Why not knock off early today, and get a jump on the long weekend?  Bobby Diaz has, after wrapping up another lickety split morning docket consisting of an arraignment, motions to withdraw capiases, a status plea by mail, and other non-substantive slop, for a grand total of twelve cases on the docket.  Of course there's no afternoon court again this Friday, like most Fridays, regardless of whether it's a long weekend or campaign season.

All told, Diaz racked up an amazing three afternoons off during this weather shortened four day work week, on top of being spotted leaving the judicial parking area at 4:45 PM Thursday, the only afternoon he held court (it started at 1:44 PM).  If only there was time enough to monitor the lengthy breaks Diaz is also known to enjoy when he is in session, the picture could be painted with even greater detail. 

It's all good though.  At least Diaz has begun setting a smattering of hearings on "trial only" Wednesday's since we've been paying attention.  He's actually in court more than ever these days, if you can believe it.  And lawyers have reported an improvement in his demeanor too, although it's probably killing him.   It'll be interesting to see if the new and improved Diaz is still in place if he prevails in November.  We'll just have to wait and see, and keep checking and checking and checking and checking and checking ...

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  • 8/31/2012 2:11 PM PERKS wrote:
    Never thought much of Bobbie's work schedule. It seems to be mostly a waste of time anyway. What requires one's attendance anymore than importantly than having a campaign to run? After all, as a Broward County Court Judge, there's got to be some perks!
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  • 8/31/2012 2:14 PM what u don't see wrote:
    Allot of these clowns duck out as early as time permits. Why is Diaz so different? As far as being in chambers, well that kind of speaks for itself.
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  • 8/31/2012 2:46 PM Anonymous wrote:
    yes please! let's stop paying for more and more judges because the ones we have don't work! Stop adding injury to insult! Who does this and how is this done?? who has the nerve to think we need new ones and who has the utmost gall to race up and say more cash is needed from the already hurting tax payers because the work can't get done.
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  • 8/31/2012 5:37 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Ask your friendly neighborhood CJ
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  • 8/31/2012 6:13 PM citizens of broward wrote:
    Why do judges of the 17th insist they need more judges and budgetary increases when they've got judges that do little or next to nothing? Talk about waste of taxpayer dollars and poor use of public funds!

    I've noticed that after overwhelming reportage of such lax work behavior among judges of Broward that still Chief Judge Weinstein does nothing to discourage such behavior.

    What can you really expect of another public oinker that is apparently more concerned about carrying the title of Chief Judge than anything else but has done nothing himself to improve conditions under which this wasteful practice has gone addressed and thus goes on unabated and without review?

    This behavior should not be permitted to continued whether it's Judge Robert Diaz or any number of other judges.

    I suggest you put a person at the judges' parking lot with a camera to record just when these slackers are cutting out and when as well as to continue monitoring court schedules on all levels to continue to expose such waste to the public and I commend you for your coverage of this topic!
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  • 8/31/2012 6:37 PM Anonymous wrote:
    he could even use a camera that sends out a wi-fi signal directly to a i-phone,i-pad & computer. much less noticeable, unsuspecting & lower cost to put one by entrances and exits displaying license plates and recordings
    Keep up the good work Bill Gelin
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  • 8/31/2012 6:53 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The Chief Slacker will never do anything about one of many County Court slackers.

    This must be brought to the Legislature's attention if change is truly desired.
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  • 8/31/2012 8:42 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Why not run for Broward judge? It's a cushy job and you certainly don't have to do much by the looks of things.
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  • 9/1/2012 3:34 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Lots of judges work 2 or 3 jobs. But, if they can do 2-3 jobs primarily between 8 and 5, it suggests that they don't have enough to do. It would seem that the Supreme Court or commission who recommends additional seats should inquire of the sitting judges just how many hours they work. Not how many cases they have, or how many they moved, how many hours they worked at the courthouse. On the bench or off. And get them to swear to it.
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  • 9/1/2012 5:09 AM Anonymous wrote:
    FACT the CJ's only immediate concern is his next meal!
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  • 9/1/2012 9:05 AM Anonymous wrote:
    If judges are working other jobs during the hours of 8 and 5 then why do we need a new courthouse? Can't they share resources? if they are working other jobs during 8 and 5 why are they considered full time? isn't that part time? shouldn't their pensions reflect part time status too? it's not fair to the taxpayers at all otherwise. But I am still trying to figure out who decides when more judges are needed and how that is decided. The idea of racing to tallahassee for more judges and money when what they have is not utilized effectly is mind blowing
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  • 9/1/2012 9:49 AM Anonymous wrote:
    I don't mind Judges working 2 jobs. Nobody over 40 can live on 150 a year. My issue? Them working 2nd jobs during court hours. It may not be a big salary but plenty of government workers make less and give the job a 100% effort. Maybe term limits are the answer. A gentle nudge out of the nest might be better for them and their families and the public. Certainly Tallahassee needs to be aware of the problems but more pay for Judges is not the answer. I'm afraid more would make them work less as their sense of entitlement grows.
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  • 9/1/2012 11:08 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Lol County makes 137 and Circuit 143 not 150
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  • 9/1/2012 11:37 AM Makin it Clear wrote:
    Let's make one thing perfectly clear - the new courthouse has nothing to do with slacking judges.

