DIAZ MEA CULPA

Jack Tuter sent the following response this morning:

This is a follow-up to my email last night. Judge Diaz contacted me early this morning and advised after listening to the audio, Rafael did identify himself. Judge Diaz advises he misunderstood the media AO. Most of his cases do not have media attendance. As such he wishes me to advise he is sorry for the misunderstanding and by copy of this email I am advising Rafael as well.

As I said before photographers with media credentials are permitted to take photographs in our courtrooms. I as well apologize for any misunderstanding on behalf of the 17th.

We’ve ordered the audio for clarification as to exactly what Olmeda said, as  Tuter indicated on a follow-up email that he hadn’t heard it.  Diaz, for his part, has not yet returned a separate email sent earlier today regarding the misunderstanding …

141 thoughts on “DIAZ MEA CULPA”

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      That involved dumping people in Criminal, not the other way around. Beside where would they put Judge Diaz? Civil? Bwahahahaha

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        First Diaz is ordered by the Judicial Qualifications Committee, after being fined and suspended from the bench, to formally apologize to Former Judge Seidman and the Hispanic Bar Asso. Now he apologizes for what he calls was a misunderstanding on his part to a member of the press, prompting Chief Judge Tuter to issue an apology on behalf of the 17th Judicial Circuit.
        When does the apologizing stop and the acceptance of responsibility start.
        It was no misunderstanding. Diaz knows the reporter.
        This was just another display of arrogance on behalf of Judge Diaz.
        The Carnival that IS the Broward Judiciary needs a Chief Judge that will institute JUDICIAL ROTATION like is done by every Circuit in the State.
        Chief Judge Tuter needs to show some Leadership.

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    Bob is saying a lot of conflicting things through Tuter. I just reread what Tuter said in the prior article. Plus I’ve seen Bob talking to Rafael before in the cafeteria or somewhere like that.

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    If Diaz is that easily confused by the English language, what’s he doing sitting as a judge? Very lame excuse by a very lamo clown.

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        Diaz has been fined and suspended from the bench without pay by the Judicial Qualifications Committee. In my opinion he is unfit to sit as a county judge in Broward or anywhere else. The findings of the JQC in reference to Diaz are a matter of record.
        His excuses and explanation to Chief Judge Tuter as a misunderstanding is typical of his insincerity and incompetence to continue as a sitting judge.
        Diaz has continued to be an embarrassment for years to all Broward judges who take their positions responsibly.
        Broward is known for its poorly performing judges. Diaz ranks right at the top of these.
        He does nothing to instill confidence in our system of justice but to mock those who are his superiors both in integrity and intelligence.

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    TOLD YOUTO LAY OFF THE REFRIED BEANS
    YOU NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR ANYTHING BOBBY
    IT WILL PASS JUST LIKE THE BEANS

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    Rotate the buffoon to satellite. Never even seen him take the bench in all the time I’ve been around. Thought he spent all his time in the cafe.

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    What is wrong with Diaz? Did he not know there is audio in his courtroom? What does he have against the Press taking photos?

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    If media investigative reporters actually did their jobs these cracked Broward judges would get it sooner or later. The scum sentinel has given these jokers a free pass for years. This chit doesn’t happen anywhere like it does in Broward.
    Diaz has been an embarrassment to the bench for years.

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        Nice try Tooty. Everybody knows Diaz starts late and puts in about two hours. Who do you think you’re kidding?

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        There are a couple things I have learned over the years. Absolute rules. One: don’t cross Ilona Holmes. Two: don’t cross JT.

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          Tuter does look foolish here. Too bad. He’s been working hard. But I don’t think anyone could swim the English Channel with the Eiffel Tower chained to its leg. The JQC needs to get things moving here.

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            Tuter is just as bad as Weinstein’s do nothing tenure. Put an end to this crap and institute Judicial Rotation. These burnouts like Diaz need to go.

