209 thoughts on “KAPLAN v. USAN”

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      You’ve got the wrong Kaplan. The wonderful Judge Kaplan (who was in a wheelchair) died a few years ago. This is some new guy challenging the Judge Usan, who is a wonderful judge.

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      Chief Judge Tuter is a man of principle. It’s not his job to play politics and protect Judges that have elections.

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        They will move him because between his teaching job and campaigning there will be little time left for a heavy crim docket.

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        Where’s Tooty gonna shuffle Lazarus off to now ? Knowing Lazarus, this scab isn’t finished sucking at the public trough.

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      The time to have moved was a long time before election time came. His friends didn’t counsel him well. Or maybe he didn’t listen. Judges that encourage the beastly nature of the State always end up in hot water here. Duh.

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      You’ve got the wrong Kaplan. The wonderful Judge Kaplan (who was in a wheelchair) died a few years ago. This is some new guy challenging the Judge Usan, who is a wonderful judge.

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        M.P. you are such a tool… The comments are meant in jest – but you lack the intelligence to see it & actually assume people are talking about Stanton? You fuckin idiot.

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          Hate to tell you, but some people were not aware that the Honorable Stanton Kaplan died. And such a big man posting anonymously.

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                Hey idiot MP I didn’t write the comments ….I was only commenting on how stupid you were to think they were referring to Stanton.

                Okay I accept your offer – I promise to write my name if you do, so go ahead. I promise I will too!

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    I would like to know Mr. Kaplan’s position on nuking people for de minimis probation violations since everyone already knows Judge Usan’s.

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        THE PARTY IS OVER
        BROWARD JUDGES SHOULD ALL RECEIVE CHALLENGERS
        VOTE TO REMOVE CORRUPT INCUMBENTS
        DRAIN THE SWAMP OF THESE CAREER JUDGES
        AND REPLACE WITH RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE
        END PAY TO PLAY PRACTICE

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        The chicken pluckers must be promising Kaplan the hen house to switch out to a different race. They’ll see what he’s made of.

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        Levy Jingleschmit needs to hit the road. Any road. Just not here.
        With the number of rotten judges in Broward, getting rid of this tripe would be a good start.

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    Please tell us which running Judges belong to the Federalist Society. (Including attending Federalist Meetings) This should be asked at every candidate forum.

    The Federalist Society, is an organization of conservatives seeking reform of the current American legal system.

    Notable Members of Federalist Society:
    Justice Scalia
    Justice Clarence Thomas
    Justice Gorsuch
    Ted Cruz
    Jeff Sessions

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    Kaplan is smart. He has the name and the black vote after the dismissal of the Jermaine McBean killing. Usan is a Republican JNC appointment in the Trump elections too. Lawyers might want to jump on this winning horse early.

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        Don’t count out Rhoda Sokoloff. She came out of a primary the last two elections only to lose because she was bottom of the ballot. Wouldn’t be on the bottom versus Usan.

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        Is he Republican? He was appointed by a Republican JNC. He robed Izquierdo who is a close friend of Trump and was appointed by the Governor Scott JNC. Izquierdo also was his treasurer last election. Betcha he’s Republican. How else did he have the connection to make it through the Republican JNC?

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          I would have thought Judge Diaz would have been asked to robe Judge Izquierdo because of their friendship. Was he asked or is it customary to not have low ranking judicial officers be involved with the investiture of high ranking Judges? Is that the etiquette or something?

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    I feel terrible about Claudia (and Judge Lazarus, my first trial), but this is great news about Richard!

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      Judge Usan always started by 9 when I was in there. And he was very lenient on non violent offenders, but tough on violent offenders, which is what you want in a judge!

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          Just because the conduct that violates probation is nonviolent, doesn’t mean the underlying charge or the offenders history is. And he was 9am for a long time but that could have changed, it’s been awhile.

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    What kind of an ex-Judge will I be?

    The kind that :
    1. Shuffles through the courthouse hustling court appointments and scraps, or
    2. The kind that hides out in North Carolina or Coral Springs, or the Country Club, never to be seen in the courthouse again, or
    3. The kind that keeps running and/or putting in for a taste of judicial glory again, or
    4. The the kind that crawls back to a government office, or
    5. The kind that gets off their lazy behinds and finally makes something of themselves?

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    I guess we’ll see if the Democratic Party in Broward is as weak and fractured as it appears to be. It should be easy pickings to knock off a bunch of Republican Judges but the party is in such disarray it’s anybody’s ball game.

