What's up with Gehl?

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein has authored a letter to Chief Judge Victor Tobin regarding recent statements by Judge Peggy Gehl.  From the letter:

Here is a summary of four incidents wherein Judge Gehl made racist comments ...

" ... you do smoke because you have dreadlocks."
  (to a lawyer)

"Go back to Jamaica! Go back to Jamaica!"  (to a Defendant)

"But Mexicans do love their beer."  (to a lawyer regarding a Mexican client)

"Oh the Jews are the smartest!"  (to a lawyer)

Click here for the full text of the letter.  Finkelstein wants Tobin "to think about this information" before allowing Gehl to serve as a Senior Judge in the future.  We say don't think about it all and keep her in full time retirement.

Just another day in Broward.



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  • 5/26/2010 1:54 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Is that O'Connor behind Gehl in the picture? It kind of looks like her.
  • 5/26/2010 2:22 PM disgusted wrote:
    gehl owes ms. wright-muir an apology. these comments are ignorant, cruel and down-right disgraceful.

    and this woman was a judge for how many years?
  • 5/26/2010 2:23 PM Burton H. Wolfe wrote:
    Bad judges such as Gehl and Dale Ross continue to sit on the bench because of a moribund Bar Association, a moribund Judicial Qualifications Commission, corporate and insurance lawyers who love these types of judges, and a media that pays little if any attention to what is going on. Back in my active journalism days in California, I exposed bad judges in my court coverage and won the San Francisco Bar Association media award for doing so, since nobody else was doing the job. Now supposedly "retired" in Florida, I would would come out of "retirement" to do the job here for any periodical that would hire me to do it, but no periodical will because I am considered "too old" at 77 - or maybe the editors do not consider it important enough to provide the same kind of detailed facts and statistics pertaining to the courts that they provide for sports. Well, compared to the media reporters who cannot seem to tell the public what is going on, I am YOUNG. Without a periodical voice, I will be using my online journal---called "Florida Intelligencer" --- to do do what I can about the situation. And, meanwhile, thank God or the Devil for JAAblog.
  • 5/26/2010 2:28 PM Big_shot_attorney wrote:
    Oh how I enjoy when lawyers fight for the truth and not just getting their guy or gal elected, I mean it started to get like a high school prom queen vote.....or is it?
  • 5/26/2010 2:32 PM morgan keegan wrote:
    what goes around, i've sat in her stockbrokers office{francis maus] andwhen she calls he justs laughs and saysns"his fat little jew lesbian judge is on the phone"i guess what goes around comes around
  • 5/26/2010 3:19 PM No Surprise wrote:
    What's up with Gehl? Nothing's up with Gehl. She has always been like this. It's just when you never are at work, it's never on the record.
  • 5/26/2010 3:24 PM Who Me wrote:
    Yes YOU Gehl. People around town know who you are. You have been here 68 years too long. Your True Colors have finally surfaced. Karma Peggy Karma. The JQC needs to charge you and the Supremes need to make sure people like you never sit in judgment of Broward citizens again.
  • 5/26/2010 3:48 PM Nothing New wrote:
    This kinda stuff has been going on in Gehl's courtroom all year...when she is there.
  • 5/26/2010 4:06 PM Tobin better not wrote:
    Tobin better not let someone who cares not for Jamaicans, Mexicans, smart Jews only, dreadlocks, etc etc come back to the bench
  • 5/26/2010 4:11 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Wow, who knew that what Spechler is claimed to have called her was tame in comparison to her own comments.
  • 5/26/2010 4:17 PM Out of control wrote:
    Thank God she is out of here. Gehl is OUT OF CONTROL
  • 5/26/2010 4:19 PM always crazy wrote:
    you should here the sh*t about this bitch. this is nothin
  • 5/26/2010 4:27 PM RIP Art wrote:
    I just read that Art Linkletter passed away at age 97. If she had watched his show and absorbed its simple humanity, she wouldn't speak like that.
  • 5/26/2010 4:32 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Doesn't the JQC still have jurisdiction on her? Has she already been approved to come back? I think this is disgusting.
  • 5/26/2010 4:43 PM JQC JQC JQC wrote:
    Oh... I forgot. She is on the JQC. My bad. The Supreme Court needs to find out about this. Tobin has a duty to report. Go Vic, you can do it. Oh wait,Vic is leaderless.
  • 5/26/2010 4:52 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Backman is on the JQC too.

