SMOKING GUN?

County Commission security personnel, like the gentleman pictured above, have been seen around the courthouse for some time now.  They handle the issuance of security passes, but they’ve also been seen checking courtrooms on a regular basis, and keeping notes.

We’re told the never-ending financial battle between BSO and the county may be the reason for the rumored new age JAABWALKS, with BSO looking for additional courthouse security funds, and the commission interested in just how busy the courtrooms really are before deciding to dole out more money.

Since judicial downtime and efficiency have always been of interest around here, and given the urgency presented by recent JQC activity, we sent the following public records request to the commission, seeking:

… logs/notations/reports or any other memorialization of data concerning the county’s monitoring of courtroom usage in the Broward County Courthouse since before, and after, the new courthouse structure opened. The information sought specifically should notate the time and dates the courtrooms were checked, the number of the courtroom, and whether they were in use or not. Additionally, the same information is requested regarding judicial chambers, and whether judges were present when and if the chambers are checked …

Our preliminary emails with county personnel prior to the records request indicate the courtrooms are checked to determine if a courtroom is in use, and to make sure they are “properly secured for no re-entry until there is a need for the courtroom to be used“.  In any event, we’ll let you know what we get back, and if there’s anything that could be of interest to people outside of Broward …

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88 thoughts on “SMOKING GUN?”

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        Bumped into her in the elevator and she wouldn’t shut up long enough to take a breath. Something is very wrong. A real bubble head. Waiting for it to pop one day.

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      Now she’s not allowed to try a case without a babysitter, but she’s allowed to stay in homicide?! If someone I loved was killed and she was the prosecutor, I’d flip out.

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        There is no way Mike and Jeff let her stay in Homicide if they watched that debacle. She didn’t know how to open evidence bags! How to ID the defendant! I’m mean- basic stuff. She didn’t even get through the DNA stuff without sounding like she was poorly reading a script. They need to watch that trial and not let her embarrass them anymore. If they let her stay in Homicide it speaks volumes of the level
        Of talent that office has (or lack of talent). The fact that they think she is one of their best is insane. It means the rest of that office must be horrible.

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          Move her and who fills in? Anyone think Satz, Carolyn or Jeff will lend a hand? Plus Loe and Holden were already disrespected because good young lawyers refuse to stick around with Satz in charge. Now Holden will be a Judge soon too because of Satz’s mismanagement. Absolutely everyone is looking for ways out. At least Patyl tries hard. What can anyone do in an office that is a travesty that exists solely to prop up a lonely old man?

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            She didn’t seem to “try real hard” she wasn’t just green- she also seemed unprepared. she needs to be moved out ASAP. It is embarrassing. Put anyone else there. Anyone. Anyone at all could do better than this Patyl person. She thinks she is amazing. I hope that this was a wake up call to her. She needs to work on her trial skills.

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              More like Loe lost them some good young lawyers capable of trying homicides with more years of experience than the dumpster fire we all watched in Elder. One mistake begets another and suddenly here we are with the best you’ve got squawking in triple layer spanks being featured in attack ads in 2020.

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                If the public had any idea what was going on here Satz wouldn’t get 12 votes not counting his flunky administration. The cops hate him too.

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    It’s about time the truth comes to light concerning the schedules of Broward judges who are often nowhere to be found many days a week.
    It’s something we’re all used to hearing and experiencing when trying to get a hearing scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays when told the judge isn’t in or some other lame excuse while cases linger and are needlessly delayed.
    Little can be ascertained from Court Admin or a Chief Judge who seem to be more concerned with providing cover for absent judges than they are in providing any useful information about missing judges or court personnel.
    In light of recent judicial resignations and allegations of phony or falsified court dockets, judges in Broward need to be held accountable for their schedules at long last as well as campaigning during work hours.
    There are very sound reasons why Broward judges are the most poorly performing judges in the State of Florida. One of them is the total lack of supervision.
    Since this has always been the case here in Broward, I’m convinced absent outside intervention such as an investigation, this aberrant behavior will continue to worsen.

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    Hanging this vertically on clipboard outside of locked courtroom + bailiff saying courtroom’s full = another week off

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    ARE BROWARD COUNTY COURTS THE ONLY COURTS BEING VERIFIED BY A SHERIFF’S OFFICE ? IF NOT, THEY SHOULD BE. AND ARE THE NOTES SUBJECT TO PUBLIC RECORD DEMANDS ?
    ILL BET THE ABUSES WILL BEND THE IMAGINATION

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    One Judge/One Courtroom has always been a total scam. The taxpayers got taken for a ride. (again) Interesting how the juveniles are still run through the public sectors of the courthouse like a teenaged chain gang. This place is an affront to decency.

