DISMISSED!

The Lunch Bunch: Ken Gottlieb, Bobby Diaz, and Jill Levy

Remember back in May, when Jill Levy fought Larrry Meltzer about continuing a trial case because his mother-in-law was in hospice care?  After the JAABLOG post Calling All Cars went up, the case was eventually reset, allowing Meltzer to attend to his family duties.  Sadly, his mother-in-law passed away days later.

As far as the case at issue was concerned, it was tried to a successful conclusion by Larry before another judge, after Levy recused herself from all of his cases.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story.

At some point following the Meltzer family’s loss, Larry got a call from a court reporter asking for clarifications of dialogue from audio-recorded court proceedings concerning the hospice care issues and continuance requests.  When Larry asked who had ordered the hearings transcribed, he was told “a judge.”  No further detail was given.

Shortly thereafter, Meltzer received the following letter from the Florida Bar:

Apparently, despite the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Meltzer’s requests, and the puzzling resistance by Levy, somebody had put Larry in the Bar’s crosshairs.

From Calling All Cars:

Yesterday Levy denied a request for a continuance made by Meltzer, known for trying more DUI cases than almost anyone, and she reportedly ordered him to pull his son from school and be present today with the boy, all in a strange effort to overcome the child care issues created by his wife’s need to go to New Jersey.  This morning Levy told Meltzer that her niece was in the courtroom and available to babysit Meltzer’s four year old son during trial, an offer that was appropriately declined.

We have no idea who ordered the transcripts, or who brought them to the Bar’s attention, but we aim to find out.  In the meantime, the Bar has fortunately come to its senses in time for the holiday season, sending this letter dismissing the complaint earlier this week:

Great news for the Meltzer family, who should not have had to endure the added stress of a frivolous and insensitive bar investigation during a period of mourning …

Coming SoonBobby Diaz v. Adriana Alcalde: Another real head-scratcher of a bar complaint …

122 thoughts on “DISMISSED!”

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      Agreed.

      I really cannot understand what has happened.

      Since Judge Pole has taken over it has become a disorganized mess. I think the Judges are acting so mean there because they cannot handle the mess.

      It has become ironic because the Circuit Judiciary is now a pleasure to deal with. However if a County Judge is to be found on the bench in the first place they are usually angry and demeaning.

      It is time to replace the top man Judge Pole and rotate the rest out. Their key cards must be traced to see which are working full days while others are so often missing.

      I am so sorry to the Meltzer’s. Larry is a good man and brave to go public with this indignity.

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    If the judge filed this bar complaint she should be ashamed of herself. Larry I always enjoyed trying cases against you, you were always a gentleman and a good advocate.

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      When an unreasonable Judge says jump they say how high? and pray for the GC to dump it toot sweet. They should stand up for good lawyers once in a while.

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      Kenny looks like he just heard about Jen Jen and the school board custodian. Can’t tell what Bob is looking at. Time clock to see if it’s quitting time?

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    I’m happy the kind Judges get to hang around until 75 now but there is a greater imperative than ever before to run against the narcissist and just plain miserable ones before they become too entrenched and hang around forever taking out their unhappiness on the world.

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      RUN AGAINST ALL BROWARD JUDGES EVERY TIME THEIR TERMS EXPIRE
      THE PROBLEM REMAINS SYSTEMIC IN BROWARD
      CAREER JUDGES NEED TO GO

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    Dear Governor Elect,

    Please reconsider removing Dr. Snipes. This may be asking a lot, but she has done the impossible because by comparison my people actually look good for a change

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      HERE WE GO AGAIN
      BROWARD JUDGES TAKING SWIPES AT ATTORNEYS THRU THE BAR FOR THEIR OWN DISTINCTLY UNPROFESSIONAL PERSONALITY QUIRKS

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      Jingleschmidt should be taken on with a JQC complaint. One good move deserves the proper response. Broward judges obviously need a wake up call. It won’t come from Tooty.

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      I keep telling you. This is what happens when you put bimbos on the bench. The Broward bench is screwed up enough on its own.
      Does Tooty sit around all day eating popcorn or something?

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    I can’t believe it. It’s like a scenario from one of those procedural courtroom tv shows with an out of control Judge. Denying a continuance in this fashion? At least in television the story ends well with a correction of behavior. Not here though. Here insult gets healed upon injuries. Where’s the JQC?

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      There is precedent for the JQC getting involved in something like this. In Re Aleman is the case. Also isn’t Judge Levy often late to court?

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          That’s not fair because Cheryl was tough but she was fair with continuances and never would have treated anyone this shabbily with a loved one in hospice.

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            Judge Aleman never denied a continuance. She was a pain, but to all sides. State, Defense, Leo’s and court staff. She also was smart, which is why she didn’t Mickey Mouse about continuances like itty bitty babies on power trips born of inferiority complexes.

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          What courage all the lawyers have here to post their sexist remarks and calls for transparency etc while being signing off their words as “anonymous. “

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    These Broward judges need to realize its not about throwing around their weight. How many Broward judges have snapped, bringing it upon themselves because they can’t control themselves ?

