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SS Editorial: Judges get strong message (10/8)

Given the message these justices are sending, Imperato should give serious thought to resigning before the case goes much further …

Thankfully, the Supreme Court is sending a clear message that soft penalties are insufficient for those who would sit in judgment of us.

Given the cloud hanging over the bench in Broward, the high court’s high standards are welcome.

SS: Court is right to reject plea deals from Broward judges (9/18)

SS Editorial: Now public will judge Imperato (12/26/14)

If her appeal fails, she should leave the bench. Even if the appeal succeeds, voters in 2016 — if she runs — would be justified in asking whether her attitudes toward police and breath tests are in keeping with attitudes a circuit judge should display.

DBR: Rosenthal steps down

“The thing that sticks out in my mind is that she was always a very hard worker and always very diligent,” (Peter) Weinstein said. “On a personal level I’ve gotten to know her very well. My wife and I have become very friendly with her and her husband. They are wonderful people, and as a judge she will really be missed.”

SS: Rosenthal resigns

(Peter) Weinstein, the chief administrative judge, praised Rosenthal’s work ethic and said she was an effective judge despite the controversy that ultimately overshadowed her career.

“She’s done a wonderful job,” he said. “Her work ethic and ability in the courtroom were excellent. I just hope we get a replacement who is as hard-working and competent as Judge Rosenthal.”

Weinstein Email To 17th Circuit Judges After News Broke:

I am sorry to report that Judge Lynn Rosenthal has decided to resign her position effective October 31st. This will allow sufficient time to work out coverage for her division.

Judge Rosenthal has worked diligently in each of her assigned divisions and I know I speak for many of you that she certainly will be missed.  I would like to wish her the best.

Peter

NBC News: Florida Judge Jails DV Victim

Daily Mail: FL Supreme Court to Remove Judge who beat up APD

FL SUPREME CRT ORDER/KNOCK-OUT BLOW (10/6)

DBR: Florida Bar refiles complaint against Laura Watson

BBEAT: Not so fast, SCOTUS To Discuss Laura Watson first …

DBR Profile: Al Milian

DBR: Clerk Candidate Profiles

SS: APD sues cops for allegedly looking at her DL records

Boston Globe: MA bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana

(Justice Margot) Botsford’s opinion followed (high court) rulings in 2011 and last year finding that the odor of burned marijuana alone does not provide grounds for police to order occupants to exit a car, and that the smell of burned or unburned marijuana does not justify searching a vehicle without a warrant …

WA Post: Gloucester, MA cops grant amnesty to drug addicts seeking help (8/17)

NYT: Oregon’s Legal Sale of Marijuana Comes With Reprieve

Oregon was not the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, which happened through a state ballot vote last November, nor is it the largest. But in preparing to begin retail marijuana sales next month, it is nonetheless blazing a profoundly new trail, legal experts and marijuana business people said.

“Oregon is one of the first states to really grapple with the issue of what do you do with a record of something that used to be a crime and no longer is,” said Jenny M. Roberts, a professor of law at American University in Washington, D.C., who specializes in criminal law and sentencing.

In the wake of national public anger over killings by police in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, landmark California legislation to protect minorities from racial profiling and excessive force won Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Saturday.

At the same time, the governor issued a blunt warning against the proliferation of laws criminalizing behavior as he rejected a trio of proposals intended to bar the misuse of unmanned drones.

In a forceful veto message, Brown said lawmakers were unnecessarily complicating California’s criminal code, which he said had grown to more than 5,000 provisions “covering every conceivable form of human misbehavior.”

“During the same period, our jail and prison populations have exploded,” Brown wrote. “Before we keep going down this road, I think we should pause and reflect how our system of criminal justice could be made more human, more just and more cost-effective.”

Billboard: Keith Richards Interview (9/10)

“Ninety-nine percent of the male population of the Western world — and beyond — would give a limb to live the life of Mick Jagger, and he’s not happy being Mick Jagger.”

Ilona Holmes, Actor
Ilona Holmes, Actor

YouTube: Ilona Holmes discusses how she gets into character

109 thoughts on “LINKS”

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    If Imperato had any class at all or respect for her office or the other judges in Broward she would immediately resign. These types of actions on behalf of any member of the judiciary are reprehensible and should not be tolerated. The Florida Supreme Court should remove her to set yet another example to this rash of badly behaving judges in Broward. They along with Chief Judge Weinstein refuse to get the message. The Broward County Judiciary is the worst joke in the State of Florida.

