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Coverage of the Broward County, Fla., courts and judiciary.
By Bill Gelin,Brian Reidy, Vivian Gariboldi, Donald Cannarozzi, and Jeffrey Ivashuk.

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GOLD WATCH TIME

Posted on June 26, 2014
 Dale Ross swearing in Joe Murphy ('95)Joe Murphy's retirement is here, and all are urged to stop by Room 418 at noon on Friday, June 27th, to say goodbye.  Cake and coffee will be served.  For all those courthouse types who can handle their liquor, another party starts later in the day at 5:30 PM, over at Maguires Hill 16...


COURTHOUSE LOSS

Posted on June 24, 2014
 A friend to allBill Laswell has lost his battle with cancer.As an emotional Brian Cavanagh said this morning, "a true gentleman advocate".Thoughts and prayers ...


MONDAY NOTES

Posted on June 23, 2014
                              THINGS TO WEAR WHILE TRIPPING ON AMBIEN          PAJAMAS              STAR TREK SHIRT         HIPPY JACKET         JUDICIAL ROBEJAABLOG Returns Shortly - mainstream media is working on all kinds of fun things for later in the week, so we're taking the night off ...


THURSDAY NOTES

Posted on June 19, 2014
McLawrence/Rosenthal endorsements - FOP and Lori Parrish have endorsed Jahra McLawrence, while the PBA gave its support to Lynn Feig-Rosenthal before the DUI arrest, and without interviewing McLawrence first ...Don't take my wife, please ...


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OH, AMBIEN!

Posted on June 18, 2014
The Ambien defense has been asserted by another Florida judge, this time after a nod out in the middle of a hearing.  Key West judge Tegan Slaton, currently running for reelection, fell asleep on the bench June 12th, and had to be relieved by a colleague...


TUESDAY NOTES

Posted on June 17, 2014
Will the Sun Sentinel endorse McLawrence? - that question would have been easy to answer before Lynn Feig-Rosenthal crashed her car, got arrested, refused drug testing, played games with her mug shot, refused to comment on whether the property receipt MEDS could have contributed to her erratic behavior, and failed to assure the community she's ok to decide peoples' fates while the DUI accusation is pending...


COURTHOUSE LOSS

Posted on June 16, 2014
 Rest In Peace ...Father, musician, and lawyer Michael Holden passed away last night.  He had suffered a massive coronary, and passed peacefully in Hospice.  Scott Hecker, Michael's friend since high school, will be providing funeral information shortly...


BROWARD JUDICIAL SURVEY II

Posted on June 16, 2014
It's been a long time since the Florida Bar or Broward Bar Association (BCBA) issued a judicial poll for the 17th Circuit.  In fact, the only ones found online are this one from 2002  by the Bar, and this one from 2008  by BCBA.  Rumor has it judges don't like being rated, which is reason enough for JAABLOG to pick up the ball and run...


HIDE AND SEEK

Posted on June 13, 2014
Bob Norman caught up with Lynn Feig-Rosenthal this week, but she isn't answering his questions about the property receipt either.  According to the report, after spotting the camera, Feig-Rosenthal ditched into the bathroom for six minutes, only to emerge in silence, ignoring the question "What drugs did you have in your purse"...


WEDNESDAY NOTES

Posted on June 11, 2014
Fl Bar investigates attorney after fight with judge in Brevard courtroomThat dang refusal! - people are talking about Lynn Feig-Rosenthal's pending DUI accusation.  It's been assigned to the Palm Beach SAO for prosecution, and is being reviewed for case filing purposes by ASAs Michael Smith  and Richard Clausi...


*CORRECTION*

Posted on June 10, 2014
*UPDATE*- the jury room manager just confirmed all of the information below is accurate, while adding in no uncertain terms judicial administration's Jack Tuter and Clerk of Courts Howard Forman deserve the credit for the revised May 28th list, which deleted Rosenthal, Richards, and Feren from the rotation...


JNC ADD 4

Posted on June 10, 2014
The JNC added four names to the list for consideration by Rick Scott to replace Ed Merrigan and Joe Murphy: Kal Le Var Evans, Dan Kanner, Stefanie Moon, and Vicki Plant.The previously submitted names, also still under consideration: Keathan Frink, Thomas Oates, Abbe Rifkin, Richard Sachs, Maxine Streeter, Steve Zaccor...


SUNDAY NOTES

Posted on June 08, 2014
 These guys got bumped, so these guys could campaign at the courthouse, until the week of the election!Switcheroo! - You didn't have to attend  last week's mandatory judges' meeting to realize JAABLOG is really shaking judicial administration's cage...


DISBARRED!