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        Well then I say for sure Judge Gottlieb would have counseled Judge Levy to not pursue a Bar Complaint against Mr. Meltzer. Judge Gottlieb knows Mr. Meltzer and would surely have made sure that Judge Levy (if they really are a couple) would never have done something like that after the intitial misunderstanding. Sure Judge Levy was being strong about getting the case tried (that’s her discretion) but I know Judge Gottlieb and would imagine he would have talked to her about how Mr. Meltzer is normally a trial machine (when someone isn’t dying) (again assuming they’re an item) so I can’t see how anyone can think Judge Levy would have done the Complaint. It must have nothing to do with her at all.

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          If I was dating someone that wouldn’t give someone a break when a family member was super sick then I would break up with that person.

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    Judges on the rag again ? Rotate them Tooty. Make them learn something and maybe they’ll learn to do their jobs effectively without all the attitude.
    It’s worked in other circuits.
    It’s not about making them too comfortable in their own fiefdoms. You’ve seen what that brings.

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      They can’t make a living in private so why expect they could do more than one area of law? Those bench books are thick; it probably takes some of them an entire career to get through a single one.

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      He’s always had a bigger appreciation for his abilities than any of the rest of us. I think that’s his big problem. He’s really insecure.

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      Judge Tuter has his hands full with the elections now. Hopefully he will turn his attention to County Criminal when things calm. Many of us feel changes are needed.

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        County Judges are the lowest ranking Judges. They aren’t much better than General Magistrates. They hear the same stupid types of cases over and over. They are dumb cases and they come in tremendous volume. They are like tickets. Plus some of them have been hearing the same cases in the same Division and never did anything else. General Magistrates handle more complex matters. Circuit Judges rub their high rank in County Judges faces and overrule them. It’s life at the bottom rung. That’s why they’re so angry and treat people like crud. Plus they usually were lawyers that nobody respected because they were bad lawyers and needed the puny County Judge government paycheck to make ends meet. It’s a lesser paycheck than the Circuit Judges. Avoid the Little Judges at all costs because they like to push people around to feel better about themselves.

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          I take the strongest possible exception to that !
          I make the best baklava this side of the hellespont…
          The Broward Court System is full of talent.
          It paid for my new set of choppers.

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    Some people spend like $500,000 of family money to buy an election then they act all high and mighty like people don’t know the real deal.

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    Let us pray for the loss of a life and beg for forgiveness on behalf of the entire 17th Circuit once again for backsliding to its true nature.

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    Or was fined 15 grand, suspended from the bench and required to write letters of apology to both Judge Seidman and the Hispanic Bar Asso. as I recall.

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      Does anyone know if Judge Diaz ever tried to advance himself? Has he ever put in for Circuit? How about JudgeGottlieb or the Judge Jill Levy?

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          And as far as Diaz is concerned, Seidman sank his future prospects for promotion. Seidman should be rewarded the BACDL award. The JQC should have removed Diaz. Why the penalty was so low is a total mystery.

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    How would you feel if you’d relegated yourself to being a government flunky county court judge in Broward County because you lacked the talent or energy to do anything else ?
    Give the punk a break. He’s not very smart and has gone as far as he’s ever going in his lackluster career. That’s why he’s always been called Dead End Diaz.

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    WHILE GOV. OF THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA I APPOINTED GREAT JUDGES AND WENT A LONG WAY TOWARDS CHOPPING OUT THE JUDICIAL FAT
    BROWARD HAS ALWAYS HAD ITS PROBLEMS WITH JUDGES

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    This seems to be part of a pattern with him. Hasn’t he done it anonymously in the past ?
    At any rate, if this is part of the “Miss/Ms.” thing, it amounts to nothing and will be summarily dismissed. He just does it to cause problems and act tough. He’s just a county court gas bag.

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    Only in Broweird would an attorney ask for a continuance because his mother-in-law is in hospice care (end of her life) and get denied and a bar complaint.

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          BACDL IS A BUNCH OF AZZ KISSING MORONS
          THEYVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET THEIR AZZES TOGETHER OVER ANYTHING ACCEPT SELF PROMOTION

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            BACDL is a bunch of cowards in the palm of Satz and the Judiciary.

            They can’t be bothered to at least write a letter in support of Meltzer?

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            Well I can remember a time when a meeting with the Chief Judge would be requested by BACDL and held when this type of outrageousness occurred. Meltzer is a well respected lawyer, not some flake who had it coming. Who’s in charge there now?

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                Surprised at Blank. Always thought he was a stand-up guy.
                If Broward judges ate going to file aBar complaint, they should have the balls to own up to it. Typical Broward judge stuff, hiding behind the stench their reputations deserve.
                I try to stay out of Broward unless I have too. A bunch of pimped up cronies with all kinds of insecurities.

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    The order form submitted to Court Reporting Services is a matter subject to the Public Records Act, Chapter 119.
    It may be requested verbally and there is no format. Anyone can make the request.

    It is not protected by any confidentiality of the judiciary.

    The anonymity of the requestor is not protected as long as there is some written document which exists,

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    What courage all the lawyers have here to post their sexist remarks and calls for transparency etc while being signing off their words as “anonymous. “

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      Still think like some other Broward judges, this old burnout suffers from a complete hormonal imbalance aggravated by Tooty The Blister’s threat to put her in a padded cell.

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    Does anyone know why this wasn’t dismissed outright upon receipt?

    Why did it have to go to a grievance committee at all?

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    Did Judge Levy and Judge Gottlieb try a lot of cases when they were lawyers? I know the other pictured Judge (Diaz) when he was a Public Defender was a very busy person trying cases a lot. Just wondering so thanks.

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