may be setting them without agreement of the parties, so be sure to drop Dan a line with your case number and judge if you’ve got a qualifying matter.

In the meantime, all eyes on the Third DCA …

THANKS DAN!

99 thoughts on “ALERT!”

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        Those guys would rather see a judge. No jury needed for VOP. 99% of inmates would rather those idiots not file Amicus briefs & plea tf out.

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    I disagree with Judge De La Os order, but I am impressed with it anyway. I’ve become so accostumed to the morons on the Broward bench that I forgot what a well written order looks like. So I say bravo to the judge and hope the DCA reverses him.

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    The judge has never met Mr. Clarington in person. All the judge has seen is a black face on a virtual monitor, sitting in the Dade County jail. The court proposes to hold a virtual hearing to decide whether to keep Mr. Clarington in a cage for the rest of his life. The writ should issue to prevent such a hearing.

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    Time is running out.

    The Sun Sentinel has made it clear.

    With the Murphy and Bailey endorsements, they have proven they like the current situation as it is. Their lip service about change is a lie. A big one. In a county with a 4th estate, a JQC offender with a disrespectful attitude would have been drummed out long before an election. Here, there’s no chance but for the voters to enforce positive change and a Bench reflective of the community it serves.

    This is a momentous occasion to vote for a distinguished and honorable citizen like Mr. Odom. He will bring dignity to an office where the current occupant has brought scandal and shame. Mr. Odom will not bring the JQC to Broward. He will bring honor.

    Diversity is a factor in modern life. The Sun Sentinel likes its judiciary being 80% White, like the Editorial Board. Locking up Blacks. Disproportionately. Broward should have a judiciary reflecting the makeup of the citizenry of the County, even with an Editorial Board trying with all it’s might to keep the minority population unrepresented proportionally on the Bench.

    This is momentous. It’s time to write a check for George Odom. To bring Broward County forward. Vote and support Odom, and make history for positive change.

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      Go stand with the homeless at the corners soliciting money. If you can’t self fund a judicial campaign you have no business getting involved.

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        But, Dan, you are known to be a jealous hater – deeply envious of lawyers who actually try cases and aren’t ass kissing pussies.

        So does it really matter who you’re gonna vote for?

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    Oh Gelin, the big cry baby did not get his way. He is forced to actually do some work and have a real hearing instead of asking for another continuance. Waaah waaah waaah

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      Not Gelin or anyone will be doing these after the higher courts rule a defendant has an absolute right to be present with an attorney in person when liberty’s at stake.

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    THEY CAN’T BE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS GUY BEING PRESIDENT.

    Remember what Pelosi said about the 25th Amendment.
    That would work on Biden after he wins and dems hold that office.

    They could and will take him out to ensure Harris is President.
    Lust like those far left slime-balls. They’ll even trick the American people to get what they want.

    AFTER ALL, IT’S FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.

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      Any uneducated fool can see that Biden is just setting the path for Heels Up Harris. She is dumber then a box of rocks so remember, when you vote for Biden you will end up with Harris. What a f**king disaster that would be for this country.

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        Wonderful, free healthcare for every American sounds great doesn’t it? What we haven’t heard is how Biden intends to fund any of his grand ideas. Ask yourself this, if such a stupid idea was even possible how hasn’t any of the 45 Presidents ever done it!!! He is just saying anything he thinks will get him a vote. DONT BE STUPID THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE.

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    Biden is turning red and starting to stutter….if he can’t handle a debate how the hell would he ever be able to with stand the pressure of being President? “Come on man” give it up you’re to old for this job.

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    Remember when she cared about people?

    The new job was a muzzle by Harold to keep her off of Gordons back.

    Doesn’t the State Attorney Office care about a woman alone giving birth in jail.

    Ruby sold out.

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    She has done a piss poor job of handling her own life, you really think she knows what’s best for any one else? Every one knows she is trouble.

