"Will you be able to balance your duties as a single mother of twins with your duties as a Broward judge?"
That was the question Broward County Assistant Public Defender Jayme Cassidy says she was asked by a member of the 15th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission during her two judicial screening interviews in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Cassidy says the first time she was asked the question by JNC member O'Neal Dozier, pastor of the fundamentalist Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, she was so surprised that she could barely answer. The second time, she says, she was livid and told the panel that the question was inappropriate.
"I have never allowed being a single mother to interfere with my job," Cassidy told the Miami Daily Business Review. "I'm not a single parent by choice. It's not my fault."
Cassidy is one of a number of Broward judicial candidates who have complaints about the appropriateness of questions they were asked in recent months by Dozier and other members of the Broward Circuit Court JNC during interviews for bench vacancies. Most of the criticism is directed at Dozier, who, like all JNC members, was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush. But Coral Springs, Fla., attorney Walter Blake also came in for criticism.