Posted on June 05, 2014
BAR v. GARDINER


COFFEE TALK WITH RICKY POLSTON

Posted on June 03, 2014
  Today's guest: Chief Justice Polston!DISCUSS: WHY DON'T CIVILITY PANELS APPLY TO JUDGES AS WELL AS LAWYERS, WHEN THE JUDICIARY ALSO BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR TARNISHING THE LEGAL PROFESSION?Got Civility?  The relatively new professionalism panels are a good idea...


TEN QUESTIONS

Posted on June 03, 2014
There are many questions the judges should be asking Peter Weinstein during Wednesday's mandatory meeting, in addition to the following ten:1.) Why did you fail to stay ahead of the media crisis, how can we be assured you can handle the next one, and what are your plans to restore public confidence and our image?2...


BLACKS NEED NOT APPLY

Posted on June 02, 2014
The following six names have been sent to Governor Scott for consideration to replace both Ed Merrigan and Joe Murphy:Keathan Frink, Thomas Oates, Abbe Rifkin, Richard Sachs, Maxine Streeter, Steve Zaccor.A surprising and disappointing list...


MONDAY NOTES

Posted on June 02, 2014
Gone fishin' - our little fishing expedition may have hooked a big one.  It's conjecture at this point, but there's no denying we've got a nibble.  It has to do with the public records request sent to BSO last week.  The legal department got back to us today, but still couldn't provide an answer as to whether or not Lynn Feig-Rosenthal's property receipt from county jail will be released...


REFUSAL MANIA

Posted on June 01, 2014
SS Editorial: Judges don't trust system, but we are supposed to? We want to trust judges.But something smells bad in Broward County: All three Broward judges arrested on DUI charges over the past six months refused to take either a blood or breath test ...


FRIDAY UPDATE

Posted on May 30, 2014
Lynn Feig-Rosenthal is back in campaign mode.  As Buddy Nevins reported today, she made an appearance last night, and another source has confirmed she's been calling around seeking support since making bond.  No word yet on whether she'll be on a bench Monday...


MANDATORY JUDGES MEETING

Posted on May 30, 2014
Peter Weinstein has called a mandatory judges meeting Wednesday at 12:15 PM, location to be determined.  We'll post more details after receiving the email.It's anyone's guess why the chief judge is reacting so slowly to the crisis.  At least two circuit judges addressed packed courtrooms this morning by noting the furor ignited by their three embattled colleagues, by acknowledging jurists are indeed held to a higher standard, and by stressing the fact eighty-seven other Broward judges continue to ably serve the public...


CHEESE!

Posted on May 29, 2014
Lynn Feig-Rosenthal consented to the release of her mug shot earlier today ...


STEP UP TO THE PLATE, PETE

Posted on May 29, 2014
The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board has issued an editorial entitled Protect public from bad actors on Broward bench .  Click the link to read it.  The following excerpt is from the editorial:Everyone deserves a second chance. And like any citizen, judges accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent until proven guilty...


MUG SHOT MADNESS

Posted on May 28, 2014
 Vote for Lynn ...(SS photo of box of campaign literature found in back of crashed BMW)Lynn Feig-Rosenthal is creating another campaign issue, and she may not even know it.When in jail, Feig-Rosenthal scribbled out this request * to have her mug shot blocked from public view, citing Florida Statute 119...


DUI ARREST!

Posted on May 27, 2014
*UPDATE* - Coming Soon - Ambien Defense?Sources say there may have been another accident before Lynn Rosenthal got onto courthouse property.  It didn't involve another vehicle, and there weren't injuries, but she may not have stopped to deal with it...


DETAINED? ARRESTED?

Posted on May 27, 2014
Lynn Rosenthal may have just been detained or arrested ...DEVELOPING ...


ACCIDENT!

Posted on May 27, 2014
Lynn Rosenthal has been involved in a car accident this morning, allegedly striking a police car and the gate of the judicial parking lot.  She's reportedly not injured, and BSO is investigating the crash.  Marty Bidwill is covering her docket, and her BMW SVU was still positioned outside the semi-closed gate a few minutes ago when we took a picture for posting later in the day...


REFUSAL!

Posted on May 27, 2014
Buddy Nevins has posted the PC Affidavit.Here's his article ...            ROSENTHAL REFUSED URINE AND BLOOD TESTING          (More pictures of arrest will post here after 6:00 PM News)


PICS

Posted on May 27, 2014


FORMAN OR WEINSTEIN?

Posted on May 26, 2014
BrowardBeat.com's Buddy Nevins wrote a nice piece over the long weekend concerning challenged incumbents swearing-in jurors, called Judges Being Allowed To Campaign In Courthouse.  Buddy is strongly against the practice, calling it "unfair".You can read the post here, with a revised ending, as follows:"I?m told that Clerk of the Courts Howard Forman controls the jury room...


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