*UPDATE* (4/5) – PB Post, by Jane Musgrave: Judge who received Florida Supreme Court reprimand knows what Marni Bryson faces this week:
“It’s an uncommon charge,” (Gelin) said. “It’s rarely leveled because everyone knows lots and lots of judges don’t show up for work.”
He pointed out that when former Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga was chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2014, he launched a program to ferret out what was branded “goof-off judges.” …
That the JQC went to those lengths, indicates something else was driving them, Gelin said.
“Either her behavior was so egregious that it even bothered her colleagues or the ongoing controversy about the nude pictures could have heightened scrutiny on her,” he said …
Gelin, who acknowledged that he had problems with Bryson in the past, said he was surprised the JCQ didn’t discipline Bryson more harshly.
The watchdog group could have used Bryson’s absence to “send a message” to other judges that they could be disciplined for not showing up for work.
Still, he said, they may not have wanted to set such a precedent. “That could do real carnage to the judiciary.”
Marni Bryson’s public reprimand is set for April 6th.
In January, she asked to appear by Zoom on February 9th, when her day to hang her head in open court was originally set. That motion, pictured below, was denied, and the matter was reset to April 6th for post-Omicron, in-person punishment.
Today, a mere two days before the hearing, the immediately below motion was filed once again asking for Zoom, or another continuance.
Will the Supreme Court give Bryson what she wants, and allow a Zoom appearance?
Will they reset the matter for a third in-person hearing, and will it be before or after qualifying?
Or will the motion be denied outright?
Stay tuned …
COMING SOON – A Kimok for judge? …