RATE THE 2016 JUDGES

Mccarthy 1Beller-Eric-bellimperato   Barbara McCarthy                   Eric Beller                         Cindy Imperato

Introducing a new JAABLOG feature, designed to introduce readers to judges up for reelection in 2016, and an opportunity for commentators to post thoughts and recommendations.  They’ll be coming at you in groups of three.  Enjoy!

Florida Supreme Court says 70 years is too many under Graham

Laura Watson’s latest bombshell:

Judge Watson’s Notice of Direct Criminal Contempt by The Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission

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Motion to Reject the Report and Recommendations of the JQC Based Upon Perjury, Fraud, Spoliation of Evidence, and Numerous Violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and Other Related Relief

117 thoughts on “RATE THE 2016 JUDGES”

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    A drunk, a royal whack job, and a barely potty trained idiot; what else could u really ask for ? What a riot ! Lol

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    These aren’t the only three that are up in 2016, right? Can you post a list of those who’s terms are up? Thanks.

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    I’ll take the recidivist drunk driver over Mccarthy any day. Mccarthy has more reversals than Imperato has DUI convictions. I heard both have opposition and Levy-Cohen too. Who is Eric Beller?

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    Below zero on all three. Imperato can’t parallel park if she had to, McCarthy is crazy-weird and stupid and Beller’s legal acumen is about as impressive as a wet hamster !

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    Are you kidding me about Judge Beller? He has to be one of the best Judges in Broward County. If you are saying anything negative about him, you obviously have not appeared before him. Take a moment and see him preside over cases. Knowledgeable, understanding, willing to listen, and he bends over backwards to help. Don’t take my word. Ask any attorney that appears before him. Clearly he cares. If most Judges were Like Judge Beller, Broward would be a better place.

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      You obviously do not know Beller. He is anything but how you describe him. He has no patience, does not listen, and is a “my way or the highway type of judge.” That is very dangerous…especially when you know his lack of intellect. I agree that one should take a moment and watch him preside…That is, if you are fortunate to find him in the courthouse. He is a known slacker unless he is at the Isle of Casino….where he holds court most of his waking life. You are either Beller himself or a close friend, based upon your totally inaccurate description of one of the laziest judges in Broward

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    McCarthy is simply mean, nasty, and incompetent. Beller is in County Court and really how much harm can he do. He completely mishandled a simple landlord tenant case trying to be a mediator but at least he’s a pleasant fellow. Imperato, while she was running the rocket docket, was in the tank for the banks. She ignored prior court orders, disregarded the Rules of Evidence and Procedure, and was simply whoring it up for the large firms with moneyed clients. She’s a disaster and should go back to being a prosecutor which is what she’s doing with a black robe on.

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    Barbara McCarthy is the worst courtroom to go to by far. She’s a micromanaging stress case and lord above if there’s a jury waiting she will reset the cases because she’s so freaking slow. It’s ridiculously hard to get a case on the docket in the first place. The sentencing is off the wall too. Ryan Levin gets house arrest while a probation possession vocc gets prison. I would vote for anyone against her.

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    Imperato has 2 DUI convictions and a flash your badge. By most accounts, the 10-20 days suspension and reprimand is NOT going to be accepted by the Supremes. It’s time for her to go. One way or the other.

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      These are the absolute BEST Broward stats for being affirmed as a judge in bowowoward. AAAAAHHHHHooooooooo—werewoofs of blundon.

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    Regarding Beller,

    He sits in the satellite courts. He said he was voting for Weinstein. Is he working 40 a week? Hummmmmm

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    Imagine, an ASA gets a DUI its out the door. A Judge gets two and Supreme Court doesn’t give a rip.

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    This ain’t Destry’s first rodeo. The 4th DCA is watching him. He’s been reversed and removed from a lot of cases by the 4th. My favorite is when the State reversed him and got him recused because he does Williams Rule during the trial not 10 days befoe trial as the Rules specify. Hey who needs those rules anyway.

