ON THE BENCH: Broward Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Gillespie presides over the Broward County’s child welfare court in 2012. Sometimes he declares adoptions legal, eliciting tears of joy. Other times, tears flow in his court as a result of the wretched circumstances suffered by many children. On a recent morning, the agonizing life and death case of Baby Ricardo, the seven-month-old brain-damaged baby living a tortured existence on life support, was just one of the emotionally draining cases on the docket.
ON THE BENCH: Broward Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Gillespie presides over the Broward County’s child welfare court in 2012. Sometimes he declares adoptions legal, eliciting tears of joy. Other times, tears flow in his court as a result of the wretched circumstances suffered by many children. On a recent morning, the agonizing life and death case of Baby Ricardo, the seven-month-old brain-damaged baby living a tortured existence on life support, was just one of the emotionally draining cases on the docket. Joe Rimkus Jr. Miami Herald File, 2012
ON THE BENCH: Broward Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Gillespie presides over the Broward County’s child welfare court in 2012. Sometimes he declares adoptions legal, eliciting tears of joy. Other times, tears flow in his court as a result of the wretched circumstances suffered by many children. On a recent morning, the agonizing life and death case of Baby Ricardo, the seven-month-old brain-damaged baby living a tortured existence on life support, was just one of the emotionally draining cases on the docket. Joe Rimkus Jr. Miami Herald File, 2012

Fred Grimm: The morning docket in the court of tears

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Fred Grimm joined the Herald in 1976. Since 1991 he has written a column about crime, politics and life in Broward.