In all the election hoopla we neglected to mention that very quietly, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been re-elected. Ms. Rundle has been state attorney since Janet Reno became Attorney General on March 11, 1993. Ms. Rundle's 19 years in office surpasses Ms. Reno's 15. Ms. Rundle's tenure as State Attorney has not been without controversy. Certainly there is no reader of this blog who practices criminal law who has not at one time or another become frustrated when an Assistant State Attorney announced in court, for the umpteenth time, that they could not offer a more reasonable plea because their supervisor wouldn't let them. But that is the nature of a large prosecutors office. And Ms. Rundle's tenure has also been marked by many successes, often quietly occurring outside of media coverage. As citizens of Dade County it is in all of our interests that the Dade County State Attorneys Office continues to be professionally run and staffed by dedicated and talented prosecutors. Congratulations Kathy Rundle, and keep up the good work.
JUDGE ANDREA RICKER WOLFSON. Congratulations are also due to Judge Wolfson. She should never have had even one challenger, much less two, which forced her into an election run-off in November. It is worth noting that Judge Wolfson has admirably performed her duties as a judge while running non-stop for retention (and that means seven days a week) since March 2012. For the last eight months Judge Wolfson and her husband have worked tirelessly for her retention. We as lawyers and citizens of Dade County are all better off for it. We now have a wonderful judge who is hard working, fair, well respected and a Judge who brings respect and credit to the judiciary every day. When you bump into Judge Wolfson she will probably thank you for your support. You should thank her for her dedication.
Well done Judge Wolfson. Well done indeed.
Another wonderful weekend on tap and the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner. Turkey time! Enjoy the weekend and see you in court on Monday.