    How freakin' funny is that!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 5/26/2010 4:54 PM See No Evil wrote:
    The JQC will not touch her since she one of them, it would make them look bad(worse) She has gotten away with a lot this tip of the iceberg.
  • 5/26/2010 5:00 PM Gossip Girl wrote:
    Gehl has trash talked many over the years just ask her big mouth clerk. What's amazing is how long it took to get on this blog! Broward citizens would be well rid of her
  • 5/26/2010 5:06 PM Sandra Duh O'Connor wrote:
    Gehl classic: Jury trial with Fred Haadad she Reserves ruling on mistrial motion. Verdict not guilty. Gehl declares mistrial! hahahahahahaha
  • 5/26/2010 5:15 PM Wright Muir is pathetic wrote:
    who cares - people make statements all the time that were intended as jokes and if taken out of context could be taken as racial.

    The only think I got out of this - before you say anthing make sure that snitch Ms. Wright-Muir is not in earshot. All she has accomplished is to further break down communications between judges and lawyers.
  • 5/26/2010 5:18 PM trash talker wrote:
    Nice try 5:15 , I mean Peggy. Go stick it where the sun don't shine. You are known as a moron.
  • 5/26/2010 5:27 PM funny wrote:
    its funny when everyone else says it but god forbid a judge. how many have you have laughed at comedians, had the same thoughts, etc. judges are not god, even though some think they are. settle down-its a joke.
  • 5/26/2010 6:46 PM Anonymous wrote:
    1.) Gehl ain't joking

    2.) It ain't funny anyway

  • 5/26/2010 6:56 PM racially insensitive wrote:
    A resounding "NO" should be the answer to Piggy Gehl's return to the bench of Broward.

    This kind of behavior should not be tolerated from anyone, let alone a Broward Judge.

    Broward has far more than its share of problematic judges, but this mirrors the kind of crap you'd expect to hear from Ross or a number of others as reported in the newspapers.

    Gehl should permanently retire or seek other employment if she can't control herself any better than this. But she definitely doesn't belong on the bench.

    Broward Courts should not be some truck stop for insulting and racially insensitive remarks such as these.

    In addition, the appropriate JQC complaint should be filed.
  • 5/26/2010 7:08 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Let's clear up a few things.

    First, Mexicans are known for loving tacos and being kind and decent people. I never heard about beer though(maybe Tequila).

    As far as dreadlocks, one can assume that a rich kid white boy wearing dreads smokes dope. Making the leap that real people who wear them smoke too is simply wrong.

    Telling someone to Go Back Where You Came From may be ok as well, providing, as in this case, that place is nicer than this smelly backwater called Broward.

    The comment about Jews is also partially accurate. They are typically smarter as a group, except the ones who came down here because they can't compete with the sophisticated Super Tribe Stars making real money in NY and LA.
  • 5/26/2010 7:10 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Maybe she should try work at a mental institution.
  • 5/26/2010 7:11 PM Anonymous wrote:
    What's the big whoop?
    At least she hasn't tried to kiss any interns like another soon to be senior judge.
  • 5/26/2010 7:12 PM GET A GRIP wrote:
  • 5/26/2010 7:16 PM Anonymous wrote:
    I just want to know what Tobin's response will be after he sees this one. How can she be allowed to come back under these circumstances? I can't think why.
  • 5/26/2010 7:49 PM Anonymous wrote:
    If a picture says a thousand words, she looks nuts to me. Bad move on Gehl's part.

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