COFFEE TALK WITH RICKY POLSTON

  Today’s guest: Chief Justice Polston!

DISCUSS: WHY DON’T CIVILITY PANELS APPLY TO JUDGES AS WELL AS LAWYERS, WHEN THE JUDICIARY ALSO BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR TARNISHING THE LEGAL PROFESSION?

Got Civility? 
The relatively new professionalism panels are a good idea.  It’s mediation and dispute resolution before problems rise to the level of formal complaints, or reach the point of no return.  But since they don’t apply to judges, it seems like the judiciary is once again dodging the issues by picking on lawyers and failing to accept even the slightest responsibility for their role in the steep decline of professionalism in the legal world.  Whether fist fighting  staff during court, putting public safety at risk by driving drunk, refusing to comply with sobriety testing, failing to come forward with a man on death row after a deeply tainted trial, or lying throughout official proceedings, Florida’s lawyers certainly don’t always have the best role models when it comes to how to behave.

So how about it?  Should civility panels apply to judges too?  Should the Supreme Court order professionalism training for all judges?  Or is the problem unfixable?

“TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES”

FL Bar News: Professionalism enforcement program in place for S. Florida

17th Circuit Professionalism Panel AO

MEMBERS: Chair: Kenneth J. Joyce, Esq., W. George Allen, Esq., Juan Arias, Esq., Miette Burnstein, Retired Broward Circuit Judge, William R. Clayton, Esq., Benjamin R. Dishowitz, Esq., Andrea Gunderson, Esq., Marissa Kelly, Esq., Edward J. Marko, Esq., Stephanie Moon, Esq., Charles Morehead, III, Esq., Robert Saunooke, Esq., Stacy Schwartz, Esq., Maxine, Streeter, Esq., Bruce Weihe, Esq.

17th Circuit Professionalism Panel Referral Form

11th Circuit AO

Tallahassee Democrat: Chief justice Ricky Polston applies for FSU job

Coming Soon
– Ten questions judges need to ask Peter Weinstein Wednesday, June 4th at 12:15 PM in Room 840

23 thoughts on “COFFEE TALK WITH RICKY POLSTON”

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    Judicial hubris is the defining characteristic of the system. There may be plenty of good ones, but since none of them take the reporting Canon seriously and usually turn a blind eye to their colleagues doing bad things nothing can change. Add in a useless JQC —– the J if for JOKE ——- and Chief Judges who circle the wagons when a Judge goes off the rails, and the result becomes Florida’s judiciary. There is no oversight and lawyers have no say. The Bar is a slave to Judges, to add insult to injury. Lawyers coming up should be told they are joining the military and they better get used to the idea that the higher calling went out the window when terms went to six years, Judges pay bounded over 100K a year, and pensions got meatier than John Holmes wang. Follow orders and never question them and for God’s sake don’t tell the truth or here comes The Bar.

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    Civil justice is too civil. You can’t even call an asshole and asshole anymore. And I’m glad the judge punched out a big mouth attorney.

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    Today a Brevard judge threatened and then punched a long-time Public Defender in Brevard County. Kids, this is what happens when tools like Ricky Polston, and the other tools on the Supreme Court, foster a state judicial system in which judges believe they can, and do, get away with anything, DUIs, taking bribes from The Bar, like my referee did, and just generally act as if they were monarchs. Read all about it. This is what happens because of Polston and others like him:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/brevard-judge-accused-punching-public-defender/ngCGC/

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    I hear some behavior exhibited in a Dade county divorce case by Andrea Gunderson may get her dragged before the civility panel in Dade county….

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    I’ll be filing a sworn complaint with the JQC tomorrow against Judge Murphy. What an idiot.

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    Broward County judges sure could use a crash course!
    If they’re not drugging or drinking and then hearing cases, they’re forgetting who’s paying their tab, not only their salaries, but ultimately in the very poor rulings, lazy time which seems to be at an all time high, and very poor behavior whether it comes to lying under oath, being inebriated, causing accidents with injuries and property damage or any of a myriad of other unlawful activities.
    Was it Judge Korda that got busted for smoking pot 200 yards from a school? These Broward judges are simply out of control and being administered by as equally a big a moron as Chief Judge Weinstein.
    What’s with these idiots. Drug test them all and every day. That’s what it’s come to in Broward.

