Report: Judge Recovering After Collapsing In Court

According to JAABlog, Broward County Judge Mary Rudd Robinson could make a full recovery:


Posted by JAABLOG at 2/7/2014 10:10 AM 
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Peter Weinstein has sent an email detailing the full recovery of Mary Robinson.  She’s alert, hanging with her family,  and raring to go.  The coma was apparently induced, to reduce swelling in the brain.

Great news, for a change …

An earlier post is here:




Broward County Judge Mary Rudd Robinson remains in critical condition after collapsing in court on Wednesday.

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said that he heard she had a brain aneurysm and was in a coma.

According to several courthouse sources, a toxicologist from the Medical Examiners Office, Michael Wagner,  was testifying at the time the judge collapsed.  He jumped off the witness stand and did CPR on Robinson.

At the same time,  Assistant Public Defender Lyle Long held the judge’s head and kept her airway open until EMS personnel arrived.

“Robinson’s husband, Circuit Judge Michael Robinson, arrived within minutes. ‘He was there before the paramedics got there,’ Long told the Sun-Sentinel. ‘He kept saying, ‘Come on, baby, breathe, breathe.”

Robinson is the chair of the county court’s criminal division.

The judge appointed to the bench in 1989 by then-Gov. Bob Martinez.  She had been a general magistrate for four years before her appointment.

Robsinson  faced a re-election opposition only once and she won easily.   She coasted to her latest six-year term in 2010 with 74.2 percent of the vote against Jordan Howard Beslow, also known as Jordan H. Jordan.

Her husband, Michael Robinson,  was appointed to the circuit bench in 2010 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.




Mary Rudd Robinson and Michael Robinson


Here is the report from the courthouse blog JAABLOG:


“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Robinson family, as Mary remains in critical condition following a mid-trial collapse yesterday afternoon around 5:00 PM.  Obviously this is a time to respect the Robinson family’s privacy, but in light of the fact mainstream media is aware of the situation and the abundant courthouse rumors, this has been posted.


God Bless …”


Public Defender Howard Finkelstein sent this message this morning:


Thoughts and prayers go out to the Robinson family, as Judge Mary Robinson remains in critical condition following a mid-trial collapse yesterday afternoon around 5:00 PM.  

Sent from my iPad

10 Responses to “Report: Judge Recovering After Collapsing In Court”

  1. Creekgirl says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Robinson and her family during this difficult time.

  2. SAM FIELDS says:

    It is a pleasure to go into her courtroom.

    Here’s hoping that will continue in the near future

  3. Nora rupert says:

    God Bless. Prayers coming your way!

  4. Rico Petrocelli says:

    You & your Family will be in our thoughts and Prayers…..

    Rico & Camille Petrocelli

  5. Freedom says:

    A lovely person, she will me in our prayers

  6. Duke says:

    A former Legal Aid lawyer who truly understands “Justice For All.” Wish we had more like her on the bench. Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful lady who is a terrific judge.

  7. modeengunch says:

    I was a DUI defendant in Judge Robinson’s court 15 years ago, having been detained by a black Sheriff’s deputy from the DUI task force without probable cause. I quickly became an expert on DUI law but figured by chances weren’t too good as I had called the Deputy a racist, and it was duly noted. But Judge Robinson cut right through State Attorney’s case to the issues and suppressed the evidence. She earned my respect forever right there. We need more people like Mary Rudd Robinson on the bench, and I pray for her speedy recovery.

  8. Ha Ha Ha says:

    Aneurysms are tough to detect – only computerized tomography scans or special X-ray imaging can identify them. About 1.5 to 5 percent of the general population has or will develop a cerebral aneurysm. About 3 to 5 million people in the United States have cerebral aneurysms, but most are not producing any symptoms.

    Once an aneurysm bleeds, the chance of death is 30 to 40 percent and the chance of moderate to severe brain damage is 20 to 35 percent, even if the aneurysm is treated. Fifteen to 30 percent of patients have only mild difficulties or almost none.

    Hopefully Judge Robinson will recover fully enough to continue to serve. If she doesn’t, that will be yet another blow to Broward County’s efforts to reach a level of diversity on the bench proportional to the diversity of Broward’s population. Broward already had a very serious problem with finding enough black judges and from a diversity perspective Broward can’t afford to lose Judge Robinson (who as modeengunch and Duke have noted is doing great work).

    The very best candidate in Broward to join Judge Robinson in doing great work as a Broward County judge – while also helping Broward with its diversity problem – is, by far, Roshawn Banks.

    I believe Roshawn Banks will run for Judge again, probably in 2016.

    I urge everyone to give Judge Robinson their best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, and to very enthusiastically support Roshawn Banks when she runs again for Judge!

  9. If she does run says:

    Maybe black leaders aka Smith and Thurston will endorse her over a Hispanic or white person text time out.

  10. Deborah Florom says:

    Mike and Mary Robinson are wonderful people. Years ago I assisted Mike with coaching our daughters softball team Mary even with her busy schedule was always in the stands cheering! Many prayers go out to you guys and your family.

    Deborah Florom-Hudson