Crist Praises Schiavo Judges
Yesterday, based on this post at Florida News, we noted that Charlie Crist was scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates back in mid-July. At this meeting, Jurists of the Year awards were presented to Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer and U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore of Tampa, the two judges most involved in the Terri Schiavo case. Crist was scheduled to be the keynote speaker (scroll down to .pdf link), but we had not confirmed that he actually attended or spoke at the event.
Well, it turns out that Charlie was there, and boy did he have something to say:
Rising to the podium, Crist, who can use the support of fellow Florida lawyers in his gubernatorial bid, did not mention the Schiavo case by name or declare precisely how he felt about the outcome."Miami Business Journal, July 25, 2005 ,'Inside Track'" (subscribers only).
But he did join the chorus of those who stressed the need to preserve judicial independence. ...
And in a nod to Greer and Whittemore, Crist said he was "proud" of the two judges.
"You are heroes to all of us, and your defense of the judiciary and what is right is beyond admirable," he said.
"Believe it or not," he said, "I'm not a partisan guy."
More power to Crist. If he can survive the forces of darkness that control the Florida Republican primary, he will be a tough man to beat.