Very seldom does anyone get an opportunity to vote on the retention of judges with any personal experience or knowledge. I have had two such experiences that moved me to strongly discourage voters from retaining Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Bruce Cohen.
In the first example, Judge Cohen allowed a deadbeat dad to lie through his teeth in his court room. As a result, children were denied medical insurance from the judge refusing to make this man stand up and honor his responsibilities. It was an appalling miscarriage of justice, and this judge had no problem allowing it.
In the second example, I was among the juror pool for a criminal trial in Judge Cohen’s court room. When we were all assembled in the court room, Judge Cohen went on a long rambling dialogue about the weather and he told us that he gets his best jokes from his bailiff.
There is no doubt in my mind that Judge Cohen is a nice, pleasant man. However, he is not fit to serve as a judge. It was clear to me that he’s not willing to do the hard work of meting out justice, not willing to roll up his sleeves and focus on the seriousness at hand and that he did not grasp the gravity of the circumstances that needed to be decided by a serious, qualified judge. Being a judge carries responsibilities and qualities that Judge Cohen did not posse. He was just along for the ride, and he would be better suited for another line of work.
Please vote against the retention of Judge Bruce Cohen, and please forward this recommendation to others as well. Thank you.