MONDAY NOTES

“Because I have faith in people” – that’s Peter Weinstein to Bob Norman, defending his decision to keep Gisele Pollack in drug court, earlier today.  The chief judge also confirmed Gisele’s relapse, and stated professionals said it was ok to keep her riding herd over a bunch of druggies after incident #1.  Interesting stuff, since we can remember criminal division judge Weinstein often having little faith in Defendants and their experts looking for alternative drug rehab sentences, way back when.  Oh well.  In any event, Gisele appears to finally be getting the long term care she deserves, while Broward’s tarnished drug court limps along without a full time leader, credibility be damned …

2014 election updateLynn Rosenthal and Steve Feren to be challenged?  No names just yet, since we took an oath.  But things could get interesting soon …

94 and there’s so much more – meet Jorge Castro, born October 14th, 1919.  Poor 94 year old Jorge must have mixed up his meds, since he was booked into the Broward County Jail last weekend, accused of unruly, felony level behavior.  A warning to all you 70-somethings: Jorge is out and about, although Pretrial Services is keeping a watchful eye.  Let’s just hope they don’t have cataracts too …

Matt, Meet Tom – everyone knows Matt Destry has a real thing for collecting court costs and supervision fees, but at least he never took it as far as Pinellas County’s Tom Freeman.  Freeman came up with something he called “the sentencing path“, recently obstructed by an appeals court.  Apparently broke ass people were kept on Freeman Road longer than statutorily permitted probationary periods, in addition to sometimes being stuck in holding cells with their phones after a visit to court, encouraged to reach out and find the funds they owed from friends and family.  Read all about it here, via the Tampa Bay Times.

FDMC confirmations – add Michael Entin and Jeff Harris to the First Degree Murder Club.  Any others?  Post a comment …

Coming Soon – What are Bill Scherer and Peter Weinstein doing to encourage judicial diversity in Broward?; Jeff Marcus makes a molehill out of a mountain; Finkelstein v. Speiser.

FL Supreme Court: Court Interpreter crackdown

SS: Controversy erupts over ‘double dipping’

SS: Broward’s ‘Felony Lane Gang’ spreads crime across U.S. (Thanks, Mike)

SS: Want To Be A Judge? Who Do You Know? (1997)

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    Police double dipping? Try our very own Broward County Judges! Seems Joel T Lazarus retired, came back immediately and hasn’t left yet.

    Ask about his new gig in the courthouse….

    Why is this allowed? People are starving for a raise and people like JT is allowed to RAPE the system.

    The time will come when someone will have to answer for this – unless rape remains legal

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    I was sentenced to prison on a drug case after trial, but the 4th sent it back after it was learned the prosecutor was involved in an improper relationship with the Judge. After it came back it was learned the convicted felon Sheriff had illegally gathered the evidence, and that the chemist had snorted and sold most of what was left of the drugs in evidence. Based on these factors the State agreed to give me a misdemeanor because there was still a roach left they could retest, so I went to Drug Court. I’m almost done with the program, except court is usually cancelled recently because the Judge is high as a kite. Hopefully I can graduate soon, so I can move somewhere normal like Libya.

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    LAZ THE SPAZ HAS BEEN SUCKING THE SYSTEM DRY FOR EVERY SHEKEL HE COULD GET AWAY WITH. JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SOME BROWARD JUDGES BEING ALLOWED TO PLOUGH THE TROUGH FOR THEIR OWN ENDS. TYPICAL BROWARD JUDICIAL WANKER IN BLACK ONLY POSSIBLY THE WORST OF THEM ALL.SQUEEZE IT TILL THERE AIN’T NO MORE LAZ. IF YOU DID ANYTHING ELSE IT WOULD BE A SURPRISE.

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    How about Harry Gulkin…Tried many murder ones in the 80’s…May he rest in peace…

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    “SS: Broward’s ‘Felony Lane Gang’ spreads crime across U.S. (Thanks, Mike)”

    Why the sarcastic dig at Satz? Lemme get this straight, local law enforcement identifies members of the crew, making Broward inhospitable for the home and car burglaries that lead to the felony lane fraud. Prosecutors convince the judiciary to stop granting convenience bonds on home burglaries, making Broward inhospitable for these crooks. So, they LEAVE BROWARD AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO COMMIT THEIR CRIMES, and you “blame” Satz like this is a problem for a Broward County resident. You’re completely out of touch, Gelin.

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    I hope drug testing for Judges becomes a law. It doesn’t make sense they aren’t tested already.

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    I bet it won’t take many guesses to guess which “professional” gave Judge Pollack the green light.

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    Oh dear. I’m so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. This is terrible news. When did he pass?

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    Weinstein could not have made things worse for Judge Pollock by allowing her to return to the bench after the first drunken episode. Not that he really cares. He was too busy stuffing his face on vacation to be bothered. His excuse now is exactly what you would expect from somebody like him. He’s been a complete failure as chief judge in my opinion.

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    If I had to guess, there’s a very good reason Backman won’t ever be chief judge. It’s beter to take the back door.

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    Cut her some slack. It takes a lot of liquid courage to act holier than thou from 9 to 5.

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    If a pilot has vision problems, he can’t fly.

    If a surgeon has Parkinson, he can’t perform surgery.

    If a law enforcement officer has schizophrenia, he loses his badge and gun.

    If a drug court judge has a drug addiction, she should not be sitting on that bench.

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    WHAT BROWARD COUNTY NEEDS IS EVEN MORE DRUNK JUDGES. THE ONES WE HAVE DO NEXT TO NOTHING AND THE REST SEEM TO HAVE MAJOR ADDICTION PROBLEMS. OH, YEAH, AND THEN YOU HAVE THIS CHIEF JUDGE WHO CAN’T GET OFF HIS BUTT EXCEPT TO GO ON VACATION. TELL ME IF ANY BROWARD JUDGE IS WORTH HIS OR HER SALT. THE QUESTION IS PRETTY OBVIOUS.

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    Addicted to attitude, pomposity, entitlement, double standards, laziness, and viagra.

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    I see Broward Judges are still on a roll. It must be the only circuit that allows and apparently encourages whacked out judges to sit on cases time after time. Some chief judge you’ve got there!

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    Who the hell pays for Judges salaries when they are drying out for months at a time?

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    Gerry Cunningham to the FDMC list–whooops–no wait a minute–his club is selling out his clients and assisting the state in the convictions of his clients so he can get more special PD assignments. Too bad this slimebag is so protected by all his lawyer and judicial buddies.

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    DRUNK JUDGES AND BEST IS YET TO COME. ROTHSTEIN WOULD BE PROUD OF SOME OF THESE TAILERS AND SINGING JUST AS LOUD ALONG WITH HIS BUDDIES IN THE CLINK. THE BALL IS YET TO DROP. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE USUAL SUSPECTS. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE DRUNK ONES EITHER. BROWARD SURE IS THE MOST CORRUPT CESSPOOL IN THE STATE. THEIR SNAIL TRAILS HAVE BEEN TRACKED. NOW IT’S TIME PLAY PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY.

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    Looks like Bill got his marching orders that he is not allowed to talk about the Troll vs. Grinch battle going on right now. Way to be a good soldier Bill!

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    JUST WHICH BROWARD JUDGES ARE GOING DOWN IN THE ROTHSTEIN SCAM? PLACE YOUR BETS. THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME AS THE DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR THE FEDS. I KNOW WHICH ONES I’D VOTE FOR AS THE MUD HITS THE FAN. JUST LOOK FOR THE ONES WHOSE FACES HAVE TURNED BLUE FROM HOLDING THEIR BREATH.

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