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Judge Matthew Destry Criticized For Using Courtroom, Lawyers In Campaign Ad

Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry
Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry

Defense attorneys and a defendant have protested after Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry insisted they be photographed for one of his campaign advertisements.

Destry conceded to Browardbeat.com that he did indeed have a campaign photographer in his courtroom on Thursday, but said, “I would never have public defenders or anybody who doesn’t want to appear be in ads of mine.”

In court, however, Destry brushed off the complaints of two assistant public defenders about a photographer taking their pictures for his re-election campaign, said Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.

A defendant being represented by the Public Defender’s Office also complained about being photographed for the ad, Finkelstein said.

“I would never, ever have a defendant in my ads,” Destry said.

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com June 3, 2016

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