WEINSTEIN SPEAKS!

Peter Weinstein has issued a statement in conjunction with the Resiles matter.  It’s found here, in Joan Murray’s piece for CBS 4, Monday evening:

“While Court Administration has been asking for additional deputies for years, by statute the Sheriff’s Office has the authority to assign deputies to the courts in Broward County; the Chief Judge does not. While the Chief Judge and the Trial Court Administrator will be involved in upcoming cross-agency security meetings, ultimately, any changes to security in our courts is between the Sheriff’s Office and the Broward County Commission.”

Not surprisingly, Weinstein punted.  But since courthouse security is now going to be seriously reevaluated, it’s worth pointing out a few things courthouse regulars might tell you concerning what could be termed “judicial meddling” in BSO courthouse operations.

  1. Judicial “Pet Peeps”.  Judges carry a lot of weight as to which bailiffs are assigned to the courtrooms, and if they don’t get their way, the Sheriff himself could get a call.  What this means is bailiffs are often assigned (or booted) by judicial whim, and not by ability, placing the public at risk.
  2. Limit the number of IC’s to six max.  Judges and lawyers may not like it, but everyone can go to lunch a little later when safety is at stake.  Instead of pushing bailiffs to pack the jury box full of IC’s in order to burn through the morning docket, judges need to follow BSO recommendations when it comes to how many IC’s can be safely supervised at any one time.
  3. Cameras on everyone, not just the judges.  Believe it or not, the cameras covering the North Wing courtrooms are fixed on the judges.  We’ve never been able to figure this one out, even if it’s just another vestige from Broward’s bizarre judicial-centric past.  The cameras need to monitor the entire courtroom, because everyone’s safety is important, not just the judges’.  Additionally, trained eyes might prevent Resiles type collusion in the gallery before mayhem ensues, if the entire proceedings are monitored, not to mention having evidence preserved in the event of an incident like last Friday’s.
  4. Stop staffing judicial reception with bailiffs.  They don’t do it in Palm Beach or Miami, but Broward judges like having a full-time bailiff sitting in the North Wing reception areas guarding a locked door.  The other mentioned circuits have a phone or intercom on the wall, as does Broward, so visitors can call the JA and state their business.  If the judge or JA wants to let them in or needs some paperwork, they can do the legwork themselves, instead of keeping a bailiff there all day when the courthouse is already severely short-staffed of security personnel.
  5. Courtroom assignments.  Judges like their fiefdoms.  They certainly don’t like to move courtrooms either, which probably explains why one common sense idea wasn’t implemented years ago, namely putting every juvenile courtroom on the fourth floor, instead of throughout the North Wing and one in the old courthouse.  The general idea is to keep the highest risk offenders as far from a fire exit as possible, and to make the awful public parade of shackled kids from parking lot to courtroom safer and more manageable for BSO.

Just a few ideas for Weinstein to consider in the coming days.  Judges need to stop impacting courthouse security, and focus on their dockets.  As previously reported back in 2015, Deputy Command Staff is well on the way to implementing changes whereby each courtroom will be staffed by a combination of armed deputy/corrections officer/bailiff, but until Scott Israel and the County Commission come to a consensus, the judges need to leave security to the pros …

31 thoughts on “WEINSTEIN SPEAKS!”

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    Good suggestions, judges should not be allowed to meddle in the selection of court deputies whatsoever, but to my knowledge Weinstein doesn’t carry a docket like chief judges do in other circuits.
    What he does besides get in the way and come up with the most implausible and preposterous excuses for wayward judges is analogous to what the under qualified bailiffs do in every courtroom in Broward: they just get in the way because they in no way provide any security.
    Staffing Broward courtrooms with retirees is impractical, not cost effective, and unsafe. They are barely capable of taking care of themselves, let alone managing an escape attempt in an emergency situation.
    On the flip side, Broward judges seem to do little but take care of themselves. That’s about the only thing Weinstein excels at.

