ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

The Florida Supreme Court issued this Order today, requiring Cindy Imperato to respond by February 15th as to why removal from office is not warranted after she failed to win trial and was convicted of her second DUI offense.

Definitely not a good sign for Team Imperato, however, two justices dissented, meaning the ever obstinate Imperato may not view this as the inevitable judicial career death sentence many folks have been predicting.

Wait and see …

SS: Broward judge ordered to explain

 

111 thoughts on “ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE”

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    I can’t think of a single judge that doesn’t deserve to be booted off a rank group of Broward Judicial Misfits than Imperato. She breaks the law twice, loses her trial by a jury, and then stubbornly hangs on to job at the expense of tax payers of the State of Florida.
    MADD should be all over this one.
    True she is but one Broward judge with obvious alcohol and drug abuse problems as has been repeatedly reported in the media, but she should be held to even a higher standard by virtue of her position.
    I have absolutely no respect for this individual who somehow thinks she’s going to skate by as yet another Broward Judge caught in the act and continuing to act in a public capacity judging others.
    It’s time to face the music and set an example for other errant Broward judges of which there have been many.

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    Weinstein should resign too. He’s stuck up for this chick long enough. Reminds me of the old saying and one Weinstein knows well having been a politician for most of his life being paid by public funds: you play, you pay.
    Wheenies at the trough can’t always make room for one more piggy, even if it means her vote to remain chief judge.
    Broward has seen enough of these piggy backers. It’s time for a big change in Broward Judicial Politics.
    Its time term limits be implemented to keep these oinkers clean and sober.

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    Are there any judges in Broward County that don’t squeal when they get it caught in the zipper ? These hypocrites are beyond the scope of credulity to cry for leniency when they hammer mercilessly anyone that is unfortunate enough to appear before them.
    You can’t have much sympathy for any judge when they behave the way they do in Broward. Imperato should resign if she had any respect for justice .
    This is one time where flashing her badge to the cop that pulled her over didn’t get her the results she thought it would.
    The Jury has spoken. It’s time she hit the road for good as long as it’s not behind the wheel of a car.

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    The new courthouse should be named for Chief Justice Labarga because he is the first public official to have genuine concern for the Broward judiciary and the long suffering people it serves.

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    Imperato needs to resign immediately and stop trying to play the odds. As if her drunken escapades weren’t enough !

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      Ah yes….. The Ghost of Jerome Vardaman!

      How poetic of him to appear at this time – cindy gave him 30 yrs. after he had said no to resolving it with 8. He went to a final hearing & she got vindictive. (reversed)

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        Just another example why Judge Imperato should not be sitting on the bench in Broward or anywhere else. Such hypocrisy .

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    Watching her DUI video leaves little to the imagination. She could barely walk with officers holding onto her on both sides. The police report is even worse.
    After a call from a fellow motorist about her weaving all over the road she has the audacity to call the arresting officer’s reputation into question ?

    This is precisely the arrogance exhibited by any number of Broward judges who think they are above the law they are supposed to be administering.

    Three impaired Broward judges within 6 months ? Then a chief judge (Peter Weinstein) who thinks transferring her to another division is the answer to this spate of drunk or drugged judges? Where’s the logic in that hair brained decision?
    Sounds like a new chief judge should be considered about now.

    Handing the arresting officer her badge tells the rest of the story about whether Imperato is fit to be a judge.

    Either Peter Weinstein show some real leadership qualities or step aside and let another judge who will .
    He’s as big an embarrassment, maybe worse, as the 3 impaired judges he’s been trying to protect from official oversight and public scrutiny.
    The judiciary is a disgrace in Broward!

