THE AG STRIKES BACK

Assistant Attorney General Heidi Bettendorf moved to supplement the pending Petition For Writ of Prohibition against John Contini this afternoon, asking now to have the judge removed from “all pending open criminal proceedings“.

In support, the AG has supplied Wednesday’s transcript featuring Joel Silvershein, and two additional transcripts from the preceding day, August 11th.  They can’t be posted until later, because redactions are necessary, as in one case the SAO was objecting to a mentally ill person being transferred to mental health court because of the stay.

Lastly, this supplement was filed, mentioning alleged violations of the canons in addition to legal arguments about commenting on a pending Writ.  Quotes from the August 11th transcripts are included, whereby Contini  asserts that Bettendorf is “telling lies from the pit of Hell,” and that the DCA should “spank” her …

SS: Imperato abandons appeal, wearing a monitor

Imperato’s JQC trial witness list features Peter Weinstein

59 thoughts on “THE AG STRIKES BACK”

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    So long, John. It’s really too bad because you will be missed in criminal. A judge’s role is to follow the law without bringing too many of his or her personal opinions or feelings into the proceedings. You are not alone in having made this mistake and your heart was in the right place, there can be no arguing that.

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    You can add Judge Imperato to that list ! And she lists Weinstein as a character witness ? Good one. If he does as much for her as he’s done for the 17th judicial circuit, I suspect she’ll get life ! Lol

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    This is one time flashing her badge is going to bring her more grief than she bargained for … Deservedly so.

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    Always liked Imperato, but she played the game and lost from the other side of the bench this time. Like Gardiner she pushed the envelope just a few inches too far and got the shaft, first by a jury and soon by the ultimate shafters. Wearing a bracelet ain’t that bad, baby. Just pretend it’s connected by a hose to the bar ! Flashing that badge was a real no, no !

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    Whiney moves judges in trouble where they hope to hide till the dust settles. Guess the dust has finally buried C. Imperato under an avalanche of hurt. How these Broward judges can sit in judgement of others and then expect by squealing loud enough and flapping their robes enough they’re not gonna get the same treatment as everybody they’ve been slamming for years is the height of hypocrisy. Good to see that justice is being done. With as many drunk and drugged up judges that have been caught in the act in Broward, a good example needs to be made. She needs to get hammered but good and then removed from the bench.

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    Secret ballot notwithstanding it seems likely Judge Imperato voted for Judge Weinstein in the Chief Judge election.

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    If Imperato doesn’t have the good judgment to know when she shouldn’t drive drunk putting other motorists at risk for their lives, how does this lush have the judgment to decide complex issues during a trial ? And Broward has this kind of judge on any bench ! Scary. And to think she’s one of many!

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    “It’s like a bad dream” she said when she was busted . It sure is … For the citizens footing the tab of these jokers.

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    Not to worry: it’s Whiney to the rescue for yet another fallen Broward county judge. Does he get a box of donuts for his efforts? Lol

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    I didn’t realize “wonderful” people refuse breat tests in their second rodeos. For that matter a “wonderful” person would try to use a badge to beat an arrest? Does Judge Weinstein think this is good for the 17th to be her witness for character?

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    The JQC should recommend she’s shown the door as a good example to the other judges in Broward. The judges here are completely out of control. When they’re not running into cop cars or forcing drivers off the highway they’re talking about how they need raises or campaigning on company time. Where does it stop ?

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    The tape of her walking from her car didn’t do her much good. Should have never gone to trial. Now she pays the price of her arrogance. How many judges are members of AA ?

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    letting go of the appeal at the 11th hour to show remorse lol, so hacky, like judge pollock pleading guilty instead of no contest.

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    I’m tired of people acting like they’re better than everyone else sitting in judgement instead of people who have proven they deserve the position by leading exemplary lives. How did this one get on the bench in the frst place with a criminal record?

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    They milk like their lives depend on it. Hey, it’s hard to face reality when the public is paying your keep. They feel entitled to milk the cow to death. There should be some accountability for these judges besides the CJ covering for them. It’s disgusting.

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    U can’t feel too sorry for a repeat offender ! Don’t think Imperato would give someone a third chance, do u ?

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    There will be three circuit court seats open pretty soon: Imperato, Contini, and Watson. I just don’t see Contini hanging around too long if he’s assigned to Civil or Juvenile or, God forbid, Family. He doesn’t have the temperament for any of these. He can still get his private practice going again. Only been away eight months, right?

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      Contini does not have the temperment to deal with bullshit from an overreach coming from the AG/SAO, lets make that clear. His frustration comes from attempts to remove cases that were pending acquittal that were added to a list of pending sentences. Btw nobody has even mentioned that part the sao/ag played in which provoked the reaction.
      For Contini to leave his seat silvershein bet ter answer for the list of cases he admittingly organized and sent to the 4th DCA.

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    The only place Broward judges can seem to hang around for long is the nearest bar to the courthouse. How many Broward judges does this make now ? They don’t work full days, that’s when they aren’t on the campaign trail, courtrooms remain empty, and yet CJ Weinstein says Broward needs more judges. And I almost forgot, judges need raises too ! There’s something very wrong here in the 17th.

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    Who cares about a bunch of drunk Broward judges. There’s another one seems like every week removed. Imperato is just another blond bimbo with a drinking problem. At least she wasn’t showing up to work drunk like a few others. What’s the buzz on the Brannon/ Finkelstein Federal Trial? Any word about the last round of the “War of the Gimps “?

