YOU MAKE THE CALL!

A question was posed in the comments section, and we’ve got the answer, with questions to follow.

Bobby Diaz, currently seeking to retain his county court seat against challenger Michael Heise, is indeed in Florida’s Deferred Retirement Option Program, or DROP.

According to the folks up in Tallahassee, Diaz elected to start DROP on December 1, 2014, and will max out his five years of taxpayer-funded contributions on November 30, 2019, or roughly eleven months after beginning a new term, if he beats Heise.

Diaz collects his full judicial salary, currently $151,821.96, while the benefits accrue, and unlike state employees who are not constitutional officers, will not be forced to retire after the DROP pot is full.  Diaz, 65 years old, can finish his term if he chooses, or he can retire anytime after December, 2019, take the DROP money, and collect his pension.  We don’t have the exact figures yet, but it’s believed his DROP cash would be at least in the $600,000 range, and the annual pension north of $100,000.  DROP money does not accrue interest after it reaches the limit and is not withdrawn, which could be another incentive to throw in a robe.

DROP, of course, was designed to entice older, better paid employees to make way for younger, less expensive ones.  The thinking went that Florida would save a ton of money, and get many younger, dedicated individuals to commit their most productive decades to the state by creating room at the top.  Taxpayers do not save a judicial salary when DROP is involved, since all judges are paid the same, but they would arguably get a much younger jurist devoting a new, long career to their respective circuit, which is probably why DROP applies to those on the bench.

There’s nothing in the rules against Diaz and others in his position running after signing on to collect early retirement benefits.  And if Diaz did intend to retire early when he entered DROP, it’s his option to change his mind and go for a new six-year term, which the retirement age rules allow him to complete.  Plenty of judges have done just that, while many others have bailed with time on their terms when the DROP pot got too hot to not handle, effectively turning an elected seat into an appointed one.

And now for the questions.

Should the DROP law be changed to stop it from applying to the judiciary and other fixed salary positions, or to stop elected officials from seeking new terms after they’ve entered DROP?

Should the elected class be treated like all state employees, and be forced to retire when the expensive taxpayer contributions reach the five-year limit?

Should there be a cutoff point for constitutional officers, limiting the ability to seek new terms to those less than half-way through the five-year contribution period at the time of qualifying?

Should post-DROP office seekers be required to disclose their status to the voters?

Or should things stay the same?

YOU MAKE THE CALL!

87 thoughts on “YOU MAKE THE CALL!”

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    The only question is if we should not for Ms. Mariya Weaks because she used a fake name “maria” for the election?

    Strikes me as a dishonest person, not worthy of being a judge.

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    You get old clowns like this shekel shaker when they’re allowed to stick around too long. Since judges in Broward don’t work very hard anyway, to allow these suckers to take jobs away from more dedicated people doesn’t do anything to improve the quality of our judiciary.
    In fact, what you get is what we have here in Broward, a bunch of geriatric clowns suffering from early onset of dementia with a mean streak on various medications to keep them kicking.
    I think most would agree including the other judges, Diaz falls into a regrettable category all his own.

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          If he loses Mr Diaz will work as a mediator and make many millions. He will be the top leader in South Florida mediations because he is smarter and more experienced than others. He has a heck of a funny bone and can lighten the mood with a knee slapped.

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    Heise could do a killer mailer on this.
    “Has decided to collect half a million in retirement funds before seeking your vote”

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    These people can say they’re going to retire and then keep working? Seems screwy. I wouldn’t vote for him. Has his opponent got this information out? Who would support this if it’s known.

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    DROPPING DIAZ FROM THE ROLE OF COUNTY CLOWNS WOULD BE BEST FOR BROWARD
    MEDIOCRE IS THE BEST YOU COULD SAY OF THIS SLACKER

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    Rothschild is another sucking through the taxpayer trough. Him and his father been doing this for years. Building relationship with police to screw the innocent. Corruption at its best!

