For some fair citizens of Miami, it’s the chance to receive another cash payment for voting again. For the rest of the law abiding among us, it’s the chance to make an informed choice from the best and brightest Miami and Florida has to offer.
In our little corner of the world, “best and brightest” is unfortunately not synonymous with the choices the electorate makes about Judges.
Some Judges have no one but themselves to blame for their opposition. Judge Ivan Hernandez comes to mind first, but arguably (although we have endorsed them) Judges Larry Schwartz and Shirlyon McWhorter can also be put into that category.
Perhaps some of our dear robed readers time would be better spent remembering the words of Solomon, then fretting over tee times and lunch or dinner reservations at Christy's:
By much slothfulness the building decayeth
and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through
Other Judges have opposition for no reason other than their opponent’s last name. Judges Steve Leifman, Dennis Murphy and Bronwyn Miller fit into that category. If these three qualified Judges are able to be re-elected despite facing individuals with Hispanic sur-names, then we will have faith in our system of electing Judges. But if two out of three of these Judges are defeated, then we will grudgingly be forced to embrace merit retention for Judges.
Please do not be mistaken about our words.
In our opinion, some of the very best Judges Miami has ever seen are Hispanic. Judge Jose Gonzalez (now a senior Judge) in Federal Court was about the best we have ever tried a case before. Judge Federico Moreno is a close second. This is not about not wanting to see Hispanic attorneys as Judges. It was just as wrong two decades ago when any lawyer named Klein was unbeatable at the polls.
We have spoken about this before. Race, Religion, Gender or Ethnicity are not what makes an individual qualified to be a Judge.
This is about quality, ability, talent, and dedication. Judges Leifman, Murphy and Miller (although Miller has not had enough time to really develop ) have those qualities, and in our opinion, their challengers do not.
STAY WITH ALL US DAY AND INTO ELECTION NIGHT AS WE WILL HAVE SPECIAL ELECTION DAY (unless a certain Judge forces us into a trial) AND NIGHT COVERAGE OF ALL THE JUDICIAL RACES.
SEE YOU AT THE POLLS.