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    Judicial Rotation to finally start in 17th Circuit.

    Everyone with an arrest or Criminal Judges up for election to Civil for fat campaign donations. Everyone else in Broward can go to hell.

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    Imperato must be treated as harshly as she treated those that dared to reject plea offers. I can’t figure how the JQC could say she was remorseful after flashing her badge, refusing breath, going to trial, losing AND appealing. Then they say she should get 20 days suspension, the same 20 days house arrest her Judge in WPB sentenced her to. This is outrageous and a SHAM.

    Look at the opinion below to see what the 4th had to say about Imperato and then beg the Supreme Court to jettison Imperato before election season when she’s challenged and takes everyone through the mud again.

    http://www.4dca.org/opinions/June%202011/06-29-11/4D08-2603.op.pdf

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    I feel compelled to say from my experience, Destry is one of the worst judges in Broward, and believe me when I say, that is saying allot I know. What he lacks in his knowledge and demeanor he makes up for being unreasonable and exhibiting insecurities that u wouldn’t expect from somebody occupying the position of judge anywhere. I would personally contribute to anyone who runs against him.

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    Finally Judicial Rotation is going to be implemented in Broward like in other circuits? Finally it’s been recognized that these political turkeys should learn something from experience besides how to solicit campaign contributions? I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    What do u expect ? Jugglers and singers require applause. Imperato and McCarthy both need to go. Beller will make a good judge and Broward will benefit from his addition to the bench. So will any number of the other judges if they are interested in improving their ability to administer justice.

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    Picture of IMPERATO says it all. Blondie needs to worry more about her past than whether the defense attorneys like her spike heals.

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    Imperato is a decent judge but can’t sit in criminal and probably needs some extensive therapy. McCarthy shouldn’t be sitting at all. She reminds me of crazy Judge Aleman both on and off the bench. Beller is untested and undeserving with very mediocre abilities but the best of the three.

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    Destry, McCarthy Robinson are the three worst divisions in felony. Usan is no walk in the park, but at least he doesn’t treat the lawyers like babies and let’s them do the job. Life is hectic enough without having to manage some Judge in addition to the case. Judge Weinstein needs to move Judges around for sure.

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    Broward Judicary has become way too complacent without rotation. These aren’t fiftoms. Weinstein is the worst of the bunch. He’s done nothing but make it worse by allowing judges to do next to nothing but become an inconvenience to practicing law, and then tell Tallahassee that Broward needs even more judges to spend even more taxpayer money. What a total joke. Broward judges hardly work as it is. The problem is the idiots seeking judgeships think it’s part of being retired and everybody else is there to serve at their pleasure. Broward County is the worst example of this practice in the state and yet nothing is done about it. As far as rating judges, why bother. They are pretty much the same here with few exceptions. Weinstein makes nothing but really stupid excuses for the bad ones and spends the rest of his time running what amounts to a spendthrift circuit with judges that apparently act with immunity for their own actions while imposing the harshest of penalties. Just look at how many Broward judges have been arrested for driving drunk or drugged and get away with it while using the justice system as their own trash can.

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    McCarthy is the worst judge in Broward County hands down. She is vindictive, petulant, and uninformed. She does not know the law and she makes any proceeding in front of her painful for everyone involved. She needs to get opposition in 2016. She can be beaten by the right person. Broward County really doesn’t need to keep any more Rothstein judges.

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    It’s insecurity that leads these Judges to micromanage and bully or self-medicate on alcohol. Every single Judge in Broward County needs opposition since Admin and Tally could care less about keeping them in line. What McCarthy did when she let that killer go out on house arrest (who was on probation for hitting a police officer) was disgusting, topped off by the fact the State didn’t ask to disqualify her based on Bogenschutz, her campaign manager, being the lawyer. How many poor people have been sent to prison for so much less in Broward by McCarthy and other Judges? She needs to be challenged, if only to explain her actions to the voters concerning the case with the dead British citizens.

