The details are sketchy, and we believe her funeral is scheduled for
January 27th @ 11:00 A.M. at Temple Judea, Coral Gables.
We suggest you check the Herald Obits for further details.
We did not really know Judge Shockett so we are unable to provide any memories or details about her life and work as a Judge.
Judge Shockett was involved in the organization LEAP- Law Enforcement Against
Prohibition- an organization against minimum mandatory penalties.
An alert reader emailed us this Bio:
Eleanor Schockett was born in Ruleville, Miss. and raised in Birmingham, Ala. She received her B.A from the University of Alabama with majors in History, Political Science and Law. She then headed to New Orleans, La. to complete her legal studies and receive a J.D. from Tulane Law School. She became interested in Drug Policy when she wrote her senior paper on the administration of US drug laws and knew something was terribly wrong. She maintained her interest on the issues first in the '60's as the wife of a owner/pharmacist and then in the '70's as a guest talkmaster on WKAT's Talk of Miami.
Eleanor was elected to the Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County Florida and began her service in January 1991. Although the latter 15 years of her private practice were devoted to Family Law, her first assignment was to the Criminal Court. By the time she left the Bench on December 31, 2002 she had served in the Family and General Jurisdiction divisions as well. In all three divisions she saw the havoc wrought by a failed drug policy.
Her particular concerns were the erosion of personal liberties of all our citizens. She believes if the American people learn just how bad things are, they will be changed for the better. She vowed to speak out and appreciates the opportunity.
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