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    Union leader calls out Biden for false endorsement claim
    Boilermakers Local 154 leader Shawn Steffee disputes Joe Biden’s claim they endorsed him, stating they in fact endorsed President Trump

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    How about a Pardon for your pal Scotty before you go? I can still get letters of recommendation from my frinds on the Bench

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    Keep your eyes open. Trump will win despite the corrupt insider Demos. America will speak and the Dems will feel the wrath of righteousness again.

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      Anyone who wishes to comment on Speiser’s fitness to be a judge please send up your comments to Tallahassee!

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        Wealth of knowledge all aspects of the system & Broward; his Honor wants to keep working, God Bless Him.

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          I think he should move in with Mike Satz and they can both retire for good and keep each other company. They could do a Netflix show about them. They could reenact all their big court moments for the other octogenerarians on the Galt Ocean Mile.

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              The show will be called
              “Bosom Buddies”,
              set to air on Lifetime Network

              It’s the story of two hetero jewish elderly men trying to hit on younger 50-somethings, but then, suddenly, they turn gay.

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        Does the Speez need the money that bad or does he just feel more comfortable after losing the Clerk’s Race by such a huge margin staying locked in the monkey cage ?
        Hasn’t this old ape been snatching bananas from taxpayers long enough ? Pathetic old geezers never seem to get enough.
        Get yourself a hobby Speez. Try shuffleboard.

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    All His Life He’s Had to Fight: Gordon Weekes Is Now Broward’s First Black Public Defender

    “I don’t know how it’s going to be different, but I can tell you I trust him,” said Howard Finkelstein, who groomed Weekes to become his successor.

    By Samantha Joseph | October 26, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2020/10/26/all-his-life-hes-had-to-fight-gordon-weekes-is-now-browards-first-black-public-defender/

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      Are you kidding me, almost every elected top job official in this county is black.
      Brenda Forman-clerk
      Bertha Henry-county manager making close to $500 k a year
      Mayor Holeness broward county
      Pryor-state Atty
      Weekes-pd
      Runcie-head of the school board
      Tony- sheriff
      Did I miss anyone?
      Mr. Weekes is in the majority, certainly not the minority.

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        Yes you also missed:

        New supervisor of elections is also black.

        Looks like all Gordon did his stick his name on a ballot in a county where the majority of the democratic candidates are black.

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        All the KKK Crackers that used to run Broward first had to deal with the Semitic transfer of power and now the Blacks in charge. It’s great.

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          But is it ‘great’?!

          Look what usually happens when people vote based on skin color alone:
          Miriam Oliphant (used to be the supervisor elections): had to be removed;
          Brenda Snipes: so incompetent had to be removed;
          Brenda Foreman: useless idiot

          Sure Broward dodged a bullet with Ruby Green but Harold Pryor? Holness?!
          Come on man – those lazy tools couldn’t even pay off a student loan or balance a checkbook for fucks sake

          p.s. the silent majority always wakes up on the national elections and speaks ….Trump will have you crying on the morning of November 4th …. beatch

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      Its EAZY. Gordon Weekes will do even less than Howard Finkelstein. Both have been an embarrassment to the Office of Public Defender.
      Weekes spends his time hiding with his head in the sand and Finkelstein has been playing golf the last several years with the only people really suffering being our clients and the quality of the representation they receive.

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      Ruby is such a dumbass.

      Doesn’t she realize that she can be assessed attorneys fees when she loses?!

      Oh wait that’s right: Ruby doesn’t care about paying off her obligations.
      This chick has a $348,000 student loan debt meaning she’s never made a nickel of payment and that’s all interest compounded.

      The judgment can sit on the record books for up to 20 years and when she’s no longer the head of household w a minor child, then she can get her paychecks garnished up to 25% per check ………So:
      as soon as her children hit 18: Ruby finna pay!

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    Yes, you missed the Supervisor of Election, Joe Scott. He is going to win. This is wonderful! Maybe African Americans will start getting some respect in this County

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