UH OH …

The Sun Sentinel’s Rafael Olmeda has broken a big story regarding an alleged incident at judicial college concerning Barbara Duffy.  There’s been a lot of innuendo around the courthouse and in the comments section of Jaablog up until now concerning this particularly infamous judicial happy hour, and now Rafael has the goods here.

The disqualification motion filed by Howard Finkelstein’s office is found here.

Developing …

174 thoughts on “UH OH …”

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      Yes. He was a Mount Olive telling people he’s running against Schiff. Lucky for Richards “R” is before “S” on the ballot.

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          Seriously, Schiff is the one you think needs an opponent in that courthouse? When was the last time you were in front of Levy? Ian couldn’t beat Nina and he thinks he has a chance against Schiff? Ian needs to find another full time job instead of losing campaigns.

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              Pip lawyers better save their money. The legislature is about the eat their lunch. They’ll be competing against the foreclosure Attorney’s for a job after this years Legislative session closes.

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                What else is new? They always float some bill that dies along with way. I believe you underestimate the power of hospitals & providers.

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            Nina needed 300k to barely beat Richards..Shiff selling his baseball cards and kissing pip lawyer ass won’t get him to 100k. He’s toast

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                Shiff has had the luxury of being able to hide out as a county court clown in north. It’s taken a while with him being on easy street. The wheel has turned. Just another amongst many County Court bamboozles that has been figured out. Otherwise he’d be doing ticket clinics. Empty shirts on the public dole. It’s time to face the music.
                At least he’s not a falling-down drunk. Just lazy as hell.

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      Any truth to Ian Richard telling people at Pinning Grove Church today that’s he’s running against Lou Schiff?

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    I hope the JQC trial is in Broward so I can buy Labarga a beer.

    Its bad form not to offer to buy the Chief Justice a beer.

    Don’t forget to buy Labarga a beer I always say.

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      Does anyone know if a JQC complaint was actually file against her regarding this matter?

      Should be a slam-dunk with the chief justice being a potential witness.

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    The JQC needs to remove her immediately. There should be zero tolerance for this behavior in our judiciary. Drunk, disorderly and discriminatory conduct. What was she learning at judge’s school? Does anyone know if this women has drinking problems? Who are her “advisors” at the local level? Who were her supporters when she ran for judge?

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      Despite the action of filing the motion to disqualify by the Public Defender’s office to make it a story, there’s no story at all. Lol

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    Good job Judge Betsy Benson. If I had to guess, she didn’t forget where she came from and exposed this bullshit. If so, she should get the 2018 Gulkin. Hopefully Judge Benson will continue to help shed a light on more of these judicial shenanigans.

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        Then Benson won’t mind supporting an appeal by Finkelstein. Otherwise she’s just as full of it as the judge she’s alleged to have allegedly made these racially insensitive statements.

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    DeLaTorre “as a lawyer and Hispanic” head of felony in PD ? ! LOL
    DOES THAT INCLUDE ACTUALLY BEING A LAWYER AND TRYING CASES OR CARRYING A CASELOAD ?
    You’re a joke only a moron would appreciate.
    If you’ve got to pretend you do anything, try going to court once in a while and not running from any real work.

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    At least the tenure of the worst Chief Judge in history is ending soon. This mollycoddling and protection of the “wonderful” people who are constantly embarrassing and destroying the credibility of the Florida judiciary has repeatedly sent the wrong message. Broward Judges feel they are above it all and can do as they please because all will be forgiven by Big Poppa. A major debt of gratitude is owed to the Honorable Finkelstein for once again being the only voice of reason and courage in a sea of mediocre pension and power grubbing plankton who refuse time and again to lead by example. Why she wasn’t immediately moved from the Criminal division when this was brought to Weinstein’s attention is reminiscent of all the other blunders in dealing with troubled Judges in the past when the latest public black eye to all Florida Judges could have been avoided and more importantly the purity of justice preserved. All Broward Judges need to immediately be given drug and alcohol screening and be tested regularly in light of the high occurrence of drug and alcohol problems in Broward judicial circles because its a problem that has been left to exacerbate by the do nothing judicial administration.

