THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW

There are a lot of judges resigning these days, and rumor has it more to come.  And we’re not talking about the ones retiring at the end of their terms due to age either.

Is Broward in the middle of a historic purge, as has been suggested in the comments section?  Or is it simply a coincidence that judges are quitting sixty days after paying thousands of dollars to qualify for a new six-year term, or even more abruptly?

Due to the dearth of print investigative journalism in Broward, we may never find out if there’s more to it than a bunch of judges deciding to cash in their pension chips.  The JQC has a lot of rules regarding when or if they’ll tell if they were even involved, a much criticized secrecy problem that’s been debated for years.  And with Broward already suffering a massive credibility gap brought on by decades of weak, ineffective leadership, a stunning lack of accountability, substance abuse, nepotism, patronage, and political considerations often trumping the needs of the community, the latest round of disappearing judges certainly isn’t helping.

Accordingly, the following email was sent to Jack Tuter earlier today:

I am writing an article for the courthouse blog concerning the recent spate of judicial resignations.

Of particular concern is whether or not non-compliance with the standards, canons, and other rules and regulations required of all judges precipitated any of the resignations.

With the secrecy rules binding the JQC, it is impossible to know if they were involved or what may have transpired, but as Chief Judge it is certain you know more than others, including information that may not be covered by JQC secrecy standards.

The reason for the request is to help illuminate the public as to what has happened with all the resignations, since all judges are public servants. Also, of equal importance, absent any type of formal recognition by you or the JQC, if the JQC was indeed involved in any of the situations, the didactic imperative of a chief judge or a disciplinary body such as the JQC to help inform judges in Broward and across Florida of the potential penalties for certain proscribed behavior that may not be clearly spelled out in administrative orders or canons would not be achieved, which could possibly lead to further judicial impropriety and additional great cost to judicial integrity and the taxpayers if discipline or removal proceedings become necessary.

Let’s hope Tuter responds, because the public has a right to know …

The email to Jack Tuter printed in italics above was sent from a newly created email address.  Possibly, someone in judicial administration may have made sure all our other email addresses previously used to query Tuter and other judges are now blocked, with send attempts greeted by the message pictured directly above.  Is it a glitch, or a response to catching the chief judge in written faux pas before posting blog articles?  Whatever it is, at least new email addresses are both limitless and free

I’m Judge Diaz, candidate for county court“.  Bobby Diaz introduces himself back in May at the judicial candidates ethics forum held before every election season …

Pete Holden before the JNC …

And Frank Ledee too.  With the recent resignations there are now three circuit spots and one county seat to be filled …

Still no coffee in sight, although we’re told the jury room is getting a java vending machine solely for those under subpoena …

Truth in advertising, SoCo, Austin, Texas, Friday night …

PB’s Dana Santino booted AFTER public finding of JQC probable cause 

NOT COMING SOONProfessionalism Panels for Judges; Rotation for judges and chief judge term limits …

88 thoughts on “THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW”

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    TERM LIMITS FOR ALL JUDGES WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD CLEANING UP WHAT HAS BECOME IN BROWARD A CORRUPT AND UNTENABLE SITUATION IN OUR COURTS
    JUDGES IN BROWARD PRESENTLY HAVE NO SUPERVISION AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE
    CONTINUED PAY TO PLAY PRACTICES ARE RAMPANT AMONG BROWARD JUDGES
    IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THESE PRACTICES A COMPLETE AUDIT OF ALL BROWARD JUDGES SHOULD BE DONE FOR ALL COURT APPOINTED CASES
    JUDGE TUTER SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ALL BROWARD JUDGES ALONG WITH THE PERPETRATORS OF SUCH PRACTICES
    THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CONTINUES TO HAVE THE MOST POORLY PERFORMING JUDGES IN THE STATE RESULTING IN MORE REMOVALS AND RESIGNATIONS THAN ANY OTHER CIRCUIT IN FLORIDA

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    What you should worry, Sokoloff could get put on the bench by default then what you will get happy the clown to mingle with the other bozo clowns

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    Tooty’s got some answering to do. What kind of circuit outside of Broward has as many major problems with its judges as we do? The answers to many of the problems result because judges here think they can get away with anything because nobody is looking or nobody from an administration standpoint cares. Tooty certainly doesn’t seem to keep these jokers under control.

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    ALL WE DO AS THE PUBLIC IS FOOT THE BILL
    VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENT JUDGES
    END CAREER JUDGES

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      The only thing worse than incumbent judges are the losers running against them!

