Friday, March 11, 2011

Investiture

The investiture of the honorable Frederic M. Schott as County Court Judge of the 18th Judicial Court of Florida was held at the Lake Mary High School Auditorium. I arrived a bit late but thankfully the many presentations and commentaries left me plenty of time to sketch all the judges lines up on the stage. From everything that was said, Frederick Schott would make a well balanced and impartial judge. Lawyers pointed to the endless research he put into his cases. He was presented with a bible, robe, desk plate and the all important gavel. His wife Deana was the one who helped him into his robe for the first time.The administration of the oath was conducted by the Honorable Mark E. Herr.

The most emotionally charged moments in the ceremony came were when Frederick Schott made remarks on his own behalf. He pointed out that he gained his moral obligation to seek out truth and justice from his father who was a survivor from a Nazi concentration camp. The camp his father was in was notorious for experimenting to find out how much pain a human could endure. His father made sure that his son grew up with a strong sense of right and wrong. I was struck by the warmth of his remarks about his father and amazed that the horrific events of the worst of mans inhumanity to man might temper and inspire good in the next generation.

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