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    Demos in Disarray ? It was all set up and I still lost to that Brenda Bimbo for Clerk.
    She deserves everything she gets and more. Imagine a Bimbo running the Clerk’s Office !
    That was my retirement package.

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    Kaplan? From the ORC? another lackluster, can’t make it in private practice government attorney playing the name game and looking for a pay raise.
    He’ll get slaughtered.

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      That’s what they’re saying about the Philadelphia Eagles. We’ll see. If I was a betting man, I would be placing my money on Kaplan. Hey Alexa, “Who is going to win this election?” Alexa stated, “I’m going with the underdog because of his defense!”

      See that … smart money is on Kappy.

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      He is a great candidate. Has money. Excellent reputation for skill ability and professionalism. Started at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Really nice guy. Barbara Miller is working his campaign.

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        He’ll allow me to cover-up child trafficking for my friends.
        Covert Professional Allowances, is the way to go.
        Sitting on the grievance committee has its privileges.

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      They are; but they will still donate to Usan because they are Broward chicken shits and then they will give Kaplan a brown nosey trophy after he wins.

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        You’re giving them way too much credit. The Defense Bar is made up of a bunch of spineless whimps that drag toilet paper around on their shoes.
        They couldn’t organize a game of dominos.

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      Bulls**t. Usan is popular with the defense bar. He’s very efficient, grants continuances, gives lots of reasonable open pleas, and is polite and respectful to the bar. If you have a different opinion, it says more about you than him.

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    Should active Methamphetamine addicts be permitted to preside over cases as judges or appear in court as attorneys representing clients while actually under the influence of meth?

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    Everyone play nice. Nothing wrong with healthy competition. This is not a lifetime appointment. Democracy people, revel in our freedoms

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      But wait. Lazarus can’t stop sucking from the public trough just yet. Retired in 2010 he’s been back for another round of trough buckling since then. Maybe Joel needs a new vocation. Something like in janitorial services. Something where a mop is required for picking up the small stuff.

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            Yet he was too important to try his own misdemeanor cases. Always farmed them out so he could handle felonies for extra dough. Reversed a lot too. Why is Tuter letting him hang around so long after retirement?

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    Dan Casey was a prosecutor in Miami-dade County for many years in the 1990s. Then he went into private practice for many years. Then moved to Broward. Very nice guy, but not well known in Broward at all. Ripe for competition.

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      What would any of us do without the entertainment value of Judge Holmes ? She makes me laugh every time I have to go in there. Given, it’s a bad act but she can be very funny.

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    Any candidate that took advice from ATurd should be very nervous. What other scams was the Turd involved in besides the pay to play with Robinson?

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      Now the Bar needs to investigate Former Judge Robinson, the work has already been done by the JQC, and she needs to be disciplined and or disbarred. Another Broward judge reaps the benefit of messing around with political whore Aturd.

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          Typical Broward judge stuff. After getting caught in Pay to Play she threatens to call the police on the investigative reporter that broke the story?
          Broward judges are a breed all their own. Arrogant, corrupt and defiant to the end.
          Put this loser to work at Legal Aid and teach her some humility in the face of her corrupt Pay to Play scheme. She should now face disbarment by the Bar.

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          Had Robinson admitted she gave Ahearn appointments in exchange for him working on her campaign, “that would have constituted a crime.”

          Ahearn needs to AT LEAST be DISBARRED and his MEDIATION CERTIFICATION REVOKED since everyone knows he received the appointments in exchange for his “significant work on her campaign.” (his words).

          The integrity of the legal system is at stake if the unethical Ahearn allowed to remain as a lawyer or mediator. The same goes for Robinson. She should be DISBARRED.

          According to the political grapevine there appears to be more about Ahearn and his judicial candidates.

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

          SHAME ON YOU BOB NORMAN OF LOCAL 10 NEWS FOR CONTINUING TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC BY SAYING A NUMBER/AMOUNT OF $45,000.00
          THIS AMOUNT IS TAKEN OUT OF THIN AIR!!!