      Sokoloff – the second comming of grunterson but with even less knowledge. 5 time election loser and has a poor courthouse reputation.
      Schneider- unskilled opportunist, ran against Williams because he is black. Now playing name game against Kollra. Looking for big pay increase as practice fails.
      Kaplan – where do you begin with this clown. Poor work history (fired for lack of truthfulness), domestic violence restraining orders, known for lack of legal knowledge and frequent outbursts and meltdowns. Also name game opportunist. Private practice failure can’t survive without government paycheck.
      Lustig- Ran a ticket mill, no real law experience. Wouldn’t know how to pick a jury let alone preside over a trial. Tired of laying around getting high, desides to be a judge.
      Heise – only worthy candidate in the group, but still not much. Private practice failure gets government gig, now wants a big pay raise.

      God help us if any of these schlubs win. Just when you thought it can’t get worse, you realize it could be a lot worse.

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        Because they didn’t cave in to the public defender. Public Defender can have judge remove or at least in working hell

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    More appointment Judges get JQC than elected ones. Time to abolish the appointment process. Fix the system once and for all.

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    Don’t know what is worse: the bad baggage old drooling sheckle chasers like Laz the Spaz with what they’ve been dragging to the broward bench for years (the career judicial greasers) or the failed, inexperienced opportunistic goofballs lookin to make the same score by thinking the brass ring is in their grasp by having their names appear first on the ballot.
    Then you’ve got these whimps that can’t take the heat of having to work a full day that resign before the end of their terms so the JNC has another chance to recommend the ultimate bunch of serial applicant losers all looking to slide in on a big pay raise while they chant about what a sacrifice they’d be making to go into public service.
    Anyway you look at it, Broward County has a lot of worthless birds in Black all lookin for a path to least resistance and a big return on their gamble.
    Too many to have them dropping like flies from judicial exhaustion as little as judges work around here.

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      So what if I failed as an attorney at the AG office (fired), so what if I failed in private practice ($800.00 a month), so what if I failed as a husband (domestic violence restraining order), I have the perfect qualifications to be a circuit judge – first name on the ballot AND stupid voters think I’m already a judge thanks to Stan, Mike and Charlie.

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        When he pummels Usan we’ll see if his plan worked …
        Typical Broward judge stuff. Anything to win the prize. It’s happened before.

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          I pray that does not happen. I swear if this bozo ends up on the bench I’ll close my Broward office and move to Dade. I can’t stomach the thought this moron as a judge. Same for Sokoloff. Broward has so many problems because of all the unqualified name gamers and condo @sskissers

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    I think that Judges are so restricted now as to what they can say or do. You are under a constant microscope if you are Circuit material. The criticism is harsh. You make more money if in private practice. It just isn’t worth it to some people after the pink cloud of becoming a Judge fades away. Plus, unless you happen to be in a field that you loved………….boring.

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    Did they take away the 2nd yet?

    All I can say is that either narrative better start arresting big fish, or I am not amused.

    Taking away our rights to travel for lack of back Taxes. Sounds like the 4th Reich type maneuver.
    Oilver North in charge of NRA, REX 84 bag man.

    You want our guns.
    Want to arrest us without due process.
    Telly telling who is guilty via lies.
    Now you want us to shut our mouths while you rape and pillage true Americans?

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr2bSL5VQgM[/youtube]

    Don’t drink the Kool Aid or Flouride!

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    If people knew what Tooty’s Judges were really up to it would burn off the eyebrows.
    Now they get to sneak out of town after the sun goes down because the 17th can’t take any more public hits.
    Tooty’s no better than Ross. He’s worse.

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      They should institute a happy hour for Broward judges to blow off some steam. They could all talk about how they are under attack for a string of unfortunate instances.
      Tooty can be bartender.

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    Tooty’s got his hands full. Dealing with a bunch of egocentric psychos can’t be fun. Just how many Broward judges have been removed, resigned or forced to resign from office?
    But Tooty is responsible for these psychos whether he likes it or not. He managed to achieve becoming chief judge so now he’s answerable for them. Hiding from the problems created by various judges isn’t going to solve the situation.
    Tooty needs to set down some fast rules for Broward judges. Making them accountable would be a start.
    His lack of leadership has contributed to resignations and bad behavior of the very judges he’s supposed to be responsible for.
    If he can’t handle the job, he should step aside and let somebody else manage these buffoons.

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    Guys in my high school used to fool around with people they weren’t supposed to. It was no big deal.

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    “And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.” Numbers 35:11

    The unction, Ah…

    Idumea time to consider Aliyah.

    Nevertheless, the evil one came to kill, steal and destroy. The Son of Man is come to destroy the works of your Leviathan.

