Every now and then the system works. A wise and experienced and successful individual runs for judge not because s/he needs a steady paycheck and a decent retirement, but because they want to give back to this community and hopefully make it a better place to live, work and thrive.
Miguel De La O is one such judge. His recent monograph to the Miami Herald says it all.
We once heard (and winced) when an experienced judge told a new judge "you can do anything you want in 98% of the cases, and give the public what it wants in 2% of the cases and never worry about being re-elected."
We once saw a judge go back on his word in chambers and sentence a client to thirty years because he was under scrutiny by the Herald.
Judge De La O is NOT that kind of judge. And that is why sometimes, the system works.
See You In Court.
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