Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Colorful Anna Nicole Smith judge leaving (For his own TV Show?)
Associated Press ^ | 19 June 07 | MATT SEDENSKY

Posted on 06/19/2007 12:24:16 PM PDT by SkyPilot

MIAMI - Larry Seidlin, the wisecracking judge who presided in the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith's remains and was lampooned for his sobbing announcement of the verdict, will resign next month, a court spokesman said Tuesday.


Broward County Circuit Court Judge Larry Seidlin gestures during a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in this Feb. 14, 2007, file photo. Seidlin, the wise-cracking presider over the fight over Anna Nicole Smith's remains, whose sobbing announcement of the verdict became fodder for late-night television, will resign in July, a court spokesman confirmed Tuesday June 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

The circuit judge's letter to Gov. Charlie Crist says, "it is now time for me to devote more of my daily life to my own young family and to pursue the many opportunities that have been offered to me outside the judicial system and I have disregarded until now."

Seidlin gave no specifics on his plans after his July 31 resignation, though rumors have swirled for months that he was considering a deal for a television court show.

"He won't say," said Chris Stotz, a spokesman for the 17th Judicial Circuit. "He's not commenting on what his future plans are."

A phone message left for Seidlin at his Fort Lauderdale chambers was not immediately returned.

His resignation letter said his opportunities are varied but "all share in common a further commitment to helping my fellow citizens through roles in the educational system, the media and non-profit organizations."

The former New York cab driver — 56 years old and on the bench nearly 29 years — helped make the hard-fought dispute over the fate of Smith's body a national obsession.

He opened his chambers to television cameras and quickly made clear he was no ordinary judge. On the opening day of the case in February, he declared: "This body belongs to me right now."

Seidlin addressed an endless lineup of attorneys as "my good lawyer," sometimes calling them "California" or "Texas." He divulged the minutiae of his days, from his morning swim to the tuna sandwich he was having when assigned the case.

Proceedings at times became such a cacophonous free-for-all — one attorney once broke into song — that the case was being called a circus, a description Seidlin, in one of his rare serious moments, sternly rejected.

"There's no circus here, my friend," he shot back.

The judge has countless admirers, too, who claim his tearful announcement that Smith would be buried next to her son in the Bahamas gave a glimpse of how much he cares about those who step into his courtroom.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: annanicolesmith; chatroom; judge; notnews; seidlin
I watched this jerk for all of 2 minutes once, and I thought he was the most unprofessional judge I ever saw.

There are plenty of terrible judges out there (Judge Vanessa Gilmore is another - she likes to through her heavy set of keys at attorneys and acts like an arrogant moron in the courtroom).

No one can ever do anything about them though.

1 posted on 06/19/2007 12:24:20 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

through = throw


2 posted on 06/19/2007 12:25:05 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
These stories always remind me of the old Woody Allen routine where his rabbi gets invited on a TV show, and once he's on they ask him to name the 10 commandments. The rabbi runs into trouble with that, so he tries to improvise by naming the seven dwarfs.

Some folks are willing to lose all their dignity if it will "make them a star".

3 posted on 06/19/2007 12:28:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

Danny DeVito has offered him a hack job.


4 posted on 06/19/2007 12:31:45 PM PDT by battlegearboat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

It could have been an act. Now he will become a millionaire. Kinda worth being looked at like a jerk for that kind of money. After all Anna’s life was a circus...why not her afterlife on Earth.


5 posted on 06/19/2007 12:34:27 PM PDT by napscoordinator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

..speaking of some people being willing to lose all dignity if it will make them a star, I often wonder what happened to Judge Ito..


6 posted on 06/19/2007 12:35:05 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

What an embarrassing putz this guy is.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 12:35:48 PM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: small voice in the wilderness
I often wonder what happened to Judge Ito..

Ito continues to hold office as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. He is regarded as an expert in the area of the use of spoken language interpreters in courtroom proceedings and regularly teaches at the Judicial College of California. He refuses to give interviews regarding the Simpson trial.

