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FL Lawyers Launch Judge PR Effort

Posted Aug 17, 2007 7:11 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A group of Miami-area lawyers wants to help the Broward County judiciary regain public respect.

The Daily Business Review describes the group’s objective: “Help bring respect back to a bench beset by criminal investigation, insensitive comments and inappropriate actions.”

"We have a great judiciary. We just have to prove it to the public," said former Democratic state Sen. Walter "Skip" Campbell, one of the lawyers who created the group.

The group fears it will be difficult to gain public support for a new courthouse because of recent negative press. One judge faces ethics charges for discourteous courthouse conduct, another resigned after a pot arrest, and another is under investigation for taking a loan from an attorney.

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