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      Former Judge Laura Watson continues to flood the Supreme Court Docket with her latest, Motion for Rehearing. Apparently these blood sucking Broward Judges are without capacity to “get the message”.
      Watson was NOT removed from the bench due to her misconduct during her PI Practice acts of misconduct, although this issue was a finding, in part.
      In fact, the Supreme Court’s Order clearly cits that Watson was removed from the bench [also in part] due to her dishonesty and misconduct as a JUDGE. Read the facts below (extracted verbatim from the Final Order issued in this case:

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      “As stated by Judge David Crow of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, the complex facts of the underlying case “could be a case study for a course on professional conduct involving multi-party joint representation agreements. . . .” We have previously found that a pattern of deceit and deception “casts serious doubt on [a judge’s] ability to be perceived as truthful by those who may appear before her in her courtroom.” In re Ford-Kaus, 730 So.
      2d 269, 277 (Fla. 1999). Further, “[s]uch conduct diminishes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judicial system.” Id. at 277. Under these circumstances, “removal from judicial office is the appropriate sanction,” because Judge Watson’s “conduct is fundamentally inconsistent with the responsibilities of judicial office.” Id. at 276. Additionally, this Court has previously removed a judge from office for conduct that occurred, in part, while she was still a practicing
      attorney. See In re Hapner, 718 So. 2d 785 (Fla. 1998).
      Based on the foregoing, we find that Judge Watson’s actions while a practicing attorney, and her demeanor during these proceedings “cast[ ] serious doubts” on her “ability to be perceived as truthful by those who may appear before
      her in her courtroom.” Accordingly, we find that removal is the appropriate sanction.”

      Anyone know of a public cite that includes this accuracy? It’s in black and white.

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    Has the application period closed yet?

    Will they tell everyone to file the new application form or just the person they want to appoint?

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        Just like Gardiner–and no-one ever made the courts re-open every other case she cheated on–so what else is new?

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      She was an excellent Family Court Judge in my case. Saw right through my devious ex husband; hence why he did not like her. He is pro se and just continues to waste the court’s time because he needs to ‘be right’ when he is clearly ‘wrong’. Domestic Violence perpetrator who denies the abuse and a Narcissistic Sociopath to boot. Pray for my kids. Judge Watson did serve their best interest and I thank her for the hearings where she did in fact rule in our favor. Praise God. I wish her well.

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        Innocent until proven guilty…not the other way around. That’s what ‘Family’ court judge brought to the bench. God has nothing do with the corruption and bureaucracy that plagues the family court system. He was probably pro-se probably because he cannot afford the attorney that he could have purchased if the excessive child support payments were not in place. Fairness is not a word that exists in this system.

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    The opinion says a judge can be removed strictly for past behavior unrelated to judicial conduct. Judges using coke , heroin, OxyContin, cheating in college, law school, etc or many other examples of past indiscretions could be considered presently unfit to serve based solely on that conduct. Pretty scary.

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      This is why I’m finding it so humorous that Michael Dye would even pretend to run for Iudge Bristol’s position. His personal and legal history are astounding to anyone with even a shred of moral fiber…extensive drug use and alcoholism, rape accusations, innumerable extra-marital affairs…the man is disgusting.

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      Yes, The opinion does in fact say that a judge can be removed strictly for past behavior unrelated to judicial conduct.

      The opinion also states that Former Judge Laura Watson was removed from the bench for specifics pertaining to her incompetency as a “JUDGE”; not as an “ATTORNEY” alone.

      For those of you who have read the opinion, please comment on the seemingly ignored factors pertaining to the reasons set forth that warranted her removal, specific to her judicial incompetency and not be “fit” to serve as a “Judge”. We all know about how this JQC inquiry started (her PI practice issues with stealing money). The opinion, however, has clearly specified her removal from the bench was due to two (2) specific reasons as noted above. I cannot find comments pertaining to the facts here! Please share! Thanks

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    Now she can resign, file to run for Judge, and then the Florida Bar will once again punt and await the outcome of the election. If she wins, then the JQC starts over, and by the time it resolves she’ll be old enough to collect pension and medicaire.

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    Any aspiring Judicial candidates out there thinking about hiring Judy Stern to run their campaign take note that despite Julio Gonzalez having more money, endorsements and support by community leaders he lost to defrocked Judge Watson because Stern failed to get the real back story about Watson out to the voters. Luckily the JQC and Supreme Court cleaned this mess up for the sake of the community. Sad, Julio would have made a very good job had someone competent had run his campaign.

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    Have no fear. Captain Weinstein will steer the SS Broward Judiciary clear of the ethical ice bergs. That is, unless they’re made of frozen vodka, in which case it’s party time bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I’d rather have a drunk pill popping pot head Judge anyday over Watson. And because of the Supreme Court order today and the corrupt JNC we probably will soon.

