Today (State) Courts in Miami are closed in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur; The Day of Atonement. The Federal College of Cardinals are open for business.
The holy day is a time for atonement for sins; but according to the rules and tradition, atonement for sins by one person against another person cannot be made until one asks forgiveness.
I ask forgiveness.
For those of you who have been offended by words I have written, please forgive me. The intent of this blog was to amuse and to provide a place to generate thoughtful discussion of the issues that affect us.
I believe it was wrong to write about the criticism of Judge William Thomas when I had not seen it first hand. When I did see Judge Thomas in Court I realized I had made a grievous error. He has his own style for sure. But he is a good and hardworking Judge who clearly was called to this career by his desire to better his community. I truly regret the initial post (and no, I do not currently have any cases before him).
I also erred when I did not pay as much attention to the comments as I should have and missed several vicious comments about a Judicial candidate and allegations about his orientation. I am sorry that those comments were posted and I apologize.
I am sure there are many other mistakes I made, and for those who have been caused any pain or unwarranted discomfort by this blog please accept my apology.
I hope that as we approach the one year anniversary of this blog, that the readers will continue to contribute to interesting and humorous comments about our little world where so much happens.
I have tried to use the anonymity I have, responsibly, and endeavored to not use this blog for my own personal grievances or to take cheap shots at people for the fun of it (although so many of our robed readers present such a tempting and juicy target.)
I have tried to allow all comments to be posted, even those critical of me and this blog.
Overall, I think it was a very good first year.
See You In Court.
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