INTRODUCING MICHAEL DAVIS …

From an email by newly appointed county judge Michael Davis, who lives in the Hollywood area with his wife and two kids:

I am a graduate of Hofstra University Law School, class of 2004 and have been a member of the New York State Bar since 2005 and the Florida Bar since 2010.  The majority of my practice has focused on public service in the form of assisting the neediest of our community, children and families.

In New York I served as an Assistant County Attorney practicing in New York State Family Court in the area of dependency.  I then transitioned to private practice focusing on family law, dependency and criminal practice.  After relocating to Florida I joined the Florida Department of Children and Families Children’s Legal Services Division and a prosecutor in Dependency Court, later transitioning to a position as Senior Attorney with the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and Finally a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Child Support Enforcement Division.

I became an attorney with the goal of helping those in need, and through my practice of assisting children and families I became keenly aware of the need for knowledgeable and compassionate Judges in our County Court system, which is why I sought this position.

I truly look forward to serving the people of Broward County.

COMING SOON – Regarding movement, we’re hearing: Jay Hurley to Division MP (Olga Levine’s old downtown division), potentially making room for TV Face Time for challenged judges; Jose Izquierdo to Dependency … Michael Davis to ? …

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72 thoughts on “INTRODUCING MICHAEL DAVIS …”

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      Really???
      Liz Scheerer?
      Guiseepina Miranda?
      Chris Pole?
      Lynn Rosenthal?
      Nina Dipietro?
      Al Ribas?
      MOST IF NOT ALL OF THIS GOVERNOR’S APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN PURE POLITICAL HACKERY AND NEPOTISM

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        Bill Scherer used to advertise on his website that he “Shaped the Judiciary”. Do the math people. How many connections are there to Scherer,…. his Relatives….. His cronies….. Former partners…. Former associates? Connect the dots.

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          His Myna bird has a better vocabulary than some County Judges so stop complaining things could be worse.

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          His Myna bird has a better vocabulary than some County Judges so stop complaining things could be worse.

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          Really Chris Pole is a good guy off the bench but a prosecutor on the bench. He never grants motions to take depositions and seems to be doing his best to emulate his hero the Honorable Stanton Kaplan. So Mr. Wizard are you a prosecutor or a sell out defense lawyer?

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            Kaplan milked it for all it was worth. Didn’t come to work for years and when he did he wore the robe of a prosecutor. Liked the guy, but he was a real player.

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      Has anyone else read that a case came before Destry for sealing and he denied the request only to be overturned by the DCA?

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    Great points… even though there are dozens of County Court judges, something tells me it’s only going to be either Zaccor or Evans doing magistrates….gee I wonder why?

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    I wonder why Peter helped Barbara out with a transfer but Matt stays put despite a real threat of losing?

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      Umm, Destry doesn’t have a chance of losing:

      His challenger, GreenBald, apparently had a road rage incident where he pulled a gun, isn’t generally liked bc of his undeserved cocky personality, and also lacks experience and connections.

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        GREENBALD HAS NO CHANCE. TO KNOW HIM IS TO BE INFURIATED BY HIS ATTITUDE OF ENTITLEMENT. CHUMP CHANGE FROM AN AMATEUR.

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      What’s gonna happen to Hurley? Without a captive audience to preach to he’s as big a BIG A GONNER as before he got his sticky appointment under his frat buddy Criss.

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      Weinstein is so full of jelly he burps when he opens his mouth. We went from a complete moron with Pappy Ross and Co. before his unceremonious downfall to an incompetent bureaucrat who’s not accomplished anything that is the least bit progressive or that requires any effort whatsoever unless there’s a doughnut at the end of the rainbow for either himself or Baby Whiney.
      It’s an unending trough for a smaller group of bloodhounds addicted to a mountain of sugar at public expense.

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        Bring back Tobin! He’s been the only one who ever even attempted to clean up this judicial garbage scow.

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    Apparently the Chief Judge has heard of the accusations of the bailiffs cheating on a mandatory federal test and is considering having the sheriff’s office look into the matter. Way to go bailiffs.

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      Not unless he wakes up with a terminal case of hemorrhoids. It would take that to get him motivated.

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    Oh come on! DiPietro and Zaccor are Republicans. Judge Weinstein is not screwing them over. What party is McCarthy?
    The Green party?

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      Every time I see Di Pietro perform his act it reminds me of someone in a comic strip trying to sell a self improvement motivational scam. Give me a break from gesticulation mode. Bet u he thought he had the world by the tail before he got his azz handed to him by a bigger greaser who obviously became as disenchanted with his antics as I am. I’m happy to see his wife got opposition because I think she’s about as qualified to be a judge as my schnauzer. Even for Broward and its judicial club of shamefully unsuited misfits.