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    Glad to c the back of this nasty whimp ! Never liked her; dumb, stupid, nasty and good riddance to bad trash ! Gave all of us a bad name !

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      You are just jealous because she probably did NOT rule in your favor ! Most likely representing yourself ‘pro se’ and claiming ‘indigent’ status when you clearly can afford a lawyer. Tsk..Tsk ! ! !

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    Steal a few quid from a fellow ambulance chaser, get removed; lock up blacks while flying high or hung over, get a promotion.

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    Why should Watson be any different from any other Broward judge ? They all leave after lunch unless they receive the bad news first !

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    So let’s start a thread encouraging lawyers we respect from both sides to put in for the seat. I nominate Andy Coffey.

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      If Esq. Coffey isn’t related to a sitting Judge or the Governor, why bother? The opinions of the legal community don’t matter at all. Look no further than 32 year old Judge DiPietro.

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    Get out and stay lost ! Thought u could hide behind the bench! Broward sure has some scab judges. How many does this make now ? Talk about dirty. Should install a big garbage can in the Broward courthouse that says BIG BAD JUDGES ! Just don’t forget to empty it at least once a day or the smell is gonna get really bad !

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      The people who post HATE should reveal their names. …cowards and childish. Respectful negative comments would be appropriate if you must vent but these comments are hateful and extremely immature. Hate is never good.

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        I don’t like hate neither but a coward is more like someone who would stage an elaborte end run to avoid paying a debt that ends up costing the judiciary prestige and the taxpayers a fortune.

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        That’s true saddened…you know why they getting rid of her she’s the best in broward good people never last long…some racist judge there that just retired was he removed from bench for being a racist…a black woman should never be allowed to raise a white man’s kid…my kid I gave birth to that is what should have been disbarred. 90% of broward county judges are unethical. Leave the lady in her seat she earned it!

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    the Supremes castigated Watson for pulling out the stops every which way to keep her job. Most of what she filed was over the top but still her right to do it. Now the rest of the public lynching will be completed by the Bar who most assuredly will yank her ticket. Too much money too much greed too much hubris. Jeez. If you’re old enough you’ll remember Gene Garrett a respected Circuit Judge then elevated to the Fourth DCA who got bounced because he got caught shop lifting/petty theft. With that in mind Imperato had better freshen her resume. How can they keep on after being a convicted criminal. Another tale from County Clown House.

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      Imperato will win her trial. All she has to do is flash her badge at the jury and they’ll let her go as a professional courtesy. Isn’t that how it usually works?

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    To: Constructive Criticism

    I like your idea (+ your Coffey nomination…).

    However, I wish to add Frank Negron to the list of those who should be considered for judge. And to be fair, my nominee from the ‘other side’ would be either Sheila Alu or Saranell Murphy

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    ANOTHER GREEDY BIMBO BROWARD JUDGE SHE DESERVED TO GET DUMPED SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT

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    After the Florida Bar gets through with her she’ll be such an unemployable pariah only the Florida Bar will hire her.

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    It’s quite obvious that Watson tried to hide behind what she considered to be the cloak of untouchability that several other Broward Judges have tried to do in the recent past, including Pollack and Gardiner. I’m pleased to see that finally th JQC at the urging of the Supreme Court, various State Legislators and others are taking their responsibilities seriously. It is long overdue for they have done little to discourage errant judges, in fact they they have done the opposite and continually endeavored to protect them.
    Let us now hope in view of these recent events involving Broward Judges, the Bar sheds its political leanings and decide to do the right thing as well because little has been done to reign in these judges by Chief Judge Weinstein.
    The confidence of the public has continued to be badly shaken by the antics of unethical behavior of Broward Judges for very well founded reasons.

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    How many judges does this make that have fallen from grace? How many is it going to take before its realized there’s a tremendous problem on the bench in Broward County ? Broward courthouse has and will be a Micky Mouse operation until term limits are imposed on judges and chief judges are also held accountable for these misfits. The bad joke is getting pretty old about now along with this good old boy system of justice where u have judges that behave worse than the defendants.

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    The Judges should call an emergency meeting and elect a new Chief Judge. This is mho. I think a united showing by the Judges regarding a change in direction can best be personified by symbolically replacing the failed administrator. Whether a new Chief Judge could fix the problems of a dysfunctional culture acquired through many generations would remain to be seen. It may be a new Chief Judge empowered by a new generation of Judges tired of humiliation could work together. Or it could be the decades of corruption in the appointment process and obvious problems with the small pool of uninformed voting public that elects Judges could be insurmountable. But this type of change in administration both symbolically and in the hope the culture could finally be broken by a strong leader is long overdue at least to try in good faith to improve the Judges.