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    Let me get this straight: chief judge Weinstein is condoning judges arriving to work under the influence to hear cases or somehow feels this is somehow acceptable? How can any judge under the influence be competent to decide cases ? I’ve never heard of anything so rediculas. It’s time for a new chief judge that takes the job seriously!

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    I’m not surprised by the Chief’s comments or friendship with Rosenthal. He has always struck me as someone easily impressed and rather vapid. I imagine they have similar world views. I’m glad they’ve found each other, but the mixed message sent to the public is bad for the judicial business. Can the Supreme Court force a change in the Chief Judge? That’s what’s needed IMHO.

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    Liked the vid. One thing for sure, Ilona Holmes is type cast for the part. There’s a disconnect between her brain and mouth too. LOL.

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    It’s going to take the Florida Supream Court to bring a final stop to the antics of Broward judges because they’ll never clean up their acts on their own, especially with a chief judge like Weinstein who only cares about getting elected again. It’s very sad but pretty clear to anyone who’s looking. How many judges have to be removed before its realized there’s a very big problem with The Judicial Culture in Broward County ?

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    Is she is actually going to take the bench on Monday? If Weinstein lets that happen, he has lost any semblance of credibility. Just sickening. We are supposed to stand when this piece of sh** walks into the room? If this happens, we see that Weinstein only cares about himself and his cronies – the diginity of the rest of us be dammed. Where are the rest of the Judges publicly freaking out that this psycho may be allowed to sit in judgement through the 31st? This is a crazy town. I guess the new courthouse will make everything better.

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    You’d think Weinstein is one on Ambien from the wording of his letter to the other judges concerning Rosenthal’s resignation. He’s only added to the problems of judges in Broward as he sleepwalks through the meltdown that remains a very real threat to justice and public confidence in the Judicary.

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      Just how stupid does she think people are ? At least she understands she has a disconnect between what’s between her ears and her big mouth. But does she have to state it so publicly? Now there’s a woman in red in need of immediate therapy. What a whopper.

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    Looking at that picture I know a sure fire way the Fins could fix some of their defensive problems. And they’d only have to pay a little more than $146,000 a year.

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    I assumed Ilona and Lisa Porter would be starring in the Vagina Monologues

    No that there is anything wrong with that…

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    I wouldn’t put Judge Porter in any grouping with Holmes. She’s a great Judge, and should become our Chief Judge and lead us forward.

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    Cry me a river full of tears. These chumps need to go hide somewhere for good after what they’ve pulled. The lies alone are enough to get her tossed off the bench. The rest of her charade is just as pathetic.
    The cost to tax payers and the damage they’ve done to public confidence should be enough to land them in jail as far as I’m concerned.
    Rosenthal’s behavior is unforgivable. It’s bad enough what she did but the way she handled herself after she was arrested is downright immoral and despicable.
    I can’t have much sympathy for these bloodsuckers. They are hypocrites to the enth degree sending people to jail in the blink of an eye and then popping pills themselves and putting citizens in fear of their lives behind the wheel and screaming how they are being singled out.
    Rosenthal and Imperato should head straight to the nearest landfill and take up residence there. The judges in Broward County are the most outragious bunch of takers I’ve ever seen.
    The only thing worse is how this Peter Weinstein can continue to make pathetic excuses for their behavior. If he can’t handle the job or won’t, he needs to hit the road too. I think a new chief judge is in order because Weinstein is not capable of dealing with these problems. He’s the biggest fool of all.

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    Lying in official proceedings should mean pension loss. That’s the only way to correct the ongoing problems. If they know their lay around the house 100 k a year retirement is on the line they won’t be such weasels.

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    Governor Moonbeam must be sampling too much of his State’s medicinal cash crop. If he thinks legislation will stop racial profiling he needs to switch to painkillers and booze to bring him back to Earth. Maybe he’s woozy from lack of drinking water?

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    Why don’t they get polygraph tests as part of JNC process? If I have to pass one to work at the SAO why wouldn’t it be required to become a Judge? Weeding out the liars in advance would be a good thing I think.

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    Peter Weinstein praises Rosenthal’s work ethic ? What’s he on? She comes to work all toxed up after side swiping a cop car and thinks it’s okay to hear cases ? Work ethic? Is Chief Judge Peter Weinstein retarded or something or just biding time till pension time ? Where’s does the administration of these junkie judges come into this ?

