17th Circuit Grievance Committee "C" (GC) has disposed of Bar v. Blog.  Nothing official yet, but the Bar told Russell Cormican this morning that both the Bobby Diaz and Marni Bryson centered complaints are kaput.

More on Bar v. Blog later, of course.  There are still many unanswered questions which need to be addressed.  But for now, a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to anyone out there reading this blog, to the GC, to Russell and Norm Kent, to Howard Finkelstein and Lori Parrish, to the bloggers and reporters who covered the story, and to the tons of lawyers, judges, and other folks who offered well wishes and were ready to come forward if this bit of silliness went any further.  The outpouring of support and free legal advice was truly overwhelming, and won't ever be forgotten. 

It seems no matter how much good people approve or disapprove of this little internet experiment, everyone agrees we've got a right to speak our piece, so long as it's true.  And that's why Bar v. Blog wasn't a total waste of time in the end.  In a day and age where it feels like core American rights are rapidly being eroded, the GC drew a line in the sand for lawyer speech.  And for anyone who ever anticipates being involved in the legal system, that's a very good thing indeed.

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  • 9/13/2013 1:03 PM Jack Thompson wrote:
    This is terrific news for the First Amendment and bad news for the judicial corruption that The Bar has historically protected and facilitated.

    It is also great news for me, because I got disbarred in large part because I told the truth about a horrible Miami-Dade judge by the name of Ron Friedman. Bar can't find no probable cause against Bill Gelin and disbar me. Which is precisely why I wrote The Bar, its Governors, Supreme Court Justices, Bar President Pettis, and all the other knuckleheads in and around The Bar who have declared open season on lawyers who tell the truth in blogs, on national tv, and anywhere else.

    Now the pushback against these tyrants moves into a new phase, the happy result for me being that I will be reinstated as a lawyer.

    Thanks for fighting the good fight, Bill. Thank also to Norm Kent and Russ Cormican for doing the right thing.

    Warning to The Florida Bar: You are the gift that keeps on giving, because you have no freaking idea what you are doing most of the time. Jack Thompson
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  • 9/13/2013 1:18 PM Jack Thompson v. Bar wrote:
    John B. Thompson, J.D., M.A.
    5721 Riviera Drive
    Coral Gables, Florida 33146

    September 13, 2013

    Mary Ellen Bateman
    Florida Bar
    Tallahassee, Florida Via Fax to 850-561-5827

    Dear Ms. Bateman:

    The Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee has just found “no probable cause” against Broward Attorney Bill Gelin.

    This is very good news for me, because it proves The Bar’s selective prosecution of only certain lawyers for truthful speech about incompetent, corrupt, or otherwise misbehaving judges. Selective prosecution constitutes an equal protection and thus substantive due process violation by The Bar, which gives rise to various civil rights remedies.

    Therefore, here is my formal written request, under Florida’s public records laws, for the public portion of The Bar’s file pertaining to the investigation of Mr. Gelin. Once I get that, I will be able to get the nonpublic portions, whether The Bar likes that or not.

    Provide these records quickly, please, so that I and others can make sure Ken Marvin is unemployable.