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    If Diaz spent half as much time on the bench as he is campaigning, taxpayers would be getting their money’s worth.
    He’s running pretty scared about now.

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      Hope Diaz does something right. Sitting on the bench sure ain’t one of them. He’s got his family passing out crap too.

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      WALMART IS CHEAPER IF YOURE MAKING TACOS BOBBY
      HANG IN THERE
      BROWARD NEEDS ITS BIGGEST CLOWN
      WERE ALL PULLING FOR YOU

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      Gonna be more humiliating when he loses. Voters can see thru his BS. If Heise knows what he’s doing, it will be EAZY.

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      How does The Mockingbird Media is used by corrupt private court approved contractors who use fake police forms to cover-up child trafficking?

      Why are these approved DCF / Childnet court contractors uneasy about P.O.T.U.S. ? How does there programing move narratives for the deep state?

      Why is the child trafficking so upset with
      President Donald J Trump?
      Define Antitrust. Define Distrust. Define Evil.
      The MSN and Court Approved Child-Trafficking Cover-Up Contractors

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        Monster Drink Fueled Court Contractors Know How To Bypass Being Court Ordered Sequestered.

        No business like show business in Corruption County.

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    In Florida they lock us up for stealing baby food and diapers and the Judge in court got half a million to retire and is still working. Can you believe I had a chance to be white and refused?

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      Being a county court clown isn’t all it’s racked up to be anyway …
      If Bobby knew what he was doing he’d beat feet like I did.

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      Usan looks pretty desperate. Wonder what he’s going to do after he loses his job on the public dole ? Maybe he could open his own barber shop.

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      let me see… vote for the guy who donates time and money for kids to get a free hair cut and school supplies or the a-hole who had to be sued to pay his own child support. I agree with the Sun Sentinel, this is an easy choice. Re-elect Judge Usan.

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        You mean the guy who only gives a shit about the black community when he needs to be re-elected? let’s not move too fast making Usan out to be some great humanitarian.

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          How many haircuts did he give before getting opposed? Not talking about the kind he gave the SAO’s case against Peraza either.

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            Does he have a cosmetologist license ? Broward judge turned hairdresser. Clip an ear and draw blood and he may have bigger problems than he does now.
            Usan is a clown.

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                By Josh Salman and Emily Le Coz, GateHouse Media Services

                The Herald-Tribune analyzed millions of criminal cases from the past 12 years to build a first-of-its-kind database of Florida judges, comparing sentencing patterns on everything from their age and previous work experience to their race and gender.

                The 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County has 21 judges who are registered Democrats. Recently retired Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV is one example. Lynch’s sentencing patterns don’t always fit his surfer persona.

                The registered Democrat was one of the youngest judges in the state when elected to the county bench at 33 in 1984.

                Since 2004, Lynch handed down an average sentence of 155 days to white defendants across third-degree felonies, an analysis of OBTS data collected by county clerks shows.

                He gave blacks more than double the time.He locks up blacks with identical charges and records for more than double the time.

                The judge also sentenced whites to an average of 163 days for burglary, while giving blacks 247 days, despite the defendants scoring the same number of points at sentencing.

                And Lynch sent away whites for an average of 100 days in lockup for felony drug possession, while giving blacks 140 days.

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    Did candidate Michael Lynch (1) in order to aid or promote his election DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (2) give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value (3) to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of (4) ANY communications media, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RED BROWARD to (5) ADVOCATE OR OPPOSE through such media any candidate in any election or any candidate for election.

