THURSDAY NOTES

 No pictures, Sir!

Anyone familiar with legal news stories appearing in the Sun Sentinel over the last six or seven years may recognize their courthouse beat reporter Rafael Olmeda.  The picture above accompanies Rafael’s articles online, whether concerning the Parkland tragedy, the murder trial du jour, or bailiff Roger DeHart’s ongoing 1065 mile trek to help raise awareness about human trafficking.  Rafael’s around the courthouse for hours on end on a daily basis, and recognizable to most criminal lawyers and judges, with the exception of Bobby Diaz.

Today he stopped by Diaz’s assigned division to see the latest developments in the case of State v. Mark Good, involving extremely serious allegations of inappropriate touching during a massage.  The police report is found here.

The SAO, having decided not to appeal Diaz’s denial of the Motion to Disqualify filed over the Miss issue after-all, instead took the opportunity today to ask Diaz to send the case to another judge “in the interest of justice“.  Apparently, after having reviewed audio of the interaction between the judge and the ASA featuring use of the term “Miss” in lieu of proper names, the family didn’t want to go any further on such a sensitive matter with Diaz at the helm.  Defense did not object to the transfer request, but it was still denied, followed by a quick dismissal of the charges by the State with victim assent.

During the hearing, Olmeda attempted to take a picture of Diaz, but was rebuffed by the judge, who told him he needed permission to take photographs, even after Olmeda identified himself as a reporter.  Rafael complied with the order, leaving everyone familiar with well-settled laws concerning media coverage of state courts and the 17th Circuit’s Administrative Order Governing Media scratching their heads.

Accordingly, the following email was sent to Jack Tuter and Diaz:

This morning I was a witness to the proceedings in State v. Mark Good, in Judge Diaz’s assigned division. At one point during the proceedings, Rafael Olmeda, the long serving courthouse reporter for the Sun Sentinel, wearing proper identification, attempted to take a still photograph of Judge Diaz. Mr. Olmeda was silent, as was his camera, and in no way, shape, or form disruptive to the proceedings. Despite the fact there were no other cameras in the courtroom, still or video, Judge Diaz addressed Mr. Olmeda directly, and precluded him from taking any photographs. Judge Diaz stated words to the effect that his permission was needed in order for news media to take a photograph, and Mr. Olmeda complied by not taking any photographs, as it was immediately apparent that no permission would be forthcoming.

After the hearing, I reviewed Administrative Order No. 2018-3-Gen Governing Media, and was not surprised, given prevailing laws, to see that there does not seem to be a provision for a major media representative to seek permission from a judge before photographing a proceeding. While there is language to the effect about a judge deciding where a photographer shall position him or herself, this was clearly not the issue that occurred in court today, which audio of the events will confirm.

I will be writing about this issue tonight, and would appreciate comment as to whether Judge Diaz was correct in his order, or whether given the governing law, the administrative order, and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.450, an injustice has occurred. Lastly, if the latter has occurred, what is the proposed remedy, and what, if anything, will be done to ensure the events of this morning will not be repeated in the future?

Here is Tuter’s response:

I spoke to the Judge. Had the Judge known it was a sun sentinel reporter there of course would have been no problem. Rafael has been in my courtroom and taken pictures and so he knows it is permitted. It was an obvious misunderstanding. Had Judge Diaz known it was a someone from the Sentinel it would have been no problem. 

The issue in the AO relating to photographs concerns non-media type persons taking photos on cell phones. 

The presiding Judge always has the  final say on courtroom decorum. I hope this will not be blown out of proportion. Any media photographer can advise the deputy or the clerk to communicate this to the judge so he/she knows they will be taking photos. All recognized media with credentials are always permitted to take pictures in courtrooms as long as it does not disrupt the proceedings. 

Simple communication to the judge through the bailiff or clerk would seem to alleviate any concerns. I trust this helps to clear the questions you posed.

As always I am interested in any issue my office can help to clarify. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention. I will communicate to all judges media credentialed photographers always have the right to take still photos in our courtrooms(.)

And our reply, in part:

To my recollection, Mr. Olmeda did identify himself as either “media” or “Sun Sentinel” in response to Judge Diaz’s comments.  In any event, there were no follow-up questions as to which outlet he worked for before the order was issued, and he was holding a large camera, not a cell phone.  Shouldn’t Judge Diaz have asked which outlet he was from?

