Valerie Manno-Schurr has made a habit of being reversed in her first term as Miami-Dade Circuit Judge. The latest instance was on Feb. 29, when the Third District Court of Appeal determined that she erred in a dispute over a homeowner’s insurance claim. Judge Manno-Schurr has been reversed many times on cases taken to appeal. As of late 2011, about 45% of her decisions were sent back to her to fix a legal mistake.
Does she deserve re-election this fall?
Voters may want to think about how well – or poorly — she handled this case, and others. In this recent case, a Miami-Dade homeowner received an insurance payment of $7,000 in 2005 for damages from Hurricane Wilma.
In March 2009, a public adjuster inspected the homeowner’s property and filed a supplemental claim for $122,769. The insurance company challenged the claim in court and asked that the homeowner do two things: submit to an examination under oath and sign it; and provide a sworn proof of loss in 60 days.
Do her mistakes qualify her for another six years on the bench? Or is it time that Miami-Dade voters look for someone who is more competent and willing to follow the law?