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    We are totally screwed when pot becomes legal.

    If Judges are bleary-eyed and incoherent now just wait.

    If they’re fat now, it’s going to get worse.

    After the morning spliff on the drive to work it’s buffet breakfast time, then an hour break from the morning docket to inhale a box of Krispy Kremes and a Big Gulp before the noon time nap and Chinese lunch buffet.

    Vote no Commissioners PLEASE

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    I know South Florida is the pill mill capital, but judges ? Really. U can bet I’ll be voting to throw out all these loafers, liars, scammers and pension grubbing idiots !

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    Queen Ilona must be learning its a lot harder to be a real Queen than an appointed one. Queen Latifah she’s not. A real Queen has blinding talent, unique and unduplicatable. Stage, screen and song, for example. The other one does a job 10,000 other lawyers could do after a crash course dubbed Judge’s School, yet still lords it around in a way a real Queen would never dream. For crying out loud, look at her colleagues. Half of them are related to other political hacks, or rich guys who tell the politicians which way the wind needs to blow. At least most of them have the horse sense not to fall in with a crook and a liar, or to testify for them when they got their due. Hello. It’s called judgment. Besides that, in an age where Black lives and liberty are constantly under attack, and following an armed home invasion by the po po, she’s still doing it. I hope they have barf bags in the theater.

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      The 10,000 number sounds low. There are something like 80,000 lawyers in Florida. Allowing for the years of experience necessary to do the job the number of lawyers that could learn to be a Judge and do a fine job is more likely closer to 50-60,000. Finding that many willing to work for a low salary is likely the distinction. The actual pool of lawyers to choose from is thus maybe 5,000, up to the quoted 10,000 number.

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        This is Labarga’s point when he said the problem is the only people willing to be Judges are prosecutors. Raise the pay to avoid only low paid government workers who see the bench as winning Lotto. Nothing against government lawyers but the public deserves better than what it has now.

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    just another desperate attention getting device by Holmes that makes her look even more foolish than she already is. She’s addicted to always trying to be the biggest clown. She accomplishes that most of the time i’ll say that for her. Most of it however evolves nothing but more of her inane babble. Looks like she needs to stay away from the fried food for a while.

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    Jesus is my co-star. Not the forgiving one though. The pound of flesh Jesus that sends your brother or father to get raped in prison for violating probation with a technical.

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    I guess they see all the Defendants who didn’t spend all that effort and time on college and grad school having all the fun and they figure it’s their turn?

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    Rosenthal’s resignation spells some bad news for CYNTHIA IMPERATO, yet another BROWARD JUDGE arrested for her 2ND DUI.
    The interesting point is she is still a sitting judge after being required to wear an ankle monitor.
    How can she continue to sit as a judge in BROWARD?
    Answers should be required from CHIEF JUDGE PETER WEINSTEIN.

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    Who is that new judge who for the past three weeks hasn’t advised defendants on a guilty plea of threat of deportation or Jimmy Ryce consequences? And who thinks that each side gets three strikes on a jury pick?

    And what is con/ten/a/shus? Never heard of it before? Supposed to be contentious???

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    It’s about time these judges face the grim reality they are so fond of imposing on everybody else!
    I’m happy to see the Florida Supream Court put these judge jokers on notice because if it’s left to the JQC as we have seen, the same politics that put these judge jokers into office comes into play and nothing is done to discipline them. Couple the politics at play with a do -nothing JQC, in Broward County you have a Chief Judge (Peter Weinstein) that does nothing but encourage the same process of political backscratching to an extreme that can only be looked upon with disdain thus encouraging this type of bad behavior of behalf of its judges.

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      That would probably go to that Moron Dale Ross who basically created and sustained the culture of corrupt judges we still have today. Peter Weinstein is just a bumbling bureaucrat whose only aim is to remain chief judge for as long as the Éclairs hold out !

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    It’s about time something is done to protect the public from these whacked-out judges in Broward! Just how many of these judges have to be exposed for what they really are before something is done ?

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    Imperato still wearing her ankle cuff ? Must be a little embarrassing wearing that clunker with a miniskirt at her age! But I guess her nights out on the town have been somewhat curtailed. Soon to change. She can soon dream of slurping all the swill she wants into the early morning hours with no repercussion . I’d think her new life will be somewhat liberating after playing the role of tough-muff for so long. Always looked like she should have been sleeping one off to me.