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    We need a new Courthouse to end once and for all the shameful practice of parading shackled juvenile offenders in public……yeah, that’s the ticket

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    It certainly wasn’t built to support the lax schedules of Broward Judges while they’re out improving their golf game.
    As I recall, by public referendum a new courthouse was soundly defeated but was built anyway and now taxpayers are footing the bill for it as well as judge’s salaries.

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      Wasn’t the old courthouse unhealthy for the public and courthouse personnel.? The asbestos, mold, vermin and bad air. How quickly you forget????? In fact they are taking the old building apart piece by piece so as not to spread the germs and chemicals pervading the decrepit building.

      It’s hard to get the public onboard to pay for a building that they don’t use unless they are suing someone or arrested….. or work there. Without a slick ad campaign they don’t want to pay for a new building. The courthouse was needed. And now it is a bright addition to the county complex.

      The complaints about the use of courtrooms is ridiculous. Without the courtrooms there would be less efficiency in resolving cases, especially if the judges had to share courtrooms. How would you like to have to come to court to cover cases on a calendar call in criminal – in the am and pm, because two judges share a courtroom. Be realistic people! Why so negative??

      Most of the judges are working very hard to be successful at their jobs. Jut don’t vote in the ones you think might not be serious about their jobs. Let’s discuss the candidates!!!

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      And I kept my nose in it for longer than anybody else. No sweat. I keep busy. Now I spend my time dumpster diving in Pompano.

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      Given enough time these morons that sought the bench because their practices amounted to nothing always seem to fall prey to their own arrogance. Ross was just one of the worst. He was hoisted on his own petard. He never recovered from it and left an embittered old fart. He set himself up to be clipped.

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      Nobody could make Moron Ross look good. Only Crooked, Lazy Broward Judges would have let this brain dead lisping moron run this place into the ground for so many years.

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    If I was stupid enough to say courthouse workers are dirty and live in hovels on a hot mike in a courtroom imagine the things we used to say amongst ourselves

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      Lenny was, and always will be one of the dumbest judges to ever sit on the Broward Bench. That’s saying a lot considering the imbeciles we’ve got.
      They used to show up to work though.

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      do you know what is even more foolish? taking a picture and posting it on this blog anonymously, but having your visible reflection in the pic.

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      Broward judiciary getting needed cleaning
      Is the reputation of judges in Broward County Florida justified?

      Privacy Policy

      The recent New York Times front-page story “Here Comes the Judge in Cuffs” contained comments from Broward’s elected Public Defender Howard Finkelstein who has referred to Broward judges as “misfits” working in a “clown house.” “Tell me one other courthouse that at any time ever had three judges pending [DUI] criminal charges, a fourth judge disbarred by the Supreme Court and another judge awaiting removal. And that doesn’t include the naked judge!”

      Kudos to “Help Me Howard” for speaking his mind and not being intimidated or bullied by Broward’s bench and bar.

      The Times article reported that Broward’s judiciary “is known for old-school nepotism and cronyism” where many judges “are the children, spouses, siblings and fraternity brothers of other judges and some of the region’s most powerful people.” Broward “seems to be ground zero for allegations of judicial misconduct.” This is on top of its unfortunate reputation as the nation’s White Collar Crime Capital (i.e., “Fort FRAUDerdale”).

      Broward’s exoneration rate is the highest in Florida and the eighth highest in the nation. Broward judges are roughly twice as likely to be disciplined by the FJCD versus statewide.

      Broward’s judges definitely are not overworked, since they handle an average of 32 percent fewer cases per judge than in Miami-Dade County and 14 percent fewer than in Palm Beach County according to the 2014 Statistical Reference Guide for Florida’s Trial Courts.

      This suggests a problem not only with the quantity of Broward judges but also their QUALITY. This may be indicative of a “judge pool” problem, since Broward judges normally come from the local bar (no pun intended). [At least one disgraced Broward lawyer, Scott ROTHSTEIN, is behind bars!]

      But, some Broward judges like the “Surfing Judge” Thomas Michael LYNCH IV apparently don’t believe in disclosure, since his divorce was removed from public view. Meanwhile, his son, Thomas Michael Lynch V, who works at The Ticket Clinic, just filed for retiring Judge Luzzo’s circuit seat. Perhaps Broward’s bar will have the courage to encourage another candidate from its thousands of members to discourage what the New York Times called “old-school nepotism.”

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            Stealing money and covering up child abuse is not the judges sole respectability for our profitable industry.
            In order to submit a form “known to be a counterfeit, you need to be fluent in a special judicial community language.

            Its a team effort, and the accomplished corrupted DCF “private contractors need to speak the language to be part of the judicial community.
            Symbolism is our way of communicating.
            The sitting judges are dependent on us to conceal corruption for future appointment$$$.