          OF THE 174 COMPLETED MEDIATIONS, HOW MANY DO YOU THINK ONLY LASTED THE MINIMUM OF ONE HOUR?
          I THINK THE ANSWER IS SLIM TO NONE AND CLOSER TO NONE
          OF THE 174 COMPLETED MEDIATIONS HOW MANY DO THINK LASTED 2 HOURS OR MORE

          OF THE 174 COMPLETED MEDIATIONS, HOW MANY THINK THAT EACH PARTY OF THE MEDIATION PAID AN HOURLY RATE
          I THINK THE ANSWER WOULD BE ALL

          WITH HOURLY RATES RANGING FROM BOB NORMAN AT $250.00 TO THE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMITTEE STIPULATION 0F $250.00 – $300.00 https://efactssc-public.flcourts.org/casedocuments/2017/2093/2017-2093_motion_115263_stipulation.pdf TO RAPHAEL OLMEDA OF THE SUN-SENTINEL RANGE OF $300.00 – $350.00
          TO THE SUBSEQUENT SUN-SENTINEL EDITORIAL OF A RANGE OF $250.00 – $300.00
          AND FROM COURTHOUSE DOCUMENTS
          MICHAEL G AHEARN STATES $750.00 PER HOUR
          “Enclosed please find the Notice for Arbitration indicating the date and time of the arbitration for the above referenced case. Please be advised that the flat fee for the arbitration is $750.00. Each party will be responsible for bringing a check in the amount of $375.00 made payable to: AHEARN DISPUTE RESOLUTION, on the day of the hearing.
          In the event the arbitration process exceeds three hours, an additional fee of $100.00/hour will be charged for any subsequent time expended.
          Additionally, please be advised that if the Arbitration is cancelled within one day or less notice of the scheduled arbitration time, the full fee of $750.00 ($375.00 per side) shall be accessed. If the Arbitration is cancelled within seven (7) business days’ notice of the scheduled Arbitration time, a cancellation fee of $300.00 (three-hundred dollars) i.e. $150.00 (one hundred fifty dollars per side) will be assessed.”

          WHAT DO YOU THINK THE REAL $$$$$$ AMOUNT IS?

          THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SHOULD REJECT THE STIPULATION AND ORDER A COMPREHENSIVE AND THOROUGH AUDIT OF “CORRUPT” JUDGE(?) CLAUDIA ROBINSON AND MICHAEL G AHEARN

          THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONLY WAY TO OBTAIN THE TRUE DOLLAR AMOUNT THAT WAS TAKEN (STOLEN) FROM LITIGANTS FOR THEIR OWN SELF GAIN!!!

          FUKTHISCOURT.COM
          PART OF THE “FUK” (FLORIDA U KNOW) NETWORK OF SITES AND PAGES

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        Just think, if Judge Robinson hadn’t been busted by an investigative reporter, she’d still be paying off her political buddy Aturd.
        All Broward judges should be subject to audit to see just how many others are doing the same thing. You can bet it’s going on in every courtroom. It’s no sweat of their backs if judges can appoint whoever they want in payback for political services.

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    Who said anything about the Stanton Kaplan family running against Usan?

    Do any of you know who Richard Kaplan is?

    Dang, peeps, if you’re going to poke fun, at least get names right! Do your homework!

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          Richard Kaplan is Michael Kaplan’s first cousin. Great guy. Don’t understand why this Usman character is running against him

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            I am so confused. I once knew a nice man named Kaplan who sold pocket watches in the store below our tenement on the Lower East Side. I will vote for Richard.

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        All Judge Kaplans have been great to me in my cases & treated me fair.

        I will do everything I can to keep this Usman from trying to take his job!

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              I don’t care who he’s is related to. As long as he doesn’t play gotcha with a probation sentence followed by a slam I will tell everyone I know to support him.

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    Down goes Laz the Spaz after showing his true colors. Broward doesn’t need these imbeciles. Laz has worn it out. His thirst for the last nickel on the table has finally led to his demise from the bench in ignominious dishonor. What do you really expect from this pathetic squirrelly old goat?

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      SO THE LAZ GETS HIS AT LAST
      ITS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING
      NO BIGGER TURKEY HAS CONTINUED TO OCCUPY THE BENCH SINCE MORON ROSS
      GLAD TO SEE THIS BROKEN DOWN OLD CARD PLAYER GET HIS
      NOW DRUM THIS IDIOT OFF THE PUBLIC PAYROLL FOR GOOD

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    This is from the article—

    Senior judges like Lazarus are retired and paid $375 to work various assignments. They are approved and accountable to a committee chaired by a judge on the 4th District Court of Appeal, Tuter said.

    Why is everyone so angry at a retiree simply lending a hand, and at short money too?

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      Lazarus would do it if he could net a hundred bucks. People like this can never let go of the game. This guy is super cheap. It’s more than he’s worth. This is how the game is played by these diehards in Broward.