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      Could this be Alan “Big talking yet still a pussy” Bernstein. Quit whining and either run or stop spreading rumors that sitting Judges are getting opponents. You are just like your loser pal Lee Seidman, what is next the Feds are coming in tomorrow?

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    She’s no doubt one of the worst! Always liked Imperato but I guess she has some problems with alcohol abuse. Don’t know Beller. Is he married to another sitting judge ? But in all candor Robinson exemplifies entirely one of the worst as well. If you’ve ever been in her courtroom you know what I mean!

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    Leave Beller alone. He does a fine job out there in the satellite. But Imperato was and remains a mistake. Vindictive and nasty and biased are the words that come to mind.

    McCarthy is ok. I mean,sure, she can’t manage a docket & overcompensates for it by getting all control-freak on everyone. But overall her rulings tend to be fair (so long as Eva Solomos isn’t asking her to rule her way).

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      Dale Cohen sits in family division now. Some consider him bright, tested, and very skilled. I am uninspired. What I’ve seen, he has become lazy, complacent, one-dimensional in complex cases with multiple issues, and very slow. Hearings are doled out parsimoniously, even if ordered. Issues such as dissipation of assets, risks to childrens’ safety; and even outrageous contempt all escape him. With a JQC reprimand on his plate, one wonders. Guess he can sleep at night because he doesn’t pay much attention. Maybe he hates being in family division? Dunno.

      Over in civil, Michael Gates can be quick to deny basic rights, and even quicker to award sanctions without any findings of fact at all. He has no problem iggying precedent. Partly reminds me of ole Judge Robert Lance Andrews and forlorn but not forgotten Korda.

      There are many extremely arrogant, lazy and inept jurists hearing cases in Broward. The state legislature and the constitution gives them power and jurisdiction. Voters and some campaign money put them there, and sometimes a governor or two do the trick.

      On the other hand there are some very bright, diligent, decent folks working very hard, maybe even too hard, to try and give the litigants a fair shake. Carlos Rodriguez and Arthur Birken comes to mind and the Moriarty judges being very good at what they did too. Nothing personal. Judge Fleet was diligent, tried to do right. Almost unshakable. Also nothing personal.

      On the flip side, there are some truly nutty ones on the bench too. You sit and watch, wonder and walk away.

      Perhaps the ones that abuse litigants and criminal defendants are simply dumping it on the 4th DCA to sort out. Maybe not.

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    Locking poor people up for dirty urine,etc…… what if they had 2 million bucks? The souls of those dead Brits deserve better.

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    McCarthy needs an opponent because then she will have to campaign in the African-American community. Hopefully she gets some tough questions from some of the Moms she’s lectured and humiliated from the bench. Awkward with a cap A.

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      I agree…. Beller is one of the laziest judges ever. Hope someone runs against him in 2016. Weinstein knows how lazy he is and gives him a pass for his vote in the chief judge election. JQC needs to address this issue of those judges like Beller that do not put in a full weeks work. If he spent as much time at work as he does in casinos, it would be a blessing.

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        That would include a complete investigation into all Broward County judges’ work schedules. None of them work a full day and never put in a five day workweek. These political hacks do next to nothing. Why do u think they want to be judges in Broward? They remain unaccountable and hope they can suck if for all they can for the retirement benefits.

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    Judge McCarthy is anything but lazy. She’s on the bench all the time taking twice as long to do what her colleagues get done in half the time. She only needs a 45 minute break in the morning although she usually says she’s taking 10 minutes. Weds is the worst day since that’s when the reversals come out.

