Questions Persist About Broward Judge Matt Destry And Former County Judge Ian Richards

Ian Richards
Ian Richards

Check this out:

That’s the campaign web address of Ian Richards, a former Broward County Court judge now running for Circuit Court.  Critics say the web address suggests Richards is still a judge.

Those who click through to the the website find that Richards omitted the word “for” between his name and the words “Broward County Court Judge, Group 7.”

The Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee dealt with a similar case in opinion 2008-10.

The question to the committee:

May a judicial candidate, who has retired from the circuit bench, use the title “Judge” in campaign literature, media releases, printed ads, or other media venues?

Their answer: No.

By Buddy Nevins,, excerpt posted on July 13, 2016