Do As I Say Not As I do
A judge in Broward County Florida ( think rehab capital of the country) can sentence you to years in prison, take your license, order fines and fees for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol while (GASP), doing the same things themselves. THREE female judges in the rehab hub in 7 months all caught on DUI/DWI.
Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach and Founder of The Addictions Academy weighs in:
“I am not shocked at the findings, I am shocked that the blue wall of silence in Broward got penetrated. It is common knowledge what goes on in the courts and how clients get stiff penalties here for drinking and driving. There is a cute little system that will cost a person almost $10K and 1 year of their life to get their license back, it is about time we start to handle the law equally on all fronts.”
Three Broward County judges have been arrested on DUI charges in the last seven months. The rash of arrests has sent shockwaves through the courthouse and prompted the county’s top public defender to say something is wrong with the judicial culture in the county.
“When people ascend to the bench and put that robe on, it’s very common that they start to believe that they are bigger than the law; they are above the law; they are the law,” said Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein. “Is that happening in Broward? I’ve seen that happen here for many years, decades. I thought it was getting better. I still think it’s getting better, but this is a very big bump in the road.”
Judge Rosenthal was arrested on a charge of DUI, but tested negative for alcohol. Judge Rosenthal told deputies she had taken an Ambien CR the night before the accident in the parking lot. Finkelstein said he doubted Judge Rosenthal’s claim of the Ambien CR affecting her.
“I have a little bit of experience with drugs. That is not from an Ambien at 10 o’clock at night,” Finkelstein said. “The fact that she refused the urine and the blood test is gonna keep people wondering.”
Just last week, fellow Broward County Judge Gisele Pollack was suspended from the bench without pay after she was arrested on DUI charges earlier this year following a car crash.
In November, long-time Broward Judge Cynthia Imperato was arrested for DUI in Boca Raton.