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    Judicial Rotation is very long overdue in Broward. This “Pet Judge Mentality ” by Chief Judge Weinstein serves nothing but political purpose to keep his fat bum in office and continues the “Circle the Wagons” approach to “Broward’s Judicial Folly” that has brought Broward County over the brink of obserdity and promoted the ” Rothstein Debacle ” with both former Broward judges and sitting judges ” For Their Own Personal Gain ” to both accept corrupt campaign contributions in return for favorable rulings and promisses of support that breed the kinds of “Judicial Corruption” that Broward County has become infamous for.
    No wonder why so many Broward Judges have problems with Alcohol and Drug Abuse; I wonder how any of them can live with themselves participating in such stuff.
    Broward deserves its reputation when it comes to its Politically Motivated and downright morally corrupt judges.
    I applaud as a tax paying, honest citizen your efforts to continue to shed light on these “Judicial Honkers” for what they really are: self serving, corrupt judges that have completely eroded the confidence of the public in our Judicial System !
    Rotating these worthless judges and monitoring their dockets to see that they work for a living and are accountable to the public that pays the price ultimately for this kind of waste and corruption is a good start !

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    Imperato may have been to drunk to drive and her actions speak louder than words ever could: showing her badge in an attempt to sidestep driving while intoxicated and running fellow drivers off an interstate highway at high speed and then pressing the matter to trial, losing and being found guilty and then appealing the jury verdict is just what we’ve come to expect from judges in broward where these legal pimps think they can get away with anything and then come back and suck at the public trough until it’s dry expecting they’ll be covered by the biggest pimp of all chief judge Weinstein. He’s not new to sucking at the public trough either and has no shame about sucking fat through a straw.
    I have no sympathy at all for Imperato who’s given a new meaning to sucking at the same trough while boozing it up while acting like a small time floozy at last call at a singles bar. She has no business sitting on any bench aside from the nearest bus bench.
    I rate her a hardcore floozy with addiction problems stemming from early childhood low self esteem carrying over to the middle age midlIfe crises stage.

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    BELLER IS THE BEST OF THE THREE. IMPERATO IS JUST A FORMER COP AND ACTS LIKE ONE. MCCARTHY IS JUST A BIG MESS THAT DOESNT SEEM TO KNOW WHAT SHES DOING.

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    I appeared before this Beller character on a simple landlord tenant case. Talk about dumb and dumber. I never knew this guy existed until this dumb down experience occurred His head was spinning like a top trying to understand basic concepts. I will admit that he did try hard to understand this very simple case. He did ultimately rule my way, which by the way was the totally incorrect ruling, but now my client had to appeal this numb skulls decision and has cost her more fees. Too bad this shit for brains judge makes everyday decisions that affect our lives. When is he up for election.

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      If he did “ultimately rule” your client’s way, why did you have to appeal? It makee no sensee. Sumpin’ fishy.

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    All three up for ratings in my experience are average or below. Broward does not have legal scholars, just political misfits looking for a way out of private practice or hangers on to the state pension plan. Most were not very good before taking the bench and now consider themselves retired and on a roll at public expense for as long as they can hang onto it. There are exceptions here that are worth mentioning, but they are far and few between. Most fit into the afformntioned category of big time losers looking for the easy way out of working. Being a judge in Broward is like belonging to a club of idiots with their hands out perpetually.

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    Really like Imperato despite Her drinking problem. McCarthy is a total whack. Don’t know and never had anything before Beller but heard he’s not the brightest bulb in the factory.

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    Knock it off on Imperato ! She’s not bad and moves her docket like I wish the rest of them could. So what if she likes her shots. Had bad experiences with McCarthy and I don’t think she knows what she’s doing. Beller is so so with an A for effort but needs work.

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    In my opinion u could barely fill a thimble with what McCarthy or Beller know about the law. I’d rather have Imperato any day. U just better not lose