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    The trash heap of ignominy just got bigger. Maybe the 17th will finally learn its lesson and act like they believe in public service as something more than a meal ticket or a monument to selfish behavior. Wouldn’t it be nice if civilians could look up to Judges as leaders of the community instead of punchlines to jokes? It’s hard to respect any of them when the law breakers are coddled and protected. At least have the decency to cooperate with law enforcement when caught for crying out loud, especially after dedicating a career to forcing minorities to respect the law, even when the cops are lying. One bad apple spoils the bunch but it’s true the good ones are finally starting to outnumber the ones who insult our intelligence. FLSCT needs to send this message especially after all the nonsense of Imperato’s desperate, double overtime remorse. If they buy that load, it’s back to square one.

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    SHE COULD HAVE KILLED SOMEONE

    SHE REFUSED

    SHE WENT TO TRIAL AND LOST

    HER LAWYERS RIDICULED LAW ENFORCEMENT

    SHE APPEALED

    SHE LEARNED NOTHING AFTER THE FIRST DUI CONVICTION

    SHE SHOULD BE REMOVED

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    Imperato doesn’t get it. It’s not worth the headache if the job drives you to drink. And it’s such an easy job at that.
    Alcoholism Is a disease born of dissatisfaction. A lot of Broward County judges suffer from it. They find themselves coming to the conclusion that they are not as important as they think; just cogs in a wheel of perpetual ego gratification.
    If half the Broward judiciary didn’t have to pat themselves on the back so often, they wouldn’t feel the need to escape the reality of just how empty the whole paradigm really is.

    Judge Imperato should seek help outside the bottle and that means escaping those that don’t really care about her and just use her as a sounding board for their own purposes.
    Judge Imperato needs to seek salvation through a different medium that doesn’t include the toxic environment that has become the petty spectrum of Broward Judicial Politics with its incumbent liabilities.
    She will find there comes a time when the fight isn’t worth the reward if it means you lose your soul in the process.

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    Judicial term limits, the only way to protect the public! If they werw not judges they would be living under a bridge.

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    Not only did she rule on a DUI license appeal, she instantly denied the motion to recuse her. She has no business being a judge. Why didn’t the other two judges tell her to not be on that appeal.

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    Gizzy and Lynn at least had the decency to resign. The Stubborn Obstinance exhibited by judge Imperato to accept her inevitable fate underlies a much deeper problem.
    Working the system the way she has after being found guilty of this second DUI by a jury should send up a red flag to the Supreams that this woman has no place being on the bench.

    Sounds to me like she’s more in need of psychiatric help than a place on the bench. She probably enjoys the attention she’s getting albeit negative which if true is pretty sad.
    Broward judges need a drastic wake-up call; three female judges in 6 months bite the dust ???

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    Wow. Another Broward judge. It’s not an easy embassy: Judge Imperato needs to quit. Politics be damned. She’s making a fool of herself now.

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    to figure out it’s always best to just fall on the sword + to (In Re Sheehan) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. It’s too late for Cindy. What’s your guess as to the two dissenters in the show cause order? Should be removed now, or sympathetic wiggle room?

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    Broward must hold the US record for judicial removals, and what is even worse is the way the Chief Judge figurehead (Weinstein) and the rea Chief Judge (Tuter) utterly fail to manage their disgraceful mess.

    In what universe could this happen ? Maybe North Korea….Judge facing sanctions over DUI sat on panel deciding another driver’s DUI case http://bit.ly/202JddL

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    Please open up a dialogue concerning Judge Imperato’s present predicament and whether she should resign under “Coffee Talk”. I know how I feel about this but I would be interested to see this topic is viewed by my colleagues.

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    Was Cail “back seat” Lee removed from the bench?
    Imperato’s behavior was far less disgusting and embarrassing.
    She showed a badge. Big deal? Did she just have in with her I.D.?
    did I attend the trial or read transcript,no. This smacks of being political.

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      You mean J. Cail Lee?? Parking lot of Pampy’s Lounge in Gateway Shopping Center?? A bazillion years ago?? He was a good judge, can see him walking through the courthouse lobby with a big briefcase & big, lit cigar. Thems were the days!!

