I applaud Fred Grimm’s columns questioning Sen. Marco Rubio’s refusal to advance the nomination of Judge William Thomas.
As a criminal trial attorney having appeared before him on multiple occasions, I can very confidently say that Judge Thomas is superbly qualified for the position of U.S. district court judge.
By far one of the brightest and most diligent judges I have had the pleasure to appear before, his temperament is his greatest strength. Thoughtful, patient and inquisitive, no matter how emotional the subject matter and/or the litigants may be, the public can reliably count on Judge Thomas to be the steady hand of reasonableness.
One thing any seasoned litigator learns: Temperament trumps both intellectual ability and knowledge of the law; some of the bench’s brightest and diligent have been rendered ineffective by their personality.
Neil G. Taylor,