93 thoughts on “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER”

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      So where does this ridiculousness stop? George Washington actually had slaves (Broward did not), do you think we should destroy the Washington Monument? Change the name of our nation’s capital, and also the names of hundreds of schools in our country? What’s next? A ton of dynamite to destroy Mount Rushmore? Governor Browards legacy for furthering education in Florida, and elevating the economy of Broward and Dade counties through the visionary funding and executing major public works project, that today is showcased in a multi-billion dollar economy. Every era in history has its good and bad, it’s ignorant to keep up this rant.

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    THANK YOU JAABLOG

    IT WAS YOU THAT FIRST MADE NEWS IN CALLING FOR THE STATUE OF NAPOLEON BROWARD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE HALLS OF THE BROWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    THERE SHOULD BE NO PLACE WHERE SOMEONE OF BROWARD’S VIEWS SHOULD BE TOLERATED

    THANK YOU FOR EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION AND BIGOTRY THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE BROWARD JUDICIARY AND FOR ALL YOU DO TO SHINE LIGHT ONTO THE DARK FORCES THAT CORRUPT JUSTICE

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      Great work getting this symbol of racism and bigotry removed ! Broward has been poisoned by this filthy statue for way too long.
      Now can you expose Broward judges for what they are and get good people to run against them. The stench of bigotry and racism still permeate the Halls of Justice thru judges who think like Napoleon Broward.

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      So you think taking down a statue is going to change the way people feel? All it’s doing I’d pissing people off more!!!

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      “9 years ago I raised this issue”

      Why wont anybody take Bill seriously? Sure, when the mayor and respected journalists bring it up – it gets done within weeks.

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        How many times did Frink and Gordon walk by that statue going to work and Bill Gelin was the guy who got it removed. Gelin should get the TJ Reddick Lifetime Achievment Award.

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    READ THE MOTION FOR MISTRIAL FILED IN 17-688CF10A…

    WHEN A PROSECUTOR WALKS IN TO COURT AND ANNOUNCES READY FOR TRIAL AND KNOWS SUPPLEMENTAL DISCOVERY WILL GET TO THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S E-MAIL AFTER THE JURY IS SWORN…

    BROWARD COUNTY CORRUPTION IN D MINOR.

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      Mike doesnt care what Tony does, You think Mike didnt notice the baby lawyer spending 7 hours a day in Tonys office or Tony trying her cases for her when Tonys office was right down the hall from Mikes? (As long as Tony shares the viagra, Mike doesnt care)

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    Poor Mike. All his friends are retiring or being put into storage. Soon he’ll be all alone, surrounded by barbed wire in his office.

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      Poor mike?!? Poor bastard taking over for mike with the case law Tony Baloney is creating for successors. And poor other Florida prosecutors.

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    The statute should be replaced by a memorial to all the blacks that have murdered, raped, robbed, and maimed people throughout the USA.

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      Or to all those Blacks murdered, raped, robbed, maimed, marginalized , enslaved, or falsely imprisoned by bad apple police, prosecutors and other upstanding citizens.

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    RUN AGAINST ALL BROWARD JUDGES
    REMOVE THE STAIN OF BIGOTRY AND RACISM
    FROM BROWARD
    DRAIN THE SWAMP

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    How about a Chuck Morton statue? . A symbol of the Broward State Attorneys Office but it is a black person so those people can’t complain.

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      Chucky Cheeze didn’t distinguish himself enough as an SA lackey who fell down on the NHI scandal.
      Maybe Martin Luther King.

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        Too busy throwing them back with Cindy Imperato in the old days rather than caring about what his office was doing to his people. Never thought much of him.

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    Good move getting rid of that despicable statue. But when are they going to get that pay to play, Judge Lazarus. He has been sitting in Division 11, foreclosures for years. Of course attorneys who are his best friends and take him to lunch hundreds of times get preferential treatment. There is nothing ethical or proper about that. Who else are the attorneys paying off in there in order to make like easier for them?

