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Tyrannical judge told 'not to return' after she berates defendant who died three days later

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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:05 PM
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A wild story about a crazy judge in Florida who apparently went off on a "handicapped" defendant that died a fews days after a total tongue-lashing from the judge.

The judge Merrilee Ehrlich has evidently been "told" not to return to the courthouse !!

She has been elected and somehow re-elected a few times already in the Broward County system and is "retiring".

Oh, and of course, she is a Democrat !! 😎😁


'Tyrannical' judge told 'not to return' after she berates defendant who died three days later

A Florida judge was relieved of her duties Friday after berating a woman in a wheelchair who was having trouble breathing due to two medical conditions and who died at home three days after the encounter.

Broward County Circuit Judge Merrilee Ehrlich gave defendant Sandra Faye Twiggs, 59, who was in court facing misdemeanor charges resulting from a family dispute, a tongue-lashing in a video dated April 15.

The judge’s berating of Twiggs was so extreme that the wheelchair-bound woman’s public defender, Howard Finkelstein, called for the judge to be banned from presiding over criminal proceedings.


NO, this is NOT "court tv" 😨




posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:11 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
A wild story about a crazy judge


Shame on you. You are in violation of the "Goldwater Rule".


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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:17 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

This looks like a video conferencing scenario.

Very disorienting if you're not familiar with the setup.

Judge was absolutely inhuman.

Glad she's not returning to the bench.

That was appalling.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:17 PM
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originally posted by: Blueracer

originally posted by: xuenchen
A wild story about a crazy judge


Shame on you. You are in violation of the "Goldwater Rule".



A full and unbiased evaluation is underway !!




posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:19 PM
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At the end the judge tells the woman to be silent then asks her a question. She should have remained silent, that would driven that judge up the wall. "You told me not to speak your honor". Oxygen deprivation makes normal brain function difficult and there was no understanding on the judges' part whatsoever. She's plainly a bitch but fired for that? I don't think they can. They can only be removed for crimes or senility was my impression.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:21 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen




Oh, and of course, she is a Democrat !!


Was waiting for your thread to become political and there it is.

Because only registered Democrats do bad things, amirite?

Btw, how do you know shes a Democrat?
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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:30 PM
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Wow, what a raging bitch, no loss to the court system there. Her Royal Higness' time is better spent serving on her back or knees at home rather than a courtroom with an attitude like that.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:37 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals


They can only be removed for crimes or senility was my impression.

She was not removed, exactly
She was due to retire soon, on her own terms. She was told not to bother returning to the courtroom. She then "moved up" her retirement date.

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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:42 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
Oh, and of course, she is a Democrat !! 😎😁


It gone WAY beyond old.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:43 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

"Politely asked to retire" perhaps. There are a number of possibilities beyond this. If there is a vacancy in a judicial position at the circuit or county court level, someone may be an "assisted appointment" judge and serve one year temporarily. It is also possible that her term is nearing it's 6 year end.

I should note that Broward County is an odd ball place in Florida with a history of corruption and opiate abuse "pill mill" clinics, and they may wish to avoid a costly legal mistake made by a hot-headed judge. Do not assume that all that goes on in Broward County is on the level.


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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:48 PM
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It is my personal, unbiased assessment that a Hillary Clinton presidency would have mirrored this very closely



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:51 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

in florida there is two ways to remove a judge, the first is through the US supreme court while the second is through the florida judicial qualifications commission.

canon 1. A Judge Shall Uphold the Integrity And Independence of the Judiciary
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing high standards of conduct, and shall personally observe those standards so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further that objective.

canon 2. A Judge Shall Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in all of the Judge's Activities
a. A judge shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

so yeah.. behaving in such a way can be used to have a judge tried and removed in florida at least.
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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 06:55 PM
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I see nothing different here than what normal judges act like.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 07:09 PM
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Deserves to be fired because she was interrupting the defendant multiple times and not taking medical issues serious. The whole judge system needs overhaul on disabled and have medic teams waiting to check at all costs if the person is proven to have some sort of medical condition. Heck with the TV, they can also do this in hospitals instead being directly at court. There should be an option for hospital court.
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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 07:15 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I watched the video... not so sure what the fuss is about. The post almost seems to insinuate that the judge's lack of sensitivity is the reason for the woman's death. I don't think the judge had good reason for being so brash, but in the Judicial sense she treated the woman fairly.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 07:24 PM
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a reply to: namehere

I would hazard a guess that in any state if a judge was deemed unscrupulous they can be removed from the bench.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 07:40 PM
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www.judgeehrlich.com... some info about the judge