    Is Lynch really going to testify that this enormous amount of work by Tom Lauder over the course of his campaign promoting his candidacy and opposing Inkeles was done without consideration? Is it a coincidence that Lynch shared Thanksgiving dinner with Ahearn, Lauder and Donahue? Is it a coincidence that at his robing he declared Ahearn and Donahue his best friends? Is it a coincidence that Ahearn, Donahue and Lauder came together to Lynch’s “victory” celebration? What did Lauder do for Lynch to deserve an invite to his thank you party? Why was he invited to his “primary” victory party at Micky Byrne’s Irish Pub where he was photographed with Shumate and Lauder? Is it a coincidence that Lynch as Treasurer of his campaign issued multiple checks to non-existent, false entities? Is the flow of money from Lynch to Ahearn/Donahue, South Florida Arbitration or related entities going to evidence Lauder/Red Broward received compensation or an other thing of value? Is it just a coincidence that, on behalf of Lynch, Lauder and crew would show up at BagelLand or his private fundraiser at Maguires Hill 16? Is it a coincidence that Lauder and crew would happen to appear and then publish negative internet videos and blogs about Inkeles? Is it a coincidence that Lauder and his sidekick Dennis Shumate mysteriously appeared at Bill Scherer’s personal residence for a private fundraiser? Use your common sense. Ahearn has already demonstrated how slimy he is with his attempted lifetime ANNUITY of $31,500 per year over a two year period thus far.

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    By Josh Salman and Emily Le Coz, GateHouse Media Services

    The Herald-Tribune analyzed millions of criminal cases from the past 12 years to build a first-of-its-kind database of Florida judges, comparing sentencing patterns on everything from their age and previous work experience to their race and gender.

    The 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County has 21 judges who are registered Democrats. Recently retired Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV is one example. Lynch’s sentencing patterns don’t always fit his surfer persona.

    The registered Democrat was one of the youngest judges in the state when elected to the county bench at 33 in 1984.

    Since 2004, Lynch handed down an average sentence of 155 days to white defendants across third-degree felonies, an analysis of OBTS data collected by county clerks shows.

    He gave blacks more than double the time.He locks up blacks with identical charges and records for more than double the time.

    The judge also sentenced whites to an average of 163 days for burglary, while giving blacks 247 days, despite the defendants scoring the same number of points at sentencing.

    And Lynch sent away whites for an average of 100 days in lockup for felony drug possession, while giving blacks 140 days.

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    Doreen Inkeles is a victim of illegal election law violations. Candidate Doreen Inkeles worked hard for over a year running a clean and professional campaign but still lost. Leah Krauss loaned her campaign $100,000.00.
    Michael Lynch was her opponent. Michael Lynch’s campaign team was led by Campaign Consultant Michael Ahearn, Ahearn’s wife Megan Donahue and Ahearn’s business partner Tom Lauder aka Red Broward.
    Doreen Inkeles spent in excess of $139,000.00, which included more than $100,000.00 of her own money, only to lose.
    Doreen Inkeles spent approximately $112,000.00 for Campaign Consultants, advertising, mailing, radio advertising, postage etc.
    Her opponent, Michael Lynch, employed a “win-at-all-costs, ask-for-forgiveness-later” plan through Campaign Consultant Michael Ahearn, Ahearn’s wife Megan Donahue and Ahearn’s business partner Tom Lauder aka Red Broward.
    Michael Lynch’s plan through his campaign hired guns Ahearn, Donahue and Lauder aka Red Broward engaged in a communications media war utilizing Red Broward as its internet message center. The hired threesome engaged in a communications media campaign to destroy candidate Doreen Inkeles’s reputation and promote Lynch’s candidacy by systematically utilizing Tom Lauder aka Red Broward as an internet delivery system to the public to convey this message. In Doreen Inkeles’s campaign for example, Tom Lauder aka Red Broward and Dennis Shumate, Lauder’s hired cameraman mysteriously appear at a private fundraisers for Michael Lynch at Bagel Land and Maguire Hills 16 to do promotional videos which were later uploaded and presented to the public on YouTube. In the meantime, Tom Lauder aka Red Broward upload numerous videos for voter public viewing for the sole purpose of destroying Doreen Inkeles’s reputation.
    This conduct is proscribed by Florida Statute sec. 104.071.
    The legal community must work together to assure that no one ever again has to experience these despicable and unlawful election law violations and end “win-at-all-costs, ask-for-forgiveness-later” campaign. The JQC has made it quite clear this conduct is abhorred and violators will face severe consequences.
    Doreen Inkeles, you have a cause of action against Lynch and the hired threesome as well as possibly others, including the threesome’s other candidates (four total) who pooled their money in Donahue’s account to do the very same thing to their candidates’ opponents. Discovery in this case will reveal all. Text messages, emails, phone calls, payments, and much more.

