Judge Samuels and Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer.
Judge Michael Samuels is challenge by attorney Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer. We must admit that we know so little of the participants that we even forgot to post a poll on this race. Recently we received some emails and missives to the effect that when Judge Samuels ran against Judge Emas, he used commercials attacking Judge Emas for previously representing Defendants when he was in private practice. If that allegation is true, and we have no idea that it is, Samuels did not deserve to win that election and does not deserve to be a Judge.
Neither candidate saw fit to email us anything about themselves, and we just don’t feel comfortable making an endorsement about two candidates we honestly know nothing about.
Judge Rippingille and Don Cohen.
We have a more difficult decision in this race, because we know Don Cohn, and believe he would make an excellent county court judge. He has the personality and temperament to be a Judge in a court that brings the Judiciary in close contact with the general public. When we watch a County Court Judge snap at an un-represented defendant and refuse to listen to their question and help them, we can’t help but wonder why they ever wanted to be a Judge. We have no difficulty in believing that if elected, Mr. Cohn will exhibit the kindness and patience that he is well known for in the REGJB.
Unfortunately, we have no experience with Judge Rippingille. We have asked around and gotten mixed reviews. We greatly value the opinion of attorney Ed Carhart, who saw fit to write to the blog in defense of Judge Rippingille. We also have heard many people echo the recommendation in the Herald, which cited to Judge Rippingille’s devotion to families and children in trouble. Some attorneys have a completely different and markedly negative view of Judge Rippingille. While we think the criticism we have heard is valid, because we just don’t know enough about Judge Rippingille, we hesitate to endorse Don Cohn, although we have no trouble admitting we probably will be voting for him.