BY BUDDY NEVINS
County Judge Arlene Backman has been passed over by Broward’s Judicial Nominating Commission.
The JNC has not recommended her to the governor for the latest open seat on the bench, picking other lawyers who want the job instead, several well-placed sources say.
Backman wanted to move up to the circuit court.
Instead of Backman, recommendations made to Gov. Rick Scott include Charles Moorehead and Rene Harrod, joining Stacy Ross, Tony Loe, John Fry and Abbe Rifkin, according to a report in JAAblog, which the website terms “unconfirmed.”
Backman’s rejection is a rebuke to her husband, Judge Paul Backman, and Chief Judge Peter Weinstein, who both lobbied for her, according to one source.
In addition to Backman, two other candidates — John Fry and Stacy Ross — are county judges. So I’m not sure I believe Weinstein was lobbying for one judge over another
Weinstein, who would not comment, told others he took no role in the process.
Shortly after the JNC rejection of Backman became known, JAAblog’s website began receiving anonymous comments attacking Weinstein’s alleged role in the appointment.
How did Weinstein allegedly work for Backman’s appointment?
“Weinstien made it known that whomever was appointed would go to the juvi spot that Backman is temping in now,” a source e-mailed Browardbeat.com.
Browardbeat.com could not confirm the allegation.
Backman is serving on a temporary basis in Juvenile Court, a job she volunteered for after Weinstein sent an e-mail out to Broward’s judges. Obviously, if the job was going to be a juvenile court position, she would be the candidate with the experience.
As chief judge, Weinstein makes assignments for the circuit and county judges.
The replacement, named by Gov. Rick Scott from a list of recommendations from the local JNC, would fill the circuit seat of Circuit Judge Susan Aramony, who died in April. Scott is expected to make his appointment before the end of the summer.
Judge Paul and Arlene Backman at a charity event.