The title links to the 4th DCA opinion ruling that Mardi Anne Levey Cohen (add favorable name here) shall be restored to the ballot for the upcoming judicial election. The Broward County Elections Department which had produced ballots with Levey's name, and then was ordered by Miami Judge Feder to destroy those ballots and produce a ballot with Dijols's name has now been told to "stop the presses" and make another ballot with Levey's name.
Broward has spent so much money on the ballot fiasco that they have been forced to print presidential ballots with just John McCain's name, as they do not have enough money to print a Barack Obama ballot.
Anyway, the 4th held that the voters voted and that is that. There's some sort of claptrap about the difference between being qualified to be a judge (and don't get us started on that) and using a maiden name. But who reads appellate opinions carefully anyway? The decision ends with a refusal to entertain any motion for re-hearing.
The only question that remains is whether Dijols seeks redress with the Florida Supreme Court. Why doesn't he just apply to the Supreme Court? They have a vacancy, and then everyone can be happy. See, if we were Governor things would be so much simpler without all this needless litigation.
We may now decide to run for Judge in Miami under the name "Don Shula Dan Marino Rumpole" since the 4th DCA has now given the green light to the name game as it applies to judicial candidates.
See You In Court.
Thurgood Marshall John Roberts Daniel Marino Donald Shula Rumpole, III, Esq.