ALU WEIGHS IN

 ASA Sheila Alu was at Timpano's that fateful night ...

We asked whistleblower Sheila Alu what she thought about Gardiner's Answer Brief.  Here's what she emailed earlier this afternoon:

To this day, I remain absolutely perplexed why Scheinberg and Gardiner just don't tell the truth.  And, now Gardiner is blaming the BLOG, really? Bill Gelin isn't to blame for them lying about their ex-parte communications and robbing a criminal defendant of his constitutional right to a fair trial. Bill Gelin wasn't laughing at Timpanos about a juror passing out after viewing horrific pictures of a victim’s head partially decapitated.

It’s not just Gardiner and Scheinberg’s lying that get my goat, the Florida BAR continually tried to sweep this case under the rug. Then, they put on a sham of a trial, and now they are asking for disbarment.  The BAR closed the first investigation without even talking to me or the two other women who were present the evening at Timpanos when they were all laughing about the juror fainting after seeing the pictures and discussing the fact that Gardiner allowed the photos into evidence.  Then, the BAR prosecutor goes to trial without calling any witnesses who could rebut Gardiner’s "impeccable character in the community" or who could testify as to the events that really happened the night in question. Moreover, they don't even charge either with that injustice.

What I do understand now is why so many people told me to keep my mouth shut about what I observed that fateful night at Timpanos. What an absolute sham this whole experience has been.  As lawyers, we have a duty to right wrongs, to stick up for the little guy, to speak the truth regardless of the outcome, and yes to report other lawyers for violating their code of ethics.  Would I do it again? Not a snow ball's chance in hell!

Regardless of all the personal turmoil this took on me, I can't help feel a degree of sympathy for Scheniberg and Gardiner. I just wanted them to tell the truth and give the guy a new trial. Loureiro got a new trial because Mike Satz did the right thing. Many on this BLOG take shots at Mike, but I can tell you he supported me every step of the way regarding this matter, and I know it must have put him in a horrible position.  Say what you want, but Satz helped me keep my faith in the system.

As for Scheinberg or Gardiner ever telling the truth----that will happen when HELL freezes over.

Sheila Alu

Bob Norman: Whistleblower says former judge lied on stand (Video - Nov. 2012)



Mary Robinson on the plywood bench
(New courtroom mockup, Monday, 110 Tower)

An additional viewing of a mocked up criminal courtroom has been arranged for Friday at noon, to accommodate the county criminal judges currently attending a conference.  Stop by if you missed out on Monday ...

                Wednesday Reversals
Robert Hawley - Reversed & Remanded to Discharge Appellant
Marty Bidwill - Reversed & Remanded
Stephen Rapp - Reversed & Remanded
Elijah Williams - Reversed & Remanded
(See SS: Stand Your Ground Applies To School Fight)
Jeff Colbath - Reversed & Remanded for New Trial
Bob Rosenberg - Reversed & Remanded "Gross Abuse of Discretion"

 

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  • 7/16/2013 4:38 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Right on Sheila
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  • 7/16/2013 4:56 PM Adolph wrote:
    Now The Bar gonna go after Alu too.
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  • 7/16/2013 5:18 PM INJUSTICE wrote:
    The apparent inability of Gardiner and Scheinberg to come clean on this fiasco is indicative of two people that just won't accept "The Truth and Personal Responsibility" about flagrant violations of the Cannons of Ethics they swore to uphold as attorneys.

    The way the Bar has handled this matter is also beyond contempt and wholly transparent in expressing just how far the Bar will go, at least initially, to protect a Broward Judge who many times as reported in the news had shown just how little respect she had for her own profession and the law, if not herself personally.

    It sickens me to read Gardiner's answer as it shows she is still seeking to blame anyone but herself for the way her actions affected a defendant's right to a fair and impartial trial.

    Prosecutor Scheinberg's actions are no less reprehensible, if only by degree.

    Gardiner's attempts to say she was psychologically disturbed during this time and to use it as some type of excuse is predictable under these circumstances in light of her past performances, if not nausiating in nature.

    I find it laughable if not pathetic that she and her attorney attempted to place the blame for these ethical violations and obvious misdeeds and lack of judgement on this blog, it's commentors, writers, or anyone else but themselves for what they knew was wrong but were arrogant enough to do anyway.

    The real villain in this chapter of shame, and the telling thing is the way the Bar dealt with these egregious violations initially when a defendant's life was hanging in the balance and the integrity of a Court of Law.

