TUESDAY NOTES

Will the Sun Sentinel endorse McLawrence? – that question would have been easy to answer before Lynn Feig-Rosenthal crashed her car, got arrested, refused drug testing, played games with her mug shot, refused to comment on whether the property receipt MEDS could have contributed to her erratic behavior, and failed to assure the community she’s ok to decide peoples’ fates while the DUI accusation is pending by answering good questions like the ones posed by the Sentinel Tuesday.  But now that a character issue has helped define the race for circuit court Group 8, the normally incumbent-loving Sentinel may be set to break with tradition and endorse the underdog.  Don’t believe it?  Check out Tuesday’s article here, following the editorial board’s meet and greet with the candidates, and featuring the following quote by Jahra McLawrence:

(W)hatever happened, she was about to take the bench, and she was about to rule on other people’s lives in that condition.

Rumor has it McLawrence may have already picked up some other key endorsements, so stay tuned …

And the Judicial MVP Award goes too … senior judge Fred Berman, for carrying two county court criminal divisions, and getting ready to pick up a third, on, get this, a part-time basis.  And that’s not all.  He’s whittled down Mary Robinson’s division to a few hundred cases, to the point we’re told Court Administration is getting ready to eliminate Division MM once and for all. 

Quite a feat, but hardly a surprise to anyone familiar with Peter Weinstein’s woefully inefficient county criminal courts.  While there are many hard working and ambitious judges serving in the people’s court, everyone knows there are others who are anything but.  It’s just a shame a veteran judge had to get sick for Berman to prove the point beyond a doubt.  And if Weinstein would name a new Chief for county criminal to ensure an evenly distributed and efficiently managed workload, maybe he could withdraw this request for SIX new $134,000 a year county judges for Fiscal Year 2014/2015.  They’re your tax dollars, after all …

Speaking of Mary – is she returning soon?  That was the question lodged with Meredith Brooks, communication specialist for the 17th Circuit.  She’s promised to ask Weinstein, who’s out of town for a few days.  Wait and see …

Thanks, Fred!Fred Horowitz hasn’t begged off his jury room responsibilities, thus far appearing every day this week as scheduled.  No one can accuse him of aiding a fellow judge’s reelection campaign, that’s for sure.  He’s in there again Wednesday, with Jeff Levenson on deck for next week.  Well done!

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    Broward Judge Rosenthal ‘won’t speak’ about pending DUI

    By Tonya Alanez
    7:25 p.m. EDT, June 17, 2014

    After repeatedly saying she “cannot” talk about her pending DUI charge, Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal eventually conceded to the Sun Sentinel’s editorial board Tuesday that she “won’t speak” about it.

    Since her May 27 arrest on two counts of driving under the influence, Rosenthal has not returned calls to Sun Sentinel reporters seeking comment about the case.

    But the judge, who is in the midst of an election campaign, did show up Tuesday for an interview with the newspaper’s editorial board and her opponent, defense attorney Frantz “Jahra” McLawrence.

    But still, Rosenthal remained mum about “the incident.”

    “As much as I would like to talk, I really cannot do it at this stage, but at some point I will,” she said.

    Rosenthal, 56, is accused of driving to work at the Broward County courthouse while under the influence of drugs, striking a parked patrol car and repeatedly hitting the gate of the judges’ parking lot with her BMW , according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

    She was also accused of driving into a concrete median on Interstate 595 shortly before her arrest.

    Deputies said Rosenthal admitted to taking an Ambien pill the night before her 8:45 a.m. arrest, and although she was unsteady on her feet and was speaking with a slurred voice, she did not appear to have been drinking alcohol.

    Rosenthal submitted to a breath test but refused to give blood or urine samples to test for the presence of drugs in her system.

    “I don’t know what happened, I wasn’t there,” McLawrence told the editorial board Tuesday. “But whatever happened, she was about to take the bench, and she was about to rule on other people’s lives in that condition.”

    The interview was a series of Rosenthal refusals when it came to any aspect of her arrest.

    She declined to comment on why she initially prevented release of her jail mug shot.

    “There is a judicial process, and I don’t want to comment,” Rosenthal said. “At some point all of this will come out.”

    She also declined to disclose what medication she had on her when she was arrested. It has been redacted on her jail property receipt.

    “As much as I would like to talk, I really cannot do it at this stage, but at some point I will,” Rosenthal said.

    She also declined to specify why voters should re-elect a judge with a pending DUI charge.

    “As much as I’d like to speak about it, there is a judicial process and I cannot speak about it,” Rosenthal said.

    When pressed, Rosenthal eventually conceded that it wasn’t a matter of not being able to speak about it, but rather she has opted not to.

    “The law doesn’t preclude me from talking,” she said. “I won’t speak about the case at this time.”

    The election is Aug. 26.

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    The legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the approval of only three new DCA judges; no new Circuit and no new County Judges for 14/15. See HB 5301.

    HB 5301 passed the House on May 2, 2014 and subsequently passed the Senate on May 2, 2014. The bill conforms to the Fiscal Year 2014-15 General Appropriations Act (GAA) by creating three additional appellate judgeships within the state. The Supreme Court Order No. SC13-2296, dated December 19, 2013, certified the need for three additional judges in the appellate courts. Specifically, the bill creates two additional judgeships in the Second District Court of Appeal and one additional judgeship in the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
    The Fiscal Year 2014-15 General Appropriations Act appropriates $1.3 million in recurring general revenue and 12 FTE with associated salary rate. See fiscal impact section.
    Subject to the Governor’s veto authority, the bill has an effective date of July 1, 2014.

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    If media pressure continues Mr. Mclawrence may end up the luckiest person since Cubano lottery winner Jorge Labarga.

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