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    DIAZ HAS HAD TO WORK HARDER CAMPAIGNING TO KEEP HIS CUSHY JOB THAN HES EVER HAD TO WORK FROM THE BENCH. WIN OR LOSE HES HAD TO HIT THE TRAIL HARD. WORD IS THIS MAY BE HIS SWAN SONG. HIS PAST IS CATCHING UP TO HIM.

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    It’s with your shield or on it for Broward judges suffering from the wake up call. It’s not going to be an easy run for these trough suckers if they want to hang onto it. Most had no practice to speak of before becoming a judge or come from the ranks of low paid government slugs. So being a judge to most of these losers is a free ride.

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    Judges search for gold coins buried in the ceiling panles in the ruins of the old courthouse and store them all in a pot which is hidden at the end of a rainbow that begins at Conte and ends at the Main Jail. After 35 years they get to take them home in the trunks of their Honda’s.

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    By Josh Salman and Emily Le Coz, GateHouse Media Services

    The Herald-Tribune analyzed millions of criminal cases from the past 12 years to build a first-of-its-kind database of Florida judges, comparing sentencing patterns on everything from their age and previous work experience to their race and gender.

    The 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County has 21 judges who are registered Democrats. Recently retired Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV is one example. Lynch’s sentencing patterns don’t always fit his surfer persona.

    The registered Democrat was one of the youngest judges in the state when elected to the county bench at 33 in 1984.

    Since 2004, Lynch handed down an average sentence of 155 days to white defendants across third-degree felonies, an analysis of OBTS data collected by county clerks shows.

    He gave blacks more than double the time.He locks up blacks with identical charges and records for more than double the time.

    The judge also sentenced whites to an average of 163 days for burglary, while giving blacks 247 days, despite the defendants scoring the same number of points at sentencing.

    And Lynch sent away whites for an average of 100 days in lockup for felony drug possession, while giving blacks 140 days.

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    The Herald-Tribune study is nuts.

    For the moment, I’m going to ignore the numerous other flaws in this study and simply ask all the real prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys a question:

    Just looking at the cited numbers, how can anybody draw a sentencing conclusion (based on this data alone) about a judge when well over 90% of all criminal cases are resolved by a plea agreement between the State and the Defense?

    Now don’t go speculating. Based on the numbers relied upon by the Herald-Tribune , please answer the question.

    Here is a quote from the study:

    “To be sure, sentences across Florida are negotiated before they reach the judge for final approval. But a Herald-Tribune investigation found the system still leaves judges with the discretion to show mercy.”

    Hogwash. Unless it is an open plea, the court has no discretion. Why not look at those numbers, if available? Of course, a judge may “lean” on one side or the other, but what kind of truly objective data are you going to find on that.

    I have not seen their investigation re mercy so I can’t speak directly to it.

    All I ask is that you think about it.

    By the way, I remember Futch giving sentences greater than that requested by State simply because the attorney irritated him.

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      The Herald-Tribune study is “not” nuts.
      They are functioning as designed.

      Pay MSM no mind….
      They are enemies. Antitrust. Nat. Sec. issues.
      All reports must go through the legal departments for approval of release. The editor’s hands are tied.
      The legal dept. is made up of decision makers, who hold private memberships with Bar Association’s.

      So the MSM news, “free press”. must be approved by a Bar member. (private business interests)
      The legal dept. at the paper was lic. and paid.
      But not by you or I.
      It just goes to show, you get what you pay for….

      We’re on offense…
      The documented accusations of court house corruption shold be posted here, (Alt Media), prior to any Bar or JQC complaint, so we can all follow along. This is an ongoing project, please let us know about the really bad cases as the develop in real time if you can.

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