Friday, April 12, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Service at 7:00 PM
Baird-Case Jordan Fannin Funeral Home
4343 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Saturday, April 13, 2013
10:00 AM – Funeral Service
Saint John The Baptist Catholic Church
4595 Bayview Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
SS: Obituary Susan Aramony
Here is the complaint the Palm Beach judicial set is talking about, filed by prominent campaign consultant Rebecca Shelton against Marni Bryson for allegedly unpaid expenses and consulting fees from Bryson's successful 2010 county court campaign totalling $30,292.45. Shelton was identified by Palm Beach Post articles as Bryson's "campaign manager", a role Shelton has performed for many judges and politicos in the Fifteenth Circuit. The suit was filed April 1st by attorney Mark Shumaker, assigned to circuit judge Meenu Sasser. Bryson was reportedly served in the courthouse last week.
The complaint is soon to be the newest headline in Bryson's short but newsworthy judicial career. The Post has already published articles over Bryson's alleged personal relationships with a fireman witness, a DUI Defendant's ex-husband, a controversy over not disclosing a misdemeanor battery charge, and Bryson's official sanction by The Florida Commission On Ethics, together with related stories over questions concerning Bryson's campaign money sources. And now a public beef over another monetary issue connected to the 2010 campaign, this time with a former ally and confidante.
The Shelton complaint may be newsworthy besides a rare and juicy peek behind the judicial elections' curtain, since there are still unanswered questions regarding the manner in which the Shelton managed Bryson campaign was funded.
Here's what Bryson's opponent Laurie Stilwell Cohen told The Post at the time of the Ethics Commission's recommendation:
Cohen said the ethics commission never investigated where some $163,000 of Bryson's campaign money had come from.
"I don't think we'll ever know the answer to that question," Cohen said. "But at this point, it's moot. It's over."
And now it may not be over after all, since Bryson's staunchest defender is now an adversary. If anyone can verify whether Cohen's concerns were valid, it would be Bryson's former campaign manager. Definitely a wait and see. In the meantime, we'll be following all the Shelton v. Bryson developments, so stay tuned ...
He likes it! - Bobby Diaz still doing jury pool
swear-ins months after the election ...
(Note to Florida Bar - Photo by JAABLOG)
Coming Soon - Palm Beach judge challenged?
Remember when you were young ...
This is not a drill ...
Phones started lighting up around 6 pm - Liz Scherer is your new circuit court judge. She'll be taking over for Lynn Rosenthal in Dependency in January.
Did Bill Scherer's resignation from the JNC have anything to do with Liz's promotion from ASA to judge? Will the elder Scherer now reapply for the JNC? And will he apologize for trash talking the blog during Gardiner's trial?
In any event, congratulations to all the applicants!
Coming Soon - circuit judge Stacy Ross?
*UPDATE* - VIDEO: Whistleblower Alu says former judge lied on stand
"She lied in her deposition. She lied to the JQC. She lied on the stand," said Sunrise City Commissioner and state prosecutor Sheila Alu.
Get your Tivo's runnin'.
Sheila Alu reportedly gave Bob Norman a very candid interview regarding the funky Gardiner trial earlier this afternoon. It's set to run at 5:30 PM tonight, or possibly at 6:00 PM, depending on scheduling.
We'll be sure to link it as soon as it posts ...
Coming Soon - The Trial Transcript, and then The Press Conference!
Bob Norman's Blog - Former judge defines what "social" means
"One problem with Gardiner's claim on the witness stand that she never talked about the trial is that at least two witnesses who testified under oath to the JQC that they personally witnessed the judge and prosecutor talking about the case while partying together at the Timpano Chophouse on Las Olas Boulevard before a verdict was reached. I'll be reporting on that aspect of the case against Gardiner today, so stay tuned."