Longtime U.S. District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley announced Tuesday that he will move to senior status, opening the door for President Obama’s first judicial appointment in South Florida.
In the latest major case to come before him, Hurley is presiding over the murder trial of four defendants charged with the execution-style slayings of a Greenacres couple and their two young sons along Florida’s Turnpike. Two defendants could face the death penalty.
“He’s a superb federal judge,” U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King in Miami told the Daily Business Review “He’s one of the hardest-working judges I’ve been privileged to serve with and willing to devote all the time necessary to achieve a fair and just result.”
Hurley has been on the federal bench for 15 years since being appointed by President Clinton in 1993. He has conducted himself with class, dignity, and distinction. Still, I can't think of anything more exciting and juicy then guessing the identity of the next new federal judge. Too bad Judge Larry Seidlin is getting that TV gig. Damn! :-)