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    He is the sole heir to Stanley Kaplan. He has been helping protect children and families for over twenty years. Richard Kaplan would never sentence anybody based on their race or color of their skin. I’m voting Kaplan in August!

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      But it shouldn’t be about the attorneys. It’s about the poor people doing the prison time because of outdated and unrealistic judicial zero tolerance ideologies.

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    Register to vote and vote all of the a-holes out! It is high time somebody threw in on an incumbent judge. One down twelve more to go. The time is now ….

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    How did slimy political operative Mike “The Fat aTurd” explain the 280 out of 300 appointments by disgraced Judge Claudia Robinson wherein he pocketed tens of thousands of dollars?

    “IT JUST HAPPENED”

    ABRACADABRA . WOW….there was never a conversation between them. …”it just happened. ” I hope you come up with better explanations, I mean LIES. in your upcoming media interview

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    Aturd will not be forgiven by the other judges or a certain good investigative reporter.
    He busted this thing wide open for everyone to see. The rest of us have known about this for a long, long time. He started this way back with Ross and baby Donkey Kong. he’s continued to milk other judges since then. He’s going down and his buddy Seiler Smiler can’t do anything about it. Scumsuckers both. This time he screwed up big time.

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    This was a surgical excising of a sitting Judge. Skillful. How about aiming higher from now on and getting rid of some Circuit dead weight instead of small County Court potatoes?

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      Lazarus is useless. He’s always been. Why he’s been allowed to stay around is anyone’s guess. I can’t count how many times he was reversed. Just another county clown. Tuter needs to dump this bum. There are plenty of better people to choose from instead of this duffis.

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      Wake up Tooty. We don’t need retired judges like Lazarus coming back for a second time after retiring and milking the public again.

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    Things are gonna get tough for a few more incumbent Broward judges. With all the bad press judges have been getting, the forced resignations and screwups from the bench with no end in sight, you can bet it’s going to be easy pickings for a few more enterprising challengers.
    Saddle up, it’s going to be a long ride.

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      There’s still time for a few more rabbits to jump down the Broward Judicial rabbit hole. They better be more careful than Robinson was before she hit the dirt. Hitting pay dirt didn’t last long for her.
      Dirty Judicial politics are the standard here in Broward as the pups line up to trounce incumbent standard bearers.

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    Let’s us welcome the newest participant in the race to succeed Queen Holmes.

    As you may remember, Melissa got trounced by Hurley 6 years ago.

    Dan Casey still has no opponent in the open seat to replace Judge Cohen

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      I hope all those vying to replace Judge Holmes attend this event and show her the respect she deserves going into retirement. I think she will be pleased to see and appreciate the diversity amongst those who are running for the privilege to replace her.

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        I wish Judge Holmes hadn’t testified for the felon/convict Sheriff that set Broward back 100 years. I lost respect for her after that.

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        The good news is that Judges Evans, Williams, Barner and former Judge Robinson have shown (and convincingly) that Black People can win elections for Judge.

        The woeful diversity on the bench can and only will be cured when Black Lawyers run against the inexperienced and unqualified JNC appointments as soon as they are up.

        The benefits would be twofold (at a minimum) because #1 there would be many victories over the undeserving appointees resulting in diversity and #2 the Governor would order the JNC to stop playing partisan politics and patronage politics and start making qualified and diverse appointments that a multi- ethnic and Democratic community deserves.

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        The Statement is not provable.

        Diversity ???
        All the NAACP judges are black.
        That’s not very inclusive. Are they racists?

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      Why is Donohoe always messing around with black judges? Hurley was a very esteemed black judge when she ran against him.

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      Hope she’s gonna box up all that stuff in her courtroom and take it with her. She could have a rummage sale with all that junk.

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    Stephanie Moon and Holmes really blew it on this one. Moon has been deemed Holmes successor for almost a year. Why were other well know, well qualified, black candidates told to not file while Moon kept applying to the JNC and for Federal Magistrate? Moon or another good black candidate could have been elected in this spot if they had started early and built a solid campaign. This is how they the Robinson seat was lost, waiting to long to get a candidate to file and run.

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    IDK about running against all of them, but certainly any one of them that has never had an election with an opponent and had to campaign to justify their appointment to the people does though. Appointments are a political process intended to fill a vacancy quickly because when an opening occurs an election with all the time involved is not practicable or the election may be too far off to justify holding up a judicial division vacancy.
    Every appointed judicial officer is supposed to face the people they serve, the voters to legitimize their appointment, which was only a stop gap measure necessitated to keep the courts moving when someone quits or gets removed.
    All judges that have never faced the voters need opponents and the chance to justify their appointment by a partisan political body.