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    The old timers got to trade the apron for the robe from 9 to 5. That’s why so many of them were so mean. They had to get it all out before they went home and had to toe the line again. Who wants a clown making $85,000 a year hanging around anyway. Rich girls should listen to their parents more often too bad hindsight is 20/20.

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      It’s those enchiladas ! They’ll get you every time. Ask Diaz.
      With wifey getting the goop on the bench thanks to The Fink, it leaves more time to squeeze the fat from taxpayers for half a day’s work…

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      These people are the most dangerous people I have ever come across in my whole career with BSO.
      They report corruption, and We need to lock them up for our corrupt judges, who wish to stay concealed.

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        Bingo,

        Thank you BSO white hat. You understand the game!

        You good officers of the law need to do what is right.

        The publik is very concerned from the error of Valentines Day,

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    Why doesn’t the JQC just check the parking transponders and access cards against supposed “dockets” if they really care?

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      Good point. The results would undoubtedly be devastating. Everyone knows who they are anyway. They’ll just tap a few as a warning to the rest. Judicial resignations could also tell the tale. These soakers don’t leave the bench for as long as they can suck at the public trough unless there’s trouble looming on the horizon.
      Broward judges seem to think they can get away with coming in whenever they want if they come in at all. We’ve seen this going on for years.

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    Many courtrooms remain empty throughout the week. Just take a walk around the courthouse any day of the week. Broward should institute Judicial Rotation like every other circuit in the state to more effectively monitor judicial schedules and properly and effectively utilize the resources available. Broward judges and this one courtroom/one judge is ridiculous. It doesn’t optimize the use of courtrooms when they remain empty most of the time and is not efficient.
    If the judges won’t do it, the county should administer this process. It’s quite obvious that Court Admin is inept in this regard and really no purpose at all

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    Vote in Jim Waldman and vote out Gary Farmer. Waldman is a much better choice. Spread the word. Farmer votes with the NRA and insults working mothers. He’s got to go.

    If you have dirt on Farmer please post it. The press will reward you mightily.

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      The gorilla is much cuter then Mrs. A-Turd. She’s so nasty to look at 🤮. Dude looks like a lady!

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                Inez Edwards, et al Plaintiff vs.

                Michael G Ahearn, et al Defendant

                Broward County Case Number: CACE12011484

                Court Type: Civil Division – Circuit Court Case
                Type: Professional Malpractice – Other
                Incident Date: N/A Filing Date: 04/21/2012 Court Location: Central Courthouse Case Status: Disposition Entered Magistrate Id / Name: N/A Judge ID / Name: 09 Levenson, Jeffrey R

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            Doesn’t Lauder have a Stalking crime against him from the past too? Heard Tom Lynch might represent him

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    Did candidate Michael Lynch (1) in order to aid or promote his election DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (2) give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value (3) to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of (4) ANY communications media, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RED BROWARD to (5) ADVOCATE OR OPPOSE through such media any candidate in any election or any candidate for election.

    Is Lynch really going to testify that this enormous amount of work by Tom Lauder over the course of his campaign promoting his candidacy and opposing Inkeles was done without consideration? Is it a coincidence that Lynch shared Thanksgiving dinner with Ahearn, Lauder and Donahue? Is it a coincidence that at his robing he declared Ahearn and Donahue his best friends? Is it a coincidence that Ahearn, Donahue and Lauder came together to Lynch’s “victory” celebration? What did Lauder do for Lynch to deserve an invite to his thank you party? Why was he invited to his “primary” victory party at Micky Byrne’s Irish Pub where he was photographed with Shumate and Lauder? Is it a coincidence that Lynch as Treasurer of his campaign issued multiple checks to non-existent, false entities? Is the flow of money from Lynch to Ahearn/Donahue, South Florida Arbitration or related entities going to evidence Lauder/Red Broward received compensation or an other thing of value? Is it just a coincidence that, on behalf of Lynch, Lauder and crew would show up at BagelLand or his private fundraiser at Maguires Hill 16? Is it a coincidence that Lauder and crew would happen to appear and then publish negative internet videos and blogs about Inkeles? Is it a coincidence that Lauder and his sidekick Dennis Shumate mysteriously appeared at Bill Scherer’s personal residence for a private fundraiser? Use your common sense. Ahearn has already demonstrated how slimy he is with his attempted lifetime ANNUITY of $31,500 per year over a two year period thus far.

