Bowman/Harper - remember the sex abuse allegations lodged by Charles Harper against his ex-foster father John Bowman? It's taken more than eighteen months, but we're told Plantation PD has finally readied the case for submission to the SAO. In that time the troubled teen has picked up at least one new arrest, and the Earth's mean temperature has grown by half of one percent (not really, but you get the point). Also in that time, Bowman's wife Claudette Vanni became the 17th Circuit's newest General Magistrate, keeping up the long standing tradition of JFK amongst the judicial set.
Here's what Ron Ishoy had to say earlier today when asked if the Bowman file had landed on Satz's desk:
"Our office is not in a position to address any specific case that may have been, or may not have been, presented to us.
Speaking generally, if a sitting judge is the subject of a criminal investigation, our office practice has been that we ask for the governor's office to assign the case on executive assignment to a State Attorney's Office in another circuit."
Musical Chairs - questions as to exactly which judges will be moving in January should start to be answered after Labor Day, which is when Peter Weinstein will start meeting with the judges we don't already know about who are looking to be reassigned ...
Diaz supporters can't silence JAABLOG, but who silenced BrowardBeat.com? -
Buddy Nevins picked up on the latest brouhaha involving us and them, namely JAABLOG and the very vocal round table of lawyers supporting Bobby Diaz who hang in the courthouse cafeteria. The incident happened last week, posted by BrowardBeat.com a little before 5:00 PM Tuesday, excerpted below (read L to R):
(Buddy quoted extensively from The Seven Minute Miracle and Conduct Unbecoming?)
If you blinked, you might have missed it. The post was gone not too long after publication. No one can say for sure what happened, but it's not hard to imagine a lot of ringing telephones. It's also a safe bet everyone over at Team Diaz breathed a sigh of relief when the article and mounting anti-Diaz comments went dark.
Ironically, before it became known Buddy was even working on the above post, we'd given an earful to the local Sun Sentinel reporter earlier in the day over the paper's blind eye to Diaz's woeful attendance record and shenanigans in the jury room. There wasn't much of a response, understandable since such reporting would have a hard time making it past the editor's pen. Everyone at the Sentinel already knows what's going on, if you can believe one of their very own editors, who stated under oath during voir dire before Raag Singhal not too long ago that she has to read JAABLOG to stay abreast of breaking news (which is typically stolen without credit).
The truth is they just don't care. Quite simply, if the general public was to learn about Diaz's woeful in-court attendance record (which he doesn't dispute, telling Buddy "he is often in his chambers"), Diaz would be voted out in a heartbeat. For whatever reason, most of the local mainstream media has been in the business of turning the aforementioned blind eye to under-performing and even corrupt public officials for as long as anyone can remember, and judging by today's disappearing Diaz post by Sentinel alum Nevins, this particular fact of Broward life isn't about to change anytime soon ...
(But we still love you, Buddy. At least you tried. And don't expect anymore cafeteria fireworks either - a truce has been brokered and is being respected)
Speaking of Diaz - a grand total of thirteen cases on the docket today, resulting in yet another afternoon off. The courtroom was locked shut by the time we were able to check back at 11:38 AM ...
And Speaking of Roshawn Banks - she's mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Banks told us today she's going to go see Peter Weinstein Wednesday, after we told her Diaz swore in the jurors again this morning. Tinnitus be damned, we could only hear him mention his name two times from our vantage point in the hallway outside the jury room, before late arriving jurors drowned out the rest of his address to the assembled voting masses ...
Coming Soon - what the hell does a county criminal judge do in chambers for hours on end anyway?