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    Whos ever heard of a judge being required to wear a monitor even in Broward ? Does she wear this dog collar on the bench or just before she Punches in the code to get into her car ? What kind of Clownhouse is the Broward county courthouse ???

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    Contini is toast. No reason to put Joel under fire like that when he shouldn’t have even been talking about these cases.

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      What cases was he talking about? Looking at the transcripts there was no mention of a specific case. Silvershein needed to say one thing only did he add cases pending acquittal in which he sent along with the AG to the 4th DCA? He replied yes. If you accuse someone of impartiality and are seeking removal and are caught adding cases not meeting criteria, that is grounds for prosecutorial misconduct.

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    Judge Imperato found Guilty of a second DUI (really)! You better check it out. And she’s still sitting as a judge ! Only in Broward where Clowns in Black continue to take it to new highs every day of the week and there’s no oversight of these goofballs ! She pushes it to trial hoping because she’s a judge she’ll get away with it. Not so. To do that she would have had to have had it tried in Broward. Lol. How does she keep a straight face ? How’s Whiney Weinstein going to handle this one ?

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    Nothing changed. Dale Ross protected Judges. Heck. Dale Ross testified for Ana Gardiner. Ilona Holmes testified for Ken Felonee. Same as Peter Weinstein will blabber on how Imperato is efficient and taking rehab seriously. She’s wonderful. The Jqc won’t bother to cross him or ask if he’s been around on her frequent trips out of county. Broward will never change. The Judges and public deserves what they vote for and the Jnc they ignore.

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    It’s the State’s Game or no game, John. It’s a hard lesson to learn. Thought you would have figured that out by now.

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    Imperato is just another of a group of haggard female middle aged self important public servants having a hard time coming to grips with her faded youth and dwindling prospects. Burnout is a bitch baby. Learn to live with it. The time of honoring yourself is gone. Cut the string, do your community service, help the less fortunate, but for God’s sake, stay off the bench and from behind the wheel of a car!

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    Sorry to see Contini headed out of criminal. I’ve known him for years and he’s a caring man and has brought a degree of integrity to the criminal bench that is sadly lacking amongst a bunch of prosecutors in robes.

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      The 4th DCA still has to look at the cases that meet the criteria of Pending Sentencing, because if its discovered that other cases not meeting the criteria set forth by them were “disingenuously added in”, according to the transcript that Contini said, it will look bad on the part of the AG. Contini should have exercised emotional restraint when being provoked, but when your integrity and objectiveness is being questioned, all the while due process for certain individuals proclaiming innocence is being subverted by those looking to change the outcome of said particular cases, than I have to agree with anonymous in that it is a bunch of prosecutors in robes.

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    He should have run for County and filled in the great Joe Murphy’s shoes. Being in Circuit is no place for someone trying to make a difference.

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    “telling lies from the pit of hell” ? LOL. Contini should spend more time learning to read law and less time with Dante’s Inferno. Now that he’s headed there I mean.

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    It makes me chuckle when I c just how bad the judges are in Broward and why I try to stay out of there !

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    It’s time for the Supreme Court to show all of Florida that people who break the law and fail to take responsibility for their actions shall not be afforded the privilege of being a Judge. Let the political machine hijack the JQC all it wants. The true indication of the present and future state of Florida’s judiciary rests in the able hands of the Supreme Court.

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    I heard the industrial sized Interlock Device is costing 20 million. The unit itself rests next to the air handlers atop the new building and isn’t too expensive. The labor running the tubing to collect the breath samples from every courtroom and bench is the real cost and it’s astronomical. Factor in the computers which instantaneously identify which Judge is over the limit and can’t perform judicial duties (.05 limit am docket, .08 limit pm docket) and then wakes/locates/notifies the Chief Judge and then combine to those costs the maintenence costs, well it’s an unbelievable expense.

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    And then CJ Weinstein will provide whatever idiotic judicial cover he can and later appear on the offender judge’s list of character witnesses! That’s the way it works in Broward !

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    When something as lame as THE AMBIEN DEFENSE after running motorists off the interstate, running into a cop car in the judges parking lot and then Rosenthal thinking she’s fit enough to take the bench ain’t enough to depose these Judge Jokers, there doesn’t seem too much hope to improving the quality of judges in Broward.

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    People should be alarmed at the state of the judiciary but because the people bearing the human cost have no voice, political or otherwise, nothing will change.

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    Please explain to me how Imperato can remain a sitting judge after being convicted of crime. Oh, I guess its just a little crime and if Weinstein is the best she can do as a character reference, she’s in real trouble.

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      They don’t care if a Judge is convicted of a substance abuse crime and the Judge 1) hasn’t been convicted of the same crime before; and 2) accepts blame, shows remorse, and works to immediately solve the crime and the substance abuse issues. Did this happen here? is the question for the panel.

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    Another drunk Broward judge found guilty? Who’d be surprised at hearing that. Sounds like it’s a prerequisite for being judge in Broward.

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    She was supposedly worried about the sanitary conditions and that’s why she didn’t give a blood sample even though she was told it would be taken from ambulance personnel ?Ludicrous. Then destroyed evidence to wit the video recording of her weaving all over the road before striking a concrete median and then goes on to run into a police vehicle in the judges parking lot going into work? What a laugh. If that’s not enough for a recommendation of removal by the JQC I don’t know what is. It’s plenty enough evidence to convict a defendant during a trial. And this woman is still on the bench in Broward ? The beat goes on in Broward ! LOL

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