Here is Broward Judge Merrillee Ehrlich having a total meltdown during bond hearings with a woman, in a misdemeanor case, and just to show that Broward Judges don't discriminate against the handicapped when they abuse and humiliate defendants- this defendant was in a wheel-chair. Perhaps some Broward Bar organization will give Judge Ehrlich an award for berating and abusing all defendants on an equal basis. Who knows? It's Broweird after all.
Here are the highlights:
2:37: Yells at defendant who responds to question not to talk.3:04: Yells at lawyer to keep quiet defendant
3:53: Yells at defendant- "I'm not here to talk to you about breathing treatment."
Reflect on that for a moment. This is a misdemeanor case. The defendant is obviously not well. She's in a wheel chair. We learned later that she had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and in fact died within a few days of being released. The defendant indicates that she needs treatment to breathe. Not for pain. But to perform the basic function all humans need to perform to live. And the response of a member of the Broward Judiciary was that she didn't want to talk about it. Yes, this is the Broward Judiciary on full display for the world to see. They abuse defendants and lawyers all the time. However most of them have enough self control not to do it on video in this fashion.
4:10: "I’m not going to spend all day with her interrupting me."
4:50: Judge yells again
5:55 : "You’ve already said too much."
6:10 Judge Throws a fit and waves arms: "Don’t even say yes..."
6:35: And here's what a kind and decent judge says to a handicapped person in a wheel chair that they've just ordered to go to pre-trial services: "Arrange for someone to carry you if you can’t get there."
Yes, that's what you want in a Judge. Someone who demonstrates caring and concern for the handicapped.
Here is the video with Judge Merrillee Ehrlich in all her Broward glory.
After this became public the good judge decided to hang up her robes and she quit. Good riddance.