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


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  • 2/8/2010 1:18 PM ADJ's Revenge wrote:
    Well, it looks like the slash and burn tactics of the ADJ are continuing with one of his and Kullik's cronies getting in against Haury, who as bill said -- has been nothing but "a fair and consummate gentleman" and shows "great compassion" since being appointed to the bench.

    So Bill, time to take a stand here, no?

    Yes, we all know that sometimes you've got to burn it all down to build something new, but is it just "democracy in action" when good judges get challenged by your buddies for no good reason?

    Why no mention of the relationship between Bernstein and the Kulick crowd?

    Why no analysis of Mr. Kulick, who was all high and mighty about bringing some change to the courthouse based on his "defense attorney" mentality, but runs the Seidman campaign (only a defense attorney mentality during an election year) and then is pulling a hatchet job on judges who nobody has a bad word to say about?

    The intellectual dishonesty of the Kulick crowd on their decision-making process for challenging judges and running certain candidates is as obvious as the lifts in the ADJ's shoes.

    The least he could do is man up and say -- "I'm running candidates in races where I think the incumbents are weak, and supporting incumbents who I have a relationship with".

    BS BS BS -- Haury is and has been, as Bill says, a good and decent man, a consummate professional and gentleman, and who has done an admirable job since recently taking the bench.

    That someone is taking shots (figurative) at him so soon is disheartening.
  • 2/8/2010 1:42 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Bad move. I think Burnstein should run against Barbara McCarthy. She's a cancer on the bench. Rothstein ties. Her ties to Birkin have the Dale Ross stench.
  • 2/8/2010 1:46 PM This is it wrote:
    Calling, Calling defective Detective Thug Avalos. He said taking shots at Haury. No more entitlement King orQueen mentality here. You will now have to earn a judgeship. Hey, nothing wrong with that way of thinking at all.
  • 2/8/2010 2:11 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The wrong race for Alan. Haury is a good man and Judge.
  • 2/8/2010 2:23 PM Anonymous wrote:
  • 2/8/2010 2:28 PM Anonymous wrote:
    If Haury is a good man and judge, he will have no problem defending his judgeship. He will be able to put on a great campaign base on the good he has done for the community. He have a wonderful chance to prove himself to the community and finally be elected by that community.
  • 2/8/2010 2:58 PM Right on Brother wrote:
    "If [SEIDMAN] is a good man and judge, he will have no problem defending his judgeship. He will be able to put on a great campaign base on the good he has done for the community. He have a wonderful chance to prove himself to the community and finally be elected by that community."

    LOL, I love just replacing Haury with Seidman and wonder what Kulick would think now.

    Freaking hypocritical tool.
  • 2/8/2010 3:34 PM Paine in the Judiciary wrote:
    ARTIST: John Lennon
    TITLE: Nobody Told Me
    Lyrics and Chords

    Everybody's talking and no one says a word
    Everybody's making love and no one really cares
    There's matches in the bathroom just below the stairs

    / A Asus2 D D6D / / A E D Bm /

    There's always something happening and nothin' going on
    There's always something cooking and nothing in the pot
    They're starving back in China, so finish what you got

    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Strange days indeed, strange days indeed

    / G D Em - / / / C G D D6D C G A - /

    Everybody's runnin' and no one makes a move
    Well everybody's a winner and nothing left to lose
    There's a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu

    Everybody's flying and no one leaves the ground
    Well everybody's crying and no one makes a sound
    There's a place for us in movies, you just gotta lay around

    ... most peculiar mama

    Everybody's smoking and no one's getting high
    Everybody's flying and never touch the sky
    There's UFO's over in New York and I ain't too surprised

    ... most peculiar mama, whoa
  • 2/8/2010 4:54 PM Anonymous wrote:
    "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."

    Of course Bill, if the name Haury was replaced with Hurley it would be the end of the world.

    You and Kevin can hide behind the word "democracy" but its nothing more than a power grab to benefit a certain class of attorneys. Do you not think Kevin is going to be co-counsel for a nice hefty fee before every Judge he "puts on the bench". He has already tried this with Bober the difference is that Bober is a man of integrity.

    Come on Kevin you say a lot on here. Explain to everyone why you were charging big fees to be co-counsel on cases before Bober?

    The joke is on you Bill, corruption is corruption, no excusing the past but advocating what Kevin is doing is merely supporting corruption in a new form by new players.
  • 2/8/2010 5:45 PM Need more Blacks to run wrote:
    We need more blacks to run for office.
    Here is you opportunity people of African heritage to represent in the judiciary step up to the plate and run for office or get left behind. Blacks need to take a stand and go for it.
  • 2/8/2010 6:18 PM Sheeeat wrote:
    Elijah, Gillespie and Mary Rudd will be out the door next year. Them and the Carlos' are the last of the remaining low hanging fruit.
  • 2/8/2010 6:26 PM Anonymous wrote:
    You forgot Pratt. I doubt she will make it.
  • 2/8/2010 6:54 PM Anonymous wrote:
    too funny seeing mike dodge the question on norman's video
  • 2/8/2010 7:02 PM Anonymous wrote:
    I would wait until April 30 before any bookmaking is finalized.

