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Monday, April 23, 2012
We asked retired Circuit Judge Scott Silverman for some words about the late Judge Margarita Esquiroz. Judge Silverman, who by the way took that wonderful picture of Judge Esquiroz, had this to say:
Judge Margarita Esquiroz was a trail blazer. In 1979, at the age 34, she was appointed a deputy commissioner of the Industrial Court of Claims. In 1984, Governor Graham appointed her to the circuit court where she proudly served until her untimely retirement in 2010. She was brave, stoic, and classy. By nature, she was a good person who always sought to do the right thing. Judge Esquiroz' seniority in the civil division, gave her the honor of presiding in historic courtroom 6-1. When the time came to commence its restoration, she found herself bounced from courtroom to the next. She never complained. During the yearlong restoration, she was supportive throughout, contributed helpful suggestions, and excitedly anticipated the finished product. She will always have the distinction of being the first jurist to preside in the fully restored courtroom. Judge Esquiroz understood the significance of the courtroom and the importance the restoration had in highlighting our circuit's rich history. She was vigilant in maintaining its historical integrity and in protecting it from any abuse. She was a friend and a colleague. When I think of Judge Esquiroz, I always picture her at lunch sitting across the table from Judge Manny Crespo at Diana's (just north of the Dade County Courthouse). The two were always engaged in animated discussions (Manny much more so than Margarita). She was always smiling and friendly. Her ego was in check, and I never heard her utter a bad word about anyone. I will always cherish these memories.
Thank you Judge Silverman. Wonderful words.
SILENT CANDIDATES: DAY TWO: Arthur Spiegel and Greer Elaine Wallace have thus far declined our invitation for some free publicity to state publicly and without comment on the front page of this blog why they believe Judge Andrea Ricker-Wolfson deserves to be replac Their silence is deafening.
Panthers are one win away from advancing to second round of NHL Playoffs (motto: "Nobody cares, so we try harder.")
Something happened to the Marlins in DC Sunday that could never happen here: rainout. Go see the new stadium. It's around the corner from the REGJB and it is spectacular.
We're sure the Heat either won or lost. We're sure we don't care.
Final thought on the Secret Service scandal: Does anyone think this is the first time this ever happened? Seems like these agents knew just where to go. Just saying...