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      Thoughts on electing judges:

      …and that as nothing can contribute so much to its firmness and independence as permanency in office, this quality may therefore be justly regarded as an indispensable ingredient in its constitution, and, in a great measure, as the citadel of the public justice and the public security.

      Nor does this conclusion by any means suppose a superiority of the judicial to the legislative power. It only supposes that the power of the people is superior to both; and that where the will of the legislature, declared in its statutes, stands in opposition to that of the people, declared in the Constitution, the judges ought to be governed by the latter rather than the former. They ought to regulate their decisions by the fundamental laws, rather than by those which are not fundamental.

      If, then, the courts of justice are to be considered as the bulwarks of a limited Constitution against legislative encroachments, this consideration will afford a strong argument for the permanent tenure of judicial offices, since nothing will contribute so much as this to that independent spirit in the judges which must be essential to the faithful performance of so arduous a duty.

      That inflexible and uniform adherence to the rights of the Constitution, and of individuals, which we perceive to be indispensable in the courts of justice, can certainly not be expected from judges who hold their offices by a temporary commission. Periodical appointments, however regulated, or by whomsoever made, would, in some way or other, be fatal to their necessary independence. If the power of making them was committed either to the Executive or legislature, there would be danger of an improper complaisance to the branch which possessed it; if to both, there would be an unwillingness to hazard the displeasure of either; if to the people, or to persons chosen by them for the special purpose, there would be too great a disposition to consult popularity, to justify a reliance that nothing would be consulted but the Constitution and the laws.

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    I have to say that with the latest judicial corruption scandal and removal that it is time all Broward Judges face opposition at the polls.

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    Judge Usan is worth $1,821,000 on his disclosures and he’s allowed to teach at American Heritage during court hours.

    Richard Kaplan needs the support of everyone.

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      No one will give Kaplan a single thin dime. Donations are public record. All the judges will know who is supporting Kaplan and no one can risk the cold shoulder from the rest of the judges. When an incumbent gets an opponent, the others circle the wagons.

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        They are finding it exceedingly difficult to circle the wagons when half the wagons are broken down relics of corruption and Pay to Play Schemes.
        All incumbent judges should receive competition in hopes of clearing the field of corrupt and ethically challenged judges.

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        Disagreed. They know he beat Zaccor and will win this. They wouldn’t dare alienate him. He’s a future colleague and if he does lose, capable of running against one of them later or running another candidate against them if he’s been disrespected and winning with a capital W.

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          There is something very wrong about judges in broward rewarding political operatives by assigning them court appointed cases that represent large amounts of money.

          With the resignation of Former Judge Robinson for just this pay to play practice after it was exposed, although it’s been known about for many years, all broward judges should have all court appointed cases audited to determine the extent of this corruption.

          How can political operatives and attorneys that appear before broward judges that have contributed to judge’s campaigns or worked on their campaigns be allowed to receive lucrative cases for their political support and campaign contributions?

          This practice has eroded the confidence of the public in the Justice System and contributes to a very cynical view of what is actually going on in our Courts and the nepotism and favoritism that is being shown to political flunkies resulting in a sizable negative impact on litigants and the opinion of citizens in Broward County.

          A little ground pounding and honest effort can fully disclose the extent of what we all know is a huge problem.

          I’m convinced that a complete audit of all broward judges will go a long way to cleaning up what I believe is a corrupt judiciary as has been seen not with one judge, but with many who have sold Justice for the sake of political expediency.

          The heart of the conflict the more glorious the triumph

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      Just go to the school website. It shows him as a teacher. It’s not hard to prove. If he does it before or after court hours- I don’t see what the problem is.

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        Here’s the thing about teaching. Judges have restrictions like they can’t practice law while they are judges. Judges can and many do teach. Several judges teach at Nova, St. Thomas, FAU, etc. Usan is one of two judges that teach at Heritage. Hames also teaches there. Howard Finkelstein taught there while serving as PD, Don Williams, and others have also. They teach first class in the morning, 7:30 – 8:30 so it is not during “court hours”

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    LAZ THE SPAZ AINT LOOKING SO FULL OF HIMSELF THESE DAYS
    PUT THE OLD DROOLING GHOUL TO BED FOR GOOD
    HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN A JUDGE
    ONLY IN BROWARD

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