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Thursday, February 09, 2012
Two Judges both alike in dignity, in fair Miami where we lay our scene...
We received two emails this morning from two judges who asked us to post something, and because Chief Judge Federico Moreno is a gentleman, the email from the Honorable Yvonne Colodny will go first:
As a result of a recent blog discussion regarding my extended leave my wonderful judicial assistant, Nikki, has been inundated with calls and visitors concerned about my absence.
While I am sincerely grateful for these expressions of concern, they are truly unnecessary. The reason for my not so mysterious absence is this.........his name is Charlie, weighing in at 6 pounds 14 ounces, born on February 2nd. I suppose the judicial robes were more forgiving than I ever thought!
I will be on maternity leave until May 2, 2012. Until then, senior judges will be covering the division.
And, as always, LET'S GO HEAT!
And now the honorable Chief Judge of the Southern District of Florida, Federico Moreno, who started his judicial career as a humble county court judge back when our courthouse was known simply as The Justice Building:
Rumpole, I must confess that from time to time I read your blog as well as other blogs. However, I have never written to a blog, but I do so now because in the past I have seen how you remember "the old guys" on the bench. You probably missed the obituary on the death of Judge Richard Hickey. I went to his funeral mass yesterday where his son-in-law David Rothman, as well as his sons Dickie and Joey( Judge Hickey had 8 children) reminded us of Judge Hickey's service in the Navy. He was part of the Normandy invasion, and served in Italy and the Pacific too during WW II. I have always admired the Greatest Generation , including the President who appointed me, Bush I, and know from your prior reports that you share that admiration. Judge Hickey was an Irish mench on the bench. An honorable, hard working, fair, compassionate and always polite to all at the MJB from the time when he did preliminary hearings until after he was appointed by Governor Askew (another great man) to the Circuit Court in 1978. I know that so much time has passed since Judge Hickey's retirement in 1989, only the older readers of your blog will remember him. But it may be worthwhile to recognize the good guys on the bench, even long after they have left the bench. FAM
Well said by a Judge who obviously exhibits excellent taste in his reading habits, and more importantly, about Judge Hickey who indeed exemplified the Greatest Generation. He went to war to defend liberty and freedom and his nation and then returned to raise a family of eight children and finally dedicate his talents to serving his fellow citizens on the bench. "An Irish Mench" sums it up. Thank you, your honor, for helping us remember.