BERNSTEIN v. HAURY
Holmes for Haiti
Judge Holmes has been apprised of the Public Defender's Office efforts to aid Haitian relief. In a showing of solidarity for victims of the tragedy, Holmes has agreed to allow anyone who makes a donation to wear jeans to court on Thursday, February 11th. If you have not already donated, see Liz Morin in the PD's Office.
Attorney Alan Bernstein has filed to run against Circuit Judge William Haury. The paperwork should post on the Florida Division of Elections' website tomorrow.
What can be said about this one? Haury is a fair man, and the consummate gentleman. He's shown great compassion and insight since being appointed by Governor Crist.
Oh well. We've been told time again, when you're replacing a rotten foundation, sometimes good materials get tossed along with the bad stuff. It's democracy in action.
MAY THE BEST MAN WIN!
Juror Number Seven - our very own Help Me Howard is enjoying his first day of jury duty today. We're told he may have already been picked for a panel in a civil matter. Will South Florida's legal adviser to the masses end up as foreperson of the jury? Wait for Patrick Fraser's report ...
It's finally over - the SAO finally dropped charges against Larnell Pinson, the deaf woman accused of felony battery on a police officer. It took a demand for speedy trial by APD Matt Fiorello to move things along, after, get this, the SAO threatened to proceed without their police officer victim (he's currently on suspension for the Sunrise Beatdown fiasco). Fiorello said he wasn't having any of it, and now the case is gone. Good 'ole Broward (just plain mean).
Pulp: Satz Dodges Hardball Questions At Presser
"At Friday's press conference regarding new corruption legislation, intrepid Pulp researcher Lyn Evans asked Broward State Attorney Michael Satz a pertinent and tough question.
To wit: "Can you explain why Broward County has become such a cesspool of corruption under your watch?" ...
The truth is that the existing laws -- like the unlawful compensation and official misconduct statutes -- cover a whole lot of misbehavin'. The problem during the past 30 years or so has been that Satz's office repeatedly refused to prosecute good cases. Assistant state attorneys like John Countryman would routinely bemoan in their close-out memos that the officials' conduct looked bad but it couldn't go to trial because there was no proof of a quid pro quo. But guess what? The Florida Supreme Court had already decided there was no need for such proof because it was almost impossible to get. These things were done, quite literally, with a wink and a nod. So the high court, in its wisdom, deemed that circumstantial evidence -- i.e. a payoff in exchange for an apparent political favor -- was sufficient for prosecution. Satz effectively set an impossible standard and the local pols slid along, emboldened, creating that cesspool we're all talking about ... "
Sentinel: Backlash against courthouse tax could hurt Broward commissioners
" ... to Commissioner John Rodstrom, the concerns about a delay are exaggerated, contrived to ensure the result that influential judges and lawyers have long wanted. He cast one of the three votes against the courthouse.
"The fix was in," Rodstrom said. "I know there are problems and the courthouse is not in the best condition, but the time is problematic. It is time to hunker down and save money. There is an anti-tax sentiment out there, and we should listen to it."
Sentinel: Justice system has few options to deal with chronic small-time offenders