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Maybe the Real Question Is Why He Wasn't Smoking Crack…

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Yet more evidence of "The Roth Effect" (i.e., the outpacing of fictional reality by the daily newspaper):

A Broward County judge caught up in the Anna Nicole Smith hysteria made the news again Sunday when he was charged with smoking a joint in a Hollywood park, police said.

Police cited Judge Lawrence Korda, 59, while he was sitting underneath a tree in Stan Goldman Park, just west of Interstate 95 near Johnson Street….

Korda has served on the bench since the 1970s and currently presides in family court.

Last month, he dismissed a paternity action brought by one of Anna Nicole Smith's former lovers, ruling that Florida courts had no jurisdiction in the matter.

Korda came under scrutiny last year for insisting that a battered wife seeking a restraining order speak in English instead of her native Spanish.

Korda's remark—along with comments made by other judges—spurred representatives of the Cuban, Hispanic, Haitian, Caribbean, Asian-Pacific, black and women's bar associations to seek intervention by Broward Chief Judge Dale Ross. Not long after, Ross required all Broward judges to attend sensitivity training.

More here, sadly.

Go here for more info on Stan Goldman Park, which apparently is one of the Glory Hole centers of Hollywood, Florida ("Cruisy park—wooded trails").

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  1. I’ll support zero tolerance in the case of any police, prosecuter, or judge caught using illegal drugs. He should get the maximum. The police should secure a warrant for his home before he can destroy any evidence and seize it if illegal drugs are present-maybe shoot his dog while they are there.

  2. Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!
    I just got the headline!

  3. You mean not all pot-smokers are liberal hippies?

    Next you’ll be trying to convince us God loves us.

  4. So how’d you know how to check the park against a list of anonymous gay sex sites? Not that I’m judging you…

  5. Abdul

    Weigel

  6. Not long after, Ross required all Broward judges to attend sensitivity training.

    In English.

  7. “The Roth Effect” (i.e., the outpacing of fictional reality by the daily newspaper):

    I’d be more likely to refer to it as the Heinlein effect, after the news interludes to be found in some of his books, detailing the crazy news of the future (i.e., “The Crazy Years”).

  8. More here, sadly.

    Why sadly? I don’t get it. My take on all of this is; So? I’m not the least surprised that judges get high. All the ANS stuff doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anything.

    And the gay cruising info, Ewww. Does Gillespie get a pass on that? NTTAWWI

  9. This looks like something out of a Dave Barry novel.

  10. He smokes pot and he wants all business in his courtroom done in a language he can understand?

    What’s not to like?

  11. Considering that he’s involved in the cable news obsession du jour, I’d say he’s doing well to avoid dropping acid, although one day dealing with the Anna Nicole mess probably closely resembles a bad acid trip.

  12. I can’t wait for the invevitble Anna Nicole tv movie. They should call it Candle in the Wind or something

  13. I reckon he should be “No-Knocked” by the local friendly killers, er, I mean SWAT team.

  14. There hasn’t been any real acid in twenty years or more.

  15. Everyone repeat after me:

    It’s okay to smoke weed.

  16. TWC – I beg to differ, but what do I know, 20 years ago I was just a little too young to be dropping LSD.

  17. This looks like something out of a Dave Barry novel.

    Dave Barry lives just a few miles south of there 🙂

    But seriously, if this stuff is not supposed to be an issue for other people why is it an issue here? Wasn’t it a public park? Wasn’t he smoking something that most people approve of in this forum?

    Let’s see some outrage people! Well, if you actually are serious about these issues.

    Oh, and in theoretical defense of Nick, I am guessing that if one looks up that park on Usenet one will find some chatter about guys meeting guys there. Good research is good research.

  18. Conservative: If you people had your way, people would be having sex and taking drugs in public parks!

    Libertarian: Public parks!?!

  19. The idea that the Anna Nicole and Daniel Smith od’s were accidental is the real “fiction by daily newspaper” here.

  20. Stan Goldman Park … one of the Glory Hole centers of Hollywood, Florida (“Cruisy park – wooded trails”).

    A. Nick, are you doing a John Avarosis imitation here? I never suspected Korda was a … Republican.

    B. I think Korda was smoking medical marijuana — treatment for the psychic pain of Anna Nicole’s death.

  21. Karen | March 20, 2007, 11:12pm | #

    … although one day dealing with the Anna Nicole mess probably closely resembles a bad acid trip.

    Nah. I’d say it’s probably more like psilocybin. But that’s just an amateur opinion.

  22. yes, joe. Public Parks. Only, however, MacArthur Park, designed by Richard Harris is acceptable.

    Isn’t acceptable. Nope. Rejected.

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