We now dip our toe into local politics, fully cognizant of the Mark Twain quote: "A lie can make it half way around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on."
And that was before the internet.
The League of Prosecutors (motto: "Not a group of superheroes, although we sound like we are")
had a judicial forum the other evening at UM law school. After the forum, the members of the League voted for judicial endorsements. We don't know the particular rules for the vote, but the results say volumes about the quality of the judiciary: NONE OF THE ABOVE was a popular choice.
There are eight (ocho) contested judicial races. Four ( roughly half, in our expert estimate) of the races received no endorsement.
Those receiving the endorsement of the crusading group of current and former Assistant State Attorneys were:
Rachel Dooley. In a three way race including a judge, this is a coup.
Judge Nuria Saenz. Can't say we have ever heard of the good judge, but that doesn't mean much.
Judge Rodney Smith. If ever there was a Judge who did NOT deserve opposition, it is Judge Smith. More on this race and the good Judge in another post.
Judge Fleur Lobree. If ever a Judge was up against the "name game" this is it. Think former Judge Shirloyn McWhorter. Lobree got whopped but good as a county court incumbent candidate last election by a latin female. Then she was appointed to the circuit bench. Not surprisingly, another latin female has run against her. Politics is a tough game. Lobree needs to defend her seat. Being a good judge is not enough, and any judge who thinks it is will find themselves out of a job. This is the reality of our county and the judiciary.
Notable candidates who did not get an endorsement: All of these candidates were in groups that got NO endorsement:
Tom Cobitz. Traffic Magistrate. Criminal Defense Attorney. He has our vote. Al Milian. Former Broward prosecutor. Current defense attorney. Lingering resentment from the whopping Milian and Matthewman put on the SAO in a murder case a few years ago? Perhaps. Martin Zilber. The one endorsement he did not get so far. Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts: PD, Regional Counsel, experienced. Nice Guy. Diaz De La Portilla de-la-vote -for-my-name-even-though-I-have-zero-experience? Not surprising. At least local politics isn't influencing the LOP.
See You In Court.
Vote for Judge Smith and donate to Judge Smith. He richly deserves your support. He should NOT have a challenger.
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