Hi, I'm Fred Karlinsky ...

2014 update - Jonathan Kasen's filing against Ian Richards has stirred the pot.  There's talk of others jumping into the race, including former candidate Alan Bernstein, and at least one female.  Mike Dutko is reportedly making calls on Kasen's behalf, while Glenn Roderman has committed his support to a Donnie Goodwin campaign, even if it's for the circuit seat currently occupied by John BowmanEvan Hoffman is also mulling his options, and word on the street is his race will be very well funded. 

Of course, most of the intrigue centers on why the establishment's Dutko has been pushing Kasen against a sitting judge in the first place, and whether/why his partner David Bogenschutz may also be motivated to see the end of the Judge Richards era.  As far as the expected outcry concerning the targeting of one of Broward's few Black judges, it's been muted, at best.  Chalk it up to Richards' unpopularity with the rank and file, after he reportedly authored an eventually dismissed anonymous bar complaint against a much beloved APD, who also worked for the SAO once upon a time. 

Still, something does stink about the feeding frenzy that's been kicked off by the perception that one of Broward's few Black judges is low hanging fruit, and that it's A-OK to go after him.  Accordingly, all eyes are once again on Howard Finkelstein, to see if he'll come to the rescue like he did in 2010.  Others are hopeful Black leaders Perry Thurston, Chris Smith, Marsha Ellison, and Eugene Pettis will come through, since it's really not fair to always expect Finkelstein to do the heavy lifting.  People are also anxious to see whether Satz is committed to keeping Black judges on the bench, since everyone agrees the State Attorney could make a huge difference in the Save Judge Richards campaign.  Definitely a wait and see ...

But wait - there's hope yet.  After two successive in-your-face political hook-ups, the JNC and Rick Scott have a chance to redeem themselves.  The county seat once occupied by Stacy Ross has been opened up, and a Black lawyer could be appointed if we all work together.  While the JNC has absolutely no credibility left, there is still a chance they could do the right thing this time around.  If Richards is to be sacrificed, at least the JNC can make sure the number of Black judges will stay at their already pathetically (and institutionally racist) low levels.  Tell everybody you know to apply before the September 5th deadline, and to call JNC Chair Fred Karlinsky to tell him Broward deserves better.

"Paul Backman calling ... " - Howard Finkelstein takes us back to the year 2009, when everyone was wondering whether the transcripts of Gardiner & Scheinberg's depositions, taken during the appeal of the first Loureiro trial, would become public record.  The general feeling was the transcripts could only hurt Gardiner, since it was believed she may have already been cleared by the JQC.  No one can say for sure, of course, since all that JQC stuff is top secret, but once the transcripts did become public record, things certainly went south for Gardiner, who was still being called "Judge" at the time of her testimony in Palm Beach.

In any event, imagine our surprise when Finkelstein recently told us he had once received a call from Paul Backman, under the mistaken belief that the Public Defender was ordering the transcripts.  That's right, a sitting JQC member had called Howard back in '09, ostensibly to help Gardiner.  Shocked, the following text was sent to Backman earlier today:

Howard Finkelstein said you called him when you were still on the JQC a few years ago and asked him why he was ordering transcripts of Gardiner's testimony taken by Carey Haughwout and Rogow before Satz agreed to a second trial in Loureiro .. he said he told you he wasn't ordering them and felt you were trying to discourage him from doing so as he felt it was implied doing so would hurt Gardiner ... it's going on blog so I wanted to offer you a chance to respond.  Did it happen? If so, why? Was the Gardiner matter already before the JQC? And did the JQC investigate you because of Howard's claim? Please call me at 954 605 6413 or text back if you would like to make a statement or clarify any issues ...

Backman replied as follows:

I suggest you direct your inquiry to the JQC as that would be the appropriate place to make your inquiry. As you well know any matters that may or may not involve the JQC are by constitution strictly confidential and any further comment would be inappropriate and in violation of the judicial canons.

So there you have it.  Another odd detail in the Gardiner fiasco.  We'll be addressing this one further, as well as all kinds of questions concerning how the JQC and Bar handle matters when one of their own stands accused ...

Coming Soon
- Why does the Bar allow judges to complain anonymously?; Scheinberg's three, count 'em, three Grievance Committees; An open email to Eugene Pettis; Who wants to be the new Chief Judge?


            Remember when you were young? 

