162 thoughts on “TRUMPED!”

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    I’m confused. Are you really surprised that a judicial appointment was made solely or partially due to a political favor? Perhaps you’re not as knowledgeable about behind the scenes “politicking” in Broward county as you claim to be. No shock there.

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      Well, call me dumb and clueless because I thought he was appointed based mostly on experience with a little politicking mixed in for good measure, not the other way around. How sad!

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    We can thank the bradford cohen for theappointment for little jose isquerdo. the bradford is very very good friends with trump. the bradford is awesome.when trump becomes president the bradford will become a judge and be the real chief judge in this courthouse. the bradford is truly amazing and awesome. thank you bradford for everything that you do for us.

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    They never do anything for the right reason. Maybe Donald will recommend a African American so there could be one appointed by Scott.

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        Probably won’t be too long until he goes down the rabbit hole. This is Broward and he’ll get run against forest time up.

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          These mini-me poly- tician broward judges all look like they are running to the rabbit hutch to collect their pellets ! Lol

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    The Bradford Cohen is truly an amazing man. He is the to go to when things need to get done. Bradford is THE MAN ! We love you Bradford.Are you married ? We all want you for ourselves. Weare all willing to share you,thats how much we love you and want you. We hope that you have the strength and stamina to keep up with all of us.

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    Great, now all of the horny JAs are chiming in about how great Brad Cohen is and how much they want him. Bunch of horny old women !!! Seems like EVERYONE loves Brad.

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    Golly gee whiz, here’s another example why Judges best put their heads down and say Sir to real lawyers when they pass by. They nothing but errand boys for important people.

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    Remembee, Jose was up at the same time that Di Pietro was still good with the Governor and Cohen outed him as backing Trump.

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    Didn’t Crooked Donald campaign on reforming the system? Did he not illustrate the problems in politics by stating every time he did an elected official a favor he always got a favor back even if he called years later to collect? Is Broward in huuuge trouble?

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    Donald Trump and Bradford Cohen. Two truly great men. And we are fortunate enough to have Bradford Cohen right here in Broward county. One of the best if not actually the best attorney…Bradford Cohen. We love him , Bradford is the best.

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    I dont get that article. So Trump said he would make a good judge and so did 10s of others? Then it goes on to say how qualified Izquierdo is…am I missing something? If Cohen is the key then say hello to Judge Hilal…isnt he friends with her husband?

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    It’s not what you do, it’s who you know.

    That’s why so few Judges deserve respect on a personal level.

    The power they wield must be respected but so few earn any personal respect because they usually aren’t kind individuals.

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        advertising exec who gave big $$ to Nina’s campaign then he won BIG ad contract from Broward Health before husband Di Pietro was kicked off by Scott. Fishy? American way? Both!

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    Well Brad you certainly didn’t do your friend any favors. No question he will get opposition in 2 years. Instead of running against him as merely a Scott appointee, he will be labeled a Trump appointee. No matter how the election goes, Broward will never be a Trump county and this will be big baggage down the road. Jose didn’t need this and will be a great judge, if he can keep his seat.

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    The 3 act like the public voted them as our Judges. All 3 appointed by Rick Scott. At least when Crist was governor some appointed actually deserved it.

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    Trump spits in Black America’s face with his latest pitch. “You’re nothing. You got nothing to lose.” He hired Omarosa from his show as Black outreach. The only Black he knows besides the Dr he met at the debates? And Guv Scott appoints a single Black Judge in a couple terms because he was homeless once too. Don’t patronize me. These people are trash.

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      There’s not a better man among this bunch of losers than the integrity that Johnny possesses and represents. If we had more people that were like him the world would be a better place.

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      Johnny is the kind of person that should be on the bench but he’s way too gifted to work for a schlepper’s wage.

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        McCray has too much integrity to want to sit on the Broward bench with the rest of these bozos. Most Broward judges are an embarrassment to the rest of the state.

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    I like your new features. Thanks for the tremendous work. Somebody has to watch these Broward judges or they’ll come to court drunk.

