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A JUDGE’S VIEW
By MIGUEL M. DE LA O
I am a circuit judge in Miami-Dade County serving in the criminal division. Every day, I make decisions about whether to release defendants who are awaiting trial and whose families rely on them for basic needs; whether to grant requests by victims of domestic violence to remove stay-away orders that keep their families apart; and whether to sentence convicted defendants to prison, house arrest or probation.
By JOE CARDONA
When I think of the traits that are essential for someone to be a good judge, I immediately identify characteristics such as legal ability and understanding of legal principles, courtroom experience, record and reputation, temperament and community involvement. As a Miami-Dade County voter, and as someone who has served on several endorsement panels for various organizations, I have serious concerns about the quality of the candidates that are running for this very important post. I also have reservations about the election process through which we are selecting the members of our lower courts.
JOHN B. ORR
By SAM JACOBS
It was 1956, and the Florida Legislature was considering a bill to get around the U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring racial segregation in schools. Only one of the 90 House members voted against the bill — a young lawyer from Miami named Jack Orr.
BY REBECCA SHARPLESS
Miami-Dade and Broward county jails have stopped detaining immigrants for the federal government at taxpayers’ expense. Florida’s other jails and prisons should do the same.
BY JOSÉ MIGUEL CRUZ
The failure to manage the crisis of Central American child refugees at the Mexican border is not only about the inability to enact a comprehensive immigration policy reform. The real problem is the failure to build transparent and competent criminal justice institutions in Central America, especially after millions of American dollars have been provided to reform and strengthen security institutions there.
BY ANN MCFEATTERS
When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
BY JOY-ANN REID
From Bush v. Gore to the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act to the Hobby Lobby decision, it’s hard not to conclude that the broad, national project of conservatism is being worked as aggressively through the courts as through the traditional political process. Perhaps more so.
SEX & CULTURE
Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart gla...
Hamas cannot beat Israel in an open military confrontation. That’s no secret. Hamas knows it as well...
In My Opinion
It’s a revealing video.
Complaining about taxis is a Miami sport. Most Miamians have a story about a late or no-show taxi, or about...
With the recent round of violence in Gaza entering its third week, it is time to look over the horizon and ...
I’m willing to make the wildly optimistic assumption that the majority of Americans appreciate the c...