Attorney Beltran both litigates against the state and serves as a Judicial Nominating Commissioner. He respectfully but strongly disagrees with a recent article claiming that Governor Scott “loves spending . . . tax dollars to fight his court battles.” As a practicing lawyer, Attorney Beltran can attest that nobody loves paying legal bills. Governor Scott has discharged his duty to protect the Florida Constitution. Many of the state’s legal positions have been sustained in trial courts or vindicated on appeal. For example, Florida recently prevailed in disputes involving prosecutorial discretion in pursuit of the death penalty and also appointment of Justices of the Supreme Court of Florida, to name just two cases.
21 million people produce over $800 billion worth of goods and services in Florida. Our legal problems are commensurate with our population and economy. Most Florida government lawyers (agency and retained) are hardworking professionals and diligent stewards of public funds. Governor Scott heavily subsidizes the operation of his office from his personal fortune. Very few large entities, let alone states, keep their legal spend, inclusive of settlements and judgments, to such a low ratio. Compared with our defense budget, $40 million is a small price to defend the Constitution.
As Alexander Hamilton noted, if judges exercise will instead of judgment, the result is the substitution of their pleasure for that of the elected lawmaking body. Unfortunately, it appears that, in the case discussed in the article, the Obama-appointed judge and the Plaintiff’s counsel, and not Governor Scott, disenfranchised the voters and wasted tax dollars. If the case will be moot in November, then why was it not dismissed under the political question doctrine or stayed pending the amendment process?
On Tuesday night, Attorney Beltran’s hard campaigning resulted in victory in the five-way race for the Fishhawk Ranch HOA Board. Attorney Beltran received more votes than all other candidates combined. Attorney Beltran was also appointed Treasurer at the meeting. Attorney Beltran thanks the community for its support and confidence and looks forward to working with the board, the homeowners, and other local leaders to keep Fishhawk Ranch great.
This morning, the Second District Court of Appeal issued several rulings in favor of Attorney Beltran’s client affirming the entirety of a long mortgage foreclosure matter. The Court rejected appeals by both the junior creditors and the debtors, who claim they lost seven-figures of equity in several multifamily apartment buildings. The appellants complicated this straightforward foreclosure by breaching several settlement agreements, asserting unusual intercreditor issues, filing seriatim bankruptcies, attempting legerdemain in the redemption process, and pursuing a myriad of post-judgment motions. The Appeals Court also authorized Attorney Beltran’s client to seek attorney fees against both the junior creditors and the debtors.
Attorney Michael Beltran, who has a decade of experience in high-stakes litigation, is offering his services as a HOA board member. Attorney Beltran will use his legal training and fiscally conservative values to keep Fishhawk Ranch a great place to live. Attorney Beltran’s Letter to Residents is being distributed ahead of the Tuesday March 27, 2018 Election Meeting at the Palmetto Club. Residents who are unable to attend are requested to return their HOA Proxy to Attorney Beltran’s office or directly to Rizzetta.
Beltran Litigation, P.A. will host a meet and greet for Judge Ashley Moody on March 5, 2018, starting at 6:00pm at the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at 4330 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico, FL 33596. Area professionals and residents are invited to attend to learn more about the race for Attorney General of Florida to replace term-limited Republican Pam Bondi.
On Monday, February 5, 2018, the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission met at the offices of Bush Ross to interview sixteen attorneys who applied for the vacancy on the Hillsborough County Court created when Judge Michael Williams was elevated to the Circuit Court late last year. After a day of interviews and deliberations, Attorney Michael Beltran and his colleagues on the Judicial Nominating Commission selected six attorneys to nominate for review by Governor Rick Scott for the County Court Vacancy. In alphabetical order, the nominees were Alissa Ellison, Troy Lovell, Richard Martin, Antina Mobley, Logan Murphy, and Matt Smith. JNC Chairman Alex Caballero thanked all of the applicants and references for their participation.