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      Destry seems to be little more than an ignorant jarhead who wears his military service like its the only thing he’s got to be proud of. Hope he gets knocked off the bench like Pedro did so we can watch the freeloader squirm like that arrogant Pedro No Pedro did at having to earn a living.

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      Labarga typifies a lawyer who never earned a dollar in private practice & will happily suck the public tit, beginning to end. He touts “access” to the courts for all, as in free access, to the detriment of the rest of us. The old income she ain’t what she used to be ……

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    Good morning! It’s finally TURDay. It looks like fat ATurd is blogging like crazy about Judge Izquierdo. It’s a shame because after this election, ATurd will never have another political campaign. Here is your question of the day: What do ATurd’s potential clients think when they first meet them for their initial free consultation?

    a) Is this turd actually a lawyer and political consultant?
    b) When will this turd have a major heart attack?
    c) If I hire this turd, will Howard Finkelstein be my enemy?
    d) How man skin tags and skin flakes does this turd have on his face?
    e) All of the above.

    Winner gets a meeting with Russell Thompson to discuss his 2014 Campaign and how ATurd blew $200,000 of his personal money to come in last.

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      PD FINKELSTEIN CANT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN OFFICE. RECORD NUMBERS OF ATTORNEYS HAVE JUMPED SHIP AND RUMOR HAS IT EVEN MORE ARE LEAVING. WHO CARES IF YOURE THE FINK’S ENEMY. HES LAME.

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        Jack’s got ATURD’S back. There is nothing Howard Finkelstein can do about it except cry how ATURD is tearing up his attempts to stack the judiciary with substandard liberals who will all lose.
        Ask him why he’s allowing PDs to campaign on office time and you get that far off stare of a punk that’s been caught with his fingers in the cookie jar.

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          Public Pretenders are having a rough time of it ! You cand fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time. Lol
          Is there even a homicide division left ?

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    When I was an ASA, Izzy was always kind and respectful to me while advocating for his clients. He was liked by everybody and did a good job. The recommendation came with a dozen others. Izzy has my vote in 2018!

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      He’s another version of that dummy Diaz with the same talentless penchant to suck at the public trough as long and hard as he can and do as little as possible while doing it. Too bad for him that it won’t last very long as it has for his buddy Diaz. Voters should have dumped that creepy guy a long time ago. They will be dumping Izzy when his term is up when he faces any number of challengers for his seat.

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        I was an ASA in both. We all start in County (or Juvy)- Duh! Then we get promoted to felony. I know him from both.

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    A new article by Johnny McCray

    http://thewestsidegazette.com/message-to-black-clergy-and-political-operatives-please-vet-judicial-candidates-before-endorsement/

    Message to Black clergy and political operatives: Please vet judicial candidates before endorsement

    By Johnny L. McCray, Jr., Esquire

    Last week, I wrote an editorial published in this paper —-Broward Circuit Judge Does Not Deserve to Be Re-Elected. I prefaced my commentary by stating that in over three decades of practicing law, I had never written an article opposing a judicial candidate in any election.

    In support of my position that Judge Matthew Destry is unfit for retention on the bench, I cited four cases which exemplify his predilection for harsh and unfair sentencing. One of the four cases I cited involved first-time drug offender, Maxime Cherilus, who was convicted of delivery of cocaine after he delivered a sample of cocaine to an undercover police officer in a sting operation. The delivery of the cocaine was arranged by a friend of Cherilus’ brother, who later turned out to be a police informant. At sentencing, prosecutors recommended an 18-month sentence followed by two years of probation, while the defense requested that Cherilus be given probation. Destry pronounced a 10-year prison term, which Cherilus subsequently appealed to Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals.

    A day after my commentary went to print, the Court of Appeals overturned Destry’s sentence in a blistering opinion which condemned the sentence as a violation of Cherilus’ constitutional right to due process.

