We say “fare thee well” but not goodbye, to Judge David Young, who hangs up the robes this week, and leaves the comfy confines of our Justice Building for the bright lights of Broadway, Hollywood, and Television. We will miss him.
By our calculation, as a Prosecutor, County Court Judge, and Circuit Court Judge, David Young has given close to 25 years of service to the Citizens of Dade County. As much as we will miss him, the people he served will miss him more. Here’s why:
Judge Young’s tenure on the bench was marked by a strong streak of pragmatism. You never had to worry about an unfair result occurring because some poor unfortunate individual got mixed up in something where the law mandated a result that was unfair and unanticipated. Judge Young mixed a strong belief in fairness and common sense with a sharp legal mind. There was never a case, and there was never a day, when we rued appearing before Judge Young.
There are hundreds of stories out there where lawyers have credited Judge Young with stepping in and speaking with or chastising prosecutors who were seeking unreasonable or unfair results just because “the victim wants the max” or some other “head in the sand” reason.
We can’t finish our farewell to Judge Young without mentioning his campaign to make sure sexually active teens were engaging in protected sex. Judge Young was on the bench during the time AIDS ravaged this community. He often spoke of those he knew who died of AIDS. Perhaps many lawyers have thought that Judge Young’s lectures to teenagers who appeared before him were out of line. What we admire so much about Judge Young is that it appeared that he thought all the criticism in the world was worth it if he saved one young person from the early death of AIDS.
With all due respect to the current craze for conservative judges who keep their noses in their strict constructionist law books, we need more people like Judge Young, who saw wrongs, and quite simply, tried to right them.
We wish him well in his new endeavors.
We are happy to publish (with permission) the invitation to his going away soiree:
David’s last day is fast approaching.
Please join us to toast him farewell.
We will gather for Champagne and Hors De Oeuvres at:
La Loggia Ristorante (68 West Flagler Street) on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 5:00 – 7:00.
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND. GET OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SUN.
See you in Court Tuesday, and knowing our penchant for free booze, maybe, just maybe, we’ll see you somewhere else.
PS. Today Judge Crist tubed the Court Appointment system. You get what you pay for. Just watch what happens now.
PSS. We put up a permanent link to the Broward Blog. It is to the left, just beneath our favourite federal blogger’s link. The adventure of the defense attorney who was harassed by the Broward Cops after a Broward DMV is a must read.