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    The only lie a Broward Judge should be able to tell is when asked outside of the courthouse what they do for a living. Having to admit to being a Broward Judge is a shameful experience no one should have to endure. They could say something in place of Broward Judge that doesn’t carry a horrible stigma, maybe something like used car salesman, media, telemarketer, or lobbyist. They shouldn’t say lawyer though, because lawyers are people who have the ability to make a good living from practicing law.

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    Judges have the brains to do legal work but lots of them are lazy and hustling plus brain power is the key to making money in the private sector. Judges get to sit around and have everything brought before them. That’s the difference.

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    Broward is the only place one can see someone passed out or sleeping in a stairwell or alley and wonder if it’s a Judge. The same goes for when one sees police arresting someone on the side of the road or administering roadsides. Oh my bad. Roadsides are voluntary and everyone knows Broward Judges don’t cooperate with police outside of a courtroom.

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    And we aren’t even addressing the bribes, financial compensation, or sexual favors that go in in chambers. Chambers should be closed-circuit monitored the way the courtrooms are knit-picked over such egregious sins as coffee-drinking and eating snacks.

    And I have to take diarrhea pills so as not to need to use the bathroom during the day. I don’t want to throw someone in a rage — how about judicial anger management for control-freaks?

    And the push for judges to go to criminal is over financial compensation on cases where they affect a different outcome with a private attorney than one with the public defender. That should be obvious.

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    Going to Bar Functions and watching idiots fawn over them is part of the problem. Far from being held accountable they are worshipped despite obvious shortcomings which emboldens continued aberrant behavior. Miami knows how to deal with bad jurists; they run them off the bench. Broward needs to learn.

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    I guess none of her “friends” cared she left in that condition. Judges have a lot of “friends.” No wonder they drink and take pills.

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    How can Judge Rosenthal rule for a Foreclosure Sale date when she admitted in open court ..She knew Nothing about the Foreclosure Case…This proves her ethics for Justice is for her pocket…….SO HAPPY she’s leaving….Amen.. More need to leave too..The Foreclosure Judges are all unethical in the 17th Circuit

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    Weinstein is a bigger idiot than Rosenthal but twice as lazy. Only in Broward are such idiots allowed to do next to nothing but suck the public trough dry while making the kinds of excuses for each other you wouldn’t even expect from morons. But that’s exactly what you have here. Ask Weinstein why he doesn’t carry a docket like the rest of the chief judges throughout the state. Ask him what he does at all except make these lamo excuses for the condition of the judiciary in Broward. He’s just a networking moron hoping that nobody cares just how utterly useless he is. LOL

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    He’s not any good at that either ! Lol. Baby Whiney isn’t that much better. Pappy Whiney keeps him fed though.

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    10?
    A) Total members of a basketball team
    B) Bo Derek
    C) The number of people who showed up to Betsy Benson’s fundraiser.
    D) All of the above

    D it is.

    What type of candidate doesn’t put up photos on Facebook of their campaign kick off ?

    A losing one, since no one cared enough to show up.

    https://m.facebook.com/BetsyBensonForBrowardJudge

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    Rosenthal actually took the Bench today! She has no shame and Weinstein has no balls. A final insult to the citizens of Broward. How could Weinstein let this happen? He has to go too.

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    Let us pray for the 17th Circuit Judges that they may be cured of the maladies and afflictions that have caused a greater loss of faith than has been experienced in government outside the third world since Watergate.

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    Is that the best Benson can do? There was nobody there. She must have raised less than 20 bucks. Considering it cost her more for the Rap Dudes it wasn’t much of a campaign kickoff.
    You gotta do better than that if u want to make a dent in Alcalde. Otherwise your stuck as a PD and u really want outta there don’t u Betsy???

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    The Fink can get himself elected but is a liability to any candidates running from the PD Office recent polls show. Interesting development. Just the way he wants it. Lol.
    Benson has little to no chance.

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    The above vid link reminds me of Judge Rosenthal taking a phone video of herself running cars off the road, crashing into the median on the interstate before arriving at the courthouse and smashing into the judges’ guard fence 3 times and then side swiping a cop car! Only Rosenthal was going to take the bench in her condition.
    At least Rosenthal had the sense to destroy the evidence of her joyride to work.LOL. Only in BROWARD where judges seem to drop from the bench like flies and DUI charges stack up like used accordion files in unused courtrooms.
    All this with a chief judge that likes to whine about how Broward judges are so overworked and how Broward needs more judges! You gotta hand it to them, they’re a self serving bunch of bureaucrats whose interests go far beyond just administering Justice.