    APD's Larry Davis, Lynn Sharon, Bobby Diaz,
                  Rob Jakovich
, and Barry Butin ...
                            (circa 1984)


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  • 8/14/2013 7:49 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Broward is so dirty I need to bathe in diarrhea to feel clean.
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  • 8/14/2013 8:01 AM backman booty wrote:
    Even a moron can figure this one out particularly when it involves Backman. When you've played the Snake Charmer as many times as he has, you better plan on keeping a steady supply of diapers in the trunk of your car.
    Why do you think he's no longer on the JQC?
    He couldn't save Gardiner and he couldn't pull it off for Arlene even with the CJ's help.
    I'd say that heap of dirty diapers have piled up to record levels and you don't want to get caught down wind.
    As usual, the smell doesn't seem to bother him very much. I guess you can actually get used to it.
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  • 8/14/2013 8:54 AM circus bungler wrote:
    I'd say they've caught onto the circus bunglers act by now. He's dropped too many balls to be a contender in the game anymore and he's too old for the high wire act. Too many people have his #.
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  • 8/14/2013 9:12 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Heavy lifting by Thurston; that's a rather poor joke by now.
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  • 8/14/2013 9:19 AM business as usual wrote:
    Backman was playing interference for Gardiner from the beginning. The only thing it ultimately cost him was his place on the JQC.
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  • 8/14/2013 9:23 AM Anonymous wrote:
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  • 8/14/2013 10:20 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Yet another boo boo backman
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  • 8/14/2013 10:21 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Jnc is racist
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  • 8/14/2013 10:43 AM Anonymous wrote:
    "Broward is so dirty..." There was another post about one of the SAO lawyers on another site - here's a copy of it: "Is this the same David Di Pietro that is an alleged criminal voyeur who goes around bragging about his perverted behavior and saying it would be a stupid reason to be disbarred? There are accusations all over the place, online and otherwise, including a leaked e-mail from him in which he responded to a question about his behavior by saying that he, his family, and his colleagues should not be contacted about this. He ended his response with the word "Understood?" which, knowing David Di Pietro, seems to be an implied threat. Here is one site that mentions this:




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  • 8/14/2013 10:45 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Satz ain't helping any judge, other than Ari Porth.
    Isn't it ironic that the ONLY person Satz helped become a judge was Ana Gardiner.
    We has 2010 where 15 out 15 incumbents won
    And 2012 where 3 out of 3 won. Richards, Bowman and any other incumbent will get money and support. Not to mention the putative challenger are Kevin's kids, retread, mutants.
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  • 8/14/2013 11:05 AM What is up Paul wrote:
    Wow, Judy Stern pal and confidant Help Me Howard is airing the dirty laundry. If there was a confirming moment the emporer Pauly has no clothes this is it.

    Why has no one asked the question of why Mr. Truth and Justice, the man who claimed to shine the light on the dark corners of judicial corruption in Broward County sat on this Backman information for years and only now that Backman is out of favor he tells all?

    This certainly begs the question of how many other judicial secrets or inappropriate behavior has Howard looked away at that may have been detrimental to his clients?

    Silly is the fool who thinks Howard is above the fray and all about truth and justice. Howard is about truth and justice when it serves his interests.
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  • 8/14/2013 12:18 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Is it time for Backman to step down from ROC court?????
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  • 8/14/2013 12:55 PM Backscum wrote:
    Paulie's bad deeds over his entire career will hopefully surface. He should not get away with his very bizarre and disturbing behavior He needs to resign and receive no pension. The JQC will try to let their very bad brother slide.
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  • 8/14/2013 1:32 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Should Chief Judge Weinstein be aligned so closely with a man who seems to know no boundaries?
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  • 8/14/2013 3:12 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Remember when he played Ross big time and voted for Tobin for chief judge, all the while professing to be following Ross' lead to hand it over to Lynch?
    He got caught with his diapers down on that one too.
    Then puttin Babyputz into the fray by running him for judge only to have him fall down on everyone he'd been counting on to put up the support?

    Then comes the Ana Gardiner coverup and he even messed up on that while he was sittin on the jnc?
    And now the Arlene/Whiny job where he was out manueved by a real dummy?
    Who's the dummy now? This putz just doesn't know when his number is known to all the other judges and is racking up contempt from both sides of the isle.
    Time to pack up his tinker toys, look for a diaper sale and call it a day, don't you think?
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  • 8/14/2013 4:20 PM jialoos Section wrote:
    He certainly seems to be doing allot of backpedaling lately. Deservedly so. Poor Arlene.
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  • 8/14/2013 7:50 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Why weren't the transcripts ordered without hesitation? Who cares when or why Backman called to attempt to suppress the order. It's this kind of kick the ball back and forth that presents the problem in and of itself. As long as you have this kind of behavior, you will continue to have these kinds of problems.
    Backman's answer to your question in regaard to the call he placed to Mr. Finkelstein is what could be expected from nothing but a glorified pawnbroker.
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  • 8/14/2013 8:07 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Just like Gardiner, they push until they get caught. Didn't Backman mentor her?
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  • 8/14/2013 10:37 PM Again wrote:
    When the blog has to shut down again we won't know if it's because of the reporting on Ana Gardiner et al or the reports on SAO and NSU lawyers once again. Why do they always happen at the same time?
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  • 8/15/2013 10:52 AM OPINION wrote:
    The ordering of transcripts on the Gardiner issue was the first step taken to break the actual truth about what ultimately has brought Gardiner down, bringing the matter to public attention and exposing the violations of the Cannons of Ethics and Charges she has continued to deny to this date.