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    So here’s the thing…we all know Diaz is an unreasonable asshole right? We know he makes swift decisions and have long suspected he’s not even listening when we present evidence or argument.
    Now we have evidence that he can’t be trusted to even understand when a man IVE SEEN HIM SPEAK WITH BEFORE explains that he is media.
    How do we let him stay on the bench? How does the JQC? Why won’t someone do a complaint? Adriana?? Anyone else who has been demeaned by him, clearly intentionally?
    He plays these power games where he calls you miss if he does t like you, or he makes a huge stink over your cell phone being VISIBLE (not even using it) but only if he doesn’t like you. He yells at you to stop taking photos when he knows full and well you’re media. He’s a bad dude. Someone do something. Please. I’m too much of a wimp myself…just being totally candid. 🙂

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    The Criminal Judges I talk to would like to see him moved. Or retire already. He’s regarded like Joel is.

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      Judging by the way he’s clutching that golden piece of plastic trophy from an unranked law school one would have to assume he will swaddle himself in the robe until it’s stripped away by age or defeat at the polls.

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      If defense atty really didn’t object than Bob may have screwed the pooch on this one cause of the facts.

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    Diaz in addition to being fined 15 grand and suspended without pay from the bench was required by the Judicial Qualifications Committee to make a public apology to Judge Seidman and the Hispanic Bar Asso. to my knowledge.
    He’s always been a tool. A real bag of hot air for a talentless punk.

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      JUDGE SEIDMAN WAS A GOOD JUDGE IN SERVICE TO BROWARD WHO WAS DISRESPECTED BY ROBERT DIAZ A MUCH LESSER JUDGE

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      These azz kissers never tire of suckin up in attempts to buy influence. Bogenpoop must be in his 80’s with Banana in the fold and still suckin?

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        He doesn’t have an opponent because he’s not a dick ruining people’s lives for no reason like some of his colleagues do.

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      THE ABOVE FLYER AND ANY AND ALL SIGNAGE
      NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED AS FOLLOWS
      JUDGE ALBERTO “AL” RIBAS
      JUDGE RIBAS YOU KNOW BETTER!!!

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    JUDGE SEIDMAN IS A KIND AND GENEROUS SOUL

    JUDGE SEIDMAN DID NOT DESERVE TO BE THREATENED BY JUDGE DIAZ

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO RUN AGAINST DIAZ AND BEAT HIM

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      Sleazy Seidman hedged his bets and crapped out. Diaz may be a moron, but Seidman was equally as bad a judge. Two of the worst judges in Broward’s judicial history.
      The only bigger pig was Moron Ross. His henchmen fell and then he was done after years of greasing the machine, smudged out by his own moronic actions. His greaseball minions like Sprinkles hit a brick wall and splintered all over the place and Greene ran from Criminal like a scared little girl lookin for her daddy. Daddy Ross was already on the skids.
      That’s really saying something considering Broward has had a whole list of the worst judges in the State.

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        I think I just crapped my pants 👖… retirement isn’t what it’s racked up to be. I used to be King of the Courthouse Clowns. Now I’m just an old fart in diapers waiting for my baby food.

        If all the bad judges in Broward stood up at once we’d have a real traffic jam

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    Neither Seidman or Diaz will be remembered as giants. More like morphed midgets. Seidman and Diaz spent more time roaming the halls puffing themselves up, than they ever did on the bench actually working. Seidman got greedy with running his wifey when he felt threatened (two Seidmans on the ballot) they both got stomped by voters. Like most losers (Dummy Destry) he packed up the car and fled Fla. after the gig was up.
    Unfortunately SCUZBALL Diaz is still around milking taxpayers for all he can get.
    Seidman was no Saint, just a self promoting opportunist looking for a free ride. Diaz is the same. His plan all fell apart after he was tossed out of office by voters. As it stands Dummy Diaz has survived the same fate. He certainly hasn’t improved the Broward Judiciary.

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    I just don’t get it. Most really most of the Judges in Broward now are really really good people. They work hard. They are much smarter than the predecessors from the cowtown days.. They finally elected a strong person to lead them on the form of Judge Tuter. The aforementioned Judge Tuter is working overtime to modernize the system. He does things for the community first and Judges second. This is a whole new paradigm. Then here we go again. A bad apple has to go and give us a black eye for petty reasons. Really really selfish. All the progress halted in the perception department. The idea that this is acceptable to the hard workers is opposite to reality. If he can’t comport to be a team player it kills us deeply. The question is why would it happen. Secondly will it be punished to send the overdue message to the anachronisms left??

