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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
DOWN GOES ROSS!!!!!
(With apologies to Howard Cosell and his call of the Foreman Frazier title fight)
DOWN GOES ROSS…DOWN GOES ROSS….
BREAKING BLOG NEWS: OUR BRETHREN BLOG IN BROWARD (SAY THAT 5 TIMES FAST) HAS TAKEN DOWN A CHIEF JUDGE:
NIXON RESIGNS…ROSS RESIGNS…..
Here is the text of the announcement:
After much reflection and soul searching, maybe it's time to be a real judge again. It is my intent not to serve the new Chief Judge term to completion. I'll call for a special election for Tuesday, July 3, 2007 to fill an anticipated un-expired term beginning September 4, 2007 through June 30, 2009.
The last couple of years have been particularly difficult for me and my family. In July I am having my hips replaced and will be out for a while.
For these reasons and others, [umm...like Judges calling people less than human, like Judges belittling people for not speaking English?) but primarily because of my love for our circuit, I think a new Chief Judge should lead us forward.
It's appropriate that I take the summer to try to help with an orderly transition.
[I'll give North of the Border this: we don't have to wear a tie in court during the summer.]
I am particularly proud of this circuit and its personnel, who have labored so hard to make it the best in Florida . [Pardon me. I'm choking. I also just fell out of my chair. Blatant disregard for reality tends to have that effect on me.]
Our circuit has accomplished a number of "firsts" and has been very aggressive and pro-active in serving the people of the State of Florida . I extend my appreciation to our Administrative Judges (past and present) whose valuable advice and hard work made my job so much easier. ... I truly love being a judge and public servant. [Not to mention the kick you get out of humiliating litigants and lawyers you don't like]. To quote Bob Hope, "thanks for the memories," it's been special.
Dale Ross, Chief Judge
[To quote someone else: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.]
Rumpole says: Thanks for the memories….(not). I cannot remember one time I appeared before that Judge that he did not treat me and my client rudely, made mention of my office being located in Miami, and made my client feel he/she made a grievous mistake in hiring a lawyer from Miami. Good riddance.