BY BUDDY NEVINS
Some Broward County voters should be ashamed of themselves today.
Two fine judges Julio Gonzalez and Pedro Dijols were defeated Tuesday. Still up in the air at this time are the results for Catalina Avalos, trailing her opponent Ian Richards
I can’t attribute the results to anything other than prejudice.
Gonzalez and Dijols have Hispanic names. Their opponents have readily identifiable Jewish names.
Tuesday’s light turnout and lack of a big countywide Republican race which would bring out more Hispanics also hurt the incumbents.
Many in the courthouse crowd are disturbed by the trend.
“We’ve got a real racism problem in Broward County, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said Wednesday.
Since they probably can make more money off the bench than as judges, the Hispanic incumbents won’t miss a meal. But Broward County will miss the services of good judges.