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      Good luck with that!! Drunks/druggies live in their own little worlds, in which their behavior is somehow exceptable. I just learned that Michael Dye is running for judge!!! Bwahahahaha! Talk about a drunk druggie! I heard that he got kicked out of the NC Bar which is why he is even back down this way. What a joke!

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    Whether it’s sleeping with one or more of the lawyers in a case your presiding over or arriving drunk or drugged to work with the intent of hearing cases after smashing into a cop car in the judge’s parking lot; I see it’s just another lazy day in Broward’s Ba-Ba -Bad Judicial Joke where some judges use their ticket to live the life of Riley till their professional lives go Ba -Ba -Bust ! LOL

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    For sale:

    1. Transponder Spoofer. Device in car fools transponders in judicial parking lot to report Judge was at work by 9:00 am and left after 5:00 pm even when normal 2.5 hour day was observed.

    2. Secret pocket robe. Robe equipped with x-ray proof mylar protected secret pocket, also undetectable to basic patdown search. Hide penis pumps, stolen remote controls, neatly pressed klan uniform, whizzanators/clean urine, flasks, pill bottles, or document trail being smuggled out of courthouse to be destroyed at home.

    3. Traditional powder whig wit ear unit. Judges can pay homage to forefathers while perfectly hiding completely undetectable tiny ear piece through which law clerk finishing first year at St Thomas can dictate rulings in real time. Free to all JNC appointees.

    4. Gavel flask.

    5. Magic 8-Ball Ethics adviser. Contains only “yes” answer. To be consulted when Judge has an ethics questioning concerning his/her behavior. If comes up “yes,” don’t do it, keep job.

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    Watson can join the ranks of unemployed by the looks of it ! Too bad. She wasn’t bad compared to a couple of others.

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    Neither removal nor disbarment is an adequate punishment for the arrogant and illegal actions of Laura Watson justice will be served when she is prosecuted for her crimes. Earth to Satz, don’t even need a rat to prosecute this case and win.

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    U sure won’t find me crying about cg the last of Judge Watson. She was just the latest of the Broward type of judge that seemed to think it was all about how much she could scam Broward voters for before the axe fell. Broward judges have the rep they deserve but Watson has brought a new type of sleaze to the mix of wheenies.

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    It says something about the caliber of the Florida judiciary (and Broward in general) that a person like Watson would feel comfortable that she would find a safe haven amongst the robed elite. She was drawn to it because for too long everyone has turned a blind eye to these judicial hijinks. In fact, didn’t Broward’s Chief Judge support some of the recently arrested Judges by publicly saying how wonderful they are? The point is simple. Unless errant Judges are dealt with emphatically at the local level when they misbehave people like Watson will always see the robe as a cloak of invincibility for self serving or downright illegal behavior. Judges have been held unaccountable for so long that the circled wagons are never in the barn but rather constantly in motion travelling from one judicial incident to the next. The Supreme Court should be applauded for taking stronger stands than traditionally taken but until the Chief Judge system and Jqc are overhauled the public will continue to get more cover ups and ethical sinkholes that double as courthouses.

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    Watson actually thought she’d skate on this one all because she was a Broward County judge ! She used to be in the same company of thought as the rest of these worthless Broward Judges that have finally in the recent past had to face a harsher melody than the one an equally worthless chief judge (Weinstein) has been singing !

    How many Broward judges need to be thrown off the bench before the problem is actually recognized ? This town’s judiciary needs a big overhaul ! I’m glad to see the JQC and the Florida Supream Court has finally stepped up to the plate because Weinstein will continue to mishandle the situation. He is just a politician acting as CJ with no caseload of his own riding it out to a fat state pension with obviously no real concern with improving the quality of Broward’s judges, but actually encourages their attitudes of intitlement.
    Judicial Rotation, CJ term limits and accountability is what’s called for here immediately in order to rectify the really deplorable condition of our judiciary in Broward. His excuses don’t count for anything but the continued self serving idiotic rhetoric of an imbecile unwilling to confront a very real problem. He should step down and let another judge tackle the problems of drunk or drugged up Broward judges and the ever-growing number of Broward judges being removed from office. He’d get to keep his fat pension and wouldn’t have to continue to make such a fool of himself every time he opens his mouth. It’s way overdue.

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    Dump Watson and about a dozen other judges that work two hours a day. No wonder these cases stick around for years and years.

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    My prayers for all the men of color locked in America’s jails for drug offenses and to their families. To the Judges and Prosecutors who put them there who have committed drug offenses and never got caught: shame on you.

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    All the ranting and raving about “all” Broward County judges indicates only the hatefulness of the lawyers in that county. Let’s face it, with minor exceptions it’s the lawyers who write these hateful posts. There are a number of really good judges on the bench and these haters see only the worst. Take a good look the mirror and you will see who is really inept and resentful for the success of others.