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      TOOTY IS IN WAY OVER HIS HEAD WITH RESIGNATIONS AND JUDICIAL CORRUPTION BEING MADE PUBLIC. INSTEAD OF FOLLING THE LEAD IN THE REST OF THE STATE AND INSTITUTING JUDICIAL ROTATION, HE IS LOCKED INTO THE SAME OLD PARADIGM OF ALLOWING JUDGES TO RUN THEIR OWN FIEFDOMS WITH DIRE CONSEQUENCES TO THE CIRCUIT. HE DOES THIS TO MAINTAIN HIS POSITION AS CHIEF JUDGE. AS LONG POLITICS REMAIN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HEALTH OF THE 17TH CIRCUIT, TOOTY HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE AS INCOMPETENT AS THE OTHERS.
      MAKING EXCUSES FOR ERRANT AND CORRUPT BROWARD JUDGES SHOWS HIS TRUE INTEGRITY IS LACKING.
      JUST ANOTHER FART IN A WINDSTORM.
      TOOTY’S ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED MISERABLY AND HE HAS SHOWN HE IS UNFIT, UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO CORRECT GLARING IRREGULARITIES WITHIN THE JUDICIARY OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
      HE SHOULD MOVE ASIDE TO ALLOW MORE ABLE ADMINISTRATION TO PROCEED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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    A lot to do about nothing. Sorry folks, but there’s really nothing to see here. Now go get a life people, it’s Saturday.

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      What he said to Tuter may matter. Ok. Wait for the digital. The real issues is the tanking of this case in light of his broader treatment of “Ms.”

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          They’re mere allegations.

          Did anyone think to ask whether the Judge had reviewed the case and determined the allegations not to be credible before jumping on the bandwagon?

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      It’s called a convenient lie in an attempt to make it go away. Of course he knew he’s a reporter. He’s well known. Diaz is a county court putz. Tuter is just as guilty for looking the other way. Neither of them are sincere in their excuses. Typical Broward judge stuff.

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        I don’t know what happened but Tuter wouldn’t have gone along with anything like that in a million years.

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    Unfortunately, none of this is surprising. I know Ross, Weinstein and the rest put assignments for politics but I cannot fathom why Jack didn’t move him on his first day in office. He’s terribly unsuited for his assignment and burnout is only the tip of the iceberg.

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      Judge Tutor needed to keep Diane Diaz happy. Diane is Bob’s wife. More important she is Brenda Forman’s #2. Tutor knew that Forman couldnt run that office but Diane could. It was important to have a friend of the judiciary taking care of matters at the Clerk’s office. That is why Judge Diaz will work whenever and wherever he wants.

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          Even if there’s a finding that Bob fibbed and I’m not saying that has occurred at all, it’s unlikely the Jqc will care. There’s a track record there that’s bad for Florida all will agree. The thing is voters will care if the issue is properly framed by a clever candidate and the likelihood of a clever candidate appearing in Broward is zero. Just look at the quality of the bench now for crying out loud.

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        Let me get this straight. Tuter is afraid of Diaz because of Forman’s incompetence so all of Broward judiciary pays?

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        This is a far fetched theory because Miss Diaz wouldn’t destroy the clerk office just because her husbanded gets demoted. She’s not like that.

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          Diane Diaz is the only line of defense between utter chaos and a clerks office that runs with minimal competence. Tutor knows and appreciates this fact.

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    Keep any eye on not only Arlene Backman but Terri Ann Miller. One or both, most likely Miller, are playing possum and planning to retire. Their plan is to sneak a crony in under the radar to replace them at the last minute

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        Smart move by these ladies if true. Everyone is distracted by Usan, the Diaz mess and the obvious weaknesses of Izquierdo, no is keeping an eye on the older judges on the cusp or at full retirment. Neither Backman or Miller are even trying to raise money.

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          That little toad showed what he was made of last time he was going to run for judge when Daddyback was running around collecting checks for the dweeb. He dropped out like he’d been hit with turpentine on a cat’s ass.
          He’s so small they’d have to furnish him with a high chair.
          Nope. One Daddyback hose was enough for voters. Ain’t gonna happen again. The kid is as dumb as they come.
          Where’s Arlene been anyway ? Does she even come into work anymore?

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      Don’t know about Backman, but Miller is definitely running.
      I was contacted to make a donation to her campaign which I will do if she gets an opponent.

