COMING THURSDAY: It was 1962. Kennedy was President. Castro was settling in in Havana and Miami had a brand spanking new courthouse no one wanted to work in.
If you're under 40- go away. Go tweet or Facebook or get a latte at starbucks. This isn't for you.
Today's post is very simple. Who's the best Judge you've ever appeared in front of?
State. Federal. Circuit. County. Have at it.
Our thoughts: Any discussion involving the best at the REGJB usually starts and ends with the late Judge Cowart. A very smart man. Great judicial temperament. A true southern gentleman. Usually responded to most inane objections with "bless your soul", but when he needed to apply his razor sharp legal mind, his reasoning was spot on. Is remembered for telling Ted Bundy when he sentenced him to death that in another circumstance he wished Bundy would have been a lawyer appearing before him "but you chose another path pardner...." A great and memorable line.
But time has passed and these days the discussion should be a bit more lively.
The hardest working Judge? That's easy. Tom Scott, both as a circuit judge in the then Justice Building and then as a district court judge, Scott set the bar very high. Janet Reno said she never saw a judge try more cases in one year than Scott did when he was in the Justice Building. But does he deserve discussion as the best? Perhaps.
We would put the late Rob Pinero in the discussion. Hard working, sensible, fair, he was everything you wanted in a judge. He earned being in this discussion and we'd take him in any case. Period.
In Federal Court we had the great pleasure of trying cases before Jose Gonzalez and Ned David, two of the very best we have ever seen.
County court judges often become circuit judges but some stay their entire career in county court and become damn good judges. Put the late Henry Oppenborn and the current Keieger-Martin in that category.
Judge Fred Moreno has to have a place at the table here. County court judge, circuit judge. district judge, chief judge of the southern district- he's done it all here in South Florida and done a damn good job every step of the way.
These are our thoughts, but what are yours? Make some nominations, explain your reasons, and perhaps we'll have a a few runoffs until we arrive at a winner.
See You In Court.
FYI: sitting north of the border does not, per se, eliminate you from this discussion, but for the purposes of this discussion, being a judge in Broward...well, res ipsa loquitor.