In a Press Release from the CFC dated 9/22/2010 (in response to the 3rd DCA opinion upholding Judge Lederman in the Gil adoption case) Anthony Verdugo said:
Corrupt Appeals Judges VIOLATE Oath of Office, Irrationally Attack Law Protectng Children! Florida Voters: Lawless Judges Must Be Impeached!CFC Verdugo said further in the same press release - as if the above wasn't bad enough:
However, today, corrupt judges on a Third District Court of Appeals panel, Gerald B. Cope Jr., Frank A. Shepherd and Vance E. Salter, intentionally usurped the authority of the Florida State legislature and Florida voters by behaving as if they were "gods" and undemocratically imposing their warped prejudices and personal whims on 18 million Floridians.How on earth could ANY judge/judge candidate be associated with a group that would say such inflammatory and untrue words against judges over their ruling? The subject of the case is irrelevant. The fact is, the 3 judges were doing their job. How could any judge who claims to be impartial, accept baseless charges against another judge over a ruling they made? The judges being endorsed didn't hear the testimony in the case so how could they put their good name with the CFC that makes baseless claims about other judges' conduct because they make rulings that disagree with CFC? Why would those endorsed ever allow another judge to be maligned - in the context of a ruling - by a group that endorsed them? How could any judge or judge candidate bear witness to another judge being called 'corrupt' and 'lawless' for their opinion on a case? How could any judge or judge candidate take an endorsement from a group calling for the impeachment of a judge over his or her opinion on a case?
A Note to stupid judges/judge candidates with the CFC endorsement: Let me define corrupt for you --- it means "Having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain."
Do you think Judges Gerald B. Cope Jr., Frank A. Shepherd and Vance E. Salter acted dishonestly and took money or gained anything by their opinion? No? Do you think they should be impeached? Then how can you take an endorsement by a group that says that they have and they should be? You must stand up for those in your profession that have to make those hard decisions every day, the men and women charged with following the rules of law.
I am calling ON ALL JUDGES and JUDGE CANDIDATES to renounce your CFC endorsement. Don't let this hate group co-opt your reputation and make you appear as hateful as they are. The Christian Family Coalition doesn't just hate and attack Gay Groups...they hate and attack judges that don't side with their positions too.