    Many of these candidates will drop out. Even more will switch races at the last minute.

    It's popularity contest time. Whomever has the most friends will run opposed.
  • 2/8/2010 8:12 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Avalos -- all she had to do was be nice and fair SHE COULDN'T DO IT she didn't deserve the job and acted all high and mighty when SHE PUSHED PARKING TICKETS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
  • 2/8/2010 9:19 PM CHANGE IN BROWARD wrote:
    Change is a good thing. The democratic process is good thing. Lifetime Broward Judges are gone. This county needs a dose of honesty and integrity. Let the county determine who the best judges should be, not the governor with his partisan appointments and agendas.
  • 2/8/2010 9:40 PM Courthouse Observer wrote:
    Wow. Lots of green eyed jealous, anti-Kevin posts on this blog. Gee, wounder who is a posten on this blog?

    Merrigan represented United Auto during PIP suites. Think of all of the pissed off P.I. lawyers. Can you spell fundraiser? I can see Merrigan working the condos whith his "I served my country protecting you schtick". This sophisticated anti-Bush/Charlie Crist crowd is still pissed about the Iraq War. No weapons of mass destruction, Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld manufactured war. Merrigan will have to campaign hard on the east side of town, and hit hundreds of spaghetti dinner nights at every catholic church he can find. Hopefully, he can get the benefit of the Rubio tea party crazies vs. the Charlie Crist wealthy, frat boy, donor machine.

    Question: Who has the bumper stickers already produced and on the street? Who has 3 fundraisers set for the months of February/March? Who will get the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, firefighter, police officer endorsements?
  • 2/8/2010 9:57 PM Anonymous wrote:
    merrigan has the pba and fop endorsement but no bumper stickers. So is he the answer to you question there Mr. Observer?
  • 2/8/2010 9:59 PM Anonymous wrote:
    bumper stickers holy crap jim lewis always had bumper stickers and look how well they did for him.
  • 2/8/2010 10:36 PM Anonymous wrote:
    newspapers? they always endorse incumbents. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • 2/9/2010 12:17 AM the wrong choice... wrote:
    J. Haury is a nice guy, fair and humble to boot. If anything he is maybe not tough enough. This is the last judge i would be trying to out. What about giselle pollack with her self-righteous arrogance? Whose gonna take her out?
  • 2/9/2010 3:22 AM Anonymous wrote:
    She's just another organically damaged idiot parading around like she's late for accepting her oscar nomination.
    She's perfect for Broward.
  • 2/9/2010 8:26 PM the great leveling wrote:
    The days of wine and roses are definitely over for the judges that used to slide in carefully under the radar and then intimidate anyone from running against any of them as if it were sacrilege.
    The time of the great leveling has arrived with a vengeance and the stench of corruption shall be washed away.
    Hardy Har Har!
  • 2/9/2010 10:11 PM irritated by dumb comment wrote:
    Who has Haury intimidated? Everyone says he is a class guy. Who has evidence to the contrary?
  • 2/9/2010 10:18 PM Anonymous wrote:
  • 2/9/2010 10:24 PM Anonymous wrote:
    who is running alan's campaign?
  • 2/9/2010 10:31 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Haury ought to call for himself and alan to put up their tax returns for the last 3 years. Alan has not had a law practice after his heart attack and cant get insurance. Not really good reasons to run for judge.
  • 2/10/2010 1:25 AM Anonymous wrote:
    At 3:22, I like you. That's a perfect description of Giselle.
  • 2/10/2010 8:31 AM ask away wrote:
    Neither is being part of a bunch of Republican Frat Appointees being selected over much better qualified people a good reason to be a judge.

    Ask the local JNC what they thought they were doing.
    Ask our Governor what he thought about stacking the deck with judicial lackeys.
    Ask him when he loses his race for senate because he has deserted the people of the State of Florida for a bigger brass ring.
    Ask the Broward judges that he appointed for their comment after they are voted out and replaced with judges that the citizens of Broward have chosen.
    Ask them all what they think about things then before you attack Alan Bernstein and what his motives are to run for judge.
    Ask yourself why Broward County has the worst set of judges in the State if not the nation.
    Then go blow your nose.
  • 2/10/2010 8:47 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Oh Alan, there is the imfaous temper I know so well you have. You didnt like it when your dirty little secret is discussed how due to your unfortunate illness your law practice is gone and cant get clients to save your life so to speak. So how about it Alan. Put up your tax return for the last 3 years. Put up your health insurance card. Lets see if you have any income or health insurance. The people should be informed if you are running merely because your practice went bust and you cant get insurance. This is not a jury alan, dont try to make it about Crist, you are the candiate its all about you.
  • 2/10/2010 9:40 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Heard Padowitz is gonna run against Holmes? Is it just a rumor or not?
  • 2/10/2010 10:58 AM Anonymous wrote:
    He'd cream her.
  • 2/13/2010 9:52 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Alan Bernstein is one of the best thusfar to file for judge. I won't mind if more people like him step up to the plate to remove republican appointees who never had to run for office to begin with.
  • 2/25/2010 4:50 PM Anonymous wrote:
    I'm voting for Bernstein.

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