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    http://m.dailybusinessreview.com/#/article/1202800194206/Dissecting-the-Vilification-of-Broward-Clerk-Brenda-D-Forman?_almReferrer=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

    Dissecting the Vilification of Broward Clerk Brenda D. Forman
    Samantha Joseph
    10/11/2017

    Broward County Clerk of Courts Brenda D. Forman is at the heart of legal industry intrigue about her job qualifications, ethics, failing marriage to ex-clerk Howard Forman and, more subtly, her race.
    Brenda Forman is Broward’s first black female clerk. She won the job in November in a surprise victory over favorite Mitchell Ceasar, the former Broward Democratic Party chief. Her four-year term began in January, but critics seem intent on ousting her over claims she’s unqualified for the $170,000-a-year job. She’s drawn anonymous criticism from people who’ve used racist phrases like “hood rat” to describe her.
    “I’ve never heard so much smack about a clerk,” said Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.
    A key sticking point for Brenda Forman is the specter of unethical behavior in both her personal and professional lives based on an ugly divorce and her handling of a foreclosure lawsuit and bankruptcy case.
    In her public role, the dominant question has been whether the clerk—a public official sworn to safeguard judicial records—can engage in private litigation without disclosing her identity to the court and opposing parties. Second, critics ask if she needs to recuse herself from handling documents filed in her own suits.
    “There is actually no case law on this,” saidPalm Beach Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock, who litigated her own divorce in the circuit court where she works. “What there has been, though, are cases where clerks have personal issues similar to Mrs. Forman’s—divorce, foreclosure, other civil lawsuits that are not tied to their job. … The court does not see a conflict at all, and in fact there is no case law that supports a universal recusal.”
    ‘I Wanted Someone Strong’
    Allegations of impropriety stem in part froma foreclosure lawsuitby Nationstar Mortgage LLC against Forman, using her maiden name, Brenda Dixon Jenkins, and Harris, her surname from a former marriage.
    The case started in 2012, more than four years before she took office. It also preceded her marriage to Howard Forman, now her estranged husband who preceded her in the job and served as Broward clerk for about 16 years.
    The foreclosure involved a property in Davie, which Brenda Forman owned with her ex-husband, Calvin Harris.
    Brenda Forman did not appear for a hearing during the court proceedings and instead sent a proxy—a move critics say was designed to cloak her involvement in the case while she served as clerk of courts. But she did participate in the litigation. Court records show she personally filed at least one document under her maiden name, Brenda D. Jenkins, on May 10—years after she married Howard Forman, whose name she invoked during her campaign.
    “Asking for more time,” she wrote in the filing objecting to the foreclosure sale. “My daughter just getting over breast cancer. Want to shortsale the property. Please grant me this motion.”
    A courthouse official noted the signature: “Shesigned off on her own foreclosureproperty as ‘Brenda Forman, clerk,’ and a few days later appealed it as ‘Brenda Dixon Jenkins.’ ”
    Formanlost the case, and the property sold at a court-ordered sale. She and Howard Forman shared the Davie house for a brief period while their marital home underwent renovations.
    Critics say the foreclosure and a personal bankruptcy point to Brenda Forman’s inability to direct her office’s multimillion-dollar budget.
    “I wanted someone strong in there,” said Christine Rodriguez, a former Broward resident who in Julyfiled a complaint against Brenda Forman with the Florida Commission on Ethics. “I just didn’t think she had the capability. I’m happy for her family … but that doesn’t mean I think she’s right for the job.”
    Rodriguez alleged Forman fraudulently hid a mortgage on the Davie property during bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 to avoid surrendering the house to her creditor.
    The commission issued apublic report and order dismissing the complainton Aug. 2. It found Rodriguez missed the five-year statute of limitations to file the ethics complaint and failed to show Forman “corruptly” misused her public office.
    “The complaint lacks any factual, nonconclusory allegation that the respondent used her official position in any capacity in order to further a special private benefit for herself or for another connected to her in a private capacity,” the commission ruled.
    Rodriguez is gearing to file a second complaint, this time alleging Forman falsely listed liabilities as assets in her pre-electionfinancial disclosure.
    “It’s not really to nitpick, but to make sure that everyone is on the up-and-up,” she said.
    ‘Worst Nightmare’
    Meanwhile, the courthouse is abuzz with rumors Brenda Forman flaunts her new position, insisting her staff address her as Madame Clerk. She once held a secretarial position in the courthouse before marrying her boss. Critics describe her as a manipulative woman with no college degree, who used her husband and his influence to rise through the ranks. At least two senior-level employees left the office afterward.
    Other courthouse employees paint a different picture.
    “I think her staff has got the worst nightmare on their hands,” one official said on condition of anonymity. “You have a low-level employee who used to hang out with them and knew all their secrets. All of a sudden that person gets elevated and becomes the boss. … She knows who was in the kitchen badmouthing the judge, and she doesn’t tolerate that. That’s the nightmare that they’re dealing with.”
    Brenda Forman declined requests for an interview about her professional performance and claims in the divorce documents that she abused her estranged husband.
    Howard Forman, 71, is a former state senator who served other public positions before becoming Broward’s clerk in 2001. He developed a reputation as an advocate for social justice and civil rights.
    He filed for divorce in March after about four years of marriage, claiming his wife physically and mentally abused him, tampered with his medication, withheld his vehicle and denied him access to real estate and Social Security income.
    “I’m retired, and life is going on,” said Howard Forman, who now lives apart from his spouse. “I feel stronger mentally now than I have in years.”
    Lobbyist and political consultant Judy Stern is a longtime friend of Howard Forman.
    “I am so proud and so happy to see Howard being back to the healthy Howard that I knew for all these years, watching him laugh and smile,” said Stern, who has known the retired politician for about 41 years. “I am so glad to have Howard back in my life.”
    Brenda Forman, 58, meanwhile claimed her husband suffers from dementia and asked the court to appoint her as his legal guardian. The couple’s divorce is pending, but she requested a change of venue to Miami-Dade to avoid her husband’s influence and connections in Broward.
    “It’s very possible that what happened between (Brenda) and Howard has an innocent explanation,” Finkelstein said. “But there seems to be an awful lot of fuel behind the fire in the negative comments about her. She is either the victim of social gossip-mongering, or she did some bad things.”

