SS Editorial: Judges don’t trust system, but we are supposed to? We want to trust judges.
But something smells bad in Broward County: All three Broward judges arrested on DUI charges over the past six months refused to take either a blood or breath test …
… if (Lynn) Rosenthal took more than one pill, or mixed an Ambien with other pills, we should know that, too. Maybe she has a problem, and if so, needs help. If that is the case, she shouldn’t be on the bench wielding power over people in trouble who have a lot of personal problems, too.
If Rosenthal was done in by a single Ambien, she had a chance to show us. More importantly, the judge had an opportunity to show us the system works.
Don’t we all expect more of judges? …
Certainly, nobody deserves to be sent (to jail) by a troubled judge who operates above the law in his or her own life.
If Rosenthal, (Cynthia) Imperato and (Gisele) Pollack had taken those sobriety tests, and showed faith in the justice system, we would all know more about the truth and the punishment that should be meted out.
While none of the judges could operate a car safely, they were capable of making a decision: Hide the truth from the public to protect themselves. And that stinks.
CH 10 – THIS WEEK IN SOUTH FLORIDA (roundtable discussion starts at 27:40)
Michael Putney, Mike Mayo, and others on Rosenthal, Refusal, and Mug Shot Madness …
BrowardBeat: Did Supremes Telegraph Penalty For Broward’s DUI Refusal Judges?
SS: Should judges who are substance abusers resign?
SS: Should judges be held to a higher standard?
SS: Howard Finkelstein on the judiciary
“While it may be just a few bad apples, or in the case of Broward judges, a few bad actions, the Broward judiciary must work hard to win back the public’s trust. Three judges have been arrested for DUI, the Judicial Qualifications Committee has determined that another current judge should lose her judgeship, a former Broward judge, who resigned in disgrace, is waiting to see if she can keep her law license, and the courthouse is holding its collective breath to see if other judges will be indicted in the Scott Rothstein scandal. We deserve better from our elected officials.”
SS: Jay Hurley profile – good news for a change
NYT: On Death Row With Low I.Q., and New Hope for a Reprieve
*FLORIDA SUPREME COURT OPINION CONCERNING DISCLOSURE OF INFORMANTS*
We want to trust judges.