Thursday, June 5, 2014

Judge Cooke DQs Former Bunkerite Angel Cortinas from Lewis/Tein Sanctions Dispute!

**UPDATE**

Gaze upon Judge Cooke's disqualification order here.

 John Pacenti reports:
A Miami federal judge on Thursday disqualified former state appellate Judge Angel Cortiñas from representing the Miccosukee tribe and its attorneys at a sanctions hearing.

The sanctions request flows from the tribe's dismissed racketeering lawsuit against its former longtime lawyers Dexter Lehtinen, Guy Lewis and Michael Tein, among others.

They alleged the tribe's current attorney, Bernardo Roman III, filed the lawsuit knowing it contained false allegations.

The attorneys are seeking their attorney fees and costs in the racketeering lawsuit. Lewis and Tein of Lewis Tein are asking the judge to refer Roman and two associates, Yesenia Lara and Yinet Pino, to the Florida Bar for an ethics investigation.

They also want U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney's office for an obstruction of justice investigation.

Separately, Lehtinen asked Cooke to hold Roman and the tribe in contempt for failing to turn over complete audio tapes of tribal council and business meetings where he allegedly gave bad tax advice, a key claim in the racketeering suit. The motions indicate he believes portions of the tapes were purposely deleted.

Lehtinen, Lewis and Tein argued Cortiñas, a Gunster partner, heard related cases as a judge on the Third District Court of Appeal.
I may be wrong, but this case doesn't seem to be going all that well.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty rough way to jump into private practice on his first big media case. Well, at least he got some pr.

Anonymous said...

He said they were trying to DQ him bc they afraid of "legal prowess."

Anonymous said...

Attorney Paul Calli, representing Lewis and Tein, told Cooke, "You know Mr. Roman is misleading the court if his lips are moving."

Anonymous said...

At one point a seething Cooke told the tribe's attorneys, "someone needs to step outside and get the story straight."

Anonymous said...

Cortiñas told Cooke before his disqualification that the tribe's former attorneys were afraid of his legal prowess. "The reason they really don't want me here is I know fraud cases very well," Cortiñas said.

what a jack ass.

reputation go bye bye.

Anonymous said...

Cooke ruled Cortiñas did not violate ethics rules by representing the tribe after hearing similar issues while an appellate judge. Though she added his appearance "disturbs me."

Lie down with dogs, you get fleas.

Angel should have known better than to represent scumbag lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Lewis and twin don't have white suits. They mislead dresnick and got dinged for 50k, amirite?

Anonymous said...

That's it ? That's all?

Hahahaj

Anonymous said...

Wow - those lawyers may be disbarred . Angel didn't save the day ?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2 through 5 -- were you there?

Anonymous said...

Perp walk FOR SURE for that fat little tribe lawyer. I sat in the gallery. He looks like a criminal defendant, with the sweating snd shaking.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like there was a fear factor. Have to observe the composition of the two sides of this event. All elite on one side, white males on one side and the hubby of a Congresswomen versus an Indian Tribe represented by Hispanic Lawyers. Wonder if the playing field is fair?

Anonymous said...

Pretty bad reporting here this morning. Judge Cooke denied Lewis Tein's motion, which argued that Cortinas should be disqualified because he heard Tribe-related cases on the Third. She disqualified Cortinas, probably improperly, because Cortinas was formerly a law partner with Lehtinen. She granted Lehtinen's motion, not Lewis Tein's.

Anonymous said...

Okay now I understand. The minority judge is biased against the minority lawyers. That sounds like a Jay Weaver conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

Angel stay off the blogs!

Anonymous said...

Could not happen to a more deserving fellow.

Anonymous said...

Man this looks like Angel put the third DCA up for sale. I wonder what the judges sitting on the third think of angel now.

Anonymous said...

powerless angel. head of usao and intermediate former appellate state court judge.

Anonymous said...

OK, SFL, based on 9:00 a.m.'s comments, I demand a repost with the order or at least the docket text from the hearing.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Pacenti's article does make it clear that although "disturbed" by his presence in the bunker during some of the appeals, she did only dq him for working in Big Dex's office. His argument was the appeals dealt only with Lewis/Tein as lawyers, and not parties, but the Judge apparently noted that he cited to one of those opinions anyway.