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    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ITS TIME TO CALL IT QUITS YOUVE WORKED IT INTO THE GROUND YOU CAN ALWAYS TALK HOWIE INTO GIVING U A JOB

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    Looks like she’s gonna have a lot more time to hang out at Luigi’s Italian joint spilling her tale of woe as a Broward judge over a couple of bottles of wine ! And soon …
    I think I’ll have a cannoli

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    IMPERATO SHOULD RESIGN NOW AND SPARE HERSELF THE FURTHER DISGRACE OF REMOVAL. HER ACTIONS HAVE CONTINUALLY SHOWN SHE SHOULD NOT BE SITTING AS A JUDGE.

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    Not a good indicator for Judge Imperato. I’d say she’s leveraged this thing out about as far as she can. Can’t wait to read her explanation of why she thinks she can still effectively remain a judge. It’s going to take more than the lame excuses Weinstein has offered for her up to now.

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    Showing a badge can be interpreted as an attempt to get a free crime. It’s a 2nd and she refused. She should have been removed a long time ago.

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    I guess I will be a minority of one and not join the plethora of public defenders and defense lawyers, and ex cons who demonstrate such vitriol on the judge, she made a bad mistake but she is a great person and a very good judge, too bad she defends the rights of the victims to the bad luck of the assailants. in other words she is a law and order judge and my god bless her……..

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    How many Broward judges have been removed from office this past year and they still keep acting the way they do ? They must not catch on very quickly. Shows what kind of idiots seek judgeships in Broward.

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    @ disgruntled

    Judges should be fair, neutral and detached, not pro-victim or pro-state or pro-defendant.
    Yes, you are the only one here defending her, i.e. defending the indefensible.
    At this point if she had an ounce of dignity she would resign.

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    Just another Broward judge that thinks she’s above the law. Resign and get it over with. How stupid can she be ? Take it to trial, she goes down in flames, and she still wants to keep sucking on the public dole!

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    Are Lewis and Quince allowed to explain the dissents they lodged once the matter is closed? I mean everyone I know wants to know the basis. It seems odd.

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    Whatever Imperato’s explanation, it’s is going to fall short of what the Supream Court wants to hear. How could it be otherwise ? They’re probably pretty sick and tired of drunk Broward judges about now. And how many DUIs has this woman had ?

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        U have got to be kidding me. Does Mishali still work at the PD ? That’s real social work. They’ll probably want to give her a metal. LOL

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    You gotta laugh and hand it to these skid sucker Broward Judges: From Pot Smoker in a Public Park Korda to Crybaby and Respecter of the Elderly Seidlin, to NHI (Non Human Involvement) I was Dropped on my Head as a Baby Greene, to I Think I’ll Start a New Band called Kiddie Sinc Bowman, Imbecilic Jarhead Destry, to Nympho and Deceiver and What’s the Truth Gotta Do with Me Gardiner, to Ambien Defense Zanny Queen my Husband Errased my Cellphone Video Rosenthal, to Sleepwalker and I’ll bring My Dog to Court to Comfort the Accused Woozy Suzie, to Boozy Floozy and Rehab Failure Brought to You and televised From the Bench of Broward Pollack, to Whacked Out and You Too Can Be Saved like Me Evangelist and Bible Banger Aleman, to I’ll offer Cover for Errant Broward Judges but I Ain’t Gonna Carry the White Mans Water Williams, to I want my Job Back, I did Nothing Wrong and I’ll Sue Spechler, It’s my Way or the Highway as Long as I Can Remain Chief Judge of Broward Tyrannical and Moron Rich Ross, to Durring my Divorce I’ll Camp Out in my Chambers for as long as I want because I can get Free Maid Service at Tax Payer Expense Moe, to Former Sky Waitress and I Don’t Have a Clue but that Won’t Stop me From Making a Fool of Myself Ireland, to I Felt Threatened and I Don’t Pay for Having My Windows Washed Gehl, to I’ll Soak Them Forever and Then Come Back for More Grossman, to I’ll Have Just One More because I Can Always Flash My Badge Imperato, et al.,
    It’s a Truely Rich Assortment of Broward Judges we’ve got Serving!
    And they have the audacity to call it PUBLIC SERVICE.

