RUMPOLE ENDORSES ROBIN FABER OVER JUDGE IVAN HERNANDEZ
We have been one of the biggest defenders of Judge Hernandez. A Vietnam war veteran, and a Judge who did a fine job handling a DUI calendar when he was in the REGJB. But then Hernandez had a JA start to run crazy and threaten other Judges unless they hired him to assist in their campaign.
Judge Hernandez did nothing to stop the conduct of his JA, which even if legal, was not proper conduct for an employee of a Judge. Most shockingly, Judge Hernandez remained silent in the face of serious accusations by other Judges that his Judicial Assistant made anti-semitic remarks. At the very least, Judge Hernandez should have suspended his JA and requested the SAO investigate the matter. If his JA was innocent, the matter would have been put to rest.
Once the campaign was underway, Hernandez had a run in with the election laws, and responded to the Dade Bar investigation in what the Bar said was a cavalier manner. Hernandez blamed an improper campaign ad on his treasurer and neglected to tell the bar his treasurer was his wife!
At some point in time, Judge Hernandez has burned away all the good will and respect he earned. And in our opinion he has no one to blame but himself. He could have been strong and wise enough to tell his JA to stop threatening Judge Leifman, who was Judge Hernandez’s supervisor. Judge Hernandez could have dealt squarely and directly with the Bar inquiry, but according to the Dade Bar, he did not. There comes a point in time when a person begins to wonder “what in world was he thinking?” when examining the actions of Judge Hernandez. We have reached that point.
Robin Faber is a 20 year member of the Public Defenders Office. You don’t work 20 years in that office without gaining the experience and perspective necessary for being a Judge, especially a County Court Judge. Mr. Faber has had a distinguished career as a PD as evidenced by being the recipient of the John Falikes Professionalism Award, which recognizes lawyers for integrity, demeanor and ethical behavior.
While Mr. Faber would be a fine choice in most circumstances, he is THE choice in this circumstance where we believe his opponent had acted in a manner that merits his removal from the bench.
RUMPOLE ENDORSES ROBIN FABER FOR JUDGE.