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      I agree, it’s not fair to brand all with wide brush strokes. The vast majority are very good, while there are some bad apples. One problem is this blog is focused on criminal, where for every Singhal and Rothschild, there’s a Mccarthy, Aleman, Gardiner. Traditionally, criminal gets the short stick. Think about it. Feren and Ehrlich started there too. One of the best in the building, Tom Lynch, was only there because of spite by Tobin, and then he got transferred back by the new Chief Judge. The point is, it is unfair to blame the good guys, but maybe the ones doing a lousy job should be more evenly distributed, or at least counseled and controlled.

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        Watson is an anomaly. Only Watson and Andrews have been JQC’d and not a Criminal Judge. There is some merit to the argument Criminal side is where they put more “fragile” types.

        Diaz, Shapiro, Aleman, Pollack, Imperato, Miller, O’Connor, Gardiner, Julian, Dale Cohen all JQC’d.

        Sounds like another good argument for rotation.

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          Sort of makes you wonder how honest Watson was as a lawyer? Perhaps her and the lawyers she had as her side kicks should be investigated.

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    Least its forgotten : And the good ones as u say continue to elect a do nothing CJ that’s only there to provide cover for the ineptitude and disgraceful actions of a bunch of lousy judges that have continued to keep Broward in the worst kind of spotlight of all the counties in the state of Florida ! Where are the good ones when it comes to stepping up to the plate ??? Pretty easy to figure it out. Too concerned with self interest to pay any attention until it’s time for them to face the music ! Pretty pathetic if u ask me.

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    Tom Lynch is the best judge in the courthouse and hopefully this county is fortunate to have his son Michael Lynch follow in his footsteps.

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      Yes, Lynch is great but there are many other really goods in Broward. There is no doubt Judges Lee, Skolnik, Dishowitz, Fry, and DeLuca are all awesome. This site only concentrates on sub par judges. We have many good judges that work hard and are a pleasure to practice in front of on a daily basis.

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    Seeing these comments…. (assuming most are from my colleagues) it is an embarrassment to our profession. I was always taught, if you have nothing nice to say about people, keep it to yourself. Shameful. Hate is never good.

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    Sounds more like constructive criticism to me. Hate is a strong word that doesn’t seem to apply here. Broward Judiciary has some real problems as evidenced by the number of Judges that have found themselves with more than a little explaining to do. There is allot of need for improvement needless to say. The problems haven’t slowed down.

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    There is no balance here. No checks either. There are as many excellent Judges as there are embarrassments (lawyers too) but the excellent Judges will always be branded negatively because there is no leadership. Nobody speaks out about the funky JNC appointments , and the good Judges are guilty of looking away while some of their colleagues self-destruct, violate the canons, or behave selfishly to the detriment of the community. When a Judge is obviously over his or her head in an assignment, they are left there to compound the problems and infuriate the litigants, instead of being moved. This is because the “leaders” don’t want to appear weak or lose votes, very selfish behavior that ultimately far too often ends in avoidable public embarrassments of a grand scale. Until the Judges Against Everyone attitude is modified and they start to work with the legal community, the hate, and the bad lawyering, and the judicial meltdowns will continue ad nauseum.

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      The same is true of Judges with bad attitudes. Those that are surly, or lazy and phoning it in, while the other Judges do nothing about it.

      Honestly, who cares about angry comments. What they as a group or individually do to everyone else is a problem to their reputation as a whole and nobody else’s. Only they can fix it. If they cared they would.

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    Messrs. Satz and Finkelstein and the CJ along with a Florida Bar appointed lawyer on behalf of the Defense Bar should be deciding what Judges serve in Criminal. The seniority system is the worst way. It assures mediocrity or worse in a Circuit with no rotation.

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    As lame as some of these duffises are, can they be any worse than the judges we have now ? I don’t think so. Broward undoubtedly has been shown to have some of the worst judges anywhere. And what’d being done about it ? Nothing.

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    Pretty bad stuff. Is every judge in Broward county like this ? The papers and news have been filled with these idiots. I’ll stay down in Dade thank you!

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    Judge Watson was quite possibly the bitchiest, most entitled, ignorant cunt to wear a robe in any county. She deserves prison or worse.

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    Thats quite a mouthful of contempt for a sitting judge… Just make sure you dont refer to her as a Witch, or sign your real name to the comment !!

    Keep hiding in anonymity …and you should be ok

    Roscoe.

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    I wasn’t particularly fond of Watson either, and now doubly so in view of recent events, not that she is any worse than some other judges here, but calling her names doesn’t make the situation any better. After any number of Broward judges have had their share of fairly agreaous problems, she doesn’t stand alone as showing herself unfit to judge others.

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    Boy oh boy the taxpayers got it good paying her for three years to do jack shit except spend all day writing and filing motions to the Jqc. Bet her JA was as busy Efiling as she was resetting hearings.

