Thursday, September 04, 2014

BREAKING -- JNC CUTS LIST TO 3 FOR OPEN DISTRICT SEAT (UPDATED)

And those three are:

Mary Barzee-Flores
Peter Lopez
Barry Seltzer

Congrats to the finalists.  Now it's up to Nelson/Rubio and Obama for the nomination.

Update -- Apparently, the Herald sat through the interviews and posted this editorial about the appointment process:

The three South Florida finalists advancing for consideration for a coveted opening on the federal bench in the Southern District are to be congratulated. They’ve earned it.
On Thursday, they, along with other aspirants to the prestigious, lifetime appointment, sat on the hot seat in a large conference room on the 14th floor of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse in downtown Miami.
A member of the Miami Herald Editorial Board was present as the 20-plus members of the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission quizzed and grilled the 15 candidates for 25 minutes each, the final phase of a long process that began in July for the privilege of having their names recommended to Florida’s two U.S. senators.
In this race, voters did not pick the winner; the blue-ribbon panel made up of local legal eagles and community leaders had the honor — and somehow that seemed right and how, perhaps, it should be done for all judicial races.
The different selection processes for state and federal judges — the first are generally elected, the latter selected — highlighted the anemic slate of judicial candidates and bitter races with plenty of mudslinging that played out in Miami-Dade and Broward last month. Judicial decorum was missing among a number of candidates.
Many of the eight contested circuit and county races in Miami-Dade were marked by the emergence of political committees supporting judicial candidates. Rival committees sent out biting attack mailers, unsavory in a judicial race, and scary — these are nonpartisan races in which candidates can only promise to follow the law. The most bitter contest pitted former Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla against Veronica Diaz, an assistant attorney with the city of Miami. She eventually won.
Race and ethnicity also came into play, as has happened in the past. For example, the supporters of incumbent Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rodney “Rod” Smith, who is black, accused unsuccessful challenger Christian Carrazana of running with the hope his last name appealed to voters in the heavily Hispanic county, a charge that Mr. Carrazana denied.
None of that took place Thursday in the conference room where committee members drilled down to gauge the smarts, temperament and dedication of each candidate.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Selfishly, I want to keep Judge Thornton on the state court bench. He is such a likeable person, and works so hard to try and have everyone like him, even if it means not ruling in an expeditious, decisive way (ironically like a federal judge rules.) But John will probably get it next time. if at first you don't succeeed....

Anonymous said...

Dude at the Herald has never experienced the bull that goes on in Federal Court - please do not ever get rid of elections for State Judges - it is the only thing that requires the Judges to continue to be polite and courteous to the lawyers and litigants (unless another demeanor is appropriately called for).


Anonymous said...

I'm not particularly impressed with this list. I hope Seltzer gets it. We need a shift away from the state bench as the preferred "bullpen" for federal judicial openings. ...

Anonymous said...

Barzee !!!! Red lipstick on the fed bench. You can't go wrong with dat.

Anonymous said...

Uh, no mags. We need a lawyer from private practice. One on this list.

Anonymous said...

Barzee Barzee Barzeeeeeeeee!!!
We don't need any more old guys on the bench. Seltzer is rude and consistently puts form over substance. Lopez has been buried in civil way too long and just needs to stop applying for this every time there's an opening.

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor -- and I stress that it's just a rumor -- that the JNC has put up Lopez and Seltzer because, the rumor goes, neither has a chance and BF is the pick. If that's so, it's more proof that the JNC process should be reworked.

Anonymous said...

Although we'd miss him in state court, Judge Lopez would be great.

singleparent said...

Federal Judicial canadate selection was not fair. Will the successful candidate be required to move his/her abode to the Treasure Coast near Fort Pierce. Why because No federal judge assisgned to the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse resides on the Treasure Coast or within the boundaries of the venue. See, Title 28 U.S.C. section 456(d).

John K. Griffin
Ft Pierce

singleparent said...

Federal Judicial canadate selection was not fair. Will the successful candidate be required to move his/her abode to the Treasure Coast near Fort Pierce. Why because No federal judge assisgned to the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse resides on the Treasure Coast or within the boundaries of the venue. See, Title 28 U.S.C. section 456(d).

John K. Griffin
Ft Pierce