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        U forgot former judge Joyce Julian who was caught with her pants off passed out in the hallway of the hotel where a Judicial Conference was being held. She and former judge Gardiner both Broward judges had apparently been howling to the other judges in attendance that now divorced, they were out to catch themselves some cowboys.
        About the only thing those two could catch easy would be the Rap ! Lol

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    to public service man oh man do you bring back memories, the judge who was caught having oral sex with a lady not his wife behind the gateway theater, th e judge who shot his pistol in court and the gracious merciful demeanor that was dan futch , or the one who was caught naked in the hall at a judicial conference, they are all human and every fault is magnified sometimes beyond ccomprehension. perhaps, at times. its best to look at the total picture and not dwell merely on the faults of these human creatures, for they are human.

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    the mention of Cail Lee above from 1000 years ago is quite a bit different than Imperialato. Gene Garrett was a circuit judge elevated to the Fourth DCA. He was arrested for shop lifting and, in a flash, was gone. Imperato sat through a trial and was convicted of a crime and then sits in judgment of other people. Sheehan didn’t go to trial. It was her first DUI. She was remorseful from the start. Imperato only showed remorse after the Supremes set back her sweetheart deal for further hearing. She didn’t just flash her badge, she flouted the law. Shifting her to civil doesn’t remedy the situation and how she sat on DUI appeals is amazing. She needs to go and it appears that the Supremes think so too.

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    The worst of the bunch is Weinstein for making excuses for all of them. Imperato is just the last for now in a long line of law thwarter Broward judges that thought they could get away with it. Imperato shouldn’t be handling any cases. Hope the Supream Court tosses her out because that’s what she deserves, her little buddies be damned.

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    Imperato has shown herself to be an embarrassment to both herself and the other hardworking and honorable judges of this circuit. She has thru her actions shown a lack of respect for her office and Justice. She has been found guilty by a jury and is now commanded by the Supream Court of Florida to explain why she should not be removed from office. Could it be made any clearer to her ? I doubt it.
    She has never shown any inclination toward forgiveness or leniency from the bench, exactly the opposite.
    Why should she now expect any for her repeated DUI offenses ?
    This woman belongs in rehab and not on the bench.

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    She should have received a minimum of six months in jail for a sentence. South Florida Judges are notoriously lenient on recidivist drunk drivers. After the Jury spoke the next words the Defendant should have heard were go do time. Instead a message was sent to regular people that it’s ok to play games with Police and Jurys and Judges. The Supreme Court is asking for more argument now and that makes little sense. She is a proven threat to public safety and because of a fellow Judge didn’t go to jail as she deserved. She came to work with a monitor and disgraced the courthouse system further. She needs to be removed immediately because it’s a privilege and not a right to be called Honorable and she has committed multiple criminal acts and should only be allowed in a courtroom to be held accountable for her criminal charges and never sitting in judgment. The hubris she shows by sitting on Dui criminal appeals, was she still wearing a monitor? She has learned nothing obviously so arrogant and as was pointed out a third Dui is a felony. Florida’s Supreme Court Justices should not be gambling the reputation of the top court and Florida as the great State of America that Imperato will not commit another crime while a Judge or allow her to continue in a role she has demonstrated by her actions ever since the arrest that she is not fit to hold. Tax dollars are paying her and she hasn’t resigned it is time for the Supreme Court to protect Florida because she is not going anwhere quickly on her own.

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    And here I was remembering just what a sack that Rosenthal was even for a Broward judge
    . Imperato’s got to take first place now as she continues to suck at the public trough while planning her next sleazoid move.
    The Supream Court should just remove her and refer it to the Bar to decide weather she should even keep her ticket. It’s almost worth all the chit she’s thrown out just to see what her lamo response will be. That’s if she doesn’t have the couth to resign before the February deadline.