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    Weinstein’s fail is profound in that incumbents are routinely challenged and sometimes beaten. He is the worst Chief in the history of the 17th Circuit.

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    What’s going on with all the people checking out of the PD ? Heard it’s pretty bad. Never heard of so many leaving at one time. Double digit desertion. Lol

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    Like the way these suckers tout their public service when all they are really doing absent any imagination is helping themselves to the pockets of taxpayers ! The mud stole half a day in this dudes little speech about himself. Lol. He’s been on the public dole his entire career.

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    What’s going on in the Public Defenders Office ? Is this part of cutbacks or just an extraordinary number of people calling it quits ?

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      Extraordinary number of people calling it quits. They finally caved and gave some raises, but it’s still not enough to fix the mistakes of the current administration and still not enough to make up for the fact administration doesn’t carry a caseload.

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        You’d understand why none of the PD supervisors want to handle any cases if you saw what I saw. A judge ordered a PD supervisor to court one day over some issue and when he got there and was called upon to make an explanation to the judge he literally was shaking so bad I thought he was going to piss his pants . Totally incompetent. I later found out he hadn’t handled a case in 20 years ! LOL. They are scared half to death to appear in court.
        This is what Howard Finkelstein thinks should be supervising seasoned, experienced division attorneys ???
        They need to seriously get their acts together while there’s still anybody left to work there .

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              With them the seed of wisdom did I sow. LOL ! It’s lost on these milkers. None of them do anything. Add it up. Half a million going to waste but there isn’t any money for raises.

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          Pray for the best, prepare for the worst. Still more of us leaving. Nobody is even asking why anymore.

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            While Nero bemoans the situation and remains impotent to do anything about it ! That or doesn’t care. It’s what happens when you hand the running of the office over to mismanagement and lazy supervisors whose cars can never be found in their assigned parking spaces. Maybe because they are never there.

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    Good morning. Thank you for allowing me to testify about mandatory minimums.

    If I told you that one out of three African-American males is forbidden by law from voting, you might think I was talking about Jim Crow 50 years ago.

    Yet today, a third of African-American males are still prevented from voting because of the War on Drugs.

    The War on Drugs has disproportionately affected young black males.

    The ACLU reports that blacks are four to five times more likely to be convicted for drug possession although surveys indicate that blacks and whites use drugs at similar rates. The majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white, but three-fourths of all people in prison for drug offenses are African American or Latino.

    Why are the arrest rates so lopsided? Because it is easier to go into urban areas and make arrests than suburban areas.

    Arrest statistics matter when applying for federal grants. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that it’s easier to round up, arrest and convict poor kids than it is to convict rich kids.

    The San Jose Mercury News reviewed 700,000 criminal cases that were matched by crime and criminal history of the defendant.

    The analysis revealed that similarly situated whites were far more successful than African Americans and Latinos in the plea bargaining process;

    In fact, “at virtually every stage of pretrial negotiation, whites are more successful than non-whites.”

    I know a guy about my age in Kentucky, who grew marijuana plants in his apartment closet in college.

    Thirty years later, he still can’t vote, can’t own a gun, and when he looks for work he must check the box, the box that basically says: “I’m a convicted felon and I guess I’ll always be one.”

    He hasn’t been arrested or convicted for 30 years—but still can’t vote or have his Second Amendment rights. Getting a job is nearly impossible for him.

    Today, I’m here to ask you to create a safety valve for all federal mandatory minimums.

    Mandatory sentencing automatically imposes a minimum number of years in prison for specific crimes — usually related to drugs.

    By design, mandatory sentencing laws take discretion away from judges so as to impose harsh sentences, regardless of circumstances.

    Since mandatory sentencing began, America’s prison population has quadrupled, to 2.4 million.

    America now jails a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country, at the staggering cost of $80 billion a year.

    Recently, Chairman Leahy and I introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act.

    The legislation is short and simple. It amends current law to provide “authority to impose a sentence below a statutory mandatory minimum.”

    In other words, we are not repealing mandatory minimums on the books – we are merely allowing a judge to sentence below a mandatory minimum if certain requirements are met.

    There is an existing safety valve in current law, yet it is very limited. It has a strict five-part test and only about 23 percent of all drug offenders qualified for the safety valve.

    The injustice of mandatory minimum sentences is impossible to ignore when you hear the stories of the victims. John Horner was a 46-year-old father of three when he sold some of his prescription painkillers to a friend.

