Tuesday afternoon saw confirmation of the rumoured news that Judge Mary Barzee is leaving the Circuit Court Bench to join Gene Stearns at Stearns. Weaver, Miller, et. al. We know the firm primarily through their sponsorship of WLRN in Miami, but Gene Stearns is as good and respected attorney in Miami as there is.
We are sorry to see Judge Barzee leave, but we wish her well in her new endeavors.
And now a message to our legislature and moronic Governor:
Keep this up pinheads. You get what you pay for. You have prosecutors and public defenders who can't survive on the meager salaries you pay them and you have Judges who at the height of their careers cannot afford to turn down private sector offers because of the security it brings to them and their families.
But go right ahead and keep reducing salaries and pensions and blame the budget woes on teachers and prosecutors and soon this state won't be worth a bucket of cheap sand.
We are only as good as the people who represent the state and perform the valuable functions of government. By your actions you are lowering the bar. Less qualified teachers will turn out less qualified students who cannot compete. Dedicated public servants who perform indispensable jobs are leaving. It's like the plot of Atlas Shrugged, but this is all too real.
What's going to happen the next time the nation turns its eyes to Florida and seeks a wise judicial resolution of, lets create a wild scenario- say a presidential election? Or what happens when an important criminal case is brought to court? What is going to happen when we only have inexperienced prosecutors and judges who are far from the best and the brightest?
You get what you pay for.
As John Galt says in Atlas Shrugged: "You were warned."
See you in court.