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      Doreen Inkeles is a victim of illegal election law violations. Candidate Doreen Inkeles worked hard for over a year running a clean and professional campaign but still lost. Leah Krauss loaned her campaign $100,000.00.
      Michael Lynch was her opponent. Michael Lynch’s campaign team was led by Campaign Consultant Michael Ahearn, Ahearn’s wife Megan Donahue and Ahearn’s business partner Tom Lauder aka Red Broward.
      Doreen Inkeles spent in excess of $139,000.00, which included more than $100,000.00 of her own money, only to lose.
      Doreen Inkeles spent approximately $112,000.00 for Campaign Consultants, advertising, mailing, radio advertising, postage etc.
      Her opponent, Michael Lynch, employed a “win-at-all-costs, ask-for-forgiveness-later” plan through Campaign Consultant Michael Ahearn, Ahearn’s wife Megan Donahue and Ahearn’s business partner Tom Lauder aka Red Broward.
      Michael Lynch’s plan through his campaign hired guns Ahearn, Donahue and Lauder aka Red Broward engaged in a communications media war utilizing Red Broward as its internet message center. The hired threesome engaged in a communications media campaign to destroy candidate Doreen Inkeles’s reputation and promote Lynch’s candidacy by systematically utilizing Tom Lauder aka Red Broward as an internet delivery system to the public to convey this message. In Doreen Inkeles’s campaign for example, Tom Lauder aka Red Broward and Dennis Shumate, Lauder’s hired cameraman mysteriously appear at a private fundraisers for Michael Lynch at Bagel Land and Maguire Hills 16 to do promotional videos which were later uploaded and presented to the public on YouTube. In the meantime, Tom Lauder aka Red Broward upload numerous videos for voter public viewing for the sole purpose of destroying Doreen Inkeles’s reputation.
      This conduct is proscribed by Florida Statute sec. 104.071.
      The legal community must work together to assure that no one ever again has to experience these despicable and unlawful election law violations and end “win-at-all-costs, ask-for-forgiveness-later” campaign. The JQC has made it quite clear this conduct is abhorred and violators will face severe consequences.

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    By Josh Salman and Emily Le Coz, GateHouse Media Services

    Judges in Florida say politics don’t impact their rulings — that their age, gender and culture don’t either.

    But their sentencing records show that’s not true.

    Personal biases influence those who wear the robe — contributing to racial disparities in sentencing, a yearlong Herald-Tribune investigation using public records found.

    The newspaper concentrated on third-degree felonies — the least serious and broadest class of felonies — and pulled voter rolls in each Florida county to determine the political registration as of September of every judge occupying the nonpartisan position.

    Some Democrats in liberal South Florida are harder on blacks than many Republican judges across the state.

    Judges appointed by former Gov. Lawton Chiles — a Democrat — hand out harsher sentences to blacks than those selected by governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist, both Republicans, when they held the office.

    The 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County has 21 judges who are registered Democrats.

    These judges sentence black defendants to 28 percent more time behind bars compared with whites for third-degree felonies — a discrepancy more pronounced than in many conservative strongholds.

    Recently retired Judge THOMAS M. LYNCH IV is one example.
    The registered Democrat was one of the youngest judges in the state when elected to the county bench at 33 in 1984.

    Lynch’s sentencing patterns don’t always fit his surfer persona.

    Since 2004, Lynch handed down an average sentence of 155 days to white defendants across third-degree felonies, an analysis of OBTS data collected by county clerks shows.
    He gave blacks more than double the time.He locks up blacks with identical charges and records for more than double the time.
    The judge also sentenced whites to an average of 163 days for burglary, while giving blacks 247 days, despite the defendants scoring the same number of points at sentencing.

    And Lynch sent away whites for an average of 100 days in lockup for felony drug possession, while giving blacks 140 days.

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    BROWARD JUDGES ARE WHAT YOU GET WHEN THERE IS NO JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT
    STOP JUDICIAL CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM
    REQUIRE BROWARD JUDGES TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
    MONITOR COURT SCHEDULES FOR ACCURACY

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    Hey Gelin, why not also find out how often the bathrooms are used by the judges, how often the toilets are flushed, and the amount of toilet paper used (only a square or two is necessary).

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      Judges used to flush whole rolls of toilet paper down the toilets in chambers to cause floods in order to bolster their argument for a new courthouse against taxpayers’ wishes. AKA Whiney’s Willies.
      As much time as they spend off the bench, one can only assume if they aren’t campaigning during working hours, they’re hiding out in bathrooms to avoid investigative reporters or the JQC.
      One courtroom/one judge will still get you only 18 hours a week of work.
      Falsifying Court Dockets takes time too.

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    Judges don’t poop.
    Terminally bound up by hypocrisy.
    Maybe some by prescription drugs if history is an indication.

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      Bob Diaz poops. On justice. On Broward. On Defendants. On Civility. On etiquette. On Kindness. On Empathy. On hard-working lawyers.

      Vote him out.

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    If you think that the judge’s are lazy, then you really need to check on the bso bailiff’s, those are the truly lazy ones. All they do is hide out all day and collect a paycheck for hiding out with the blessing of their incompetent worthless supervisors.

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