1.) & 2.) Co-workers will never mistakenly grab your brown bag lunch out of the break room fridge again, with impressive name tags like these attached; 3.) Former ASA Scott Janowitz in the house; 4.) Attorneys Terrence Moons, Kevin Kulik, and Eddie Kay (Terry is guilty by association); 5.) The old & the new - Judge Fred Berman enjoying his last term, with judicial candidate Steve Schaet hoping to start his first soon; 6.) Judge Ana Gardiner's office door last week.

County Commission settles on a
classic design for new Broward courthouse

Who dropped the dime on Ana?

"I felt like I was talking to a brick wall. Or a master obfuscator ...

In the last few days, I've spoken to two sitting judges who say Gardiner has missed many work days in the last year, and that Tobin and other judges would repeatedly cover for her chronic absences. The judges didn't want to be identified because their comments could violate the Code of Judicial Conduct.

As constitutional officers, state judges voluntarily adhere to vacation and sick leave guidelines set in each judicial circuit. Broward's policy gives judges 30 vacation days and unlimited sick days, and the chief judge is allowed to grant additional leave "upon the showing of good cause."



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  • 3/9/2010 8:22 AM Civil Lawyer wrote:
    Every civil lawyer knows that Judges Tobin , Tuter and Krathen covered for Ana Gardiner. Gardiner was never in her chambers. Tobin always exhibited impatience and rudeness to all that appear before him. Seemed like someone who hated his job and every lawyer that appeared before him. Is Tobin the same nut case that the Supreme Court tabbed as our czar to handle corruption for the Statewide Grand Jury. Tobin was always an out of control nut job.
  • 3/9/2010 8:26 AM Anonymous wrote:

    So I guess Help Me Howie really does run this blog. I cant imagine any other reason you would not have the Sun Sent Tobin Article splashed across the main paige with the quotes about how crazed Tobin was about you and your blog. Must suck for Howard, Tobin loved to kiss his ass. Lots of new faces in dependency in 11, Tutor, Tobin, Backman, Greene, etc. Howie better hope that candiates of his win so maybe he has some votes to barter with in 11.

    Horowitz in 11.

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  • 3/9/2010 8:30 AM second that wrote:
    I agree with the 2 previous posts.
  • 3/9/2010 8:53 AM Anonymous wrote:
    As a 20 plus year lawyer on the civil side of the courthouse, I can say without a doubt that Tobin is a bully, plain and simple. Totally out of touch with the real lawyers and always looking for a scapegoat---hey Vic--its YOU that is the problem!
  • 3/9/2010 8:54 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Ask Miranda why Alfred won't be Chief Judge in 2011
  • 3/9/2010 9:27 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Oh yeah, Horowitz is openly dating a GM. That is so scandalous considering what is going on around here. Please. Its going to be an anyone but Vic/Tutor election.
  • 3/9/2010 9:45 AM Anonymous wrote:
    How wonderful that Horowitz and Miranda have found happiness.
    Does anyone know how they met?
  • 3/9/2010 9:47 AM Bellevue Broward wrote:
    Victor Tobin is the only person that cares about what disgusting games are going on in the courthouse and is sincerely trying to do something about it. He inherited this large group of judicial misfits. Anyone would have problems trying to mother all these weirdos. With everything from sex scandals to drugs to mental health problems, the Broward Bench has it all. I feel sorry for the guy. He needs to take a fire hose to these idiots for the time being. The electorate will take care of the rest of it.
  • 3/9/2010 9:56 AM take a letter Maria wrote:
    Its funny how they all have a now familiar smirk on their faces. Broward's Judicial Scene is coming apart at the seams. The Day of the Opportunists has arrived.
    No holding back the wave of discontent at our judiciary from here on out.
  • 3/9/2010 9:56 AM Anonymous wrote:
    How many lawyers have been linked to Gardiner through the years?
  • 3/9/2010 10:04 AM Finally Bill wrote:
    No need to attack JAAB on this, given the front page welcome piece on the Mayo article and the straight out statement of endorsement for a younger new generation of judge without ties to the old crowd to run for Chief Judge.

    There are several that fit the bill besides Fred Horowitz.

    While I can't imagine he'd really want the gig, the one person who I think should really run for Chief Judge and would do an excellent job is Circuit Judge Bernie Bober.

    Let's run down his qualifications to be Chief Judge in this whackjob County:

    1. He has no ties to any of the old guard and no "dog in the fights" between the Ross/Backman/Tobin factions.

    2. As a newer judge and as a good and decent human being, he certainly has some part of the idealism left in him for the job of administering justice.

    3. He has no tolerance for abject stupidity or cruelty.

    4. He appears genuinely liked by his peers.

    So the question is whether he'd want to put his name in and whether a milder-mannered guy with no axe to grind with some or all of his colleagues could do a better job than the current joker in office.

    I think so.

  • 3/9/2010 10:05 AM Anonymous wrote:
    And the answer remains for all the problems suffered by Browards Judges to build a new courthouse. What's wrong with this thinking?
  • 3/9/2010 10:13 AM second term for tobin wrote:
    Tobin for second term: I don't know if you're not giving Tobin enough credit.

    True, he could have broken up the old, corrupt ties by rotating all the judges to serve the way they are supposed to instead of allowing some to keep their fiefdoms.

    But the way it looks to me is all he has to do is idly sit by and let the bunch of jokers out themselves by the look of things.

    Broward unquestionably has the worse group of judges to ever sit in the State of Florida.