    “I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.”

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    WHY SHOULD JUDGES PUBLICLY ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS

    THATS FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE IN CHAINS TO DO IN COURT

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    John outlined his reasons on facebook today and they are understandable. Actually compelling. Practicing 30+ years here & never realized how powerless in so many ways a judge is to directly, to actually, help people. How restrained, every day, judges are, how they must bite their tongues again & again.

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      Gottlieb is a hamburger trying to sell himself as prime rib. Time to bring in Litl Red to help wax paper a losing package of has been supporters with no juice.

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      BROWARD JUDGES CONTINUE TO LOOK LIKE STOOGES
      MULTIPLE REMOVALS AND RESIGNATIONS
      MORE TO COME
      EARLY PENSION GRABBERS TAKE FLIGHT
      NO MORE LAME EXCUSES FROM CHIEF JUDGE TUTER
      ONLY SILENCE

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    Things are looking up, Jack. At least your Judges don’t try and lie their way through JQC proceedings.

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      The gig was up. Another JQC complaint and another broken Broward judge slides out the back door before it hit the fan ?
      It’s always a sob story from these jokers looking to deflect the real story. And then we’ve got a Chief Judge who finds it a lot easier to keep his head in the sand by blocking inquiries by his email server. The joke is on Tooty. The answers are transparent even if you neglect to answer them.

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    guardian ad litem appointments
    how are they doled out? Each appointment in civil court (needed where there are unknown heirs in a foreclosure case or other real property litigation) carries a fee of anywhere from 1000 to 5000; should there be some transparency?

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    guardian ad litem appointments
    how are they doled out? Each appointment in civil court (needed where there are unknown heirs in a foreclosure case or other real property litigation) carries a fee of anywhere from 1000 to 5000; should there be some transparency?

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      Usan has only 48 more days to pump another at least 75 grand into his campaign if he wants to keep it. Kaplan pulling ahead out west and making inroads bridging the east side as well.

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            ITS A ROLE OF THE DICE TO RUN FOR BROWARD JUDGE
            TAKE YOUR CHANCES AND HIT THE JACKPOT
            ALL INCUMBENT JUDGES SHOULD RECEIVE COMPETENT COMPETITION

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      BOBBY STILL MAKES THE BEST TACOS IN THE SOUTH !!!
      LOSING A COUNTY COURT CLOWN SPOT ISNT THE END OF THE WORLD
      THERE ARE PLENTY OF CLOWNS LEFT

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      Sun-Sentinel “Nikolas Cruz’s record in PROMISE program is a mystery”.

      What does that mean?

      What a mess Reince! You know Rham Emmanuel don’t you?

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    How many more resignations are expected ? Broward judges seem to be running for cover before the hatch is slammed shut on the corrupt pay to play games with political operatives now hoping if enough time goes by it will all be forgotten and they will slide along with participating judges ?
    No such luck. The questions reman and the consequences approach.
    Broward judges are being forced to face the truth and consequences of their dirty little secrets. And the hammer is swinging down.
    Look for more resignations as the time for repercussions gets closer.
    The game for Broward judges is changing with name games taking front seat to challenges to slacker judges that thought being a judge in Broward is like early retirement with all the perks. Judicial Rotation is approaching with Broward judges dragging their feet and whining the whole way.
    Broward judges are about to find out that they are simply a cog in the wheel and are about to be answerable for their actions.
    The secrets will be revealed and there are some big surprises in store for a number of political punters who thought they were untouchable.
    Public confidence will be restored to a judiciary that’s been out of control for years with no leadership at the helm and no answers being given but coverups and lame excuses.

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    John: Sorry to hear of your resignation, but you’ll be a lot happier outside the company of all the government gophers who can’t do anything else but suck at the public trough. You on the other hand have other talents.

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    why did Contini resign so abruptly? why can’t judges around here just tell the truth about all these resignations?
    why doesnt Chief Judge Tuter respond to legitimate inquiries?
    what’s happening in this one horse town ?

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    When they’re not campaigning or selling snake oil to old geezers, they’re making up stories about why they’re resigning in droves. The truth is easy to figure out.

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    Public dosen’t need to know anything about my personal life. So unfair!!!
    I say that my being reprimanded for lack of truthfulness and professional negligence, my being fired for misconduct, the domestic violence restraining orders, being sued for refusal to provide child support are all IRRELEVANT! See, I know lots of judge words plus my last name is the same as other judges. That is all you fools need to know.
    I just hope they don’t find out about my problems with the bar. No, not the drinking problems, the problems with my license…

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