Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I Always Suspected

Passed along without comment via Adventures in Ethics and Science:

As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year. ...

Helping him, he says, are his three invisible companions. "Angel" is the neutral force, he says. "Armand" is a benign influence. "Luis," whom Mr. Floro describes as the "king of kings," is an avenger.

There’s more, about trances, blue robes, psychic powers, and whether elves would intimidate defendants, but the basic question is also raised:

Mr. Floro says he never consulted the invisible elves over judicial decisions and the fact that he puts faith in them should make no difference to his career. "It shouldn't matter what I believe in, whether it's Jesus, Muhammad, or Luis, Armand and Angel," he says in an interview.

And from the blogger:

It strikes me that there's a tension here not unlike that in the Marcus Ross case. On the one hand, our confidence in a particular methodology for decision making (whether scientific or judicial) makes us inclined to say that deploying that methodology will get us reasonably objective and impartial results that have relatively little to do with the details of which particular people are using that method. On the other hand, there are some beliefs that strike us as pretty likely to compromise objectivity and impartiality.

It would be nice to have some empirical data on how compatible elf-belief is with competent exercise of jurisprudence, or of the scientific method. As well, getting some independent confirmation of Mr. Floro's psychosis (to make sure there were other indicators besides elf-belief) would be useful. Otherwise, our inclination to take elf-belief as a disqualification from being a judge (or a scientist) looks like an attractive hypothesis without a whole lot of support.

I’m going to see if I can get a panel on this set up for the next NASC conference.

[Okay, one comment, but not elf-related. Just ask yourself who you’d rather have as a judge—him or this SOB who just forced a family to sell two of their dry cleaning stores by suing and appealing until these poor people didn’t have any more money. No word on his removal from the bench, but being an SOB has never been a disqualification before. Just talking to elves.]


Gritsforbreakfast said...

I suppose, if it's true that we (or various aspects of ourselves) are actually represented by every character in our dreams, perhaps that's also true of hallucinations. Following that logic, I suppose you could say the three elves are all parts of the Judge's psyche, and their collective input may represent his "decision."

Jokes aside (which is a difficult prospect, admittedly), if he actually believes he hears voices and sees unseen magical creatures, he is experiencing full-blown psychoses, is diagnosably mentally ill, and IMO should be deemed incompetent on those grounds.

My suggestion in this instance: The judge should be placed on leave, evaluated by psych experts, prescribed an anti-psychotics drug regimen, and allowed to resume his duties once his competency has been restored.

Anonymous said...

Supreme Court of the Philippines' Decisions on Judge Floro's Case:

1. The Main Decision: 75 pages - March 31, 2006 - A.M. No. RTJ-99-1460

2. August 11, 2006, Denial of the Appeal

3. July 12, 2007, Final Denial with Contempt Warning

SC TELLS ‘MYSTIC JUDGE’ - ‘Stop filing appeals or be cited in contempt’
Thursday, July 19, 2007 - SC tells sacked psychic magistrate to stop bothering court
Judge Floro's Appeal:
Judge Floro's 400 pages BOOK - "World Famous Mystic Armand, Luis & Angel, The THREE Dwarves, MEET THE JUDGE, Psychic and Healing Martyr of Filipino Justice"

Judge Floro's Blogs:

1. Psychic and Healing Judge

2. The Curse of Mystic Dwarves LUIS, ARMAND & ANGEL

Judge Floro's Blogger Profile:

4. TPM Cafe:

Judge Floro' Accounts / Bios / Pics on:

1. Facebook:

1.a. Flicker: Photos


3. Multiply:

4. LiveJournal:

5. Celebrity:

6. Now Public:
7. Digg:
7.a. StumbleUpon:
7.b. Reference Encyclopedia: User:Florentino floro
7.c. : User:Florentino floro
7.d. WikiPilipinas : User:Florentino floro
7.e. Sprinko Encyclopedia: User:Florentino floro

Judge Floro's Threads on Sun Star Forums:
1. PUNO'S SUMMIT, UTTER FAILURE: Extra-Judicial Killings 361 Killed in 75 Days
2. A.M.# 07-09-13-SC - Indirect Contempt & Disbarment,
Judge Floro vs. Sen. Miriam Santiago - First Friday, October 05, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007 - SC to probe TRO fixers, justices in appeals court
4. Twin Angioplasty Surgeries - Jaime T. LICAUCO OUT & JAMES RANDI vis-a-vis the 3 Dwarves

Judge Floro on Front Pages of:

1. New York Times - World Briefing: Europe, Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia -

1b. CNN. com TRANSCRIPTS | ShowBiz Tonite with A.J. Hammer.
1c. Sydney Morning Herald | 2006 Times Online Judge of the Year
The award for judge of the year went to Judge Florentino Floro Jr. - The Times December 05, 2006
A chilli-hot year for whiny garbage - David Pannick, QC
1d. 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for April 10 -

2. BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Filipino 'dwarf' judge loses case

Juiz que consultava duendes é afastado nas Filipinas - BBC Brasil

Hakim percaya gaib dipecat - BBC Indonesia

2.a. Le - Le juge et ses trois gnomes renvoyés des prétoires

3. UK Times Online, "The Times" - June 6, 2006
I used to be a judge but I'm all right now . . . by David Pannick QC

4 . UK James Hookway, Taiwan, Wall Street Journal, Front Page A1 - September 17, 2007
In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends
Mr. Floro Loses His Job But Becomes a Celebrity; Using a Little Elfin Magic

Wall Street Journal, Opinion Journal, July 27, 2006
'I Never Consulted Any Imaginary Dwarf'

5. James Randi, JREF Newsletter - FILIPINO JUSTICE - May 19, 2006


6. Ripley's Believe It or Not! #70(6/8/2006)

7. Skeptics Dictionary - Newsletter 67 - Hi! I'm psychic and I'm here to help!

7.a. News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd - Judges Gone Wild!

Judge Floro on YouTube:

Channel 9, RPN-9: August 30, 2000
Kasangga Mo Ang Langit with Rey & Reyster Langit - August 30, 2000
Channel 2, Abs-Cbn / Anc-News:
Magandang Gabi Bayan - with Gus Abelgas - August 21, 1999
Assignment - with Cong. Teddy Locsin
Disbarment vs. C.J. Davide, Jr. - with R.G. Cruz - September 10, 2006
ABS-CBN SPECIAL: KABA KUTOB KILABOT - with Catherine De Castro and Albert Martinez - October 29, 2006
Healing Oil, Kimpormasyon - with Kim Atienza - April 3, 2007
Patrol, "Imprecation / Curse on the Judiciary" - April 4, 2007
MUNDO NG MALIGNO - with Kim Atienza - October 31, 2006
Kontrobersyal of the Year 2006 - with Mr. Boy Abunda - May 12, 2006
Channel 11, GMA Kapuso and Q-TV:
"Sa Pulso", GMA Kapuso and Q-TV - with Ivan Merina - November 12, 2006
Channel 5, ABC TV:
FRONTLINES - December 28, 2006
"Totoo TV" - ONE HOUR, with Ariel & Maverick

Judge Floros Interview about the Story of Luis, Armand & Angel:
1. Sam Chambers, Kent, UK, China, The Standard,
Creature features of the Philippines - Saturday, September 02, 2006
Florentino and the three dwarves
2. By UK, Hyde- Sunday, June 4. 2006 - Damn Data, Cabinet of Wonder - Dwarves of Law revisited
Memorandum of Dire Prophecies of LUIS, Angelus Dei Per Judge Florentino V. Floro
(April 6, 2006 to October 7, 2007)
The Prophet: Dire Predictions of Judge Floro
Hope Diamond: Mystic Dwarfs LUIS, Armand & Angel,
Psychic Judge curse JBC, 14 S.C. Justices and Judiciary

Judge Floro's Auto / Article User Page on Wikipedia:

Judge Floro's 27 pages, 34, 000 views, 1,400 replies Legendary thread on RUSH Counterparts Message Board:

Judge Floro's emails and yahoo / msn messengers:
Judge Floro's contact numbers:

Celphone No. secretary Belen: 0927-3440957

digitel Philippines land line - (044) 662-8203