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      Sadly Howard Finkelstein’s tenure will end in a year or two.
      His replacement will perform admirably.
      The loss is more significant due to the courage and innate ability Howard has to conceptualize and express the zeitgeist of the legal community.
      This cannot be duplicated.
      His replacement may get there someday.
      But until years of experience kick in the legal community shall have lost its intellectual and moral compass.
      Not to mention its leader.

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        The PD’s office won’t miss him … Satz has just stuck around beyond the grave just to stick it to him… more like a collective sigh of relief from the incessant yap…
        Moral compass. LOL. More like a scratched record…

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        Sadly ? He’s done crap, zip, nothing to better the representation of the indigent. As a matter of fact, the quality of work being done in the Public Defender’s Office has declined drastically since he took office.
        Nobody drinks his cool aide anymore. Just suffers through office meetings where he talks about himself. Nobody’s buying that crap either.

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            JAC will laugh when they get a request for $1,000,000 in investigative fees. Let’s see him win when he’s stuck with what regular ASA’s get.

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      Like anybody really cares about The Fink’s speculative BS about Forman. Who died and left this dwarf joke the conscience of America . He’s been about as useless to the office of the PD as Forman ever was as clerk of the court’s. That is neither has improved their office, just used it to their own benefit and ran it into the ground. It’ll be good to see the backs of both.
      As far as Stern, it goes without saying that anything she’d have to say is suspect. All she’s done is convince a bunch of drooling condo idiots to help get elected some of the absolute worst political hacks in the history of Broward with the worst results.
      The sooner these clowns slide out of the public trough the better for Broward taxpayers.

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        What happened to the consultant firm of Stern and Aturd?Both got sucked down into the mud like all the rest of the political hacks ?