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      Tell me about it she cancelled hearinsg after hearing – when JQC came down with its decision we had a 3 day trial scheduled and she cancelled all three days at the last minute – but of course becasue she was too busy drafting up those preposterous motions declaring her innocence and that Judge Crow absolved her of all wrong doing – it was her firm that was the culpable party – as a solo practitioner thats so laughable – did she really truly believe her proclamation of innocence, If thats how she rationalizes on the cases before her thank GOD she is off the bench

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    @10:08

    She is considerably worse than pretty much every judge. She’s a wretched person, not remotely bright, and beyond arrogant. About as bad a combination as it gets. It’s not that calling her names making anything better. It’s about letting the public know who she is so they can make more informed decisions in the future. The more exposure there is about mongrels like her, people will hopefully pay at least a little more attention to who has such enormous responsibility entrusted to them.

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    WHY DOES ALL THE JUNK END UP ON THE BENCH IN BROWARD. THERE IS NO END TO THE JUNKIES HIDING BEHIND A ROBE. WEINSTEIN HAS REMAINED UNUSUALLY QUIET ON THIS ONE. WITH ALL THE LAME EXCUSES HES GIVEN FOR ALL THE LAME JUDGES IN BROWARD YOU WOULD HAVE EXPECTED THE SAME WITH THIS ONE. THE SUPREAM COURT DECISION MUST HAVE STRUCK JABBA THE HUT LIKE A HAMMER. WHAT A BUNCH OF MORONS. TIME FOR A NEW CHIEF JUDGE THAT CAN ADMINISTER WITH THE SAME ZEAL AS HE EXHIBITS WHEN HE ATTENDS A FREE BUFFET.

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    I hope they get rid of Imperato quickly so all this gets behind the Circuit and its a clean slate going forward.

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    @Gelin, surprised I miss this Watson. Florida Supreme Court has a Seminole County Judge coming up before them this week.

    As many Corrupt Judges as we have in Broward & Palm Beach County’s I’m little shocked about them removing WATSON. However I agree she was a bad judge and bad lawyer and she needed to go.

    @Gelin, you should be feeling some VINDICATION by now right? My view I know many lawyers, tax lawyers, cpas, and professional from South PBC that are siding with you GELIN! Me and 2 other CPAs off juror summons have seen all kinds of case fixing and jury drawing in the Palm Beach County jury program by Judge Colbath and Judge Joseph Marx . So much so it is about to be filed to Florida Supreme Court.

    @Gelin every Criminal and Civil Defense Lawyer needs to be aware that judges in Palm Beach County are violating Juror Qualification Rules 40.01, 40.013, and 913.

    @Gelin everyone I grew up with in Broward and PBC no longer believe Broward or Palm Beach County Judges. AGAIN because of good and just work you are doing GELIN!

    One friend of mine who got a juror summons and just went in said the Jury System in Palm Beach County day they were their was almost 90% filling with people that did not like PBC Court System, or PBC Judges and wanted no part of the jury system in PBC. Friend said so bad in jury room in PBC that day they in jury system, jury room could not conduct trial because they had so many biased people against PBC Courts.

    One lawyer I know in PBC who practices in NY Tax Courts with me said Judge Colbath’s father had exact same juror problems when Colbath’s father was PBC Chief Judge in 1999!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL! Guess violation of JUROR CIVIL RIGHTS is a COLBATH family motto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AGAIN because of good and just work you are doing GELIN! MANY OF US ARE PROUD of you for taking on a CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    U don’t hear chief judge Weinstein playing the same card as he did with Imperato, do u ? Not this time with Watson. That’s because his cheaply wrapped excuses for the last two drunk Broward Judges didn’t fly well and won’t do so in the future. Now it’s his head in the sand time hoping to wait it out. That is, until the next one hits the wall and goes splat.
    BROWARD has BIG PROBLEMS and no amount of attempting to explain it away will suffice anymore. The next judge removed should be Weinstein for not implementing judicial rotation like they do in almost every other judicial
    circuit in the state. Playing politics to get re-elected as chief judge has its drawbacks. His job besides taking cases like other chief judges in other circuits, does not include being in the judge protection racket. Wake up Whiney and doing something that actually improves the judicial meltdown in Broward to earn the money taxpayers of this state are paying you. It’s a disgrace what you’ve let happen to the Broward judiciary. If you can’t be part of the solution, pls. get out of the way and let someone else do the job.

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    Horrible judge, she should never have been placed in Family Court. She sucks up to the attorneys in large firms. Pro se cases never have a chance against $$$ attorneys. She is corrupt and “not credible”.
    Thank the Fla. SC for finding her behavior has“cast[ ] serious doubts” on her “ability to be perceived as truthful by those who may appear before her in her courtroom.” Accordingly, we find that removal is the appropriate

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      I thought Greenhawt took the lead “loser” in corruption. But, Watson is ahead by leaps and bounds. Glad to see her gone!