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      Sorry, she already has a home in juvenile dependency. When are we going to get rid of this problem in Broward. Register to vote and vote all of the a-holes out!

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      Benson. Only former PD at Judicial College. Only judicial candidate to come out of the PD office with Howard’s endorsement. now you know why…

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        You’ve been busted Betsy Beasty. At your first conference and you’re snitching on what a fellow judge is saying at the bar ordering a drink and reporting it back to those pansies in PD? It’s you that’s had too much to drink I think.

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      Now we’ve got new judges that are snitching on each other? Duffy is a gift to the PD and they are so petty and stupid they don’t even know it. There are PDs that will do anything to remain relevant and it just shows you the snitches like de la torrie don’t even know how good their clients have it with a judge like Duffy because they avoid going into a courtroom at all costs. They’ve made a big mistake this time. Howard just traded the best deal his clients ever had for a soapbox in overreacting to this very petty instance.
      Just shows how desperate some of the PD butt-biters like dela torrie are with more than half the attorneys that have quit. He’ll do or say anything not to have to work up to trial any cases. And Dadowski – kind of speaks loudly what she’s capable of. Benson is just another dimwit looking for attention anyway she can get it. Do u blame her ? She was likewise desperate to get out of PD before meltdown. It’s come to this now ? Small time PD supervisors rallying to something that’s ultimately harming their clients all for the sake of pretending to be stuck to Howard’s wagon with a broken wheel.

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      I wouldn’t want to share a cell with the one on the left. I’d be the one wearing the panties in the bottom bunk for sure.

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      The three Blind Mice of Broward’s most recent Judicial Drunken and Drugged Scandals! There’s been plenty of others going back to before the sex scandal of Gardiner. Good pic!
      Sounds like that was just the beginning after this new revelation with Drunk Duffy.
      The PD pussywhips should have a field day with this one. It’s just the kind of irrelevant flap that keeps Frank DelaTorie and Dummies like Rene Dadowski feeling relevant to a PD’s office that is as empty as most of the positions it takes ! LOL
      ANYTHING TO PROVIDE THE NEXT SOUNDBITE !
      Nothing will come of it except maybe Benson getting opposition next time around.

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    The vast majority of the Judges are hard working and dedicated jurists. The vast majority of commenters are engaging in a dishonest smear campaign. Richards is not running and that comment was made just to stir trouble. I have had the pleasure of appearing in front of at least a dozen of the Broward Judiciary and they have always displayed the highest degree of professionalism. I would also add the Bill Gelin is a good guy and this is not directed at him.

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      Yeah, Richards is never running, yet he always does. Is it Shift who knows. Pip guys don’t like him and he has no ability to raise money. Easiest shot at a county court encumbent out there. A solid female would take him out in a heartbeat.

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        Schiff is hated by the PIP lawyers … ask Chris Link, who is best friends with Brian Bauer, Levy’s husband. Brian, Chris and Judge Richards were seen having lunch yesterday. I heard they had someone take a picture of his empty parking spot. Things that make you go …. hmmmmmmm.

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    This case is going nowhere faster than a Broward Judge can guzzle a gallon of Tylenol 3 infused cough syrup. Let’s face it, with all the witnesses being Judges, they can all state they were blacked-out drunk after consuming a couple Bud Lites on an empty stomach and can’t remember the entire evening. Even a hinkey dinky JQC jury wouldn’t be criticized for believing that. Let’s face facts. Florida’s problem is in not making judicial wannabes pass a test to see if they can handle drugs and alcohol like a normal person. These goddamned lightweights should be kept off the bench once and for all.

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      A new topic for Whiney’s Whimper on how judges are under siege and all need to stick together and circle the wagons like in the old days under Moron Ross before this excessive drinking starts a new seizure of judge’s rights as they stab each other in the back.
      Somehow they need a new focus. No doubt the bartender involved suffers from being bipolar or the very least is entirely too sensitive or maybe is an illegal alien.
      Right now it’s just in the larvae stage. It’s not tooo late to turn this around.

