Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Congratulations to our new Judges, and congratulations to Judges Bernie Shapiro Jerri-Beth Cohen and Norma Lindsey in retaining their seats. We are especially pleased for Bernie Shapiro because he is a well respected Judge who did not deserve opposition. His re-election puts to rest at least a little bit, the recent conventional wisdom that any Hispanic Female attorney could beat any sitting Judge.
Call us cock-eyed optimists, but we strongly believe that any election should be based on the best and brightest among us, and not on race, religion or color.
By all account Judge Douglas Chumbley (who was defeated yesterday) was a good judge for the short time he served. But his defeat while sad for him and possibly not warranted, is not nearly egregious as the defeat of Bernie Shapiro would have been.
Speaking of egregious elections based on race, have you seen the incumbent bloodbath North Of the Border?
Broward is Dade 30 years ago, where is appears that no Hispanic lawyer, no matter how qualified, has any chance on the ballot. The highest bar-poll rated Judge in Broward- County Court Judge Julio Gonzalez Jr., was trounced. While Circuit Court Judge Pedro Dijolis remains in 3rd place 171 votes out of the run-off between the top two candidates. A recount is in progress. Of all the Judges that could have been bounced out North of Border they pick on Pedro Dijolis and Julio Gonzalez? Hmm. What do they have in common?
When was the last time you remember that a sitting Circuit Court Judge could not even make the top two in a multi-candidate election? Broward is and remains some piece of work. Qualified and highly qualified Judges can't even retain their seats based on nothing more than the color of their skin and the nature of their last names.
Broward. The name just makes us ill. You can have it. We'll take Hialeah branch court any day of the week.
See You In Court.