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    Allen and Arias? You know it’s a joke. Could they pick any bigger arse kissers?
    Same game. Same players. Just as pathetic.

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    FLORIDA U KNOW THIS COURT – IS INCOMPETENT INEPT & CORRUPT! – FUKTHISCOURT.COM

    BRUCE WEIHE, ESQ., A PARTNER WITH SEILER, SAUTTER, ZADEN, RIMES & WEIHE & THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR, NOR IS IT ENFORCED BY CHIEF JUDGE PETER M WEINSTEIN
    EXAMPLES; MICHAEL G AHEARN, ESQ. WHO SHARES AN OFFICE WITH JOHN “JACK” SEILER, MAYOR OF FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, TAMARA RIMES, ESQ., SISTER-IN-LAW OF JOHN “JACK” SEILER AND WIFE TO JUDGE EDWARD MERRIGAN, “ACTING” JUDGE DALE ROSS WHOSE NAME IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE FLORIDA BAR, JUDGE CHARLIE GREENE, JUDGE MARK SPEISER, JUDGE MARC GOLD WHO SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIS MEMORY WHERE HE COULD NOT REMEMBER WHICH OF THE PARTIES APPEARED IN FRONT OF HIM (ARICEPT MIGHT HELP) JUDGE MEL GROSSMAN, FORMER CHIEF JUDGE VICTOR TOBIN, FORMER JUDGE AND MEDIATOR JAY SPECHLER, ADRIAN PHILIP THOMAS, ESQ., CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” P TAYLOR, ESQ., JANI MAUER, ESQ., NOVA LAW PROFESSOR, JAMES HERB, ESQ. AND OTHERS

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    ii.
    If a non-attorney is directly and adversely affected by conduct on
    the part of an attorney that is
    allegedly inconsistent with the
    Standards of Professionalism, that person may request that the Panel
    consider the matter by
    completing a referral form and submitting it to the Chairperson
    of the Panel.



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    I think that there has actually been a reversal in how the public views the legal system. It used to be that lawyers were the butt of many bad jokes. Now it looks like judges have taken their place as being viewed as the scum of the legal system. It is incredible how many organizations have formed against Corrupt judges. Their day is coming.

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    Can someone please sit in on Judge Gold’s courtroom for just a few hours? Is anyone listening? Please, just sit and observe for a few hours. His memory is swiss cheese. He needs to be moved out of criminal… quickly.

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    agreed. Gold definitely has a problem. he doesn’t remember anything so he doesn’t seem to read anything until he is sitting on the bench. as a result, does not give due consideration, just makes knee jerk decisions. terribly unprepared.

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    Unprepared is an understatement. He asks prosecutors what he can’t remember and gets their version. Then he rules on the last thing he hears, plaintiffs are screwed because his memory is mush.

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    Wow, three Gold comments within 18 minutes and all before 7 am. If what this person wrote is true, please show us a transcript. Real simple, isn’t it?

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    Civility Panels? Sort of like what happened with Diversity Training? Yeah, right. This is the 17th we’re talking about where broward judges find it difficult enough to come to work, let alone attend any training session. Don’t make me laugh. It’s already a sad enough joke.

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    This judge should be and will be off the bench permanently. He should also be in jail right now. Can you imagine where the lawyer would be if he were the one who battered the judge?

    STATEMENT FROM CHIEF JUDGE JOHN M. HARRIS:

    As Chief Judge, I want to assure the public that yesterday’s incident involving a county court

    judge and an assistant public defender is not something that will ever be tolerated in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. This isolated event in no way reflects the typical manner that courtrooms in Brevard and Seminole Counties are managed by the hardworking and conscientious judges in this circuit. People come to court seeking justice and a peaceful resolution to their conflicts and they have the right to expect a much higher standard of behavior from our judges than was exhibited in court yesterday. All of our judges, including Judge Murphy, fully understand this and to that end, and with the fullest cooperation from Judge Murphy, I have temporarily reassigned all of his pending cases to other judges. Moreover, Judge Murphy has agreed to seek anger management counseling and treatment during a temporary leave of absence. As Chief Judge, I will continue to work with all of our judges to ensure that we meet our responsibilities to the public in a manner that is worthy of the trust and confidence placed in us. At this time, it would be inappropriate for me to comment any further on the incident, the leave of absence, or any future reassignment of cases.

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