Chief Judge Victor Tobin's comments in the Sun Sentinel today about JAABLOG are paying dividends.

We got off the phone a few minutes ago with Attorney Andy Rosenkranz, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.  He called after reading the article, out of concern regarding the racist comments on JAABLOG.  He seemed satisfied with our explanation and response to the problem.

The great news is that bad things sometimes create good opportunities.  After the aforementioned discussion, we heatedly educated him on the plight of African-Americans and other low income minorities caught up in Broward's criminal justice system.  We explained to him how Broward sends non-violent African-American drug offenders to prison at twice the rate per capita of our neighbors via a selectively enforced, merciless drug policy, which proliferates addiction and poverty across generations of poor families.  We explained to him that Broward's institutional racism is an entrenched, ugly vestige of yesteryear, with absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel.  We begged him to join us in our fight to stop institutional racism in Broward courts once and for all, in keeping with the ADL's stated goal of defeating racism wherever it rears its ugly, monstrous head.

Rosenkranz seemed surprised about the state of affairs in Broward.  He promised to check out JAABLOG, which he said he never knew about before Tobin's comments. Most importantly, he promised to meet with us after he gets up to speed. 

An amazing day.  Reform will never come to Broward's criminal justice system without help from powerful political organizations like the ADL.  Help for Broward's poor minority communities may finally be on the way, now that the message is slowly but surely getting out.  In the end, we all might have to thank the racist JAABLOG commentator who, ironically, may have been the lightning rod that finally leads to real reform in the community.

How cool is that?


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  • 3/9/2010 4:59 PM Anonymous wrote:
    So the Honorable Ana Gardiner showed up for work today at 9:40am for her 8:45am motion calendar! 51 lawyers waiting outside her chambers for an hour. Ridiculous. I did see what looked like a jaablog person take her picture as she arrived from the back stairwell...hopefully this will be posted.
  • 3/9/2010 5:18 PM No one can help Tobin now wrote:

    Not that you were not considered by many a joke before today, but seriously, Tobin badmouths YOU and YOUR Blog and you still try to paint him to be a good guy. The Chief Judge made himself look like an ass to a reporter who asked simple questions about important issue and you have yet to give an opinion. Seriously what kind of deal did you and most likely your hero Finkelstien make with Tobin? You know where the real dividends are going? To people like Bob Nichols and the woman running against Rodriguez. Those people can point to that article and show the voters what a mess Tobin has made of things and use it as a call for change.

    A "Chief" needs to be someone who is cool under pressure. Tobin in this article looks like a petulant child who cant control his emotions.

    You keep that party line about covering for Tobin,but Mayo let the cat out of the bag.

    The amusing thing is Bill you are no different than those your rail against. You cut deals and do what is best for yourself. Come on do you think your readers didn't know how you leaked Tom Lynch going to civil months before it happened. You made a deal with Tobin, enjoy it while it lasts because when the new Chief Judge comes to town you can enjoy all the access you want to Tobin in Dependency COurt.