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      Aww… she was not a Horrible Judge AT ALL. You must be some idiot pro se dead beat dad trying to ‘buck’ the system with your bs and she saw right through you! Of course you would not like her. It must be hard keeping up with all the lies all these years.. Thankfully, she was able to sift through the evil men that deceive and prey upon the weak. Woe to Domestic Violence offenders, Dead Beat Dads, and Narcissistic Sociopaths – may they reap what they sow.

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    Judge Watson just won her appeal in the Eleventh Circuit. Her suit against the JQC individulals for civil rights violations goes forward. Rock on rockstar!!!!!!

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    Hope Judge Watson takes every dime from the corrupt JQC individual members. They are a disgusting as the KGB

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      What firm do you work/partner for?? No wonder you suck up associates/partner root her on, she _ _ _ _s over for you. She has wasted millions and you just pray everyday she stays so you can bill the hell out of your clients.
      She needs to take a personal leave to deal with her criminal actions, charges and disbarment.

      What an embarrassment to South Florida Judiciary!!!!

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        Absolutely correct. But then the “corrupt” always support the “corrupt”.

        Thanks for setting him/her straight.

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      Judge Watson is the deceitful corrupt judge so if the JCQ has its own issues as you infer, be grateful that in this matter they adequately and justly delivered for the people by removing this unethical, lying former Judge [Watson].

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    Not the kind of buffet Whiney is used to but he’ll suck it up and eat the lamb whole ! LOL. No shame from an old time shameless Broward political huckster !

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    Poor guy!!! Must’ve thought they meant Ramada Inn!!!!! His home away from home!!!! Perfect for the man on a budget!!!! Always a Cracker Barrel across the street!!!! Dumplings biscuits Gravvvvvvvvvyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

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    Here’s the real problem all y’all scumbag lawyers including the ones in robes ignore while you lambaste:
    Canon 3D
    3D. Disciplinary Responsibilities
    (1) A judge who receives information or has actual knowledge that substantial likelihood exists that another judge has committed a violation of this Code shall take appropriate action.
    (2) A judge who receives information or has actual knowledge that substantial likelihood exists that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar shall take appropriate action.
    Bar RULE 4-8.3 REPORTING PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT
    (a) Reporting Misconduct of Other Lawyers. A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects shall inform the appropriate professional authority.
    (b) Reporting Misconduct of Judges. A lawyer who knows that a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial question as to the judge’s fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.
    Until all y’all bar pigs do your duty, the rest of this crap stops–when you do not–you ARE the problem. Your profession is given a responsibility and you violate it–so don’t complain when it targets you. because when it came time to stand up and be counted–you slinked back into you slimy fetid cesspool of silence and did nothing.

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    Oinkers haven’t figured out a way to ruin the 4th for the Americans yet, although they’re working on it. Hopefully they’ll get stuck by their American Flag lapel pin when they pass out from taxpayer purchased drink and conscious killing prescription drugs. If the pin stick bleeds they’ll know how everyone else feels, if only for a minute.

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    There is a big difference between showing respect for one’s religion and looking like political clowns in an attempt to gain votes ! Although this is what one has come to expect from these Broward judges as they try to appear like they really care about something they know nothing about, it’s so pathetic that these Broward Big Top fools would go to such lengths to appear like they could be so unbiased if they were permitted to daun a robe by wearing a head covering. I’m surprised they would go to such lengths. Not only is it highly inappropriate unless one is of that faith, it smacks of political pandering showing these boofoons have no boundaries and couldn’t possibly be counted on to render proper ruilings. Those that behave like this will not garner my vote and should be scrutinized carefully.

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      Well, her seat on the bench has been removed and they added another space on the Couch for Corruption. The problem is that the Couch is very crowded so they now have to sit on each other’s laps

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    After the fireworks are over, go take a deep look in the mirror and ask yourself:
    would you even have the brains, brawn, and beauty to fill Judge Watson’s seat; and
    could you handle the fire if the JQC investigates your pre-judicial conduct no matter how remote.

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      There are many more qualified and ethical attorneys who could and should replace her. She was a nasty and horrible judge.

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        King corrupted members of our legal system such as Marshall Watson, David Stern or even former Chief Judge Victor Tobin can offer less corruption thank former Judge Laura Watson. She should perhaps consider a new post – like one that allows for a change in ward-robe, black and white stripes with a lovely iron cage dwelling.?

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      That’s an easy resolve: If you’re corrupt then don’t apply for a seat on the bench. I do realize that by eliminating those with corrupt histories will leave very few applicants for the bench at the 17th Circuit. And, even if you don’t have any blemishes in your political history, once you win former Watson’s seat on the bench, it’s a matter of time before you become part of the corrupted courthouse in Broward. It’s like part of your initiation over there.

