JNC Chairperson Reggie Zachariah released the names of the applicants hoping to replace Cindy Imperato on the Circuit Court at 11:21 P.M., April 11th. They are as follows:
1. Daniel Casey; 2. Thomas Coleman; 3. Andrew Demos; 4. Helen Dolland; 5. Phoebee Francois; 6. Keathan Frink; 7. Michael Heise; 8. Jennifer Hilal; 9. Jose Izquierdo; 10. Stefanie Moon; 11. Michelle Ricca; 12. Abbe Rifkin; 13. Ramon Rubio; 14. Andrew Salvage; 15. Bonne Schelin; 16. Max Soren; 17. Russell Thompson; 18. Madeline Torres; 19. Claudette Vanni; 20. Mariya Weekes; 21. Michelle Zeiger.
Rick Scott has failed to appoint a single African-American to the circuit bench since becoming governor in 2011*, and on March 24th, the JNC refused to send a single black applicant up for consideration to replace Eric Beller on the county bench. There are currently six African-American judges out of ninety in the 17th Judicial Circuit, and two of them, Mary Robinson and Ilona Holmes, are set to retire.
But more on all of that later …
(*Charlie Crist appointed two African-Americans to the circuit court, Mike Robinson and Ken Gillespie)
Coming Soon – Attorney General Jack Seiler?; The Departed, Broward style …
Here’s a fun story we gave to the Sun Sentinel … from one of your tips, so please keep them coming!
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