    About Howard, why have you nor anyone else ever questions why Finkelstein never took a position on Ana Gardiner? All those potential tainted convictions and not a peep from Howard. No doubt Vic and Howard cut a deal on that one.
  • 3/9/2010 6:00 PM lighten up wrote:
    No deal, just veal. It has a great deal less fat than regular beef and is without all the hormones.
    Your premises is as ridiculous as your portrayal of it.
    Why kick the chick (Gardiner) when she's down. She's going you know where after she collects her pay check for a little longer. Lighten up, would ya? It's not a pretty picture, but she'll get her nose rubbed it pretty tough with worse to come for she and her boyfriend. So why all the hype? What are you and Kulic munching all day long? It'll take care of itself.
  • 3/9/2010 6:23 PM Anonymous wrote:
    What exactly is Tobin supposed to say about a judge under investigation by the JQC and one who can't keep her personality under control? He is barred from saying anything. I don't get it. Tobin is afar cry of the days of Dale Ross and his henchmen, I'll tell you that. The judiciary is falling apart because it stinks and new candidates are standing up to the judicial gang mentality that ruled for so long. They're all just feeling a little insecure.
  • 3/9/2010 6:32 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The Judge all know that Ross and his so called henchmen protected them and had their back. This will be remembered come election time in 2011. Dale may have not been a wrodsmith but he never acted like a scared petulant child when confronted by a reporter with simple questions. Whether or not Gardiner is not showing up to work involves the JQC investigation how?
  • 3/9/2010 6:51 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Dale, like Bogenschutz, will say anything to keep the train on track. Say what you like about either of them, they are both great lawyers.
  • 3/9/2010 7:08 PM ADL Give Me A Break wrote:
    ADL? Like they care about the blacks? Like they can't walk into any courtroom any day and see the problem firsthand?
  • 3/9/2010 7:25 PM No Place Like Broward wrote:
    Folks...come on. I agree with the comments that Tobin acted emotionally to Mayo's requests. I am not defending him but let's be real. What do we expect? Broward County is on the verge of real implosion from it's County Commission to its criminal justice system. Budget cuts, corruption, politics, lobbyists...this place is like no other on the planet. Ross was lame and a good-ole boy of days gone by. At least Tobin has done some good here...first appearance division, expediting VOP hearings, challenging the worst Clerk of the Court in the State. Can he do bet. But in this environment...little steps are monumental and amazing achievements!!!
  • 3/9/2010 7:27 PM JIM CROW ROGOW wrote:
    The institutionalized corruption and racism go hand in hand ........ GENE MOSS , Hymie Mombach and Ganev Spechler could not have sold protection to racist landlords ...... without collusion and deception from THE BAR , The JQC , ADRIA QUINTELA , Brooke Kennerly , john harkness and Bugsy Seltzer ......... the judeciary allowed witness intimidation , evidence destruction and lawyer fraud by affidavit .
  • 3/9/2010 7:34 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Maybe Tobin called the ADL? Did you ever think of that?
  • 3/9/2010 7:47 PM Hey Mr Rosenkrantz wrote:
    Did Bill tell you that he decorates his blog with pictures of Hitler and Nazi propaganda? Make sure to ask him why he thinks those images are amusing! Bill- don't go taking down posts now that you've got the ADL on board!
  • 3/9/2010 7:50 PM Anonymous wrote:
    They should go after Mel Brooks too.
  • 3/9/2010 7:51 PM Ebony and Ivory wrote:
    Side by side on my piano keyboard oh lord why can't we?
  • 3/9/2010 7:57 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Tobin needs an Ishoy
  • 3/9/2010 8:02 PM Anonymous wrote:
    He lost without Dorian
  • 3/9/2010 8:13 PM Anonymous wrote:
  • 3/9/2010 8:18 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The supreme irony is that Holmes has liked playing the part of the hammer in allot of minority cases.
  • 3/9/2010 8:30 PM Plain Truth wrote:
    Fact Sheet on the ADL



    The ADL is " of the ugliest, most powerful pressure groups in the U.S...Its primary commitment is to use any technique, however dishonest and disgraceful, in order to defame and silence and destroy anybody who dares to criticize the Holy State ('Israel')."

    --Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) gave an award Nov. 18, 1998 to the city of Coeur d'Alene. City Fathers assume this is something to be proud of and have unthinkingly rolled out the red carpet for the ADL.

    They think that an imprimatur from the ADL, a prominent Jewish group with a multi-million dollar budget and substantial media clout, is a kind of certification of our area's goodness. But in point of fact, hosting the ADL and its regional Seattle director at the Coeur d'Alene Resort is a shameful blot on our region.

    The ADL is a branch of the masonic B'nai B'rith (Sons of the Covenant), which was established Oct. 13, 1843.