    The Court specifically found that Destry could not impose a sentence in excess of six times the prosecution’s recommendation based on Judge Destry’s stated belief on the record that Cherilus’ in-court testimony was untruthful. Such an approach to sentencing would have a chilling effect on a defendant’s right to testify at trial. As a result of Cherilus’ sentence being overturned, Cherilus must be resentenced in a manner consistent with the appellate court’s ruling. In a strong rebuke to just how far afield Destry had strayed from constitutional principles, the appeals court took the unusual step of requiring that on remand to the lower court, Cherilus be resentenced by a judge other than Destry.

    If Destry’s reversal in the Cherilus case could be chalked up to mere anomaly, there may be insufficient grounds to assert his unfitness to continue serving as Broward County Circuit Judge. Local media, however, have widely reported about Destry’s questionable rulings, unduly harsh sentencing, courtroom antics and ill temperament on the bench. Of note is an investigation of Destry’s rulings by South Florida newspaper New Times, which uncovered that last year alone Destry’s decisions were overturned 11 times by the appellate court. The publication’s investigation of Destry’s rulings found them to be unduly harsh and seemingly random: Destry sentenced a man who raped a middle-school girl to two-and-a-half years, while sentencing another man who violated his probation to 60 years.

    Inexplicably and surprisingly, a group of local Black clergy banded as “The Concerned Clergy of Broward County”, along with a few political operatives within the Black community, recently endorsed Destry in his bid for reelection in the Group 15 judicial race. Destry’s name, among other candidates (judicial and non-judicial), has been included on palm cards and pressed into the proverbial “flesh” for the Black vote. Given Destry’s well-documented record on the bench and his growing list of affronts to justice, one must wonder how it is Destry rose to his coveted place on those palm cards. Destry’s endorsement only begs the questions: what, if any, diligence was undertaken prior to unleashing Destry’s endorsement on the Black community? Did these community leaders reach out to any local practicing attorneys, voluntary bar associations, or other individuals familiar with Judge Destry’s record to gather pertinent information in determining his fitness to sit as a judge? Was research conducted by perusing any of his numerous rulings that have been reviewed by the appellate courts and overturned on appeal?

    Surely, endorsements of judicial candidates serve useful purposes for both candidates and voters; however, endorsements should not be arbitrarily or capriciously made. Judicial elections are markedly different from other elections, and by the very nature of the position to which candidates aspire and the inherent powers to which the victors will ascend, heightened diligence and scrutiny are warranted. As Broward voters head to the polls for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, most will approach the voting booth with a good idea of who they want to elect for Mayor or City Commission, and, possibly, the School Board. Many will be surprised to see that the bulk of the ballot will be filled with scores of unfamiliar names of persons running for seats on Broward County’s courts. Few would disagree that the majority at the polls are unfamiliar with the backgrounds of the judicial candidates and have little information to be in a position to evaluate how well suited candidates are to perform the job of a judge. This year will be especially complicated with roughly 30 judicial candidates, including several challengers vying for two open seats. Destry, himself, has racked up four challengers to his seat.

    To those local clergy who choose to endorse candidates in an effort to influence the vote of congregants and community members, the exercise of such discretion may be your right, but with that right there is a corollary moral duty to properly vet judicial candidates before assigning your stamp of approval and before encouraging the community to hand these candidates the Black vote. As faith leaders in our community your aim should be to become properly informed about the judicial candidates by, among other things, evaluating their records for fairness, consistency and impartiality. Such prudence would help to ensure that candidates for judicial positions are well-qualified and would give some semblance of credibility to your highly coveted endorsements.

    At this time, however, Destry’s endorsement leaves much for head-scratching because it was not too many months ago that the Black community was earnestly petitioning for Destry’s removal from the bench following his sentencing of Herbert Smith to 60 years imprisonment for a probation violation. One can only wonder what The Honorable Matthew Destry has done to now earn such reversal of fortunes.

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      McCray how do you feel about how do you feel about the Concerned Clergy endorsing Judges who were appointed by the Governor and received copius contributions from the Bail Bonds Companies?