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    If she had couth she would have called a taxi.

    Wasn’t she a policeman when she did the first crime? A DUI whilst a Judge too? Using official ID to influence proceedings? The Supreme Court believes a person who has demonstrated on multiple occasions contempt for law should remain? Imperato ought to have her pension stripped as a start let alone allowed to remain on a bench.

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    NEVER HEARD OF SUCH A REQUEST BY THE SUPREAM COURT TO ANY JUDGE. U CAN PLACE BETS THAT THIS SPELLS THE END TO A FAIRLY CHARACTERISTIC FALLEN ANGELIC SYNDROM THAT MANY BROWARD JUDGES HAVE SUCCUMBED TO OF LATE.
    THEY ARE RIGHT TO DO SO. SHE DESERVES TO BE DRIVEN OUT TO THE BEAT OF A DRUM AS A WARNING TO THE OTHER BROWARD LEGAL SCHOLARS THAT THIS KIND OF HYPOCRISY SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO STAND.

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    Judge Sheehan cooperated in vain The only message that has meaningful direction from Lanarga&Co now is a 2nd/badge flash/refusal/trial conviction/unrepentant jurist can remain on the bench as long as she wants with a Chief Judge saying she’s wonderful

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      Weistein isTHE PROBLEM. His lack of leadership has been demonstrated repeatedly. Broward county has some of the worst judges in the nation with a chief judge who encourages judicial bad behavior thru his desire to gobble up as many jelly donuts as he can snarf … Pathetic work Whiney. Haven’t you snarfed enough ???

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    After all the removals and retirements and upcoming elections, Broward will have replaced 10% or more of the judiciary with new blood. That’s incredibly good news.

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    Would Mr. Satz hire a lawyer with two DUI convictions, let alone keep a lawyer on staff that got arrested and didn’t take immediate responsibility for her actions?

    The Supreme Court allowing her to stay is a shame on Florida.

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    Imperato needs to face up to it: she’s a total mess and needs to go. I have no respect for this woman. She is an embarrassment. What is the Broward Judiciary but a BAD JOKE ?

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      After the behavior exhibited by all the dui Judges and that pugilistic robed bully I question every Florida jurists motivations.

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    I would think EVERY Supreme Court Judge would want to send a UNIFIED message to all Broward Judges that alcohol or drug related crimes and REFUSALS will not be tolerated.

    How many Broward Judges after the three so far need to be arrested before the Supreme Court stands TOGETHER against REFUSING law breakers that were lucky they didn’t KILL someone and then compounded their crimes by failing to cooperate honorably?

    Only in anything goes bannana Republican Florida woud this type of behavior be tolerated.

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      Clever quip, but how many innocents have to die before every Supreme Court Justice takes impaired driving seriously?

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    It’s not enough that Judge Imperato be required to wear an ankle monitor while she’s somehow permitted to continue to hear cases and remain on the bench by a chief judge whose made and continues to make nothing but excuses for her. She should have to subject herself to drug screens like any other defendant.
    Broward judges should be held to even a higher standard. Especially since there appear to be so many that have drug and a alcohol dependency problems.

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    Drug testing Judges would probably mean a removal a month and a serious roadblock to wholesale jailing of blacks for drug charges. Their Honors would have a lot of explaining to do………..

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    Florida Supremes = Anything Goes
    That’s why things got so out of control in the first place in Broward and statewide..
    She’s not going anywhere.

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    Judge Imperato is just one of three Broward judges within 6 months that’s found herself in the unfortunate position of deciding whether pushing the system to the point of absurdity in order to save her job outweighs the sense of honor and dignity she has betrayed by her deplorable actions.
    Broward’s rash of drunk or drugged judges demonstrate a much larger problem among its judiciary that continue to operate with little or no oversight.
    In an over politicized environment where judges feel they are answerable to no one, this is the result.
    Isn’t it time that Broward judges realize the awesome responsibility with which they have been entrusted?
    Imperato has no place wearing the robe of Justice while wearing a monitoring device, nor should she be deciding any issues of law.
    If she had any decency left she would resign. She has make a mockery of all the law is supposed to represent.

