Joel Brown has been around it seems as long as McCain, while Fernandez is newer to bench, having served as a prosecutor and before that a Major in the City Of Miami Police Department.
Fernandez is better known to us denizens of the REGJB, as both a prosecutor and his time on the criminal bench. He has the temperament and knowledge to do the job.
Farina ascended to Chief Judge after a stint in the Justice Building, but while we have applauded his tenure as Chief Judge, he really didn't do a whole lot for the Criminal Courts other than his miserable failure in trying to institute some cockamamie system of preparing cases for trial. Remember that? You had to file these stupid reports and there was a Friday afternoon "Time out" calendar for lawyers who didn't cooperate. After a few weeks, and probably a million bucks in consultant fees, we Miami lawyers sent that consultant and his stupid system packing. No one is going to tell us how to prepare for trial, that's for sure.
Joel Brown is less well known to criminal court attorneys, but as an administrative Judge for the Family division, he has the experience to smoothly take over and handle that dreaded 3AM call so familiar to Chief Judges:
Ring ring. Farina: " Chief Judge here.....He did what? Again!! They're still in court at 2:45 in the morning? And he's telling the jury they can't go home until they get a verdict? Ok. I'll handle it."
So is it experience or change? Fernandez or Brown. Yawn. Our time is better spent preparing for the the Dolphins/Raider matchup this weekend.
See You In Court, no matter who is the Judge, we still have to try the cases.
PS. Just in case you thought this was a dull town, everyone's favourite vice presidential candidate and geography expert is in town for the Republican Governors Convention (motto: "Oww, that hurt!") Yup, Sarah Palin freshly clothed in RNC threads, will be in Miami, shaking an angry fist towards Cuba ("No governor, the other way, south, not north") and lobbying to be the new fresh face of the rebuilt Republican Party. Here is the article.
We've said this before: please please please make Palin the head of the Republican Party. Please hand deliver her the Republican Nomination in 2012. She makes Dan Quayle look like Dwight Eisenhower.