    It DOES have to do with the safety of many who work there. Rotting walls and pipes, unhealthy conditions are first and foremost above the work schedules of some sorry-assed people.

    When will you fools understand that?

    And those of you who have issue with the new courthouse, I invite each of you to spend the next few years in the old one until the new goes up. We'll see how your health changes between then and now. Maybe you or a current working relative will be in there too if heaven forbid it should collapse in one way or another.

    Any takers? Probably not. Only uninformed whiney persons. STFU all of you.
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  • 9/1/2012 12:17 PM Anonymous wrote:
    It does have to do with land deals
    On various/numerous properties throughout the county, Property appraiser Lori Parrish has hidden from the public property reports. Some also lead back to Howard C Forman, Clerk of Court and the family business.
    Public records show a lot and what is missing, all one has to due is an "abstract of title" it shows so very much more.
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  • 9/1/2012 12:36 PM Anonymous wrote:
    you forget the perks! you say 150 a year may not be much but once these judges start retirement they and their spouses can get that 150 a year for life! so imagine paying somebody that and then the other judge who was hired because the work wasn't done 150 year too! that's 300 a year for life for two judges to do what one judge was suppose to do
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  • 9/1/2012 12:38 PM Anonymous wrote:
    you forget the perks! you say 150 a year may not be much but once these judges start retirement they and their spouses can get that 150 a year for life! so imagine paying somebody that for life and the spouse of course and then you are also paying 150 a year for life for another judge who was hired because the work wasn't getting done 150 year too! that's 300 a year for life for two judges to do what one judge was suppose to do
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  • 9/1/2012 12:44 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Bull! the new courthouse is a payoff somewhere to somebody. But maybe slacker judges can share personnel and space. why hire support staff and then have them on the public retirement system for life as well as the additional judges needed to do the job of one judge?
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  • 9/3/2012 7:38 PM Need Judges Where wrote:
    Why are there new judges needed? You can't afford to give state employees a raise for the last 7 years but you can afford new judges? Who the heck do you think support the judges now? It's about time the lower-level people get rewared and screw new judges

    Talk about something smelling in the bathroom.....
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  • 9/3/2012 10:45 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The $64,000 question is who in the world is racing up to tallahassee crying for more judges and how is that determined?? if you have slackers working part time and not getting work done and nobody is changing this then yes we are paying for judges and their support staff and their pensions we most likely don't need. Then the new hires arrive to do the work that the slackers aren't doing. after time the new judges and their support staff notice there are judges working half days and determine they can do that too so the work still doesn't get done and we need yet MORE judges! am I wrong?
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  • 9/3/2012 10:52 PM Anonymous wrote:
    I have a suggestion that I know will never happen but here it goes: what if these polls or surveys lawyers take about the various judges determines pay grades. slackers and bad tempered ego maniac judges get paid less accordingly and the hard working and professional judges get paid more? and no double and triple dipping if you don't have an average score of a certain amount to warrant taxpayers money
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  • 9/4/2012 6:57 AM SIMPLE STUPID wrote:
    The fact of the matter is obvious. Broward County and it's Banana Republic Strategy is one that is clearly calculated to keep budgets on the rise for judges because there is simply no oversight in place from the State Capitol and certainly no concern for these wasteful practices by a Chief Judge who's more concerned about gouging taxpayers himself than he is on efficiently administering judges who think they are entitled to loot public coffers with little or no attention to the public service they are entrusted with.

    Broward has continued to be run by petty politicians, including its Judges, with the idea in mind that if you cease to ask for more money and judges from Tallahassee, the Broward's Corrupt Budget Strategy will be seen for what it is: Incredibly wasteful and skewed to continued increases which are not warranted except to supply Broward Judges an inexaustable access to public funds.

    This is demonstrated every day when Broward Judges work very few hours and whose main concern is remaining enshrined within a corrupt system concentrated on maintaining the status quo for their own consumption with very little being done by its Chief Judge to curb the flagrant excesses that continue to plague a system that by design is organized to promote itself to realize pension benefits and apparently inconvenience it's citizens.

    It's pretty simple stupid. Look at the connections Broward Judges had with Scot Rothstein and clan. If you're looking for honor, you're not going to find it among thieves.
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  • 9/4/2012 8:35 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Bill Gelin, you are obsessed with Diaz. It's so pathetic and quite sad.
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  • 9/4/2012 9:33 PM old timer wrote:
    Bill Gelin is shining a light on a very old broward problem. He had guts to start this blog and he has guts to call them on the carpet for what they do. This was just considered taboo and before Bill Gelin nobdoy dared question the status quo. for decades back attorneys were expected to donate to judges campaigns even though they ran unopposed. Now whether there was a real reason to do this or not the fact was many attorneys believed this. And for decades they ran unopposed and look what it got us? I for one am grateful I have seen the day that others feel free to run against those they think need to go and lawyers are not afraid to back opposing judges. I have always felt term limits would be ideal on the circuit and county level. But change in broward was long over due and Bill Gelin is to thank
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  • 9/4/2012 11:04 PM Transparent wrote:
    Thanks Lynne.
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  • 9/28/2012 6:31 AM Carpet Cleaning Bondi wrote:
    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
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