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      F&F sistas, Flo and Fabs got figured out it out… brothers are dogs, marry white boys, once they go black they will never go back…

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        Wait a minute what do you mean this site is not safe? I thought Bill stop letting people know who wrote which comments after a lawyer explained to him that it is a violation of federal law to do so?

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      Glad to hear she didn’t change or modify her name for this election cycle as others have. She’s earned my vote.

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              Yale took it upon himself to dress the wounds of the leper population that littered the streets of Harvard Square. The bitter cold protected his hands from transmission of the disease but he was still putting others before himself even in those days. He may have only pulled gentleman C’s due to all the time spent helping others outside of the Yard, but Yale still deserves a full term.

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    She sounds remarkably accomplished in the most complex areas of the law and should therefore remember not to ever point out the Chief Judge has made a silly decision or a mistake and therefore safely avoid being punished by being transferred to Criminal with all the un-sharpened knives and forks.

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      Un sharpened? Mr. Satz has been in office over 40 years without any ideological backbone and a boat load of scandals and wrongful convictions. He’s obviously smarter than anyone in the courthouse.

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    Happy Friday. Good read on state Brady violation.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/state-bar-recommends-suspension-of-orange-county-prosecutor-for-withholding-evidence_us_59dfadace4b04d1d518046ed

    The State Bar of California has recommended that a prosecutor from the beleaguered Orange County District Attorney’s Office be suspended for at least a year after finding that she willfully withheld evidence from a defendant during a child abuse case.
    In a ruling filed this week, state bar Judge Yvette Roland recommended that veteran OCDA prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Sandra Lee Nassar be placed on a three-year probation with at least the first year including a suspension from practicing law.
    “A prosecutor’s failure to timely turn over exculpatory and impeachment evidence is extremely serious misconduct,” Judge Roland wrote in an opinion published this week. “Even when facing difficult situations, such as the protection of witnesses, prosecutors must operate within the confines of the law.”

    During a 2013 hearing, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, asked Nassar why she never turned over the documents. Nassar said “it relates to trial strategy,” arguing she wasn’t required to turn over Pincus’ letters with exculpatory information to Iacullo’s defense because it was already in Iacullo’s possession. 
    Goethals would ultimately recuse her from the case. 
    “I don’t know if [Nassar] doesn’t know what the law is,” Goethals said. “That’s no excuse. Ignorance of the law for an experienced prosecutor for engaging in Brady misconduct is not a reasonable excuse either. That was a willful violation.” 

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      This wouldn’t happen here. They would promote the Asa and lie about it instead. And offer probation first so it never got before a magistrate.

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    It’s those gosh darn condo election primaries in August theres the problemo. It ensures bum lawyers with nothing but time on their hands get elected after schmearing isolated old people’s bagels for 6-12 months or possibly years depending how many times they have to run to finally get a stable paycheck. Change the primary system and there would be qualified lawyers on the bench, the type that know the law from experience and the type that doesn’t melt down on power trips because they spent months or years humiliating themselves in the condos to get the job. The other benefit without the current primary system is the JNC wouldn’t matter anymore because the political backroom patronage appointments could be easily run off the bench by deserving lawyers. But that’s the real reason the primary system exists. To protect the JNC slop bucket. Over and out.

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    Plenty of ill tempered appointment judges too. The lack of financial success in private or government practice is what makes them bitter and looking for payback, not the campaigning.

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    just saw the list of people putting for Federal Judges. I guess when they were talking shit about President Trump, they thought no one was listening. I was at a dinner where Kastrenakes couldn’t stop saying what a “clown” and “unintelligent boob” he was… The man was more anti Trump than the never Trumpers. Maybe the White house wont find out about his disdain towards the Commander and Chief, but that’s unlikely. He should go back to demeaning his female prosecutors.

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        Fake news? He does it in open court demeaning people and defendants. As for trump everyone knows he wasn’t a supporter it’s common knowledge and once president trump finds put he’s done. His only hope is to start calling and mitigating with his connections to trump. I hope he has a lot of them

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