MIAMI MIRROR – TRUE REFLECTIONS
that the magistrate had no right to interpret Florida law because he did not even have a license to practice in Florida, and that he did not appreciate him acting like a circuit court judge in applyinga principle of equity.Special masters do not have to be licensed by the Florida Bar. Movahedi’s credentials areactually superior to Boksner’s. Movahedi is an international corporate lawyer licensed to practicein the District of Columbia. He was born in Tehran and raised in the United States. He obtained his MBA from the prestigious George Washington University, and his JD and LLM degreesfrom Georgetown University. He is also a leading gay rights activist.Ethnocentrism if not homophobia was apparently at play in Smith’s rancorous campaign againstMovahedi. Smith is known for his intemperate and often defamatory remarks about people whocriticize his behavior or pose challenging questions. City Manager Jorge Gonzales, who wasforced to resign in 2012 after several F.B.I. arrests resulted in a scandal over his arrogance and lack of oversight, had favored hiring Cuban Americans during his dozen-year tenure, resulting intheir virtual domination of the city administration.The city commission was usually dominated by Jews after their successful struggle againstdiscrimination in Miami Beach, although at one time it had an Hispanic majority, when Smith, aJewish Cuban-American, was a commissioner. Commissioners serve on a part-time basis and are paid a measly $6,000 per year. Smith derived some income from his private law practice,where his family was presumably his main client. Smith has vehemently denied, in derogatoryterms, that he received his lucrative city attorney job in 2006 in exchange for not running againstMayor David Dermer, as is claimed by longtime political observers. His salary in 2012 is listed by the city at $220,566, and retirement benefits are more than ample. Smith said he doubted that being both Jewish and Hispanic would have a bearing on a candidate’s electability, and callsanyone who mentions the historical ethnic struggle for power in Miami Beach a “racist,” and apparently believes that the open discussion of the ethnic issue is “reprehensible.”However that may be, Smith, incensed by what he felt was Movahedi’s insubordination,somehow managed to have obtained a letter from a private attorney, one Raul Morales, for theinvestigation into Movahedi’s courtroom demeanor. That letter bore the badges of vitriolcharacteristic of Smith himself. Another letter from another attorney praising Smith made its wayinto the file.Morales said he had attended his first hearing before Movahedi, where he discovered thatMovahedi lacked professionalism, common courtesy, respect, and class, that he was aggressive,condescending, and downright rude, noting that he did not even have a license to practice law inFlorida.However, the subsequent investigation that included listening to the recording of the hearingfound that “there is no discernible evidence of any change of vocal tone, argumentative speech,or inflections reflecting any improper disagreement.” In fact there was “no indication of bad feelings between any persons.” Morales “admitted that no bad language or insulting words wereused.” Morales, who said he regretted that his complaint had resulted in a formal investigation,and that he had regretfully misjudged the judge’s mannerisms, his rapid speech, his way of leaning forward, and the like.