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Friday, September 26, 2008

JUDGE MICHAEL SALMON HAS PASSED AWAY

I cannot tell you how sad I am to learn of the news that JudgeMichael  Salmon has passed away. He was a lawyer's judge. Extremely smart. Very well read in the law and in other areas. In all of the time I appeared before him, and the several trials I had with him, I don't think I ever saw him lose his temper. 

He was smart. He was fair. He was even tempered.  I missed him these past several years  after he retired. We are all diminished by the loss of this distinguished Judge and citizen of our county. 


ONLY NORTH OF THE BORDER.
They just can't help themselves up there. 

"Mardi Levey-Cohen- McCain- Obama- Dijols" has been told that while she is on the ballot in theory....she is NOT on the ballot actually. 

Judge Dijols who is actually on the ballot....is NOT on the ballot in theory. 

Thus in this Broward Judicial election we see the clear distinction between theory and application. 

Because Broward is out of time and money Judge Dijols will remain on the ballot. The voters will be told that a vote for Dijolis will actually be a vote for "Mardi-Levey Cohen Dijols. "  

The supervisor of Elections stated: "We have complete confidence that the voters of Broward County will be able to follow the simple instructions we hand out." She then broke out laughing. 

Meanwhile, the John McCain campaign has inquired about placing Ronald Reagan on the presidential ballot and voters will be instructed that a vote for Reagan is a vote for McCain. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has said if that occurs then they will seek to have McCain placed on the ballot so that a vote for McCain will actually be a vote for Obama. 

Welcome to Broward where who you vote for really doesn't matter. 

7 comments:

Jonathan Blecher said...

I was assigned to Michael Salmon's division as an ASA in the early 1980's. He was a nice man, reserved, respectful, intellectual is how I saw him.

One thing I liked about him was his exercise of judicial restraint and gentle effort to keep lawyers on message in his courtroom. "What is it that is before me?", was his mantra. David Scott Markus and I were both in there together.

Another loss of a long-time MJB face. My thoughts are with his family.

Scott Saul said...

Judge Salmon made you feel like you were not in Miami State Court but, rather, he acted like how you would picture a Judge from yesteryear...

...very intelectual, apolitical, prudent, stoic, regal, always wanted to see caselaw and adressed people from a podium that he kept in chambers.

He loved to try cases

He was a class act that will be missed.

Anonymous said...

We used to call him "bagel with." Loved the courthouse and its players. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

I tried a homicide case in front of Judge Salmon years ago. He kept the proceedings under control and had the perfect judicial decorum. And most important, he kept a very low profile and let the lawyers try their case. It was almost like he was not even there. And, in this day of celebrity judges, that is quite a compliment.

Dave Raben said...

I was a public defender before Judge Salmon in early 80's. A gentleman and a scholar with a subtle wit. When we went in chambers to discuss cases (remember that?) he stood behind a podium alongside his desk with his jacket on and buttoned.

Anonymous said...

were you pleading all your cases back then too, blecher?

Anonymous said...

Judge Salmon was a good judge. He was fair and polite.

I wish we had more like him.