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      Tooty is as useless as they come. He cant control these judges. Sits staring into a computer screen watching movies and looking at his watch all day.

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    I’d like to make sure our hard working judiciary gets a large pay raise before I am term limited from this legislative body

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      Greasing the fatback keeps us all in the dough.
      Worst example of bureaucratic incompetence imaginable.
      And all he ever wanted was a box of doughnuts every morning.

      Look Daddy, all I need are a few cases every month !

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      Weinstein is quite possibly the biggest load this circuit has ever had to bear
      From what I’m seeing, Tuter wil win runner up

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    1. Ross and his daughter both look like they have fetal alcohol syndrome.

    2. If the audio comes back clearly indicating that Raphael identified himself, would the jqc seriously not consider a reprimand against him for lying to tuter about not being aware that he was media?

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        Tooty is a paper tiger that has enough problems getting out of bed in the morning. If he can’t bring a little punk like Diaz to heel, he’s about as much use as Woosey Suzie having to bring her dog to work with her.
        As Chief Judge you’d think he could do more than just offer an apology on behalf of the 17th because a whimp like Diaz doesn’t want his picture taken.
        Such high hopes for Tooty. Such a big disappointment.
        It’s something in the water these worthless Broward judges are drinking.

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          How much courage is to be expected from a man, despite living in the most tolerant time in history towards gays, who still lives in the closet.

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    Wait.
    Am I the only who noticed the inconsistency? First email from tuter says Diaz didn’t know Raphael was media, and had he known he was media, there would be no problem.
    Second email, Diaz misunderstood the AO—doesn’t have much experience w media in his courtroom.

    So…was he lying in the first email or the second? Or both?

    I know. Both.
    For lawyers, these guys are shit at covering their tracks.

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      Hahahah idiot. I can imagine him dealing w an attorney or defendant in his court room who just made the same inconsistent statements.
      He would be an absolute dick, talking over them, trying to embarrass them.
      Can’t you see it?? He’d rip them apart!

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    If there was a defense bar association here they would write a letter and get him moved. Not only this new thing. He’s unpopular as anything anyway. BACDL is a cartoon.

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      What can Howie do? He’s done taking a stand for anything. Besides, Diaz and Lit’l Howie are tight as thieves in a one room apartment. Lit’l Howie has become one of them despite the way he likes to portray himself as the warrior that never was.

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    Is it all of them or only Judge Diaz maybe just not wanting his picture associated in the newspaper with the dismissal of a SBU sex case?

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      Sounds like Diaz. Like Tuter says, Diaz hasn’t handled many serious cases. He’s not like the other County Judges that pull felonies to help out.

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    Hassett has had it against a good lawyer like Padowitz but he should file against Diazz and be a Judge easy.
    Eveeyone loves Ken Hassett against Diaz.

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      Hassett is too much of a chicken neck with fuzz on top to clip an incumbent and be a Judge like Duffy, Bober, Levey Cohen, Contini, Feld, or Murphy.

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        Hassett is in the basket. So much for another weakling that couldn’t or wouldn’t stay the course.
        Broward judge wannabes drop out like flies.

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      This was so blatant. Jaab called it out. What have they been shutting down and out when Jaab wasn’t there to blow the whistle. It is the small things in life which count; it is the inconsequential leak which empties the biggest reservoir. So said Charles Comiskey

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    Word is if Maria Weekes a/k/a Mariya Russian doesn’t file her papers with her real name a complaint and an injunction will be filed throwing her off the ballot just like Mardi aka levy Cohen. A vote for Mariya Weekes is a vote for Vladimir Putin.

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    You get what you deserve. Two circuit court seats and a miami carpetbagger and another “hubby buy me a judgship” are going to walk in unopposed. wow. only in broward.

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    Just went through the weekend bond courts, judge MERRILEE EHRLICH.

    Was she just having a bad day or is she always like that?

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      Another resignation in the works ? Judges are having a hard time of it in Broward. Judicial oversight is needed badly. There is a sore lack of leadership. The real problems start at the top.

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        Real scary part is she is in family court.
        Doesn’t seem to be compassionate at all.
        Yells at EVERYONE, throws tantrums.
        Don’t want to offend any female attorneys so we’ll put it this way;
        If that was a male judge, the word prick would come to mind.

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