Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2016 – get your applications in by the 15th if you hope to replace Matt Stevenson on the Fourth DCA. An interesting group of Broward jurists are rumored to be applying. Stay tuned to review their applications …
Mixed Messages – The Sun Sentinel endorsed Judge Ian Richards‘ reelection bid in 2014, with these words:
“Statistically, black candidates in judicial races face long odds in primary elections. Yet, in his first campaign, Richards pulled off a stunning upset. He ran a low-budget but shrewd race against a heavily favored incumbent Hispanic judge.
This time, Richards is campaigning on his record, which is a pretty good one, and the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends voters re-elect him. His accomplishments as a sitting judge far outweigh any controversy over how he ran for office six years ago.
Richards, 39, is an independent thinker with a reputation for efficiently running his courtroom in the county’s South Regional Courthouse. He serves in the court’s domestic violence unit and hears both civil and criminal cases.
In his first term, Richards cut the number of active domestic violence cases from 1,100 to under 500. He ranks among the top 5 percent of county judges presiding over jury trials. And fewer than 0.1 percent of his decisions have been reversed on appeal … “
Cut to 2016, when the Sun Sentinel had this to say about Richards in his race to unseat politico Nina Di Pietro, appointed in 2015:
“Ian Richards served as a county judge for six years. He was elected in 2008, but lost his re-election bid in 2014 to Claudia Robinson. He has been working with a private law firm since his defeat.
Richards’ ascension to the bench was controversial, too. Richards is African-American and ran a campaign that kept his photograph out of sight. He didn’t even attend the Sun Sentinel endorsement interview that year. His defenders say it was a clever and defensible strategy in a county that does not elect many black judges …
But his critics say that Richards could be arrogant and ran a disorganized courtroom. He acknowledged during his endorsement interview that he “has done some soul-searching” about his judicial demeanor since his election defeat.”
Just another day in Broward …
COMING SOON – Grossman v. Bryson!