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      Hey Johnny “Come Lately”, you missed the deadline for qualifying by about 3 months. Did you just wake up from a coma or something?

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      The black community unfortunately over the years has consistently missed the mark in effectively using its power of the vote because it’s leaders sell out for personal gain almost every time. In their headlong rush to achieve financial success, it’s so called leaders in the community place personal advancement above what would be best for its people. There have been many examples of this practice and a good many of them sit on the bench in Broward County.
      Until things change the black community will continue to suffer at their hands. It’s an utterly selfish practice that continues to this day.
      I’ll never forget Judge Williams being appointed by Ross to provide political cover for the outragious comments made by Judge Greene on the record about a black defendant being NHI or Non Human Involvement. It was reported in the papers.
      Nothing was done due to Williams’ actions other than to issue a statement after he had recommended no action be taken towards Judge Greene that he ” wasn’t going to carry the White Man’s water”.
      I still don’t know which judge, Williams or Greene is the most reprehensible.
      The Broward Bench is filled with like minded judges who will play any card necessary to stay on the bench. Look no further than former Judge Ana Gardiner not too long ago. Look at former judge Rosenthal even closer to us in time. Lying is not beneath these judges to stay on the bench doling out harsh sentences and collecting their hefty paycheck and equally large retirement packages.
      Broward has big problems and most of them are caused in the name of vanity and greed when it comes to its judges.

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    Jose Isquerdo needs to be REMOVED from the bench forewith and his appointment to the bench be fully investigated and Brad Cohen should be sanctioned by the bar for using his politicalinfluence with his good friend Donald Trump.

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      But butthead Brad said he couldn’t remember if he talked to Trump about Izzy. That ought to be good enough, right ?

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    ONLY A FOOL THINKS ATTAINING A JUDGESHIP HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH ABILITY

    STOP COMPLAINING AND START POLITICKING IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER

    THAT’S LIFE IN THE BIG AND SMALL CITY

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    Jose should be removed immediately from the position of judge if anything I’m reading is true. It means he was chosen as judge through outside influences meaning other names sent to the governor were not given equal consideration. I’m going to file a complaint based on those grounds with the JQC and the Governor’s Office as well as The Florida Supream Court. Bet on it.

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      Grossman looks like Bruce Jenner ! LOL. Give me a break! Are these people all freaks ? Love your new features. Makes it a lot easier!

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    Did crooked candidate “Desperate Deborah” Carpenter just earn herself a complaint by having her staff at a partisan Wasserman-Schultz rally to try to score free press?!?

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        Hey, she’s just a working girl shopping for scraps. She doesn’t have a chance of scoring. She’s tried everything else. She’s getting down to the wire with options.

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      Washerman is another corrupt unethical screwball. We saw what she did to Bernie. 👹. Carpenter is just another Broward wannabe judge opportunist.

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    It’s finally Friday!! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Here is your question of the day: Why will ATurd political consulting business end this month?

    a) he failed his clients
    b) his bad breath is unbearable
    c) his body odor is getting too strong
    d) Finkelstein will make sure this is the end of ATurd
    e) all of the above

    Winner gets a coupon for a free pizza from Pizza Hut.

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    Benson really getting her money’s worth out of her paid shills…
    How much is Barbara charging you for this hack? Or is it Vincente’s shakedown you think is gonna win it for you.
    Enjoy the PD’s office

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      Betsy can’t run on her record, so she has to pay shills to pretend she has support.
      Ps Betsy your sign are ILLEGAL with no disclaimer.

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    No Union bug on that sign. Betsy likes to brag about her “union support” but is sure looks like she doesn’t care about paying a decent wage or rate. She learned well from Howard. Look out for numero uno!

