‘Pinellas Judges’ Category


Hillsborough County Judicial Survey for 2015

I have been approached by attorneys in Tampa urging me to also run a Hillsborough County Judicial Survey.  One Tampa attorney even offered to donate the cost of the survey, I couldn’t turn down that offer.  Therefore, in 2015, the Committee Promoting Judicial Excellence, will be conducting surveys for both the 6th and 13th Circuits of Florida.  The methodology of the 2014 6th Circuit Judicial Survey and results can be read here.  Our committee will once again employ the services of Ballot Box Online  to run the surveys as their survey system ensures complete encryption.  Polling officers selected to receive the results can only gain access to overall results in the individual rating categories and are unable to discern how individual attorneys voted.  Two Tampa attorneys have joined the committee in order to provide input and participate in the annual organization and preparation of the survey.

Hillsborough prosecutors and assistant public defenders are invited to participate in the survey as well as private attorneys that practice in the 13th Circuit.  The survey will include judges in the criminal and civil divisions.  If you would like to receive an email ballot please call 800-774-9883 to have your email included in the mail list or email, info@floridayoujudge.com.



September 2014 – Sixth Circuit Appeal Decisions

Judge Paul Levine, AFFIRMED. State v. Tyson.  No abuse of discretion on ruling disallowing state from introducing portion of 911 tape not made under excited utterance exception to hearsay rule.  Appellate Judges, Judge Raymond Gross, Judge Michael Andrews, and Judge Timothy Peters.



Judge Cathy McKyton, REVERSED. Robinson v. Florida. Error by trial judge in limiting cross examination by the Defense of State’s witness.  Appellate Judges, Judge Raymond Gross, Judge Michael Andrews, and Judge Timothy Peters.


Judge Walt Fullerton, AFFIRMEDHarris v. Fairhaven Mobile Home Park. LandLord/Tenant Case. Appellate Judges, Judge Amy Williams, Judge Jack Day, and Judge Pamela Campbell.


Judge Marc Salton, AFFIRMED.  Welch v. State.  Appellate Judges, Judge Stanley Mills, Judge Linda Babb, and Judge Daniel Diskey.



Judge Debra Roberts, AFFIRMED.  Hensley v. State.  Appellate Judge, Appellate Judges, Judge Stanley Mills, Judge Linda Babb, and Judge Daniel Diskey.




In the News


Senior Judge Grube

Pinellas Senior Judge Karl Grube ordered Ricardo and Christine Lopez’s home for sale on September 3, 2014 and ruled in favor of JP Morgan in a foreclosure action. Thereafter, according to The Center for Public Integrity, it was discovered that JP Morgan foreclosed on the home even though it did not own the mortgage.

According to the CPI article, the Lopez family then asked Judge Grube for a rehearing based on this information and Judge Grube denied the request and entered a second order scheduling the sale on September 29,2014.  Lopez then obtained a letter from the new mortgage owner agreeing to a loan modification and asked Judge Thomas Minkoff to cancel the sale.  Judge Minkoff cancelled the sale.  CPI reports that Judge Grube then reversed that sale cancellation order and reinstated the sale date of September 3, 2014.  The Pinellas County Clerk online system shows that Attorney Matt Weidner  thereafter pulled out all the legal stops, he filed an appeal and stay pending appeal.  There is even an entry that reads, Def/Resp’s Motion: TO PROHIBIT SENIOR JUDGES FROM HEARING CASE. 


Judge Minkoff


Judge Thomas Minkoff cancelled the sale scheduled for September 29, 2014.  Thank goodness that the Lopez family did not have to tell the bank, “Mi Casa es Su Casa.”  Please read complete CPI article here which discusses other important issues related to foreclosure.

Reaction?  FloridaYouJudge.com




 Judge CampbellTampa lawyer Mark O’Brien wants to know why Judge Tharpe called the Hillsborough County jail to revoke his client’s bond even though Judge Tharpe is not the judge assigned to his client’s case.  According to TBT, Judge Lisa Campbell ruled against allowing O’Brien to depose Judge Tharpe about the matter.  TBT quoted Judge Campbell’s reason for denying O’Brien’s request:

“This area of inquiry would require Judge Tharpe to testify about his thought process,” she wrote, which “is prohibited by law.”

BTW, Does anyone have a legal cite for this?  “Judge Tharpe why did you call the jail to have a bond revoked on a case you weren’t assigned to, What were you thinking?” Objection!

O’Brien filed an appeal to the 2nd DCA.  TBT reports Judge Campbell did not “take well” to O’Brien’s decision to appeal.  Read complete article here.

Judge Tharpe

Should Judge Tharpe be Deposed?

Reaction?  FloridaYouJudge!

More News…..

*Former Chief Judge, Belvin Perry, who presided over Casey Anthony case, Joins Morgan and Morgan, I wonder if he will vote yes on Amendment 2?

*Florida Federal Judge: Facebook Likes are not OWNED by Page OWNERS

*Arrested US judge Mark Fuller embarrassed, entering treatment program

*Brevard judge accused of punching lawyer faces misconduct charges

*Convicted ex-judge spared shame of having to write her apologies on photos of her in handcuffs

*Novi Judge Brian MacKenzie won’t be charged with contempt


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