TUESDAY NOTES

 The Bar and JQC have much in common ...

Laura Watson, Pro Se litigant
- despite the negatives we've heard concerning her demeanor on the bench, we've taken a liking to Laura Watson

For starters,
she's representing herself  before the JQC.  Whatever they say about having a fool for a client may sometimes be true, but just as often can produce surprisingly good results at both the trial and appellate court levels.  It's also pretty much a given that such proceedings are a hoot to watch, as the prosecution and tribunal often end up losing their collective cools before such cases limp across the finish line.

This one has all the earmarks of a good old fashioned slugfest.  Watson has already called into question the cozy relationships between JQC members, and by extension the motivations behind the prosecution.  Apparently, many of the members are former Florida Bar honchos who may also share business interests, and Watson wants to know just how tangled up everyone is in order to file Affidavits To Disqualify against her inquisitors.

From the
Motion Re Rule 25 Affidavits:

Without a disclosure of the relationships between the members of the Hearing Panel, the Investigative Panel, the Special Counsel, and the potential witnesses and interested parties, a financial or regulatory nexus between the JQC and the private persons acting on the Commission's behalf cannot be determined ...

There's also a Gardiner & Scheinberg reference found later on, just in case anyone up north can't figure out which way this one is headed.  Additionally, the plucky Watson has demanded that the JQC come to her
via this filing, the aptly titled Demand That All Hearings Be Held In Broward County - The County Of The Judge's Residence

It's going to be a bumpy ride, and another fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of JQC secrecy, already badly ripped and tattered following the very public Bar v. Gardiner fiasco ...

55 Days And Counting ... - Wednesday marks the 55th day since our response to the Bar.  Thus far, not a peep has been heard back from the lawyer police.  They still haven't cited a single rule that's been violated, noted a single repugnant word, phrase or photograph, or said who made the complaints. 

As everyone knows, Bar questions are focused on reports concerning Marni Bryson and Bobby Diaz.  But is it safe to assume they actually are the ones who complained?  Despite
Diaz's refusal to answer Bob Norman's questions, we have to believe it wasn't a judge after all. 

Why?

Because the Bar's own guidelines
on judicial referrals say so.  Those rules are found in Standing Board Policy 15.91 - Policy on Judicial Referrals and Complaintspublished in their very own training manual, starting on page 57. 

From Standing Board Policy 15.91:

Regardless of how judicial referrals come to the attention of the bar, this policy codifies how the information should be handled ... Standing Board Policy 15.91 requires bar counsel to communicate with Judicial officers when they refer matters to the Bar. The initial communication should include whether the Judge wishes to be the named complainant or whether the Judge wishes to remain anonymous. If the choice is anonymous, then the file is opened with TFB as the complainant. This will require some tailoring of the 15 day letter since the respondent will not be receiving the referral letter. Instead, the 15 day letter will contain a recitation of the facts as alleged in the referral, and will require respondent to respond to those allegations. (Emphasis Added)

Of course, to this day, the Bar has not recited any facts or allegations, and as previously mentioned, they haven't bothered to cite any broken Bar rules.  The "15 day letters" went out January 30th (Bryson), and February 13th (Diaz).  Accordingly, the complaints couldn't have come from a judge, unless the Bar violated their very own codified rules.  And that just couldn't be possible ... right?

Hold on! - Ilona Holmes
got bashed  by the Fourth DCA last week, after refusing to allow an IC Defendant to wear street clothes during trial.  One thing that wasn't reported however, was the State's main evidence, recorded JAIL CALLS, which reportedly found him confessing to a bunch of messed up things from the Broward County Jail.  Sure, the guy should have been allowed to don one of the wrinkled, ratty, ill-fitting, non-matching relics from the PD's donated thrift rack, but it's not like the jurors still couldn't have figured out his home address all by themselves after hearing the calls.  In any event, you can be sure the Defendant will be well dressed at his upcoming new trial, unless he can convince a judge to allow him to appear in his birthday suit, which just might lead to a third reversal ...

Gomez v. Milian - Al Milian has a fight on his hands.  Mary Gomez, a family law practitioner, has filed in the 11th Circuit open seat which Al had previously filed for.  Now it's a two person race.  Additionally, you can add Donnie Goodwin to the list of Broward lawyers mulling a run in 2014.  It's too early to tell whether he's going for an open seat or against a sitting judge, so s
tay tuned ...

Coming Soon - Catching up with the Bar's
Lorraine Hoffman.

BBeat: Lawmakers Will Get A Pass On Lying About Residency

"I don’t mince words: State Reps. Joe GibbonsJared Moskowitz, Hazelle Rogers, Perry Thurston and state Sen. Maria Sachs are liars."

Herald: Florida Bar won’t file ethics charges against Lewis & Tein



From Bridges v. California - 314 U.S. 252 (1941)

The substantive evil here sought to be averted has been variously described below. It appears to be double: disrespect for the judiciary, and disorderly and unfair administration of justice. The assumption that respect for the judiciary can be won by shielding judges from published criticism wrongly appraises the character of American public opinion. For it is a prized American privilege to speak one's mind, although not always with perfect good taste, on all public institutions. And an enforced silence, however limited, solely in the name of preserving the dignity of the bench would probably engender resentment, suspicion, and contempt much more than it would enhance respect ... (Emphasis Added)
        -
Hugo Black

(Thanks To Sean Conway)

 

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  • 8/7/2013 9:15 AM Who Judges the JQC wrote:
    Who tells the JQC when they are not following the rules? No one...the self-regulate, which means they are not regulated at all. Everything is done internally, secretively. Who makes the decisions internally?: General Counsel Michael Schneider, Brooke Kennerly, the Chair of the JQC or someone else? There are no checks and balances within the rules regualting the JQC which makes it susceptible to much abuse. REFORM IN THE JQC AND BAR IS PAST DUE!!!!! Good luck to Judge Watson.
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  • 8/7/2013 9:29 AM Anonymous wrote:
    It's the same with the bar. They don't follow bar rules. Any complaints against one of them disappear. They suck.
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  • 8/7/2013 9:30 AM Roscoe wrote:
    Case law says it's the State's obligation to dress out the Defendant. (see Estelle, U.S. S.Ct.), so Holmes might have fared better if she let the State make the decision.