    Up until recently, for decades the chief "fact-finder" (head spy) for the ADL was the late Irwin Suall. From 1957 through 1962, Mr. Suall was national secretary of the Socialist Party. (1)

    The ADL keeps extensive espionage files on those who are critical of Israeli policies. Last year the ADL attempted to blackmail Benjamin Chavis, leader of the NAACP, with some of those files. (2)

    The ADL spies on American dissidents on behalf of the Israeli government. Automobile license plate numbers of people attending a meeting of the Committee on the Middle East were recorded by ADL agent Roy Bullock, channeled through San Francisco police officer Tom Gerard, also an ADL operative, and furnished to the Israeli government. (3)

    The ADL claims that it has the right to "investigate" dissidents and "probe into their private lives." When asked in court, "Does that mean anyone who participates in a political rally can be the subject of an in-depth investigation?" ADL attorney Stephen Bomse responded in the affirmative. (4).

    In 1996 the ADL praised the prison sentence meted out to an American publisher in Germany: "ADL today said it was gratified that a German court sentenced American...Gary Lauck to four years in prison for...disseminating anti-Semitic...hate material." (5)

    In January of 1998, ADL Director Abraham Foxman ordered Metropolitan Books to halt publication of "A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth," a book which exposed fraud perpetrated by anti-German bigot Daniel Goldhagen. (6)
  • 3/9/2010 8:32 PM Tobin Fan wrote:
    It seems to me that the "anonymous sources" in the Mayo article are probably Judges from the Ross faction. They are leaking to make Tobin look bad. Do you really think the Tobin regime has anything to do with Gardiner's horny predilictions, Cohen's meglamania, Lazarus' zealous quest for Circuit Court pay just before retirement, ect... These Judges / freaks are all independent Constitutional officers. J. Tobin is simply trying to heard a group of cats that all walk at there own pace and direction. Do you really want to go back to the days of Mr. Nice Guy Ross - isn't he the guy that put J. Gardiner in charge of Felony and the guy that secured an appointment for his daughter under everybody's noses (she happens to be a great Judge? At the risk of sounding like I am kissing ass, J. Tobin seems to have just the right sense of outrage and balls to attack some of the core problems in the Courthouse. What the heck did Ross ever do about out pathetic negligent Clerk? (that also played a role in the Lebow Murder affair)I have heard J. Tobin's speached as various affairs and dollar for doughnuts he seems to be delivering on one thing after another. Did Ross ever move on a new courthouse? Did he ever give a crap about walking juveniles walking schackled through the hallways like they are in Guantanamo? Ross has a heart of stone - I do not think you have a reasonable chance of making such a charge against J. Tobin. Tobin may know how to play political hardball, but he is the closest man to a regular guy that we have ever had in a position of power in the Courthouse on my watch of nearly 20 years. What other beacon of justice can we look to? Mr. Satz? Mr. Finklestein? Oh, and by the way, who do you propose to replace Tobin with? Ross or one of his hand picked cronies. Let's put J. Backman in charge - no problems with that! Oh, maybe we could go with a Ross cronie - I'm sure there would be a new regime of prgress. Face it, J. Tobin has made great strides and his leadership is being shown by knowing when to get out of the way and to allow the justice system and the voters clean out the old farts (anybody see Grossman or Dishowitz in the last few years?
  • 3/9/2010 9:01 PM Anonymous wrote:
    ADL? Forget it. Now the JDL, they might cause some fireworks around the Broward klubhouse. They don't take any racist sh*t no matter where it comes from.
  • 3/9/2010 9:05 PM Anonymous wrote:
    "anti-German bigot Daniel Goldhagen"

    What are you nuts? Goldhagen's award winning book exposed ordinary Germans as part of the Holocaust. They knew about it, and they looked the other way. Hitler couldn't have survived 12 years without them.

    It's kind of like the way rich whites do drugs, and look the other way while poor people get locked up. Granted, it's not genocide, but it is hypocrisy.
  • 3/9/2010 9:33 PM veteran civil lawyer wrote:
    I have no ax to grind; she has always been ok in my experiences with her; BUT she is obviously an idiot AND she never shows up on time; but remember who was just as bad when she was in civil : Holmes!
  • 3/9/2010 11:27 PM Anonymous wrote:
    This kind of unprofessionalism is exactly what these judges should not be allowed to do. What is wrong with this so-called judge? Why does he think he can just ignore the questions that the respectable news reporter was asking him in relations to his zoo of judges? Who and where is his boss? He or she should be reprimanded as well for not making sure that judges have to answer reasonable questions that the public wants answered. After all, these judges are in office with our taxpaying monies! Wake up judiciary!
  • 3/9/2010 11:28 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Who's the JDL?
  • 3/10/2010 10:38 AM ROME BURNS wrote:
    Can it be that the newspapers are starting at last to fulfill their responsibility to the Public by finally taking on Broward Judges whom in the past they had gone to for all their pro-establishment information and then protected by any means necessary as their sole sources of information?