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    The Obligatory Conditions For An Islamic Hijab

    1. Covering ALL Of The Body

    It is an agreed position by many respected scholars that the face and hands of the woman must be covered. Some scholars say it is permissible to uncover the face and the hands of the woman as long as there is no fitnah (infatuation) caused by this action. Two things must be taken into consideration

    If she is beautiful and beautifies her face and hands with external substances, or

    The society around her is corrupt where men do not lower their gaze, then it is prohibited for her to uncover her face and hands.

    On the authority of the wife of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), Umm Salamah said:

    “When the verse was revealed that they should cast their outer garments over their bodies’ was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments.

    2. The hijab must not be a display

    The hijab itself must not be a display. Allah ordained it so as to cover the beauty of women and not for showing off. Allah says:

    “And not show of their adornment except only that which is apparent.” [Noble Quran 24:31].

    AND

    “And stay in your houses and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance.” [Noble Quran 33:33].

    It is in no way logical that the hijab itself be a source of display.

    3. The hijab must not be transparent

    The purpose of wearing hijab must be achieved. In order for the hijab to be a cover, it must not be made of transparent material making the woman covered only by name, while in reality she is naked. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is quoted as saying:

    “In the latest part of my Ummah (nation of Muslims) there shall be women who would be naked in spite of being dressed, they have their hair high like the humps of the Bukht camel, curse them, for they are cursed. They will not enter Al-Jannah and would not even perceive its odor, although it’s fragrance can be perceived from a distance of 500 years traveling by camel”

    This indicates that a woman could cause herself a grave and destructive sin if she puts on a garment that is thin and transparent and which clearly shapes her body’s features.

    4. Hijab must be roomy, and not tight.

    The hijab is a safeguard against fitnah. If it is tight, it will be descriptive of the woman’s body and this violates and defeats the whole purpose of hijab.

    5. The hijab must not be perfumed

    On the authority of Ad-Diya’ Al-Maqdisi, the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

    “Any woman who perfumes herself and passes by some people that they smell her scent, then she is a Zaniyah (adulteress).”

    6. The hijab shouldn’t resemble the dress of a man

    Imam Ahmed, an-Nasa’i reported the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to have said:

    “Women who assume the manners of men are not from us and also those of men who assume the manners of women.”

    Abu Hurairah narrated that: “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) CURSED the man who wears the dress of a woman and the woman who wears the dress of a man.”

    7. The hijab must not resemble the garments of the Kuffar

    Abu Dawud and Ahmed have related the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

    “The one who take the similitude (manner) of a certain people, then he/she becomes one of them.”

    Abdullah bin Umar said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saw me wearing two garments dyed in saffron (orange), whereupon he said: these are the clothes (usually worn) by the Kuffar, so do not wear them.”

    8. The hijab should not be for fame

    Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah have related the prophet to saying:

    “The one who wears a garment designed for a worldly fame, Allah will make them wear a garment of humility on the Day Of Resurrection then he will be set ablaze.”

    The garment of fame is any garment a person wears to make themselves look famous. This applies whether the garment is highly precious and shows admiration to the life of this world or if it is chosen of a low quality to show lack of interest to this worldly life. The person may put on clothes with distinct colors so as to draw attention, act proudly and/or arrogantly.

    Constitutional law is the body of law which defines the relationship of different entities within a state, namely, the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary.

    Sharia law Arabic: شريعة) is the body of Islamic law. The term means “way” or “path”; it is the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam.

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      Funny how they keep their women covered up but come to America and want to date and mess around with every woman here.

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      I agree, in part: All 17th Circuit Judges ought to wear the robe over their faces. I am sure there are others but “Little Chicago” 17th Circuit is corruption at its finest.

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    Thank you for Fashion Advise, next time I am flying around on winged horse on the way to heaven, I will make sure my hijab lays correctly over the horses ass

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    Heard that Watson was escorted out her personal stuff. Wonder what that hottie DiPietro is wearing under those robes?!

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      Is Watson gone yet? Is her seat open yet? Who is covering her hearings right now? She once wore a blouse to work with a big round hole in the back. Went with her personality, I guess. Hope they appoint somebody with some honesty and integrity for a change.

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    Still no response from Whiney about the State of the Broward Judicary ? He’s always looking for a photo-opt! You’d think with Broward Judges dropping like flies after being sprayed with Black Flag yet again he’d have to deviate from the regular State of the Union Message. The truth might be a plausible place to start for a change of pace.

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    The decent mid-level ASAs who worked out great deals on bad cases are going private because of the SAO’s overpaying of high ranking yes men who haven’t been to trial since Lewinsky jokes were a thing. Any bets on the next well-liked lady or gentleman by both sides who is unequivocally considered a hard worker and who would rather stay but can’t justify not leaving to get out of debt is? Fink should look at his fat cats, too. How many people making over 100K in each office haven’t picked a jury in the last five years. Sickening waste of public funds. If you haven’t tried a case in a decade, you can’t/won’t/shouldn’t make it in private practice… So the state shouldn’t be picking up the tab either. Your tax dollars at work.