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    Is it true that Schiff offered to show Levy his bat and baseballs then got mad when she said they looked like a chopstick and two marbles?

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    Any truth that Jill filed a JQC complaint of Schiff for not showing up to work….ever? I wonder if Ian Richards has a copy?

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    The Top 20 Party Schools In The Nation, Ranked By The Princeton Review For 2016-17:
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    West Virginia University
    Chief Justice Labarga’s Florida Judicial College
    Lehigh University
    Bucknell University
    University of Iowa
    University of Mississippi
    Syracuse University
    Tulane University
    Colgate University
    University of California―Santa Barbara
    University of Delaware
    University of Rhode Island
    Wake Forest University
    College of Charleston
    University of Maine
    University of Vermont
    University of Florida
    University of Colorado―Boulder
    Florida State University

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      If there isn’t one there should be. These people are out of control. President Trump is right. Drain the swamp and start over with people who aren’t political insiders.

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    Duffy has always been a drunk and a racist. Thanks to judge Benson the truth has come out. Benson has done the right thing.

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        There’s a scuzzy bar out in Davie tonight where all will be revealed. Rene Dadowski will be leading the charge on women’s rights and the guest speaker will be Betsy on what it’s like to be a judge in Broward. The hard hitters are invited to hang out in the back of the tiki bar.
        Don’t eat anything on the menu.

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    Duffy has always been a drunk and a racist. Thanks to judge Benson the truth has come out. Benson has done the right thing. Isn’t judge Robert Diaz a Cuban. Should be interesting.

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    And what does Weinstein have to say about this, well he can’t say anything right now. He’s got a mouthful full of donuts and another dozen more to eat before making any comments on Juans, Sanchez, Rodriguez or any other latin sounding names. Bring more donuts, jelly donuts for a jelly belly do nothing.

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    A few things are imperative to consider:

    1. This is indicative that the substance abuse culture for some of Broward’s Judges has never been properly addressed.

    2. That Judge Labarga needs to issue a public statement and / or should step down if it turns out the racism aspect is true and that he knew about it, and if he never reported it to the JQC.

    3. That this issue never would have been an article in a major newspaper unless the Motion was filed.

    4. That the Motion could never have been filed if the reporting Judge hadn’t been honest with the Public Defender whilst all the others were circling the wagons and quite possibly violating ethical canons if the racism aspect is true.

    5. The reporting Judge should be named and receive the Chief Justice Award for integrity and honor.

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      Here is one to consider….

      The reporting Judge is a coward, worse he himself admits he walked away and didn’t see anything. Later he was told by another Judge. Why doesn’t the reporting Judge say who told him. There are no witnesses and a convenient lie from Renee that this is based on. What a joke.

      Has anyone that practiced in her courtroom complainded about her since she took the bench? I hear the line PD’s like her because she has called bullshit on the State. I saw the other day that she refused to revoke bond on a dirty urine over State objection.

      It is sad that those in the ivory tower like Frank, Lorena, Rene and Howard could care less about the clients and did this to a judge who seemed to be reasonable to the defense.

      Be careful what you wish for PDO, Duffy gets transferred to another Division and the replacement is the second coming of Dennis Bailey.

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        So the reporting Judge is a man or referencing “he” is inadvertent?
        Curious.
        Judge Duffy has been pretty awesome. Agreed on that.

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        It’s been so long since Litl Howie, Rene or Frank have even seen a courtroom, they wouldn’t have a clue what goes on.
        Duffy is the best thing to happen to this office. It doesn’t matter as long as Lilt Howie gets a soundbite and Frank and Rene can pretend like they actually do something.

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      With the majority of judges disciplined or fired by the Supreme Court coming from Broward, this County is for sure on their radar.

      Of all the people that may of witnessed this, the chief justice may have gotten a first hand viewing of Broward judges.

      Probably will remember it with any Broward judges before that court in the future.