    Despite the case law, we still see defense attorneys scrambling to find clothes for inmates

    I once saw this blog's author cite that precedent in Schapiro's courtroom and Sheldon embraced it, asking the State what they were going to do about the clothes.
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  • 8/7/2013 10:23 AM Dickheads on Autostroke wrote:
    The entire system is corrupt from the top on down. Nobody cares, as long as the paychecks keep coming. People will do anything for money and the chance to stay at fancy hotels for conventions with their partners in grime. All orders will be followed as long as the shrimp cocktails are plentiful and paid for. Don't expect anything except more of the same.
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  • 8/7/2013 10:39 AM wakeup wrote:
    Go look up Who judges the JQC of the Florida S. Ct web sight "How to Complain about the JQC"-- per Florida Constitution--ALL Judicial officers are complained to about to the Speaker of the House--who assigns it to Perry Thurston's courts committee after the Speaker dodges complaints, Like Marco Rubio--How else can he get elected to the US Senate but for hos derring do to do no good. and complaint re any NON-judicial member like Brooke Kennerly, goes to the Governor who will also ignore it and not respond--Is anyone out there that stupid to think or believe that just because the constitution requires something the public official who swore and oath to uphold it t get paid ever actually DOES it.
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  • 8/7/2013 11:06 AM Anonymous wrote:
    How else are they going to ensure enough African American males being locked up? The Florida prison economy depends on no disruptions. Holding them accountable is never going to happen.
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  • 8/7/2013 11:16 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Is there a way to file complaint against Bar employee without them burying it? Should I send it to Supreme Court or something?
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  • 8/7/2013 12:30 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Send it to Jack Thompson
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  • 8/7/2013 1:38 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Rock on Watson! Keep on fighting the good fight! Don't let them hide behind the curtains, but by the way you are shaking it up, I have no doubt you will drag them into the light.
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  • 8/7/2013 3:24 PM re bar wrote:
    barboons allow lawyers to steal money and falsely convict but they take the license over speech
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  • 8/7/2013 3:57 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Between The Blog and all the screw up Judges spitting in the JQC's eye, regular Florida must hate Broward.

    Good job Whinestine.
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  • 8/7/2013 5:00 PM Lit'l Red wrote:
    Lit'l Red's still trying to horn in on the act? We've all seen it before. Though he could insure his bump by attaching himself to the judges? In his stupidity, he's probably done Gardiner more harm than good.
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  • 8/7/2013 5:59 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Many reputations have been tarnished by association with Bannanas.
    A legacy or two as well.
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  • 8/7/2013 7:18 PM Anonymous wrote:
    if Watson doesn't, FUK will
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  • 8/7/2013 8:46 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Donnie Goodwin? That's a joke right?
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  • 8/7/2013 9:21 PM Anonymous wrote:
    JB doesn't think its funny
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  • 8/7/2013 10:57 PM Go Watson wrote:
    I am a family law attorney of many years, and I admire Judge Watson. My experience in the few hearings I have had before her is that she has listened to both sides, and gave us additional time in a case where the other side needed an interpreter. She is diligent, well prepared, made herself knowledgeable about family law, knows procedure extremely well, yet ready to listen to both sides. She sets special sets without delay...what more could you ask? She clearly appears not to play favorites and listens intently...No matter what she rules, an attorney has to feel confident that she is fair and will make the right decision. She does not have an attitude, she knows the law, listens and moves the hearing the way it should be, like it or not! Judge Watson is a pleasure to have on the Judiciary of Broward!
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  • 8/8/2013 7:57 PM power to ya wrote:
    One day Gelin complains about the bar... and praises the JQC. But now the light shines on the JQC. The JQC us a group of tightly wound highly egocentric individuals with no true morals. They attack innocent that they do not like and go for blood. The bar often does the same. The JQC is useless. Good luck Judge Watson. There are many that want you to prevail and expose the secretive evil one-sided agendas of the JQC.
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  • 8/9/2013 10:29 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Watson has just begun to ramp it up. I almost feels sorry for members of the JQC when she's finished with them. They'll wonder what they ever got into messing with her.
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  • 8/9/2013 4:27 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Obviously Watson doesn't play the game the rest of these jokers do or know the grimers that do. Hats off to her for taking on the corruption that plagues every level of our judicial system. She's introduced them to a whole new game!
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  • 8/9/2013 7:22 PM FULL MAGZ wrote:
    Sounds like Watson is about to pull the curtain off the bs that abounds on the JQC, even with Backman's resignation lol. I gotta give her credit. What a bunch of limp nodes!
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  • 8/9/2013 7:56 PM CORRUPTION wrote:
    spechler + ahearn + lewis = watson

    AND CORRUPTION
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  • 8/10/2013 6:47 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Laura will teach them a lesson they won't forget. Mark it down.
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  • 8/11/2013 12:43 AM Anonymous wrote:
    She's digging a hole.
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  • 11/25/2013 11:05 AM worst real estate speaker wrote:
    A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.
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  • 12/9/2013 11:37 AM tree care orange county wrote:
    One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
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