BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward judges today have wide smiles while they slap high fives.
Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen is going down.
“I don’t know one judge who won’t be happy today, said a courthouse source. “He doesn’t have a friend on the bench.
Maybe Cohen won’t be thrown off the bench for “a continuing pattern of judicial misconduct. He is accused by the Judicial Qualifications Commission of using his postion to further wife Mardi Anne Levey Cohen’s candidacy.
But Cohen is wounded. A lot of judges are ecstatic.
Cohen’s crime in the eye of many judges is that he allowed his wife to run two years ago against his colleague Pedro Dijols. She filed for office just weeks after the Cohens and the Dijols had dinner together.
Cohen’s crime in the eye of the JQC is that he then allowed his courtroom to become a forum for her current 2010 county court campaign. Top Sun-Sentinel reporter Paula McMahon wrote about it this a.m.
Inside the courthouse, judges snubbed Cohen because of his wife’s campaign against one of their own.
“He became persona non grata, the source said. “Judges wouldn’t talk to him. I’ve seen them walk by and deliberately turn their head to avoid talking to him.
Mardi Anne Levey Cohen was not some outsider running against a judge in 2008. She was the wife of another judge, and that’s the difference to the courthouse crowd.
When I worked at the Sun-Sentinel, if the editor asked me to write a damaging story about my wife’s boss, I would have refused. It would have hurt her among her colleagues.
Cohen is different from me.
The judge couldn’t stop Mardi when she told him she was running against a fellow judge. He gave in to his wife despite the broken friendships, the courthouse cold shoulders and the damage to his reputation among colleagues.
Courthouse regulars tell me they understand how Cohen allowed his wife to destroy his career.
“Did you ever meet her? a source said. “She wears the pants in the family. He apparently does everything she tells him.
Cohen was blinded by love to the ethics of the court.
Shakespeare explained love as “winged Cupid painted blind.
I refer Cohen to another well-known quote from Shakespeare. He may need to use it if the JQC throws him off the bench:
“Parting is such sweet sorrow.