    His friend turned out to be a police informant, and he was charged with dealing drugs. Horner pleaded guilty, and was later sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 25 years in jail.

    Edward Clay was an 18 year old and first time offender when he was caught with less than 2 ounces of cocaine. He received 10 years in jail from a mandatory minimum sentence.

    Weldon Angelos was a 24-year-old who was sentenced to 55 years in prison for three marijuana sales.

    Federal Judge Timothy Lewis recalls a case where he had to send a 19-year-old to prison for 10 years for conspiracy. What was the “conspiracy?”

    This young man had been in a car where drugs were found. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure one of us might have been in a car in our youth where someone might’ve had drugs.

    Before the arrest, this young man was going to be the first in his family to go to college.

    Each case should be judged on its own merits. Mandatory minimums prevent this from happening.

    Mandatory minimum sentencing has done little to address the very real problem of drug abuse while also doing great damage by destroying so many lives.

    I’m here today to ask you to let judges start doing their jobs.

    I’m here to ask that we begin the end of mandatory minimum sentencing.

    http://randpac.com/2013/09/18/rand-paul-reevaluating-effectiveness-mandatory-minimum-sentences-testimony/

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    If Forman pursues that lawsuit successfully (see above Tally Dem) he could ride out in a blaze of glory. He’s a lifer political hack so he knows how it works; Howard, one brief shining moment? C’mon!

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    Howard’s lucky he’s not being sued for closing the office at 3:30 everyday. But he’s really lucky he’s not getting sued for adding wording not approved by the Florida Supreme Court to some of those plaintiff pro se forms which essentially amounts to legal advice.

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    Hey Bill, thanks for not putting up all of those stupid pictures of your asshole buddies around the courthouse. Hard to look at those dickheads early in the morning before my breakfast has fully digested.

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    My sources tell me that bso is going to look into the baillifs cheating on a mandatory federal security test that everyone of the baillifs had to take and pass in order for bso to receive a federal grant. Every baillif was given the answers to the test by one of their supervisors. Bso is now going to have to conduct an investigation before it becomes pubic. Cheating on a federal grant exam is a total violations of rules, fraud an unethical and lack of integrity. This once again proves the unprofessionalism of the baillifs in the courthouse. Bob Norman is also looking into this breach of integrity and falsification of test scores amongst the baillifs on a federal security test. The Chief judge has been informed of all of the baillifs cheating on the test and was not amused.

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      Weinstein couldn’t pass a 6th grade math test if his life depended on it. Now ask him what’s in a jelly doughnut and he’ll ace it 🙂

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    Are the baillifs continue to lie when they are brought in and questioned about cheating on the test. This is all going to be very interesting. I do not think every one of them will go along with covering up and risk the consequences to themselves. More to follow I’m sure.

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    Is there any truth to what is being said about the bailiffs ? I have mixed feelings about them losing their jobs, some of them are decent and do a good job. Others really do need to retire and enjoy the rest of their lives. I have noticed more and more detention deputies replacing bailiffs in the courtrooms for a while now. Doesn’t look good for the bailiffs unfortunately.

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    The judges and the chief judge included should have a full case load and not part time jobs or no work at all, yet the chief judge and the rest of his elitist do nothings cry and whine to the governor and Tallahassee on how over worked and stressed out they are and that they need more and more judges to hell with all of the work. Give me a break, on any given day after lunch and especially on Fridays this place is a ghost town with no Judges to be found anywhere much less working. This is the best part-time job ever created by the broward judges. Do your Job’s and you won’t need to spend anymore of our hard earned dollar’s hiring more Judges, just do your jobs like the rest of us little people have to.

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    What’s with so many PDs leaving ? Things must be going rotten fast under the Fink and do nothin crew he’s got pretending to be supervisors. Supervising what ? Supervising who ? It’s a total laugh. They’re never even there! Try getting ahold of one if they are needed for anything. All they do is run and hide.

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    Does anybody know the names of the baillifs supervisors that supplied the answers to the FEMA security test to all of the bailiffs. Hey I know that the baillifs are pretty dumb but I didn’t think that they were stupid enough to cheat on a federal security test and think no one would find out about it. They really are stupid. And the supervisors involved are REALLY STUPID if they think the baillifs are going to keep their mouths shut and cover up for them. Boy are they stupid.

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    I’ve been in front of 4 of Gov Scott’s appointments. My opinion:
    Pole: Good
    DiPietro: Good. Huge surprise on that one, but good.
    Scheerer: I’m neutral, but cautious. I just can’t get past her train wreck of a personal life to trust her to exercise good judgment.
    Rosenthal: Bad.

    Then again, nobody gives a crap about my opinion so oh well.

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