Pete Weinstein’s father may have walked with Martin Luther King, but we’re hard pressed to draw any other comparisons between Broward’s beleaguered chief judge and a leader of King’s stature. After four years of Weinstein at the helm, the 17th Circuit is once again a national laughing-stock, where appeasement and duck and cover rule the day. Still, Weinstein has made it clear he’s seeking a third term as chief judge, without publicly indicating a vision for the next two years, or presenting a compelling case as to why he deserves reelection.
Hopefully that’s all about to change.
After months of rumors, Fred Horowitz seems close to making it official. Backed by a burgeoning group of unhappy judges, Horowitz reportedly broke the news to Weinstein recently, which means he may be going public shortly. Let’s hope so. With Pollack, Rosenthal, and Imperato poised to make headlines in the coming months, an open dialogue surrounding the February chief judge election is exactly what’s needed to restore and maintain the public’s confidence in its judiciary. Horowitz would be doing everyone a favor, so offer your support to him and any other civic-minded judges you know of who may be mulling a run …
Coming Soon – Is the conflict attorney wheel broken?; Judicial reassignment as a political tool; Was there a two term pledge?