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    It’s all about the Benjamin’s – Millions of them!
    Conspiracy, perjury, cover-up – Allegedly by the BAR and the Judicial Qualifications Commission in Florida.
    Here’s what the document allegations show. In 2001-2004, a whole bunch of people were screwed by an insurance company. After a lot of litigation, the insurance company reluctantly paid their claims and a negotiated amount of legal fees. But a few of the people also sued the insurance company for bad faith – an action that could mean the insurance companies would owe lots of money in excess of the original claim amount. The few who sued for bad faith jointly agreed on a settlement and got money for their bad faith action.
    In addition to a number of attorneys (including Judge Watson, then just an attorney) who represented individual clients for the underlying insurance claim, an attorney, Larry Stewart was hired along with Judge Watson and the other individual attorneys by a few people who together in a separate legal action, sued for bad faith. The individual attorneys and Stewart had an agreement which would split their fees on the bad faith claim, an agreement that would not affect their client’s recovery.
    When the insurance company settled in 2004, it settled each person’s underlying insurance claim individually – and the bad faith claim which was brought jointly by only a few clients. All clients received the maximum legally allowable settlement for their underlying claim plus interest. Attorney’s fees did not come out of the clients’ money and was settled separately and individually.
    The joint bad faith settlement was approved by the affected clients as to both the amount and the distribution of settlement proceeds to each client and the attorneys working on it.
    Stewart, without any agreements to any compensation from the underlying insurance claims wanted to share in the attorney’s fees for those actions even though he was only retained to work on the bad faith claim (he didn’t even know the names of the other clients). In 2008 Stewart sued the attorneys to get more money. A judge believed that Stewart should get something for his time because he “participated” in “helping” the matters settle even though he was fired by the bad faith clients and the other individual attorneys for obstructing the case. The judge making the ruling was a long-time friend of Stewart and Stewart politically supported the judge in past elections.
    When Stewart failed to collect his judgement against the attorneys personally, he allegedly directed and conspired with the key members of the BAR and the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) to act like his personal collection agency to force “restitution” from the other attorneys in violation of BAR and JQC established professional rules and ethical standards. To keep evidence of this improper conduct secret and away from the attorneys, the BAR and the JQC allegedly committed perjury. After documentary evidence of this apparent perjury was revealed, Judge Watson filed a motion with the Florida Supreme Court to find the BAR and the JQC guilty of criminal contempt for their actions.
    Judge Watson’s 70 page motion and 600 page appendix vividly shows how the BAR and the JQC, through insider manipulation, has become corrupt organizations within the legal profession in Florida. Judge Watson’s motion asks the Florida Supreme Court to step in, penalize the alleged improper conduct, and enforce established rules and standards – and in so doing, help the BAR and the JQC return to their proper roles.

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      I have been keeping up with this on the site you have a link to and am appalled at the corruption in the Bar and JQC. I have known Laura since she was a child and she would never be capable of the alleged bull that the JQC/Bar state. Thanks for posting Karen. And keeping Laura in my prayers that the Florida Supreme Court does the right thing!

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        Because none of you cesspoolee lawyers and judges really gives a crap if it takes a minimum of time and a minutia of attention span to become informed, as long as your clients pay you –who are you to care it you actually get favorable results.

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      seems that the Supremes dont agree with this post. By by Watson. If they’d let her resign and keep her ticket that would be winner for her. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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      It’s systemic. For example, Teresa Williams Esq., is the chairperson of the 17th Grievance Committee A.

      And yet, Teresa Williams firm leaks work products to the opposing sides, and is an informant for LE, in lieu of a PBA endorsements. The lines have certainly become blurry, when evil obtains power.

      Maggots Rule The Florida Bar.

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    All three need to face opposition and answer for a lot ! I’m convinced that it’s the only way to get rid of them and hopefully obtain better judges in the process.

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    McCarthy is a lost cause. Beller tries hard and makes good rulings. Imperato is a prosecutor in robes with a bad attitude.

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      Imperato was champ of the sauce. Nothing more. Another Broward judge that drank her way out of a job. Makes you wonder just how often these suckers show up to the bench over the legal limit. That could account for a lot of the poor rulings we get in this slophouse.

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        I’m more worried about Judges being on pills. They don’t stink like alcohol and can ruin lives with impaired rulings ad infinity because the other Judges turn a blind eye. There should be drug testing for all Florida Judges because of the Broward misfit judiciary.