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        Very prophetic, here is one “where I stand is where I am”

        This may be your first rodeo watching the Judiciary, but not for anyone else around here.

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    Would someone post the Judges up in 2018?
    EVERY Judge needs an opponent to avoid this type of behavior from reappearing so often.
    We need to start organizing now and get multiple people in every race.
    If Broward Judges don’t want to serve the public then the legal community needs to make them clean up.

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    This is really egregious behavior by a sitting judge and shouldn’t be downplayed. She’s got to be moved out of Criminal. BTW, has anyone thought of requesting the tapes from the security cameras at the Embassy Suites bar on the night this happened to see just how drunk she was and who was with her? I’m sure they exist.

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      Turns out the Mexican that runs security there spilled hot sauce on the hard drive and everything from that night got deleted.

      They’re all the same!

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      Another fine mess courtesy of the Broward Gang. The JQC should subpoena everyone at Judicial College and get the story out. There’s been enough contradicting statements already to make this interesting. If there’s a trial they can all twitch on the stand.

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      Embassy Suites? Some of them live in Motel 6 and the public has to pay for a fancy hotel for them to get juiced up?

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        Like Benson isnt some righteous carpet muncher newbie trying to make a name for herself already? Nobody has ever seen her wholloped shooting her big fat mouth off before? Try Wilton Manors on 2 for 1 night. Lol.
        Judges informing on each other while at the bar getting sloshed is some new, big thing among Broward brown nosers in black ; they must have short memory spans or be attention deficit.
        Where’s all the fun in getting smashed if you can’t have a little fun at some lowly bartender spic’s expense as a Broward judge when it’s all at the public’s expense anyway and makes some hog like Duffy feel so full of herself?

        And then you’ve got Singal who’s one of the biggest ass kissers this side of New Deli blabbing on about it too like it’s some horrible crime to hear some big mouth newly minted broward judge who missed her real calling cleaning toilets at some truck stop slopping on about why she’s not getting her next bottom shelf liquor fix so she can get all boozed up at a judicial conference to ready herself for the next act ?

        I mean, what are these Judicial conferences for if you can’t spout off in some liquored-up frenzy about just how important you are and why the rules of proper etiquette don’t apply to you because nobody enjoys a good ole bar room brawl like some toxed up old harpy whose just slerped down a fifth and that’s just a warm-up like a new Broward judge!

        You better wake up to a really old story among Broward judges because otherwise these self righteous pimps are really in for a grueling first term on the bench among a club of hypocrites more reminiscent of a drunken backroom lunatic asylum than any ivory tower cerebrally-minded group of lawmakers.
        It’s more of late among the Broward Judicial set to be lawbreakers.

        If it’s Justice you’re looking for, you’ve come to the wrong town.
        If it’s backbiting small-minded professional political whores, you’ve landed in the right spot.
        For further lectures on the subject I’m sure you can look up Backman and he’d be happy to oblige for a small consult fee.
        It’s a rough club of Judicial hucksters around here with continual surprises up their sleeves and an occasional fifth in the backseat of the car or a bottle of painkillers.
        It’s tough administering justice and once in a while your conscience catches up to you.
        Judges sometimes need medicated downtime too.

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    Who is the Judicial College professor who is used as an example in the course on Judicial bad behavior?

    Judge Bob Diaz

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      He can be rude and arrogant. However, I have found his bark to be worse than his bite. I sat in line once to call a case and he granted downward after downward after downward.

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      Ask How Low can u G Tony Loe. He’s sure to be a wealth of info on Bailey before he came crawling back to the SA after he and Bailey tried private practice. LOL.
      Bailey’s bark is worse than his bite. Little more than an old windbag. Perfect material for the bench along with the rest of the useless windbags.
      CJs like Whiney encourage this type of buffoons to aspire to the bench. What else are they going to do but suck on a government job anyway? No connections and a lack of talent equal mediocre career putzes. Lucky they’ve got the Broward Judicial scene to milk for all it’s worth.