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    Surprised she hasn’t already resigned. NOT. Like any “public servant” there’s tax dollars to be consumed until the bitter end. I’m sick of these people.

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    And I liked her personally as a criminal judge. But with the facts in this case (and in light of the fact that she’s gotten away with it in the past) if it were not judge Imperato but a Jane Doe (again with these facts) according to one of Satz minions (or if the case were in front of judge Destry or most of the judges on the 6th and 7th floors) she’d be called a “criminal” who hasn’t learned her lesson and belongs in the broward county jail with dui probation to follow to “teach” her a lesson. So yes I think at the very least she should step down.

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    Sao won’t hire her with a criminal record going back to the 80’s; maybe she can do jail interviews for the Pd?

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    Its about early acceptance of responsibility, especially when a public figure and law enforcement officer. The JQC should be ashamed of themselves for arguing she accepted responsibility after showing badge, refusing, going to trial, smearing the police, and appealing. The JQC should be investigated or at the very least Judges should not be allowed to investigate and sit in judgement of other Judges because Florida deserves a judiciary that engenders respect through living by example and should be held to the highest standards. Backroom politics and deal making gives good Judges who would never break the law and then compound it by behaving like an arrogant misfit a big black eye because people see badly behaving Judges getting special treatment not afforded to the average law breaker who would lose their jobs in two seconds after becoming recidivist criminals. It is time for the Supreme Court to remive this Judge and any other law breaker wearing a robe.

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    There are some Gov Rick Scott sycophants posting on here about his great appointments to the bench. Nothing could be further from the truth! The vast majority of Scott’s appointments have been “political hacks.” Additionally Scott does not care about diversity/minorities on the bench.
    His only good appointment was Raag Singhal and he did not make that appointment because of diversity. Chris Pole has turned out to be arrogant on the bench as if he was some “trial master.” Then there is the list of all his POLITICAL HACKS he’s appointed: 1. Stacy Ross 2. Guissepina Miranda 3. Dan Kanner 4. Steve Zaccor 4. Al Ribas (who was not appointed because he is hispanic) 5. Liz Scherer 6. Cal Levar Evans, who is black, was an appointment made while the 2014 Governors race was on and he had not appointed any blacks to Browards bench. So please spare us all the “Oh! Guv Scott has made some great appointments” It’s obvious these comments are coming from the politiclly appointed Hacks and their supporters. SCOTT CAN GIVE A RAT’S BEHIND ABOUT DIVERSITY/MINORITIES, Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack hack….

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    The clock is running on Imperato. She should resign in order to maintain any degree of integrity she has left, both as it relates to herself, which is all she seems to care about, and that of the 17th Judicial Circuit.
    Weinstein has made a his last excuses for her and in the process has brought more ridicule to the judiciary in Broward as a whole.
    Isn’t it about time judges in Broward start taking responsibility for themselves.
    Both former Judge Pollack and Rosenthal came to this conclusion all by themselves. Why can’t Imperato ?
    She no longer deserves in my opinion to serve as a judge here or anywhere else. I’m sure if Rothstein was still pulling his scam she would have considered that an option like so many other fallen Broward judges.
    Maybe she should consider a job as a bartender. But to be allowed to stay on the bench would be a travesty .

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    One less whacko Broward judge like Imperato isn’t any great loss. No more smerks from the bench to her favorite cops and prosecutors ! She can take her FSU football and put where the sun doesn’t shine!

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    It’s finally caught up with Cynical Cindy. She’s changed heads so many times I’m surprised it took so long. Now she can eat all the cannolis she wants with impunity. Think I’ll chase that down with a large glass of Sambucco !

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