Here are your Circuit Court Judge races for 2014:
Group 16: Tom Cobitz vs. Stephen Milian.
Group 26: Christian Carrazana v. Judge Rodney Smith.
Group 27: Mary Gomez vs. Al Milian vs. Joesph Perkins.
Group 58: Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts vs. Martin Zilber.
Group 67: (The shocker) Judge Fleur Lobree vs. Mavel Ruiz.
Group 70: Veronica Diaz vs. Renier Diaz de la Portilla de elect-me-because-of-my name-por-favor.
Judges Lobree and Smith are the only incumbent judges in circuit court with opposition.
Politics isn't for wimps. Judge Lobree has a seat worth about a million bucks in salary, benefits, and pension. The only time she has faced voters in Dade County she was beaten. Badly. She may be a good judge. She may be very well qualified for the job. But as long as we elect judges, the Fleur Lobree's of the world will be low hanging fruit and will continue to draw opposition until they can successfully defend their seat. For every Lobree who might not deserve opposition, there is a Peter Adrian, who thankfully, was beaten and is no longer wearing robes and terrorizing defendants and lawyers. We don't like the election system, but we don't like the alternative to it.
JUDGE GISELE POLLOCK ARRESTED FOR DUI
Troubled Broward Judge Gisele Pollock may have hit rock bottom with her DUI arrest yesterday. And it is not just a simple DUI. There was an accident and injuries.
The JAA blog has the sad details and the links.
Judge Pollock is the daughter of the late Justice Building legend Paul Pollock, so we have always had a fond spot for her. We hope she gets the help she needs.
Enjoy another spring weekend.
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