I've got no use for the tricks of modern times
They tangle all my thoughts like ivy
Al Stewart, Modern Times
Alright, let's do this:
First let's give a warm welcome to our new Chief Judge Suarez! He's now in charge of all administrative matters:
Judge Richard J. Suarez became the sixteenth chief judge of the Third District Court of Appeal since the court opened in 1957. His term is for two years and, as chief judge, he will be responsible for all administrative matters in the court.For example:
Should the free coffee in the attorney's lounge be warm, or merely lukewarm?
Should we once again try to repair the old Thighmaster in the mechanical room/gym, or bite the bullet and go on Ebay?
How tightly should we bolt the judicial sinks and toilets this week?
These are important administrative matters!
Oh I kid, congrats Judge!
Smith v. Reverse Mortgage:
Judges Scales and Shepherd disagree over whether to toss an old lady out of her home:
SHEPHERD, J., dissenting.Boo hoo!
The labor expended by the majority to keep Kenneth Smith’s widow in her home is admirable. Unfortunately, the legal analysis used does not measure up. For this reason, I respectfully dissent.
By its decision today, the majority imposes its own collectivistic view of life planning on a cadre of seniors who have demonstrated they are capable of amassing wealth and governing their own affairs. We should allow the citizenry to be their own deciders.Agree: let that poor old widow be the Decider-in-Chief!
Barnsdale v. PHH:
Judge Shepherd again:
I concur in the unelaborated, per curiam affirmance of this appeal, and write only to state that I would also issue an order to Thomas Erskine Ice, counsel of record for the appellant, Barnsdale Holdings, LLC, to show cause why he should not be sanctioned pursuant to 57.105(1)(b) of the Florida Statutes for maintaining a frivolous appeal in this case.1 This court has defined an appeal to be frivolous when “it presents no justiciable question and is so devoid of merit on the face of the record that there is little prospect it will ever succeed.” Visoly v. Sec. Pac. Credit Corp., 768 So. 2d 482, 490-91 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000). The appeal prosecuted by Thomas Erskine Ice in this case meets the definition.My work here is done!