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      Just another scuzzy Broward judge that thought she was going to get away with it yet again while soaking taxpayers! Heard Imperato is now working to improve women’s rights at legal aid while collecting her generous pension. She’s got it all together again now after rehab ! Lol

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      How’s your hooch supply, Larry? Always thought this Hollywood Pimp Judge was stoned everytime I appeared before him. It was later confirmed when he was arrested for smoking a dube in Young Circle sitting under a tree fifty feet from a bunch of minor children.
      That’s the type of judges Broward has: druggers, drinkers and otherwise real law abiding citizens sitting in judgment of others while breaking the laws themselves.
      That’s when a lot of the scumbag judges were connected to the Hollywood Clan of thieves.
      Ask that King of Scumbags Grossman who they are. Sprinkles could shed some light on them too.
      He’s still trying to wiedle his way back in.

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          She went at it today with a Diioia supporter who was telling voters she was appointed by Rick Scott. The supporter told her to go fuck herself. Wish I saw that one.

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    Happy SaTURDay!! Please get out there at Vote this weekend. I hurricane will be here soon! Here is your question of the day: After the election when every future candidates realizes that they will only get opposition if they hire ATurd and that he sucks at what he does, how long will it take for Miss ATurd to leave him when he can no longer feed her slop and lard?

    a) she’s packing her bag now
    b) she’s allying with Finkelstein so 2 days
    c) Miss ATurd will just eat ATurd for dinner
    d) I thought Miss ATurd was ATurd wearing a dress
    e) None of the above

    Winner gets to share a Whopper with Jack Seiler at Burger King.

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      A and D. I’ll skip lunch with the biggest smoocher of all Jack The Hack Seiler. He’s too busy sucking off the tax payers anyway.

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    My magic 8 ball says if cohen is involved Hilal is the next judge. All buddy buddy with Russia Williams and her husband….can u imagine that 6 years out and she’s a judge

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    PD IN PALM BEACH ACTUALLY TRIES CASES AND LEADS BY EXAMPLE. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOWARD FINKELSTEIN ACTUALLY STEPING INTO A COURTROOM OR LEADING BY EXAMPLE?
    YOU WOULD HAVE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION BECAUSE THATS AS CLOSE AS FINKELSTEIN OR ANY OF HIS SUPERVISORS WILL EVER GET TO ACTUALLY TRYING A CASE OR APPEARING IN COURT.
    THEYD RATHER HIDE IN THEIR OFFICES WITH THEIR DOORS CLOSED OR NOT COME TO WORK AT ALL JUDGING BY THEIR EMPTY ASSIGNED PARKING SPACES.
    YOU CANT HIDE ALL THE TIME. AND YOURE NOT FOOLING ANYONE. ITS BEEN YEARS ON THE TAX PAYERS DIME SINCE ANY OF YOU HANDLED ANY CASES.
    WHAT ARE YOU BEING PAID OVER 130 K FOR ANYWAY ?

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      A FREE RIDE FOR HIS SUPERVISORS COME LATE AND LEAVE EARLY AND NEVER GO TO COURT.
      THE WORST KEPT SECRET IN FLORIDA.

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      Icons & relics from the old guard. “Maximum Dan” Futch, Tom Coker, (and not pictured): J. Cail Lee, Robert Able, how about Carl Harper (Palm Beach); Russell Seay I think was, quietly, the best of them all & love his quote when he retired: “No more law”.

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    Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Make sure you get out there and vote. Here is your question of the day: After this election cycle, what will the loser ATurd do for a living?

    a) employee at McDonalds
    b) employee at Burger King
    c) employee at Pizza Hut
    d) employee at Papa John’s
    e) uber driver

    Winner gets to share a pizza pie Miss ATurd on Election Night.

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    What was once a proud office of dedicated lawyers working their asses off for Al Schriber has now become the place that no one wants to work under Howard Finkelstein. It is very clear that the time has come for a major overhaul at the PD office and I don’t mean to Gordo the Clueless.

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    This is the first thing that Trump has done that I could support. Judge Izquierdo seems like an intelligent and prudent jurist. He is hispanic. He is young and energetic, just the kind of new fresh blood that needs to be pumped into the Broward judiciary. So, on this one, I give the judge and Trump two thumbs up!

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