    All I can say is it's been a long time coming.

    Although I can't blame Tobin for the excellent job he's done in attempting to rein in errant Broward Judges, that are to say at the very least, bouncing out on the furthest limbs; you'd think he might have had something to say about the present "Meltdown" occurring within the Ranks of Broward County's Judicial Officers to the tune of one a week going back to what seems like the past three years, stemming from anything ranging from out of control personality disorders to downright outrageous and egregious behavior.

    It's no wonder that every judge up for re-election is getting opposition as they they mentally fiddle while Rome Burns.

    Incendiary is just what I'd call the atmosphere out on the campaign trail, most of it coming from sitting judges having to actually run to retain their seats which is something that hasn't happened for a long, long time and has probably led in large part to the arrogance expressed repeatedly from the bench and which of late has begun to leak out into the newspapers.

    All of their outrageous exploits should be followed closely so that the Broward electorate can make up their minds as we cast our ballots about just which candidates appear to be the most stable and which should go to rehab.

    And there doesn't seem to be any let-up in terms of the numbers that are cracking under the weight of public scrutiny either as seen by the actions of the JQC finally taking its job seriously.

    As they line up to take the precipitous fall, they are being pushed from behind by the others as they scamper off the Judicial Cliff Face like a multitude of lemmings plunging to their political doom.

    It's getting much darker and there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the Judicial Tunnel, let alone someone with a flashlight to show them the way.

    I have faith that the voters of this county will sort out the bad apples from the good.

    I look forward to casting my vote to show my displeasure at this pathetic cast of characters.
  • 3/10/2010 10:49 AM Anonymous wrote:
    But the answer it seems is to build a new courthouse to the tune of over 300 milion dollars of tax payer money when that idea has been soundly defeated by county wide vote. Where are these people coming from?
  • 3/10/2010 12:02 PM Papillon wrote:
    Boy Tobin sure looks like he is coming unhinged in the Mayo article. He should take that same zeal he shows for a blog and apply it to his job. Maybe stop the sneaky tactics and attacks would give him more time to focus on what the people are paying him to do. I lost respect for him when he made a big deal after the flood last year in the courthouse about being a man of his word in the SS and would give the clerk the room he "borrowed" from them. well his room dries out but he decides to be a bully and declares the borrowed space his! So much for his word.
  • 3/10/2010 12:02 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Are there are an inordinate number of nut jobs sitting on the bench in Broward, or is this the way it is everywhere?
  • 3/10/2010 12:23 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Judging by what little goes on in the clerks office, I'm sure one less room for the clerk of the courts doesn't mean much. That place is the worst run clerk's office in the state. Jabba if it wasn't an ellected office would have been fired a long time ago. Bad joke.
  • 3/10/2010 3:12 PM yvonne wrote:
    Someone please, please run against Kenneth Gillepie. We do not need another Clarence Thomas. Thank God, Holmes is out. She was tacky, unprofessional, bought and owned by those that she thought would advance her career at the expense of Justice and Fairness.
  • 3/10/2010 3:55 PM Papillon wrote:
    That is not the point. Does not matter if he bullied the clerk, another judge, a neighbor or the queen of england! The point is he says he is a man of his word and will give back the space....then he acts like a jerk, bullies people around all because he decides to keep it. Apparently his word means nothing to him so it means nothing to me either. I lost all respect for him and just assume he is lying when his mouth is moving.
  • 3/11/2010 9:59 AM Anonymous wrote:
    When judges believe they are no long answerable to the public they serve, it's time to remind them that the public will have the last word on whether they continue to serve at all.

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