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    Ever wonder why Alcalde left the State Attornwys Office before she could manage even a single victory in the homicide division? Because she is an opportunist that was looking only for the label of that division without ever having earned it like the sincere prosecutors that aren’t looking to climb the ladder on the backs of her co-workers. She is a prime example of all that’s bad in our State Attorneys Office. Arrogant and drunk with power with no loyalty or skills. Not the stuff that judges are made of folks.

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      Well if the murderer was being prosecuted by Alcalde than he’d have a smile as wide as Alcalde’s backside because he’d be guaranteed an acquittal. Oh that’s right….Alcalde earned acquittals on every single murder case she ever prosecuted. Open the gates and let those killers run free!

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    To: Alcalde is a Joke

    What is a significant case? Something the media takes an interest in? If you’re a criminal lawyer you have to know that the media doesn’t cover a tenth of the horrible things that happen to people. You also know that verdicts don’t always reflect the truth nor do they accurately measure the efforts of the attorneys.

    How many years have you spent working with the victims of sex offenses? How many times have you held their hands, wiped their tears, or had them call you in the middle of the night; even years after the case is over? Every single person who has been molested, raped, kidnapped, and abused had a significant case. If you want to criticize someone, make it a valid criticism. Everyone isn’t chasing television cameras and retweets.

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      Please…Alcalde was one of the most inept prosecutors ever in the sex unit. Dennis Siegel pulled out what hair he had left trying to deal with that loose canon. Trying to prop up Alcalde in such a cheap way just shows how desperate you must be. She was disliked by the vast majority of her fellow prosecutors who all cheered when she left, and she certainly never had the respect or friendship of the defense bar. Nice try pal. Sell it to someone who doesn’t know the truth.

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      As we know, the word verdict means to speak the truth. Are they always correct…no…but if that’s what you want to hang your hat on to try explain away Alcalde’s pathetic trial record. Maybe you’re right……or maybe things really are as they seem to everyone: Alcade is a lazy substandard attorney with a mediocre record who has no business on the bench. And THATS the truth.

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    Why don’t you just Google Alcalde. You will see how many cases she won both in sex crimes and homicide. There were families of victims from her prior cases at her event supporting her. Who went to Betsy’s event?

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      I Googled Alcalde and the only homicide I found was for Gerard Lopes Belmonte trial where Alcalde had a video of the guy hiding the dead body and they found his DNA inside her. That’s a prosecutor’s dream case served up on a silver spoon and Alcalde still botched it. She couldn’t get a first degree murder verdict. A first year law student could have handled that strong evidence. Looks like that last comment was correct: Alcalde is a weak attorney with a bad attitude.

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          That link is to a trial that Alcalde tagged along as 2nd chair to prosecutor Tom Coleman just so she could later claim credit for a murder trial. Everyone in the courthouse knows that Broward prosecutors nearly always handle trials alone. The only time there is a 2nd chair is as a favor to nurse the lesser attorney along. Once again, that’s the hallmark of an opportunist living on the backs of more competent professionals.

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            The link said closing arguments. But I did Google her and saw a lot of other trials. What murder trials (or any trials) has Benson won? People can do their own research.

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                That’s because she hasn’t tried many cases. She’s just trying to get out of the PD’s office as soon as she can. She’s not fooling anybody. A lot of self promotion ain’t gonna get her nowhere. Just a bunch of blowhard. She’s inexperienced for circuit or even for county.

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    Alcalde hardly ever lost a case in sex crimes. She even won cases in SPU (and everyone loses there). She might be a lot of things- but she wasn’t a bad litigator. The problem with her is her name. If she thinks she is going to win with a Hispanic name she is crazy. Betsy picked the right race.

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    Alcalde should consider running for County Judge. She just isn’t bright enough to handle Circuit Court. She would be better off handling DUI trials at her own slower pace.

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    What’s smeared all over Benson’s face anyway? Besides the look of defeat I mean. My bet is on Alcalde victory by 4 to 1. Benson lacks experience and makes a bad appearance and sounds even worse when she opens her mouth. I was singularly unimpressed by Benson’s pitch.

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