    Best, Jack Thompson
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  • 9/13/2013 1:21 PM Anonymous wrote:
    So what did we learn today. 1) Bob Diaz and his buddy Marni Bryson are 2 spineless weasels. 2) The Bar made the right call, this is not a fight they wanted and they stood up to the 2 judges.
    3) the truth shall set you free and 4) The First Amendment is alive and well in Broward County.
    Congrats Bill!!!!!
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  • 9/13/2013 1:47 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Lawyers shouldn't be afraid to use the media like Bill did. TFB always wimps out when the light shines on them. Good news for all today.
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  • 9/13/2013 1:52 PM Lunch-time-ritual wrote:
    Love this blog !!
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  • 9/13/2013 2:33 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Good riddance to Ken Marvin too
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  • 9/13/2013 2:39 PM Frat Stud wrote:
    Guys in my high school used to make mountains out of mole hills. It was no big deal.
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  • 9/13/2013 4:09 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Awesome job Bill!
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  • 9/13/2013 4:28 PM Robin wrote:
    Norm Kent is an ASSHOLE. Him being the publisher of the South Florida Gay News had NASTY things to say about Adam Lambert when Adam's pic was on the front page. He needs to learn more about Adam before shooting his mouth off.
    A True Glambert
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  • 9/13/2013 6:14 PM Anonymous wrote:
    There's egg on a couple robes today.
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  • 9/13/2013 6:54 PM Kiss wrote:
    KISS--Simple: Congratulations a win for all of us if a free country, let alone a free Broward and State--1A freedom of speech and right to redress; 2A "necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" and Florida is still a state.
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  • 9/13/2013 8:02 PM Anonymous wrote:
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  • 9/13/2013 8:11 PM TRUTH wrote:
    A true blow against the corruption that plagues every aspect of the Bar and its cronies! A herald of better things to come to lovers of free speech and the right to fight corruption in Broward which is to say the very least, as we have continually seen, one of the most corrupt places I've ever had the displeasure of knowing! Keep up the good and right fight against these monsters. They can not continue to operate when confronted with the Light of Truth !!!
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  • 9/13/2013 8:17 PM bobbie d wrote:
    Bobby must be crying his eyes out! When you're as dumb as he is, even the slightest setback in his rotten plans provokes a mindmelt. Not that there's that much to turn to mush anyway. It's like serving a sentence waiting to collect that pension, right Bobby? Especially when everybody knows your plan!
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  • 9/13/2013 8:27 PM Anonymous wrote:
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  • 9/13/2013 8:52 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Completely outclassed
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  • 9/14/2013 7:41 AM FRAT SPUD wrote:
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  • 9/14/2013 7:54 AM Fidel Castro wrote:
    My agents have failed this time but soon the decadent American imperialists shall be crushed like ants.
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  • 9/14/2013 8:36 AM minute man wrote:
    Spuds like Bobbie never learn their lesson. Guess his petty little plan went south. Exactly where most wish he'd go. It's good you make him work for it though last time. He's not used to puttin in more than about fifteen minutes or so a shot, so don't work'em too hard. He'll start whining again. Putz.
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  • 9/14/2013 8:56 AM Anonymous wrote:
    At least the blog is back. All the Judges know who to thank for that.
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  • 9/14/2013 9:14 AM Anonymous wrote:
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  • 9/14/2013 9:45 AM Jack Thompson wrote:
    Norm Kent! Thanks for reminding me. Norm, when are we going to have lunch? I'll buy. By the way, I like Adam Lambert, and I'm decidedly straight. I'll explain to Norm how cool Adam is over lunch. Jack Thompson
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  • 9/14/2013 9:49 AM Anonymous wrote:
    They going to cave to political pressure for sure.
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  • 9/14/2013 9:53 AM Jack Thompson wrote:

    As Bertrand Russell once said: "Nothing disturbs a nonconformist more than nonconformists who do not conform to the rules of nonconformity."

    Norm, cut Adam Lambert some slack. The dude can sing. If a straight guy like me can acknowledge and appreciate him, then maybe he has done more for "gay rights" than bar complaints against Christian lawyers by gay rightists!
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  • 9/14/2013 9:57 AM Straight Jack Thompson wrote:
    And by the way, the reason we don't watch American Idol anymore in our house is because Adam Lambert didn't win. There. Now that is gay wrongs not gay rights! Jack Thompson
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  • 9/14/2013 9:58 AM Anonymous wrote:
    @ 9:14 and 9:49
    You are in the minority opinion on this. I think the Florida Supreme Court can not wait to disbar her for life. And I predict the Chief Justice will write the opinion to send a message that this outrageous conduct will not be tolerated.
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  • 9/14/2013 10:13 AM Anonymous wrote:
    The King (his royal horses-butt) Bobby the not so great is naked (figuretively). And Lady Di, who aspires to bigger and better things, will not get to be Clerk of Court.
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  • 9/14/2013 11:14 AM Anonymous wrote:
    I will personally raise 100,000 for anyone running against any candidate named Diaz for Clerk.
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  • 9/14/2013 11:25 AM Anonymous wrote:
    How much credibility does a judge who was reprimanded and fined by the Florida Supreme Court for threatening another judge have?
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  • 9/14/2013 11:38 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Enough for the bar clowns to attempt to put a roadblock on the path to reform.
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  • 9/14/2013 12:14 PM Anonymous wrote:
    But how can they disbar her without making Judge Crow look like an idiot?

    True, it wasn't his fault The Bar was incompetent at trial. But he was obviously impressed with all the character witnesses and The Bar must have feared their collective political clout. Otherwise why didn't they show Crow how full of beans many of the witnesses were?

    I have to think this is another black eye coming for all those already disappointed in The Bar. It's easy for them to scream to disbar her now but they already fell down either intentionally or unintentionally through incompetence at the crucial trial stage. This will be another in a long line of injustices when she's back at the Courthouse laughing with her friends having got away with something egregious once again.
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  • 9/14/2013 12:30 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Judge Crow made himself look like an idiot
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  • 9/14/2013 1:14 PM Anonymous wrote:
    A 1 year suspension recommendation from Crow. I bet a coke case vop with dirty urine gets more time than Crow wants from Ana.
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  • 9/14/2013 7:34 PM BertrandRussell wrote:
    “There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics
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  • 9/14/2013 8:58 PM Anonymous wrote:
    It's a good thing the GC voted No, and Gelin will not have to face the decision of fighting it or not.

    There are more important fights to fight. GC did right thing.
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  • 9/20/2013 6:41 PM Ellen Rety wrote:
    I don't know about Adam Lambert but Norm Kent has bee fighting AND winning first amendment battles in Florida for 35 years , from and for Nei Rogers to Bill Gelin. He may not get the recognition of Bruce Rogow or the fame but there is no better lawyer to have in your corner .
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