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    Could have told u and did that a foul mouthed beaver puncher was going to make a rotten judge. But if history is any teacher at all, it’s just what you’d expect from a Broward judge.
    Term limits on these pretenders should be imposed and you’d see the quality of Broward judges improve because you’d have something other than these political hacks seeking these positions for the pensions and perks.
    How many drunken sea hags need to be tossed out before Broward cleans up its act ?
    I think in this instance it’s purely a toss up between major hormonal imbalances and menopausal dyslexia.
    The Broward judiciary is made up of a twisted bunch of drooling idiots that can’t do anything to control their behavior but self medicate thru alcohol consumption and drugs all at public expense.
    Whatever happened to Joyce Julian after she was found lying on the floor half naked when she and Gardiner attended a Judicial Conference together?
    Better keep a close eye on these Judicial chicks.

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      She got her ass kicked when she had to run to keep her seat. Now she does mediation and Gardiner headed out of state after her crying gag before the JQC.

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        Better question is whatever happened to Howard Shineyberg? All gambled away on a hottie fijita like Gardiner against all the odds.

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        The judges learned nothing from the biblical story of Kane. He was cursed to wander the earth after killing his brother, finally built a house which collapsed on him and killed him.
        Broward judges should perform with the meager skills that have been bestowed upon them. Not drown their personal problems in a sea of alcohol.

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    The time is ripe to eliminate the rotten to the core 17th Circuit. The 15th to the north and the 11th to the south can absorb half each. It’s not like any of these slackers do anything in the afternoon across the state. Decommission all the Broward bunglers and restore order to the courts and save future humiliations and lots of money. President Trump is right about Judges. He probably learned it when he went to Broward and saw it first hand.

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    The soberness of the broward judiciary is a joke. Judges drunk on the bench, judges getting dui’s, judges hitting cars on Ambien. Really makes one question the decisions they make.

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    Judges in Broward don’t usually go bonkers until they’ve imprisoned their one millionth Black. Guess she had a head start from when she worked for Mike.

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    Judges are held to a higher standard except in Broward, given the realities of the situation. Too bad they can’t even uphold the lower standard.

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    Weinstein had a party for Tooter becoming the chief judge because tooter is going to let Weinstein continue to do what he’s been doing for years, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And his rude lazy arrogant JA who thinks that she knows it all will continue to also do nothing and only come to work one day a week and disappear after one hour. Which leaves the useless comatose bailiff to answer the phone. Hope that everyone enjoyed the cookies and cake. Thanks Weinstein for nothing.

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      Carrot Top, Dummy Diaz and the Bimbos. It’s the name of their new band. They count just how many sheets are on a roll of toilet paper.
      What’s that at the bottom right of the pic?

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    Things that make you go hmmmmm: anonymous threatening email, anonymous bar complaint, anonymous reporting Judge……..

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      Judge Richards probably had 100 jury trials while in DV. Schiff has zero in 20 or so years on bench. Schiff hid out in Deerfield pontificating about baseball and his high school band days while pissing off pip lawyers, ruling on traffic tickets with injuries and small claims cases.

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    My vote for funniest is the Broward bench picture

    That was funny. If this is true it’s clearly no surprise. But have heard heard good things about Duffy so far. That she’s professional, listens to arguments and is nice. Thats better than a handful of circuit criminal judges right there. You know that the ivory tower PD bunch as they’ve been called has to come out of the office periodically to express outrage at something to stay relevant. Otherwise people would forget about them because they certainly aren’t in court and doing any real work. On another note it’s not going to get any better because I’ve heard Cathy and Sue are leaving soon. Once they leave the second rung will move into the prime chiefs spots. So Gordon and company will move up.

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      Cathy and Sue should have been relegated to weaving baskets years ago.
      As far as Gordo: he’s got enough on his plate to get the energy to get out of bed in the morning but still Cant be be seen in a courtroom because he’ll be found out ! Lol
      What a dysfunctional group of do nothings.
      And this is their best shot at Duffy? More like a cheap shot but what lilt Howie is best known for.
      Duffy could chew and spit out the whole bunch of pretenders in the PD without breaking stride.
      Litl Howie, de la torie and Dadowski have to come up with something better than this little cheap shot to take Duffy out.

