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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
THE 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES .....
Will be elected one year from today. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, our country will hold the 58th quadrennial U.S. Presidential election.
Barring an indictment or serious health issue, Hillary Rodham Clinton, looks to become the first woman on the top half of a presidential ticket (from a major party) in the history of our country. Many of our younger readers may not be aware of the fact that Hillary's two brothers, Hugh and Tony, both worked in South Florida for many years.
Hugh Rodham worked for Bennett Brummer at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, first as an investigator, and after he passed the bar, as an APD. I believe that Hugh may have been one of the first APD's to be assigned to the Drug Court. Hugh also ran for the US Senate in 1994 losing in the general election to Republican Connie Mack III.
Tony Rodham ran a process service company in South Florida for many years before he went on to marry Nicole Boxer, the daughter of California Senator Barbara Boxer. (They have since divorced).
As for the Republican nominee, that picture will still take many months to sort itself out. Right now it is anyone's guess who will emerge as the party's nominee, but the names Trump, Carson, Rubio, Bush, and Cruz, are the most likely names to end up on the top of that ticket. My money is on Rubio.
Who do you think will be the nominees from each party?
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A COUNTY COURT JUDGE .....
The Miami-Dade JNC has announced an opening on the County Court bench due to the fact that Judge Charlie Johnson was elevated recently to the Circuit Court by Governor Rick Scott. Application are now being accepted for that open seat. The deadline for submission of your application is November 23, 2015.
Two notes about our local JNC. First, they recently elected a new Chair. Outgoing Chair was ASA Christine Hernandez-Baldwin. The new Chair is
Daniel Fridman, Chair
White & Case LLP
Southeast Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Blvd. Suite 4900
Miami, FL 33131
Mr. Fridman has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Haaarvard Law School. After graduating law school, he clerked for US District Court Judge Alan Gold before joining the Department of Justice. At the DOJ, he was an AUSA and then served as senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the US.
And, last month, Governor Scott chose criminal defense lawyer Robert Pardo to an open seat on the JNC, (from a list of three nominees supplied to him by The Florida Bar).
If you want to get out of Committee, here is who you need to know:
Mr. Daniel W. Schwartz, Vice Chair (2016)
Ms. Melanie E. Damian (2016)
Mr. Paul Courtney Huck, Jr. (2016)
Mr. Robert H. Fernandez (2018)
Mr. Hans Ottinot Sr. (2018)
Mr. Luis E. Suarez (2018)
Ms. Christine Hernandez-Baldwin (2019)
Mr. Roberto R. Pardo (2019)
ELECTION CENTRAL 2016
No changes in the contested Circuit and Court Court races since our last post. There are still four contested Circuit Court races and one County Court contest. Deadline for filing to run for Judge is May 6, 2016.
CAPTAIN OUT .....