As a youngster With much parental and neighborhood support, Merrilee Ehrlich “organized” a Fair and raised a whole $26. for a charity that she believed otherwise solely relied on children’s once-a-year Halloween efforts to do it’s good works- “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”. As a teenager Merrilee volunteered for the then-fledging project, HeadStart. While in high school In New York, Merrilee worked pumping gas at Esso (which later became Exxon) and did a stint flipping burgers at Wetsons, a local hamburger chain. While attending Boston University Where she received a Bachelor in Arts degree, “Cum Laude”, Merrilee transported infants home from a daycare center she volunteered at, in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming an attorney Merrilee worked for the New York State Court Administration as a Personnel Analyst in Manhattan- New York City, New York, visiting courthouses throughout the five boroughs and reporting on how things might run more efficiently. Merrilee also worked with heroin addicts and ex-convicts on welfare in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Fort Greene neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, and in “Needle Park” in Manhattan, through a program of the Ford Foundation. At night, Merrilee attended a Masters program in Criminal Justice and Police Science at John Jay College. Merrilee Ehrlich has an extensive formal education that includes: A Bachelor of Arts, degree “Cum Laude”, in Sociology; from Boston University, 1972; Oxford University, in England; “Juris Doctorate” degree, 1979, from Nova University; And many years of continuing Legal and Mediation education, thereafter. While in law school at Nova University, in Davie, Florida, (where Merrilee received her “Juris Doctorate” degree, in 1979) she selected an assignment that would give her the opportunity to visit several of our local prisons and speak with corrections officers and inmates there. And, as was permitted in those days, Merrilee rode with Ft. Lauderdale Police Department uniformed officers in their marked police units, during their night shifts, on more than one occasion. Why? Merrilee wanted to truly understand, as fully as possible, all aspects of the system she had chosen to work in, the criminal justice system.
guess she got burnt out over the years ,so much for understanding as fully as possible all aspects of the system she chose to work in eh?

www.wptv.com...


Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday that Ehrlich will not to return to the courthouse. She was scheduled to retire this summer and had filed her paperwork just a few weeks before the incident. Tuter said he would contact Twiggs' family to apologize. "I am saddened and disappointed in the way Judge Ehrlich behaved on the video. Her behavior cannot be condoned," he said. A telephone message left at Ehrlich's office was not immediately returned Sunday. Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein called it "aggressive and tyrannical behavior and revealed her lack of emotional fitness to sit on the bench."
so allready on the way out for retirement but def getting a shove on the way out for the latest incident



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 08:00 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

We need an organization to police judges. They should have constant performance checks and someone should make sure they are not acting unprofessionally or unethically according to a national or state standard previously established.


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posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 08:15 PM
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a reply to: RalagaNarHallas
Thanks for posting her bio. Quite impressive actually and commendable.

Ever watch Judge Judy? She blows up the same way sometimes. I thought it was for show but maybe that's the way you get after sitting on the bench for a long time.

I'm sure judge Ehrlich will find plenty to do in retirement.



posted on Apr, 22 2018 @ 08:18 PM
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a reply to: tadaman

Wyoming has one unsure of Florida does

judicialconduct.wyo.gov...

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The Commission consists of twelve members: Six citizen members who are not attorneys, judges or retired judges, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate; Three attorneys who are licensed to practiced law in Wyoming, appointed by the Wyoming State Bar; and Two district judges and one circuit judge,elected by their respective organizations. 2. What types of complaints can the Commission address? The Commission has authority to handle a wide range of complaints against judges, who are defined as justices of the Wyoming Supreme Court, Wyoming district judges, Wyoming circuit court judges, Wyoming municipal judges, as well as court commissioners, court magistrates, or retired judges who have been given a general or special appointment order by the Wyoming Supreme Court to hear cases. Complaints within the Commission's authority include misconduct inside or outside the courtroom, conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, or mental or physical disability that seriously interferes with judicial duties.


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9. What is judicial misconduct? Judicial misconduct can include, but is not limited to: Improper courtroom decorum improper consideration and treatment of counsel, witnesses, and others; improper bench conduct such as drunkenness Failure or refusal to dispose of judicial business promptly Improper use of judicial authority Abuse of the power of the judicial office Improper influence allowing family, social or political relationships to influence any judicial decision or matter relating to the administration of justice; conflict of interest; giving or receiving gifts, bribes, loans, or favors Impropriety off the bench misappropriation or misuse of public employees, property or funds; improper comments, accusations or associations; interference with or influence on a pending or impending lawsuit; lewd or corrupt personal life; use of judicial position to extort or embezzle private funds Habitual intemperance excessive use of alcohol or drugs Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute Criminal behavior Failure to oversee administrative staff failure to require staff, court officials and others subject to the judge's direction to exercise proper decorum, behavior, and attitudes; failure to refrain from manifesting bias or prejudice in the performance of official duties

seems to fit the above description for her actions sorry for bad formatting but its in list form ,either way shes on the way out it seems



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