    The actions of both Gardiner and Scheinberg have caused irreparable damage to the perception that any man or woman can receive a fair trial when officers of The Court themselves can be allowed to behave in such a fashion and not be punished for such actions severely with disbarment.
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  • 7/16/2013 6:59 PM burden of time wrote:
    Her answer is a crybaby last gasp attempt to seek mercy. Brannon just sounds like what you'd expect from him although even more inconsistent than usual. The rest is just more of the same.
    The guillotine is set up in the square and she's started her long solitary walk to the platform as she ascends the stairs. Deservedly so.
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  • 7/16/2013 7:14 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Alu did what she is required to do: Tell the truth about what she saw and heard occur between Gardiner and Scheinberg. Gardiner nor Scheinberg have been as candid.
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  • 7/16/2013 7:48 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Brannon should have worn his red tights for this sideshow.
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  • 7/16/2013 7:49 PM web of deceit wrote:
    Ms. Alu deserves a metal to tell the truth when they brought every pressure to bear on her they could bring. This in essence is what is very wrong about the Broward Judiciary where they protect their own even when it's very wrong. This judge just got caught in her own web of deceit.
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  • 7/16/2013 8:18 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The community thanks you Sheila. We need more Sheila Alu's in this world.
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  • 7/16/2013 9:11 PM REACHED LIMITS wrote:
    GARDINER REMINDS ME OF THE FAMOUS QUOTE: "SHE WAS THE BLADE. SHE CAN NOT COMPLAIN NOW IF SHE IS ALSO HURT".

    THIS UNFORTUNATE SCANDAL WAS ONE OF HER OWN MAKING. I CAN NOT BUT FEEL SORRY FOR HER, FOR SHE COULD NOT HELP HERSELF.
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  • 7/16/2013 9:17 PM Anonymous wrote:
    What I don't get is the actual incident at Timpanos was never even looked into by the Bar.
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  • 7/17/2013 7:24 AM that's entertainment wrote:
    Red Robert's rendition of his observations and informal report of Former Grudge Gardiner is not only inconsistent, it reeks of the same kind of snake oil salesmanship you'd expect of a World Wrestling Championship Competition where it's all staged for the entertainment of a bunch of morons tossing back buttered popcorn!
    Just how ridiculous does this stuff get one might ask? Well, on a smaller stage like Broweird's Twisted Judicial scene, obviously the envelope gets pushed to the very edge of insanity. Or clinical depression, depending on how you read it.
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  • 7/17/2013 7:34 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Sheila, you are a credit to our profession! Pls keep up your good work. The rats in this cesspool need a real setback. Lets hope this is just the beginning.
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  • 7/17/2013 7:41 AM Dead Dan Futch wrote:
    Since when is it illegal to go drinking with your prosecutor when everybody's working hard to put some Mexican on Death Row?
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  • 7/17/2013 10:55 AM anonymouseinthecourthouse wrote:
    INJUSTICE:---Her actions are the true measure of the person--and her measure is a true measure of the entire Broward County, 4th DCA the Bar, the JQC, the House Courts Committee in which scumsucking racist Thurston rides. That is why EVERY ONE of Gardiner's cases since she took the bench in 1998 needs to be reviewed and reopened for the same reasons as the Laureiro case especially for the actual innocent and illegally sentenced and incarcerated this terrorist vagina inflicted by and WITH the assistance of Satz and his SS. she is a true measure of a sociopath and a psychopath with not conscience or remorse.
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  • 7/17/2013 2:33 PM Anonymous wrote:
    But Paul B. ays she was ok to do her job despite being a mental case off the bench. There couldn't have been any overlap if Paul B. says it was ok.
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  • 7/17/2013 5:49 PM Go figure wrote:
    When are people gonna learn? After Clinton and every other daily evolving scandal on every level of State and local government, you would think the lesson that the cover-up is worse than the crime, would sink in. Gardner and company, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, look us all directly in the eye and deny what a freakin brain-dead retard could conclude while comatose. As for Alu's comment eluding to her distaste for the manner in which she was treated and that, given the opportunity, she would never again expose such inexcusable corruption, very telling as to the culture of ' SLIME' in which we are surrounded. Alu , in spite of her critics, is honorable and unfortunately the exception. I have had my own experience with her when she got Satz to right the wrong in our trafficking trial when it came out that the C.I. was dirty (shocking). I find great solace in the Bar's decision so far but I fail to see ANY reason for anything short of DISBARMENT for Ana. . If not now, when?
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  • 7/17/2013 6:12 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Nixon was a cool cat too. Jenne went to prison since he couldn't get a pardon like Tricky Dicky.
    There is no honor anymore. Imagine what's really going on. Banana is only news because she was so friggin sloppy she couldn't help but get caught. The other ones are too smart to fall like her. Imagine what they all are up to???
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  • 7/17/2013 7:14 PM Anonymous wrote:
    THE BANANA JUST TOOK IT TOO FAR. SHE THOUGHT HER FRIENDS COULD STOP ALU FROM TELLING THE TRUTH. SHE FAILED. NOW THE CRYING GAME HAS COME TO AN END AND SHE SEES NO WAY OUT. THERE SHOULD BE NO WAY OUT FOR BEING ANYTHING LESS THAN HONEST ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN SHE DIDN'T TELL THE TRUTH BEFORE THE JQC. THE REST IS HISTORY. I CAN'T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR EITHER HER OR SCHEINBERG. THEY BOTH SCREWED UP BIG TIME. THE WORST IS THAT THEY JUST DIDN'T AND STILL DON'T OWN UP TO IT. IT'S PATHETIC HOW SHE HAS GOTEN HER POLITICAL BUDDIES TO TRY TO COVER FOR HER AFTER SHE WAS CAUGHT RED HANDED. ONE CHAPTER LEFT TO THIS TALE. BY THE LOOKS OF IT IT DOESN'T BODE VERY WELL FOR HER. SHE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO FACE UP. SHE STILL HASN'T DONE SO AND NEVER WILL. FOR THAT SHE IS TO BE SKEWED.
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  • 7/17/2013 8:15 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Ana Gardiner is a political creation. It's all she knows. It's no wonder she thinks politics will save her after spewing forth over the courthouse.