We’ll be sure to update after the audio is obtained, and when Tuter or Diaz respond …

 Travels with Roger …
Roger DeHart made it through Volusia County today … well done!
The future is now – one of two circuit criminal courtrooms we visited today where the court reporter is history, and the Little Blue Man is here to stay …
Strike three for Destry – after two angry articles and a complaint to the Florida Bar, he’s been told by Tallahassee what everyone else already knew: JAABLOG is not breaking any rules.  Read the letter carefully.  The language about “publication of defamatory posts” is included because of misrepresentations to the Bar by Destry in his complaint.  Some things never change, including the fact that Matt, who likes to throw the word “coward” around, has yet to respond to any of our emails or the message left on his voicemail this afternoon seeking comment on the Bar’s actions …
Retired means retired – we’re not exactly sure who’s responsible, but under Tuter and Brenda Forman, judges who lose an election or resign in disgrace are no longer honored as “Retired Judges” by getting their picture displayed in the jury room.  Sorry again, Matt …
Qualifying is around the corner – whether or not surprises are on the horizon, expect judicial movement after May 4th when administration will know for sure which judges are safe for at least another six years.  We’re betting on Merrilee Ehrlich making it official soon thereafter as well …

129 thoughts on “THURSDAY NOTES”

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    Diaz’s ego and overwhelming desire to be right was more important than the best interest of an alleged sexual abuse victim?

    Everyone knows by granting the Motion for DQ is in no way deemed an admission of wrongdoing.

    Kudos to the defense attorney. It could have been very easy to suck up to Diaz and object to the State’s motion. If they objected, Diaz could have hung his denial on that.

    All this this for what? To change from calling all woman that come before the Court Miss to Miss Jones or Mrs Smith? That was all this was about.

    Diaz took an issue that had minimal publicity and made it 1000x worse. No doubt Almeida is going to write this up. Even worse, Diaz screws the rest of the Broward Judiciary yet again with his out of control temper and ego.

    The last thing the Judges up for election want 3 weeks before qualifying is bad press. Bad press gives lawyers a reason to run against incumbents.

    Again, all of this drama for what?

    Because Diaz couldnt change from calling women who come before him Miss Smith instead of Miss Jones.

    Tutor is a joke. It has been obvious for years that Diaz has been in criminal too long and is burned out. Instead of making excuses for his bad behavior, move him to civil. Even better, move him to a satellite where he can brood for his last 6 year term.

    As i always been with Diaz, he will survive. Another Judge will probably get an opponent due to Diaz ego and stupidity.

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      GOT IT ALL UNDER CONTROL
      BROWARD JUDGES ARE AN EAZY GIG
      ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE EXCUSES FOR THEIR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW

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    Ari: Sadie did you see in the paper? Judge Jose Izquierdo was disrespectful to women in his courtroom and a sex abuse victim dropped her case because she was afraid of him?

    Sadie : Ari, I think you meant Judge Diaz.

    Ari: Izquierdo, Jose, Diaz, all the same to me. Those people ruined our old neighborhood in Brooklyn. Just a bunch of troublemakers the all of them.

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    If it wasn’t for the suck butt private bar he would have been beat last time around and the 17 would have been spared embarrassing issues like these.

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    Bobby making waves again? The girls think you’re already pretty stupid. Now the media knows they’re onto something.
    Too many refried beans lead to excess gas.

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          3 years ago a coworker told me that the military wanted to conduct a coup d’état and take BO.

          Two months later I was told the military reconsidered.
          When I asked why, I was told the the military was able to convince Trump to run. 2 months later, DJT made his announcement.

          What’s happening now, the Black Hats never saw coming. :0 :0 :0 +
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P7Mzx4eArY

          We are in historic times. Good’s going to triumph…

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    Matty@4900 still has his creepy email address even if he can’t brag to the ladies about his picture being in the courthouse.

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    YOURE A LOSER DESTRY. LIVE WITH IT.
    YOU WERE HANDED A FREEBIE AND YOU FLUSHED IT DOWN THE TOILET.
    ENJOY THE SHUFFLE BOARD COURTS.