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    You just love to hear yourself talk in the news don’t you bill. What do you know of security? Sure we can all agree that security was lacking at the courthouse. But you bill, can you honestly say you know anything about security? Unless you served in the military or put a badge on, you cannot say how security should be run. I have have and still serve in the military and I can tell you that if you were to tell me how to run security I’d smack you upside the head and tell you to know your place. And like always, you look like a total slob, I seriously don’t know how anyone can take you seriously

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      So it takes a jarhead to know something of security ? Get a grip on it ! It’s idiots like u that this place is staffed with, only most of them are senior citizens that use a walker! We’ve all seen just how effective that is ! Lol

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      Do you by any chance suffer from shell shock from your combat duty ? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know there’s a real problem with security when a defendant who is shackled can escape his shackles from a broward courtroom under the noses of two bailiffs and a courthouse full of cops and so called security personnel ! You don’t need an idiotic chief judge to spell it out for you ! Or do you ?

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      Hey G.I. Joe, guess what? ANYONE can run for Sheriff – it is an elected position!

      So there is no logic in you or Sheriff Pussy BlameShifter going on the news the other day saying “I’m a cop so I know more about security than the County you all need to listen to me”

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      Tell me where the buy the handcuff keys please! Are you kidding … G4 and Wackenhut … didn’t they employ that psychopath who shot everyone in Orlando. The Sheriff got outsmarted by a moe, larry, curly and shemp. And the new courthouse with cars parked right at curbside, without even the protection of those planters and homeless people. I never was in combat or been in law enforcement myself, but I do know enough about emergency management and terrorism to know security is a total fail around here in Broward. Sheriff’s is the top dog and the buck stops there!

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    Catch a jelly donut and put it in your pocket / Never let it fade away / Catch a jelly donut and put it in your pocket / Save it for a rainy day

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    Dear Mr. Chief Judge, I will be hiding at Brenda’s VIP fundraiser since no one will be there. Please don’t tell Sheirff Israel.

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    Dayonte Resiles, heed the call for public service. Broward needs a young, forward thinking Chief Judge with the ability to plan ahead and lead others to execute those plans. If Judge Weinstein can do it from a Carnival Cruise ship, Dayonte can do it from Haiti.

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      Surprised he took the time in between standing in line at the buffet table pool side … Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall Fall. All the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again .
      Weinstein is is worthless as the court bailiffs that allowed this escapee to walk out of the court room.

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    Thank you Peter, we got it…

    You have no control over

    1. Court Security
    2. Clerks Office, how the Clerks work with Judges
    3.Whether Arlene Backman ever shows up for work.

    What you do control

    1. Monthly pizza party at Bravo
    2. Squeezing the vending machine people to give you an extra box of Nutter Butter’s every month.
    3. Making sure your sons make as much money as possible off your name, power and title.

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    Weinstein sat by and did nothing when all the bailiffs were being arrested and convicted of serious crimes. What were the background requirement checks. He’s in charge no matter his buck stops nowhere near me mantra. He is a failure cap F as Chief Judge.

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    Really?? Dumbest suggestions ever. Lets take away security at reception because reducing security is better! Absolutely clueless.

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      Actually its brilliant. What he doesn’t mention is the cameras in Miami and WPB. JA sees who is there and buzzes them in or she comes out.

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      I am offended, this would never happen to Pablo Picasso … He was only 5’3 but girls could not resist his stare, nobody ever called Pablo Picaso an asswhole. Vote all the Asswholes out! I am following Bob Weir.

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    At least Bailiffs aren’t allowed to hang in Chambers after court is done at 10 am watching the Judge’s empty chair all day.

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    Folks not to worry. The incompetent bailiffs days are numbered. Even the sheriffs general counsel has said so. Look up Ron Gunzburger on the county news browardbeat.com and read the sheriffs plan for yourself. And when that finally happens ? Oh happy day !

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    This should be checked into. How bailiffs are hired in the first place. Judges handing out political patronage. Unqualified but vote getters.

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    Weinstein speaks ? Lol. Thought he spent most of his time since he carries no docket stuffing his face and looking for doughnuts … Talk about worthless bureaucrats !

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