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    Beller la dog that barely works and has trouble stringing two sentences together. He is perfect judge to run against in 2016. Hold him accountable to the taxpayers

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      its “minus 1″ or negative one or ” -1″ not “1 minus” ya moron… Your Imperato vote is wrong by the looks of your math skills!! she is -7

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    Did someone say Mardi Ann Levey Cohen Jingleheimerschmidt is up for reelection?

    Let that nasty black-robed fever thing get unseated 1st time around.

    She has about as much courtesy on a bench as a piranha at feeding time.

    Poor Dale. What was he thinking?

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    Agreed. All 3 need opponents.One’s crazy, one’s lazy and one can’t handle her alcohol. Bye bye………..bye bye. ……bye bye…

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    Can someone please inform Peter Weinstein that Barbara McCarthy is completely out of control on the bench? It is not just the usual bunch of malcontents and trouble-makers on this blog that are noticing her unpredictable, irrational, and vindictative behaviors. Just sit outside of her courtroom and watch defense attorneys and ASAs coming out of there and shaking their heads in disbelief. Seriously, someone needs to talk to court admin about this situation. Please. This is not good for anyone.

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    It’s easy to see why McCarthy is the way she is. She seems to be very unhappy as well as not knowing what she’s doing. Add that to her apparent insecurities because of these same reasons, and you’ve got another power crazy person sitting on the bench and doesn’t need to be. Utterly Unreasonable is another word that comes to mind as well.

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    All three noted for feedback in this article are singularly unimpressive for different reasons. Imperato for her inability to recognize she should be an unbiased arbiter instead of a prosecutor in black; Beller for his inability to realize he’s way over his head just for starters and last and worst of all, McCarthy for her complete unsuitability for the job in my opinion. All three should garner opposition in their respective runs to retain their seats.

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    Say what u will about Imperato : she runs an efficient docket. Not particularly fond of McCarthy but she’s fair and makes good rulings. Never heard of Judge Beller.

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      Saw Beller the other day….very tired looking, overweight old man. For a guy who never works, sure looks like life has been unfair to him.

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    Watson thought she’d join the rest of the psychologically disturbed judges in Broward county. Actually she fit right in but for the excess baggage she dragged along with her and the money involved. And she thought like the rest of them because she became a Broward judge she’d get away with it. I’ll bet the Supream Court is sick and tired about now with the situation in Broward ! I know I am. The quality of judges here is like nothing I’ve ever seen !

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    Broward is a joke an embarrassment to us. But when your keep pompous morons like Fred Berman on the bench playing video games during trial I guess that’s the best you get

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    Easy: all three stink. Beller is just downright stupid and always has been. McCarthy is mentally challenged, completely unknowledgable as to the law and really needed the job and Imperato is a Dolly Drunk who flirts with anyone who comes within five feet of her bar stool.
    All three need psychiatric care. On a one to five scale I would rate all three as zeros.

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    Flansbaum-Talabisco, who was arrested in 2011, removed from her job by the governor, cleared by a JUDGE who dismissed the charges and allowed to take office again a year after her arrest. In 2013, an appeals court reversed the judge’s decision and reinstated the charges.

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    Yes,
    I am a childhood friend of Bill Gelin.
    I love the guy so my opinions may be somewhat biased.
    Hey, Billy, I love what you’re doing.
    My house burnt down two years ago, so I’m back with the folks on good ol’ Kenrick Street.
    We had some good times there.
    What happened after Ward School?
    Between that and Stanford?
    Yours forever,
    Ernie.
    P.S.
    I’m sorry about your mother.
    She was a great lady.

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    Abusive, she changes her mind does not bother to read all the documents, gives her personal opinion without knowing the root of the cases skims the paper work and make half witted decisions, PS> Future Judges Close down those Clinics like 5th street counseling that have students earning hour sitting the convicted people and telling them i half to close this out because they are getting on me. These agencies ens are just a money machine and another imposed fine they do not do any actual counseling same as the court Benches. Broward Jails make Guntanamo look like a resort. Food with mold no running water no medical attention . Inmates are not allowed medical attention no even when running a fever or vomiting.

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