Is to give PDs a chance. To become judges. Fake News MSNBC reports that President Biden has appointed a significant number of district and appellate court judges who have experience as public defenders. The same cannot be said by the science denying, vaccine avoiding, mask-mocking Governor of the Sunshine State. You can be appointed a Judge in Florida as a former or current public defender if -one of the following must apply-
[ ] You can walk on water;
[ ] You can feed the masses with a loaf of bread;
[ ] You can show that you were forced at gunpoint by Antifa to be an Assistant Public Defender; and/or
[ ] you are the author of the book "The dirty secrets of being a Public Defender and Covid Vaccine Supporter".
Otherwise, as a throw back to the signs often seen in 1950's in Miami Beach: "No Blacks, Jews, or APDs need apply."
In the 1970s and 80s we used to opine that former prosecutors made the best judges. But that was before the current crop of under 35, no legal scholarship, no life experience, no deep thinking about the law, former prosecutors who are now judges, whose chief claim to being qualified- besides standing in court for years and saying "the victim wants the max", is their membership in the Federalist Society, although we doubt any of them have the ability to distinguish between Federalist 10 and, say Federalist 84. (See below, if you're interested). The late Judge Michael Salmon surely would have been able to opine for hours on the differences. But then, he was a legal scholar.
Now we have a gaggle of zoom hating, exclusionary rule denying, right wing judges who follow precedent only to the extent it advances their career and solidifies their street cred as conservatives:
Judge: "But why should Miranda apply when a defendant voluntarily confesses, counsel?"
Lawyer: "Well, the police broke my client's nose before he confessed."
Judge: "Well, he didn't file an internal affairs complaint or call 911 when he was beaten, so I don't find that argument credible."
Lawyer: "Well, the next time you're beaten senseless and then kept in isolation for a month with no access to phone, I suppose you'll contact 911 via carrier pigeon."
Here's the current list of applicants to County Court.
In Federalist 84 (there are a total of 85 Federalist Papers) Alexander Hamilton, he of future Broadway fame, argued against the need for a Bill of Rights, confident that future judges would find via judicial review (see Hamilton's Federalist 78) the rights not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution. Despite the holding of Griswold v. Connecticut (where the court found a right of privacy in the " penumbra" of the Bill of Rights), boy was he ever wrong.
In Federalist 10, often called the most important Federal Paper, Madison makes the case for preventing the will of the majority overcoming the rights of the minority.
The smaller the society, the fewer probably will be the distinct parties and interests composing it,…the more easily will they concert and execute their plans of oppression…Extend the sphere, and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will…invade the rights of other citizens.” —
James Madison, Federalist No. 10
Judge: who wrote the federalist paper on calling balls and strikes? That's the one I want to read.
Rumpole: Abner Doubleday.