    By the end of his second term as CJ they'll all be gone thankfully anyway.
  • 3/9/2010 10:25 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Bober wouldn't get 2 votes. The Judges see he is the cause of their problems by running against a sitting judge. Remember who the votets are.
  • 3/9/2010 10:55 AM Bidwill Bid wrote:
    Bidwill is the answer. Honest, intelligent, compassionate, non political in short JUDICIOUS.
  • 3/9/2010 11:31 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Janowitz would make a great judge. Honest, intellegent, hard working and independant.
  • 3/9/2010 11:42 AM Racism you say wrote:
    Such outrage at anti jew comments yet you let Levenson skate for his anti gay comments towards a child victim of sexual abuse. Tutor you gave this a pass too. You are just like the California politician who just admitted he was gay while voting anti gay for years.

    What about Hurley's anti senior citizen comments that the elderly are like fedex packages? No outrage there.

    How about Garcia-Wood wrongfully keeping the paraplegic lady in jail for no reason. No outrage there?

    No you save the outrage for the attempt to by Finkelstien, Kulik and Co to pack the court with Tribe members. Sorry running people for judge only because they have a Jewish last name is a racist as anything else and the voters will be made well aware of it come August.
  • 3/9/2010 11:57 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Why the attempt to discourage qualified candidates from running because of their names against sitting judges. Just because bad judges are getting opposition at this stage has nothing to do with the people who show the courage to take them on. The sooner the old gang are made to earn their jobs, the better. I don't see anything wrong with people identifying the problem and wanting to do something about it. There are some good people out there who want to do just that. Broward County needs the change.
  • 3/9/2010 12:02 PM jim tylock wrote:
    boy vic must have changed completely, i remember vic as an assistant pd, lontime defense lawyer and criminal judge. he was a good advocate, fu person, had a keen wit and in general a person u wanted around.... has he changed or might it be that u contrarians generaly mistrust or feel you must knock any one in authority. which is it, in my opinion its the latter, vic was a great person and he probably still is.
  • 3/9/2010 12:32 PM Racism is Racism wrote:
    Please Alan Bernstien against McCarthy, Donoho against Hurley, Golburgh against Merrigan, Sokolog against Oconnor, Miami Lawyer against Gonzalez, see a pattern here...jews running against catholics simply because their names are jewish on the ballot. Racism plain and simple. These candiates will soon find out this is not 2008 when only Dems could vote in the Primary, 2010 is going to be quite different.
  • 3/9/2010 12:36 PM Anonymous wrote:
  • 3/9/2010 12:42 PM media responsibility wrote:
    Racism is a very strong word and doesn't apply. More like opportunism given the rank and file of very poor judges down here. I'm at least glad to see that the print media is finally doing their job in bringing this to the attention of the public and not covering it up like they used to. If they won't do what is expected of them, toss them out. But we need to know about it first.
  • 3/9/2010 12:54 PM Anonymous wrote:
    HEY VIC LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 1985!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3/9/2010 4:47 PM 1013am wrote:
    Tutor is gay and in the closet? Well if he is than your comparison to the California politician who just admitted to being gay while always voting against gay rights is a fair comparison to Tutor in the Levenson situation. I thought it was odd at his swearing in that he had no family or friends there and was robed by his secretary. If all this is true Tutor just free yourself of the burden and come out.
  • 3/9/2010 10:16 PM irishman for goldburgh wrote:
    goldburgh is running against merrigan because merrigan spent his entire legal career representing the establishment against the little guy; employers against employees, insurance companies against individuals, and the banks as a collections lawyer. ...and then he comes from jacksonville and gets an appointment to the bench because his wife works at the same law firm as the head of the jnc, richard zaden. goldburgh spent his entire legal career representing individuals in that very courthouse. he isn't beholden to anyone. he's qualified, he's a great lawyer and everyone respects him. he'll win that race.
  • 3/9/2010 10:23 PM Anonymous wrote:
    "Janowitz would make a great judge. Honest, intellegent, hard working and independant."

    Scott has both more ambition and more sense than to want to limit himself to being a judge. However, for a Jewish Republican to get elected down in Dade essentially requires fitting a square peg in a round hole. He'll make hs money in civil, and then I'd watch Gus Barreiro's state House district: half Miami Beach, half on the mainland. I can see Scott going for that.
  • 3/9/2010 10:34 PM Thanks Lloyd wrote:
    I think the voters will have a different take when they get to know a little more about those clients you have represented in our courthouse. Drunks, kiddie perverts may be common for the lawyers on here to deal with but outside the criminal defense bar people may not find those you represent in the courthouse as much a badge of honor as you may think.
  • 3/9/2010 10:57 PM youre welcome lloyd wrote:
    you mean defense lawyers actually represent people charged with crimes? do you think the people may find that out? lloyd, you should get out of the race now. you don't want the voters finding out that criminal defense lawyers represent, ah, criminals.
  • 3/10/2010 6:03 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Kevin with Eddie looks like a bad Weekend at Bernie's routine
  • 3/22/2010 3:08 PM anonymouseinthecourthouse wrote:
    When are you useless lying lawyers going to stop jerking off in each other's mouths?

    Canon D. Displinary RESPONSIBILITIES

    (1) A judge who receives information of HAS ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE that a substantial likelihood existed that another judge has committed a violation of this Code SHALL TAKE appropriate action.
    (2) Acts of a judge, in the discharge of DISCIPLINARY RESPONSIBILITIES, REQUIRED or PERMITTED by Sections 3D(1) are part of a JUDGE'S Judicial duties...

    So what exactly is it about "judge's judicial duties" do you all claim "violates Canon3D of the Judicial Code of Conduct" and prohibits these named cover-up judgy-wudgeys or any others from filing a complaint against gardiner that would invite a complaint risks a complaint for doing what the Canons of Judicial Conduct directly demand?

    Apparently, on blowad cuntree, "appropriate action" means aiding and abetting.

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