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        Destry’s Adjustment Disorder-
        Reassignment to The Moot Court Division

        That would take forever.
        He’s a narcissistic nut, and a scum bag who needs a real talking too. Not a judge anymore… Fair game.
        He’s only a bad ass when there’s a bailiff around to help him.
        He’s now inconsequential, and moot.

        He can do the moot court sessions @ Nova.

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            Yea, but what about standardization and the continuity of corruption?
            The students need to be prepared bob along as a good turd in the zest pools of of the court.

            We need things to flow smoothly.

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      Judicial Rotation needs to be implemented like in other circuits
      We are so far behind the eightball in broward
      It looks like the new chief judge is about as limp as the last boob

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        Chief Justice Tuter has allowed him to be in the same division as long as I can remember.
        25 years maybe.
        This is the problem.

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    Not a surprise he is screwing with fellow Hispanics Rafael Olmeda and Adriana Alcalde. Why.? For the same reason he calls himself Robert, Bob or Bobby and not Roberto. He hates being hispanic.

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    Why is he running again? He seems to be so unhappy all the time. If the privilege of being a Judge in the People’s Court is so hard why not let it go.

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      Even when you do next to nothing as a judge, sucking off the public tit is hard work. He’s always been smalltime.

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    That’s nice.
    The FBI sponsored the school shooter, The Orlando shooter, and Backpage. Busy people in Obama’s FBI.

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      The only downside, which is also an upside
      Downside is that we’ll never know each other and will fore go the sheer honor of meeting up with each other.
      The upside, is that the lack of physical interchange is the key to our continuity.

      We’re making history, and benefiting the good without and conceived interruptions by the powers that be.

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        You go girl ! You hit the nail on the head.
        First Ops MF, Then Bit Coin. And now Bit Truth. 🙂

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              I’m truing to figure out who’s who.
              Are you part of Ops Mockingbird, suffering from cognitive dissonance, or just a shill.
              Interesting you should pick Madonna dressed as a man. You’re not that Sprinkles guy are you?

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        GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E., MAXI PAD, Q TEAM, SOUTH FLORIDA CORRUPTION

        BEFORE YOU HAD FUKTHISCOURT
        THERE WAS FUCKTHISCOURT

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      A message to Florida Bar Members:
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      Your 1st. Amendment Right of Free Speech has been fully restored by Team Q’s Anon Army.

      Feel free to have opinions on The JQC and its members published, but stay anon. What’s placed on JAAB will be noted by our 24 hr. Ops, and little gems will be pulled, and moreover, “acted upon in real time. The only rule : Stay Anon…..
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    Dummy Diaz needs to realize that courtrooms belong to the people of this great state. We pay for them and also pay Judge Diaz’ salary. Members of the press are supposed to report any subject they desire appropriate to the citizens whose tax dollars go to finance these Mickey Mouse Broward Courts.
    Diaz and Chief Judge Tuter’ apologist attitude toward this incident fall short of justifying Diaz’ actions and are in themselves inadequate when attempting to explain it away.
    Broward Judges had better get with the program and stop telling untruths to cover their incompetence and poor attitudes.
    Diaz is but a public servant serving at the pleasure of voters.
    Chief Judge Tuter is not doing his job if he allows errant judges to run roughshod over members of the press, or for that matter, any private citizen.
    Diaz is a disgrace to the robe he wears.

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    More likely he just whimped out with a whimper and his security blanket. Didn’t raise much, dont have much to return.
    Just another whimp looking for a job like the rest.

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        Didn’t Baby Backman pull the same thing when it became clear he was going to lose his azz? He pussed out.
        Pappy couldn’t pull it off for Babyback even with a step stool.
        Now Daddyback has greater concerns: lookin for diaper sales and swigging biggy cokes through a straw.
        Where is arlene hiding out these days ?

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          I think I’ll have another Pauly Girl ! LOL. Good one. He pimped Ana right off the bench. One pimp I wouldn’t ask for any advice whatsoever.

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    South Florida Corruption:
    Unemployable electrician, theologian, private investigator, Federal Agent, political consultant, law enforcement policy expert, uncertified court stenographer, game show host, violator of copyright, laws, Rabbi, Judicial scholar, law clerk and legal advisor to Alan Morton Dershowitz, pedicure technician to 65 or older female only, food tester to Comey, car wash attendant.

    Are you running for sheriff, judge, condo president?

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