He know better than to show his face. I heard people in LA restaurants have gone up to him and told him what they think of him to his face.

By accounts, he didn't enjoy it.

8 posted on 06/19/2007 12:40:52 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
What's it called?

The Crying Judge

9 posted on 06/19/2007 12:50:48 PM PDT by TexasCajun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

Jeeze. What a jerk. Not smart enough to drive a cab, so they make him a judge. Something similar happened locally. An elderly minister became too senile and befuddled to keep his church job, so he was appointed a municipal judge.


10 posted on 06/19/2007 12:56:40 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
...Anna’s life was a circus...

And this is Judge Sideshow!

Plenty of worthless, welfare sucking fools to watch this bozo on daytime TV. If you're ever stuck watching this 'litigation therapy' pay attention to all the ads sponsoring it from shyster lawyers. The ambulance chasers are looking for suckers to find someone to 'blame' for the fact that they're sitting on their duffs at home, watching someone even more pathetic.

11 posted on 06/19/2007 1:02:43 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Weeping Judge: “I got up at 5AM and ran four miles I did. That’s the way we did it when I grew up in Brooklyn. In Brooklyn I was a cabbie and we’d kick the crap out of anyone startin any trouble. Like my wife always says, I’m a tough guy and smart. Sharp as a tack. That’s why I run to stay in shape like I did in Brooklyn, you know in New York...cause I’m from New York you know...blah, blah me blah I blah my wife blah my degrees”

Attorney: So are we granted to two hour recess? Or not?

12 posted on 06/19/2007 2:01:59 PM PDT by picard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: picard
Attorney: So are we granted to two hour recess? Or not?

Weeping Judge: "I didn't get recess growing up in Brooklyn! Sniff......sniff. We had to go play stickball in the alley.....boo hooo!"

13 posted on 06/19/2007 3:24:19 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot; mom4kittys

I give Judge Seidlen’s TV show a month, before it goes off the air.


14 posted on 06/19/2007 6:58:24 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PennsylvaniaMom; Arizona Carolyn; Jrabbit; Lizarde; Dr. Scarpetta; A Citizen Reporter; bonfire; ...

15 posted on 06/19/2007 7:02:49 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: mom4kittys

Looking forward to seeing the Judge again. Destined to be some of the best entertainment on television—in my home, at least. Thanks for the ping.


16 posted on 06/20/2007 11:41:22 AM PDT by sarasota
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: toldyou

ping


17 posted on 06/20/2007 1:16:47 PM PDT by sarasota
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot

This judge was NUTS!!! An EMBARRASSMENT!! Anyone who can’t say he’s nuts is nuts!!


18 posted on 06/20/2007 1:20:31 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: small voice in the wilderness

Watching the circus in ITO’s court, the flowers, etc., I KNEW our Judicial system was GONE!


19 posted on 06/20/2007 1:21:54 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: sarasota

I know—i liked him even though most people didn’t.


20 posted on 06/20/2007 4:23:34 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Well, we've got Judge Judy.......why not Judge Punchy?

Leni

21 posted on 06/20/2007 4:27:36 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Don't give up the ship. Keep phoning & emailing. Remember, we lost the Alamo!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Suzy Quzy
Wonder if he still has all those egg timers!
22 posted on 06/20/2007 4:31:01 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: sarasota

Thanks for the ping. That week long trial in Miami was riveting, thanks to him! Just when we thought we knew which way he was heading, he’d do an about face and fool everybody. I was “glued” to the TV!


23 posted on 06/20/2007 5:30:29 PM PDT by toldyou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: mom4kittys

Oh brother - but we knew this was coming...on to TV!


24 posted on 06/20/2007 6:18:19 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: mom4kittys

I loved watching Judge Seidlin....I was glued to that set for days and became interested in the ANS case...


25 posted on 06/20/2007 6:25:50 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

Me too! I thought he tried very hard to please everyone. The one thing that he couldn’t get past was that she wanted to be buried with Daniel. No one could argue differently and he was already buried in the Bahamas.


26 posted on 06/20/2007 6:43:18 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson