Broward County Judge John Jay Hurley

By Sam Fields for, Special to, Nov 10, 2014 – Judge Jay Hurley is collateral damage in the Homeless War between the cities and The Public Defender.

In case you’ve been in a North Korean prison camp for the last decade, Jay Hurley is Broward’s First Appearance judge.

When an arrestee can’t make bail, within 48 hours he has a Constitutional right to be brought before a judge to review the arrest affidavit and bail. It’s called First Appearance.

This includes the homeless arrested by cities under their own ordinances rather than state law. State law prohibits the State Attorney and the Public Defender, who are legally required to be in First Appearance court, from handling those cases.