    Naturally Judge Backman acting on Gardiner's behalf and out of his own sense of misguided loyalty most probably attempted to keep this from happening to a fellow Broward Judge and personal friend.

    But to place a call to the Public Defender in an attempt to ascertain his intentions surrounding the ordering of transcripts, or any attempt made to discourage the Public Defender from odering transcripts thus making them a part of the public record while sitting on the body (JQC) that ultimately investigated the matter of Gardiner's alleged indiscretions is in my opinion very wrong and continues to bring to light the extent of a problem (particularly in this circuit) that plagues to this day, and continues to be exposed, the very fabric of official corruption that permeates the underpinnings of perceived power among Broward County judges that seek to use this power for their own purposes and thusly it continues to erode public confidence in our judiciary and various legal institutions.

    If this was in fact the case wherein a sitting member on the JQC attempted to suppress a ray of light that surrounds the truth involving the JQC investigation of Former Judge Gardiner, the proper action would be to file a formal JQC Complaint against Judge Backman to expose this type of action by a sitting judge and former member of the same body for immediate investigation and to seek immediate remedial action by way of discipline and address.

    Unfortunately, simply seeking to embarrass a perpetrator of such actions is not enough as we have seen in the past in Broward County.

    There are those that think they can operate outside the rules that are in place to govern us all.

    They must be brought to task when they violate these rules and be made to explain themselves as Gardiner has so aptly experienced while she awaits her fate.

    Judge Backman should be no exception. He certainly has been around long enough to know the rules and what is right or wrong.

    This is not a game and he should come to understand that.

    This is stated in way of my opinion. These types of behaviors exhibited by members of our judiciary are a real problem and constitute a very real threat to our system of perceived justice and fair play and I find them personally reprehensible in nature.

    To allow actions such as these to continue without address is equally reprehensible.
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  • 8/15/2013 11:58 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Another question might be: Y has it taken four years for this revelation to be brought to the forefront of discussion?
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  • 8/15/2013 1:24 PM stillcomingfor her wrote:
    Gardiner had far more to answer for that just this one case--the public has a right to KNOW the whole truth, especially the part abut why it was necessary to make a deal to assist he in avoids being impeached as a judge be letting her resign so she would be un-impeachable. This is especially true about earlier summarily dismissed JQC CRIMINAL complaints against Gardiner because Brooke Kennerly declared that none of the lawyers or judges on the JQC re qualified or capable of determining id she was NOT "faithful to the law" and did NOT "respect and comply" with the law prohibiting illegal sentences and requiring reversal as matter of statutory and well decided, controlling 4th DCA, Fl S Ct., 11th Cir and SCOTUS case law resulting in life felony kidnapping and false imprisonment and conspiracy and RICO offenses. and when Backman as then administrative judge was noticed that Gardiner was violating the rules of Court by intentionally delaying a 3.850 and a 3.800(a) from moving forward in collusion with Scott Raft, he refused to even respond, let alone take any action consistent with his job and duty. A copy of the letter still exists. Maybe it's time he ceases to.
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  • 8/15/2013 1:43 PM Only Four Years wrote:
    Oh, please, I think Ken Marvin and the Florida Bar have been sitting on a lot of information for longer than that.
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  • 8/15/2013 1:52 PM vellyintelisting wrote:
    During Gardiner's Bar hearing, Bob Butterworth testified of his adoration, promotion and support of Gardiner and he climb to fame and fortune because she was a Hispanic Vagina so particularly and doubly suited to balance the budget of the population vs. judges to match and especially to fast track them to the 4th. This confessed and professed activity by "Bob" is consistent with a defendant's claims of why she was allowed to lie in her rulings because it helped her in her "fast track" completely and irrevocably damaging judicial actions and belief that she could do anything she wanted and would receive protection from such "biggies" and political influence with total lack of conscience to actually having to do her sworn job. And the JQC did not find that failed to maintain the integrity of the judiciary. The agreement reached for the ana's banana boat slip was as big a fraud as Gardiner is herself as well as Backman and "Bob." But by that impression that the public has no reasonable expectation of integrity, law or justice in Florida.
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  • 8/15/2013 8:08 PM Illuminati wrote:
    "But by that impression that the public has no reasonable expectation of integrity, law or justice in Florida."

    Thank JQC and BAR for that.
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  • 8/22/2013 8:22 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Diaz was stupid lookin even then. He hasn't improved.
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  • 8/24/2013 4:26 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The appropriate response is to JQC Backman. He won't be able to dodge the question then.
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  • 12/25/2013 1:48 PM where is justice wrote:
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