Courtesy of The Dan Lewis Report, here are the presentations from the Fort Lauderdale Civic Association’s Judicial Forum on August 13th, moderated by Howard Finkelstein, and filmed by political consultant Dan Lewis. Questions follow the speeches.
Click on the link above to see video in the following order:
- Introduction/Cawthon v. Demmery v. Greller;
- Diaz v. Heise;
- Sokoloff v. Davis;
- Gilman v. Phillips v. Powell;
- Lee v. Lustig;
- Kollra v. Schneider;
- Padowitz v. Africk-Olefson;
- Allen-Rosner v. Moon v. Donoho v. Leali;
- Coolidge-Shotwell v. Alspector;
- Usan v. Kaplan;
- Berger v. Casey;
- Miller v. Markhasin-Weekes v. Curry.
Why do Broward judges seem so prone to slip up?
Those in the know say it’s partly a reflection of Broward’s exceptionally raucous politics. The backscratching and favor-trading that are common to politics ought to have no place in the judiciary. But it can happen even among judges who are appointed rather than elected.
A 2014 article on the J.A.A.B. Blog, which focuses on the Broward judiciary, cited a “highly politicized and clannish culture that is known for protecting its own…”