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Monday, November 26, 2007

BREAKING NEWS - BRUMMER TO RETIRE

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Miami Dade County Public Defender Bennett Brummer will retire at the end of his current term. Carlos Martinez will run to replace him. Brummer will have served as the PD for 32 years when he steps down on January 1, 2009.

More to come .....

CAPTAIN OUT ..............................

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carlos Martinez will make an excellent PD.

I support him.

Anonymous said...

Why will he be exellent??

Anonymous said...

I am an ASA and have known Carlos almost 20 years since U of M law school. I saw the second post requesting that first poster explain why Carlos would make an excellent PD.

I was thinking of just that on the drive in after seeing the piece in the Miami Herald.

During these two decades I have been known Carlos in my last year of law school, court and representing our respective offices. Althogh certainly friendly, I have never known Carlos in a social setting- we are not related nor do we have friends in common- my opinion is based soley on professional interaction and I have observed the following:

Carlos is bright and as far as I can tell he is not ego-driven, power-hungry or looking for glory. He is kind, accessible, shrewd and above all, realistic. He is caring but firm in his convictions and appears dedicated to fulfilling the oaths and obligations as a criminal defense attorney and public defender. He will step on many toes to make his case.

Carlos is well-respected in many different arenas in this community by a wide-ranging spectrum of citizens.

I have seen Carlos advocate on behalf of public defender clients, assistant public defenders, the defense bar, state employees, the mentally ill, children, addicts, the poor, victims and the homeless at public hearings and committee meetings and every conceivable public forum in Tallahassee, Washington, County and City halls and in the courts. He appears to have a broad and solid understanding of adminsitrative, budgetary, staffing, programatic, legal (both substanitive and procedural)functions.

I am sure there are many other features that I have left out or do not have knowledge of. I am sure Carlos has made mistakes, no one is perfect. I cannot think of any one better-suited to be the new elected public defender.

Beyond that I think Carlos would excel in any other high-level public office adminstrative position, e.g., head of DCF or other vital cabinet position.

Plus, the guy has a great sense of humor which comes in handy in his line of work. Good Luck Carlos!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The only trial Carlos Martinez has ever tried was a mock trial in law school and his client was found guilty. Hey ASA, Carlos was a drug court lawyer in the PD's Office and everyone know that's not really practicing law. Drug court usually reserved for older attorneys who need a break or for attorneys who can't handle any other division. Who do you think Carlos is?