I'll put up the order.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Oy veh -- no order yet, but I see that based on the Cortinas dq, the tribe is now seeking to dq Carlton Fields allegedly on the same grounds.

Anonymous said...

How'd that work out ? Any white guys show up from gunster to stem the court's racism?

Anonymous said...

It sounded like Luis Padron, the Family Law Expert, was in Judge Cooke’s Courtroom when someone, who is obviously acquainted with Mr. Padron, used Mr. Pardons often used line about the child who kills his parents and then claims he is an orphan. Wonder who is learning what from Mr. Padron.

By the Way, for all those observers, the 11th issued a Stay, so Stay tuned! More to follow.

Anonymous said...

Cali ! He's slaughtering them ! When's he going to drag c team pear shaped Herrera the joke of Miami down? Legendary turnn of Events , seeing the whining and fear on tribe lawyers and Gunster .

Anonymous said...

Cooke is definitely sending the tribe criminals to the us attorney . Pat Sullivan and mike Davis are going to send them to prison .

Anonymous said...

11th Circuit stayed. I heard from someone who was there that the DQ was based on Rule 0000.0000 of the Imaginary Rules. Cooked.

Anonymous said...

Prison.

Fear.

Inevitable.



Anonymous said...

Tribe lawyer crying , shaking

Prison .

Anonymous said...

It's like the one day stay for the child rapist before he is exterminated .

Anonymous said...

How is pepe Herrera involved ? Didn't Pacenti report that the bar is investigating Herrera for sanctions ? Poor pepe - he's the only one who doesn't know everyone thinks pepe is a circus clown.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Paul Calli is writing most of these posts. Not enough business?

Anonymous said...

So now the tribe is paying millions to defend itself and its shady lawyers from having to pay many millions more as rule 11 sanctions ? Talk about a reversal . Gunster is probably soaking them for millions - most of which is just fighting to keep Gunster in the case. Wonder when tribe/Gunster will try to remove Judge Cooke from case . Desperate measures.

Anonymous said...

Angel the fraud-master, barnardo of purple dinosaur fame and Pepe of ringling bros. How can the tribe lose???

Anonymous said...

I "stayed tuned."

Any word yet from the 11th Ciruit on a "stay"?

Tomorrow is judgment day for the tribe lawyers, right?

They strapped in?

Anonymous said...

Former Judge Cortiñas Can't Represent Miccosukees
Adolfo Pesquera
06/09/2014
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday turned down a request by the Miccosukee Indian tribe to reinstate former state appellate Judge Angel Cortiñas as its attorney.
Cortiñas was disqualified Thursday by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke at a sanctions hearing in Miami. Cooke determined Cortiñas, now a Gunster partner, heard related cases while a judge on the Third District Court of Appeal.
The sanctions request arose from the tribe's dismissed racketeering lawsuit against its former longtime lawyers Dexter Lehtinen, Guy Lewis, Michael Tein and others. The former tribal attorneys alleged the tribe's current attorney, Bernardo Roman III, filed the lawsuit knowing it contained false allegations.
Cortiñas was retained days before Cooke's hearing as part of the tribe's new defense team.
A three-judge Eleventh Circuit panel denied a writ of mandamus brought by the tribe and its attorneys.
"After thorough review, we find that the tribe and its attorneys have failed to demonstrate that the circumstances about which they complain amount to an 'extraordinary situation' demonstrating a 'clear and indisputable' right to the issuance of the writ," the federal appellate court said in a two-page order.

Anonymous said...

Stay toon, honorable shudge.

Anonymous said...

Funny story . Talk about a plunge. Poor guys reputation is shot . Imagine what the eleventh circuit judges think of him , having denied his appeal of the disqualification order .

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Calli and his crew have nothing better to do than post commentaries. What a joke. Calii is an angery, malconent, frustrated, midget, who needs serious help.

Anonymous said...

Bernardo you spell as well as you speak.

Anonymous said...

Lethal.

Anonymous said...

At times, Roman's attorney, William Hill of Gunster in Miami, objected to Calli's accusations of perjury, but Cooke often allowed them, saying at one point it was "appropriate."

Anonymous said...

Cortinas is and was dirty, you should hear his comments abt Judge Cooke.