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    Fla. Judge Tells High Court Her Removal Thwarts Voters’ Will
    By Nathan Hale
    Law360, Miami (July 6, 2015, 3:40 PM ET) Embattled

    Florida Judge Laura M. Watson, facing a removal order, moved Friday for rehearing by the Florida Supreme Court, arguing that the issues for which she was disciplined were vetted before her election and did not relate to her conduct as a judge.

    Judge Watson argues that the high court’s June 18 approval of the Florida Judicial Qualification Commission’s report and recommendation will wrongly overturn the will of the voters, create unpredictable eligibility requirements for judges and violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    “The current rules that judges can rely on are found in the Florida Judicial Code of Conduct, but Judge Watson did not violate any Canons of such Code and could not possibly be on notice that conduct occurring 10 years before she became a judge could subject her to punishment or removal,” she said.

    Judge Watson, who sits on the bench of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County, has staunchly contested the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission’s investigation against her. That probe stems from allegations that before becoming a judge, she committed ethical violations of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct as an attorney in a $14.5 million insurance settlement.

    On July 1, the Eleventh Circuit rejected Judge Watson’s attempt to gain an injunction or restraining order in the case, but the federal appeals court reversed dismissal of her claims brought individually against members of the JQC, a 15member body responsible for policing state judges’ conduct, including allegations of malicious prosecution and abuse of process.

    In the latest motion, the judge says that the Florida Bar was aware of the underlying dispute as early as June 2004, when Larry Stewart, another attorney involved in the dispute reported the situation to the Florida Bar. Stewart, however, did not file a formal complaint until 2008 and the bar never filed a formal complaint against Judge Watson.

    After she became a circuit judge, however, the Florida Bar transferred the file to the JQC, which took up an investigation, a move Judge Watson called unprecedented and unconstitutional. She says the issues in the dispute were also publicly vetted during her judicial election. “This honorable court’s ruling requiring removal of Judge Watson from office overturns a hotly contested election where in Broward [County] voters cast almost 400,000 votes in favor of Judge Watson, a valid candidate, and decided she should serve as a circuit court judge,” she said.
    Judge Watson argues that the JQC’s decision to act on the underlying dispute “almost immediately” after she was sworn in to office, “amounts to an impermissible attack on the validity of the election,” and implicates violations of rights protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

    She also claims her Due Process rights were violated during the course of the proceedings. “After the voters spoke, and the governor acted, it is simply too late for anyone including the [JQC] and/or this honorable court to attack the validity of an election by claiming that alleged misconduct from 10 years ago warrants removal from office,” Judge Watson said.

    A hearing panel for the JQC recommended in April 2014 that Judge Watson be removed for “serious, egregious” ethical violations and expressed concern over her insistence that she had done nothing wrong when she and a group of attorneys in 2004 secretly reached a $14.5 million settlement with Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. over personal injury protection and bad faith claims without notifying Stewart and other attorneys involved or properly disclosing details and gaining consent from their clients.

    In addition to her related federal complaint, Judge Watson’s has also levied several other arguments against the proceedings.

    On April 14, the Florida Supreme Court rejected her argument that the Florida Bar’s attorneys should be found in criminal contempt and that the court should reject the referee’s report recommending her removal, on the grounds that the bar attorneys made false representations about more than 200 emails that she said were improperly withheld in the case.

    The Supreme Court also rejected Watson’s argument that the JQC lacked jurisdiction to pursue its proceedings against her because the actions at issue occurred nearly a decade before she was even a candidate for judicial office, citing a previous state case holding that JQC proceedings are constitutionally authorized for actions by a judge during the time he or she was a lawyer.

    Counsel for both sides did not immediately respond Monday to requests for comment on the motion for rehearing. Judge Watson is represented by Robert A. Sweetapple and Alexander D. Varkas Jr. of Sweetapple Broeker & Varkas PL, and Colleen Kathryn O’Loughlin PA. The Florida Bar is represented by Henry M. Coxe III of Bedell Dittmar DeVault Pillans & Coxe PA, Melissa Nelson of McGuire Woods and bar counsel Ghenete Wright Muir. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is represented by special prosecutor Miles A. McGrane III of The McGrane Law Firm.

    The case is Inquiry Concerning a Judge No. 12613 Laura M. Watson, case number SC131333, in the Supreme Court of Florida.

    Additional reporting by Alex Wolf. Editing by Patricia K. Cole.

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    Former Judge Watson’s division 42 is currently vacant. All cases are reassigned to other divisions and can take up to 2 weeks for reassignment, per voicemail on divisions phone number. Her name has not been removed from 17th cts site yet.

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