Monday, August 9, 2010

How Judicial Elections Are Run.

Did you all see this column by my friend Hector Lombana on the ridiculous judicial elections farce that is ongoing in Broward?

He contrasts the free-for-all up there with the more informally regulated atmosphere here in Miami-Dade County.

Specifically, here's how Hector describes how things work down here:
The key to maintaining order in Miami-Dade judicial elections has been the informal partnership between the Cuban American Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association and other minority bar associations. This has resulted in informal mechanisms of peer pressure, fundraising, campaign practices supervision and political activism that have historically succeeded in dissuading and defeating unworthy candidates for judicial office.

What do you think of that?

That's the first time I've seen this formulation -- often discussed obviously among lawyers and judges, usually in far cruder terms -- articulated and laid out in print for the rubes (I mean, the public) to see.

14 comments:

  1. CABA's star is fading - still a big influence, but no longer the king makers in town. The truth is that the Cuban vote has been dilluted by many other immigrant groups joining our community. In addition, with the old guard Cubans rotating out, the younger generation is far more ideologically flexable and willing to vote against the recommendations of there elder statesmen like Lombana.

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  2. So, those guys get to pick who the judges will be, as opposed to using the good old system of democratic elections? Are these guys the only ones who can determine whose qualified. What if I'm qualified, but I won't suck up to them, or have views different to them? Does that bar me from running or becoming a judge?

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  3. "What if I'm qualified, but I won't suck up to them, or have views different to them? Does that bar me from running or becoming a judge?" Not exactly, if you have a ton of cash and can plaster a nice picture all over town, you can win no matter how unqualified you are. Also, if you adopt your mother's maiden name, which happens to be "Camacho," you might also be able to win.

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  4. I THINK IT SUCKS!!

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  5. Galactic arrogance.

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  6. Fight for Florida this November 2, 2010.

    www.fightforflorida2010.com

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  7. Lombana is guilty of plagiarism. I remember almost the exact language from a federal indictment in New York in the mid 80's about snuffing out competition in the garbage carting industry.

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  8. David's first guest post!

    http://koshermeatballlaw.blogspot.com/2010/08/davids-unathorized-guest-blogga.html

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  9. @ 11:01 pm

    WTF were you thinking in producing that video?

    Do you think its was a good idea to put the candidates YOU support in the crosshairs of a snipers rifle?

    Me thinks not.

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  10. And Miami-Dade County still ends up with judges on the bench who get astoundingly low ratings from the lawyers who practice before them.

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