Mondays should be all about good news so lets jump right in to it.
Two hurricanes in the Gulf will miss Florida and strike near New Orleans this week. LA 2-Fla 0. This is the type of contest you want to lose. True this is bad news for Louisiana, but we do not have as many readers there.
NASA is tracking a Near Earth Object (NEO) that has a .5% chance of striking earth just before election day. The size of the object is six and a half feet long. Who says the good lord does not play politics?
If you are a judge elect and have a pending bar complaint (or two) in which probable cause has been found, then you are not out of the woods. The JQC will pick up the ball and take it over the goal line. We have two such judge-elects facing this prospect. We put the odds of one of the two of these two distinguished individuals being suspended or disbarred above the odds of an asteroid striking the earth before election day.
Speaking of Judge elects, we call upon Judge Soto to let the voters' decision have consequences. New judges will often be "hidden" in juvenile or delinquency courts as they gain experience. This is not to diminish the hard work of the dedicated judges who serve in those positions.
But the voters of Dade County elected Judge Aponte to a circuit court position without her ever having tried a case. It is said she has never taken a deposition. But the voters have spoken. She was determined to be the better qualified of the two candidates.
So Judge Soto please assign Judge Aponte to the complex litigation division of civil court. Let her handle the biggest and most complex civil cases around. She worked for a plaintiffs' firm that demonstrably and illegally used runners to solicit clients from accidents scenes you say? So what- is what the voters of Dade said.
She has never taken a deposition and is unfamiliar with the rules and laws of discovery and complex litigation? Who cares!
How can we have a judge who never tried a case preside over complex trials? Elections have consequences we say- let the chips fall where they may.
Do not "hide" this judge in juvenile or dependency court. Our children are much to important to place in her inexperienced and unethical hands. Put her in complex litigation and let the civil lawyers, who did not raise a hand in this contest, deal with her. That's of course if the JCQ doesn't deal with her first.
Lawyers: wherever Judge Aponte ends up, consider filing a motion to recuse because you client does not feel s/he can get a fair trial from a judge who worked for a disbarred lawyer for a firm that illegally employed runners to go to accident scenes to solicit cases. The ethics stink to high hell. In other words- a community shunning of the "judge" who wants to play in the big leagues. We will be beating this drum until and through January 2021.
That's what we say. What say you?