Mark Bogen, the County Commissioner sponsoring the Jack Tuter courtroom naming proposal, took the time to speak with us a few minutes ago.
He believes the Chief Judge deserves the honor because he has had an outstanding legal career, has done a great job as Chief Judge, and as the main engine in getting the Ceremonial Courtroom built, deserves to have it named after him.
Bogen stated he has never appeared before Tuter as an attorney, and that his law firm, Bogen Law Group, has no pending cases with Tuter presiding. Additionally, when asked why an exception would be made to the Broward County Administrative Code to name it after a living person, Bogen pointed out that the Commission has recently made other exceptions to the traditional naming policy to allow honors for living persons, indicating this is hardly a novel idea.
When asked whether the buck stops with Tuter as the Chief Judge of a circuit with so many highly publicized problems over the years, and, more specifically, as to whether the boss of the 17th Circuit bears any blame or responsibility for the egregious lockdown conditions inmates are still enduring due to the extended closures of the criminal courts and the lack of more than three in-custody dedicated Zoom links roughly fifteen months into the pandemic, Bogen stated he doesn’t have enough facts on these issues, but doesn’t believe Tuter deserves the criticism, and that blame shouldn’t be put on him for these types of problems.
So there you have it.
Stay tuned for public comment at the upcoming County Commission meetings …