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        I’ve been in Duffy’s courtroom regularly. She’s one of the most respectable criminal judges on the bench repeatedly holding the State’s feet to the fire. Finkelstein or his lackies overstepped on this one. Very shortsighted if you ask me.

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      Kuethan even after her celebrated disappearance from the office will continue to suck at the trough from home with momma’s boy’s blessing.
      Bet on it. It’s what she does best. Somebody has to mother momma’s boy and come up with these stupid ideas.
      Tackling Barbara is a tactical error though.

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        From: Allison Kelliher [mailto:allisonkelliher721@gmail.com]
        Subject: Re: Tu Quoque, and in delicto arising

        Absolutely not to either one or two–I totally think that Tolbert put on a show and lied to the court. She should be held in contempt. if I was worried about a bar complaint on every case, I would not be an effective attorney. Remember I have no political aspirations so I am ready for a fight!

        Sent from my iPhone

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      The look on this faker’s face every time he hears about another drunk Broward judge. It’s taken on a permanent look.
      These judges need to be required to take a breathalyzer before taking the bench. That would eliminate about half the drunkards. The other half would require extensive drug testing.

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    Duffy is and always has been an obnoxious loud mouth drunken slob and will be an embarrassment to the citizens of Broward county. It won’t be long before she embarrasses in this courthouse. She’s a problem in the making, just wait and see. She can’t control her drinking or her mouth. Time will tell and it won’t be long.

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    Don’t forget

    Tomorrow, 9:00Am
    Florida Supreme Court’s Public Reprimand of Judge John Contini.
    Live on the Florida Channel.

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    What crybaby in the PD is going to come up with the next ridiculous idea ? Dela torrie fresh out of ideas. This is his first one in 10 years.

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    You can’t make a silk purse of a pig’s ear. Suggest you consider this. This is Duffy you’re talking about here. Like casting pearls before swine.
    I’m certain she wasn’t the only loudmouthed, drunk Broward judge there. She’s being picked on because she had the balls to run against that pea-brained idiot Judge Destry, and won. They don’t like her for that. They are looking to pin anything on her and obviously Finkelstein feels he can use this to collect some political chits.
    Really feeble motion on behalf of the pd’s office. Who wrote this cut and paste piece of trash anyway ?
    If a motion like this was filed on every drunk loudmouth bigoted judge sitting on the bench in Broward, you wouldn’t have anyone to hear criminal cases. Pretty petty stuff. I’m surprised Finkelstein approved it. Maybe one of his numbnut underlings.

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      You forgot the warning that if you’re a Broward judge in particular and can’t handle the stress, recognize the fact before you turn to alcohol or drugs to dull the pain. And don’t go to Judicial College or a Judicial Conference for the sole purpose of getting falling down drunk and shooting off your fat foul mouth before thinking that another judge at the bar might squeal on you in an instant depending on their own state of sobriety.
      If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Hell’s Kitchen and get yourself a real job that doesn’t include acting like an asshole.
      Broward Judiciary breeds this kind of crap like flys are attracted to shat.
      Clean up your act Broward Judges. This isn’t some outhouse. Or is it ?
      PS: Weinstein isn’t helping the situation

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    What !!! Weinstein is the keeper of the judicial outhouse aka the Broward County courthouse. Nothing new here. Weinstein is the gate keeper.

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    It looks like the PIP Bar are supporting Former Judge Ian Richards over Schiff. The PIP email network likes Richards way more than Schiff.

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      Schiff is a has-been and seems ripe for a challenge after 20-plus years in county court. Ian Richards is well known now after his own stint as a judge and after getting his name out there in recent judicial races. And I can confirm the PIP Bar info. is correct.

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    The Broward pip lawyers are not supporting anyone that seeks to oppose Judge Schiff. Whoever is posting this nonsense please stop. There was never a meeting with Ian Richards. It’s all malarkey!!!!

    By the way, there is no lawyer by the name Chris Link.

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