    She didn't deserve her position in the first place. She climbed up through the NBHB and got the highest paying government job around because of political connections. A low rent divorce lawyer with little experience compared to other lawyers trying for the job. Wasn't Fred Horowitz passed over so she could be a Judge in her 30's?

    Instead of setting an example she then denigrated the bench with partying and blatantly breaking ethical rules. If other Judges or lawyers had any character she would have been removed many years earlier.

    Now they have banded together to save the monster of their own creation. Only this time being a minority with strong political connections won't be enough. What she finally got caught for has sent shivers up the entire spine of Florida's court system.

    Kiss it goodbye Ms Political thing.
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  • 7/17/2013 11:57 PM Rumpole wrote:
    I just read the brief for Gardiner. The statement of facts are as poorly written and disjointed and nearly incomprehensible as anything I have ever seen. I would fail any law student for such a brief and reject it from any associate who attempted to file in on behalf of a client. Astounding.

    Also, while I feel for Gardiner, a little, I can just see her smirking attitude that she would give any defendant in her court who offered up the same excuses- depression, a life out of control, humiliation, etc. One could not believe, based on having appeared before her, that she would not consider for even the barest moment, such a line of excuses before sending a litigant who dared to go to trial and lost, to prison for a near maximum or maximum term. It's called Karma. And sometimes it sucks.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:26:00 PM
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  • 7/18/2013 7:13 AM Anonymous wrote:
    One of the worst briefs I've seen. If this is the best they can come up with, I think they are about to be severely disappointed.
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  • 7/18/2013 7:32 AM Anonymous wrote:
    I think Gardiner's attempt to intimidate a law student doing her internship with the SA's office from telling the truth is what will cause her to be disbarred. This kind of think can't be allowed.
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  • 7/18/2013 8:03 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Scheinberg got what he deserved. Gardiner's fate hasn't been decided but after reading her brief I can't help but have little sympathy for what she did and how she handled it following the disclosure of the information surrounding the JQC investigation. I don't know why she did what she did, but I sure can't agree with how she conducted herself following it.
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  • 7/18/2013 8:20 AM Anonymous wrote:
    What was a judge and a prosecutor doing out together during a trial anyway?
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  • 7/18/2013 9:01 AM Anonymous wrote:
    They didn't think anything was wrong with going out like that because they didn't discuss the trial then or during the 2000 phone contacts.

    It never came up once.

    Give me a break.
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  • 7/18/2013 12:39 PM Play and pay wrote:
    When you play your gonna pay. Nothing is ever a secret for long especially when you are having a little fling.
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