Special 3d DCA Watch — Coffee-Swilling At Half-Mast Edition.

The always intrepid Julie Kay breaks the news of Judge Cope’s resignation:

Third District Court of Appeal Judge Gerald Cope Jr. is leaving the bench after 22 years to return to private practice with Akerman Senterfitt, the law firm confirmed Wednesday.
shim-6457552Cope did not return calls for comment by deadline.


He practiced law with two Miami firms — Arky Freed Stearns Watson & Greer and Greer Homer Cope & Bonner — before being appointed to the bench by former Gov. Bob Martinez. He served as chief judge from 2005 to 2007 and has been retained in three merit elections.

We’re happy for Judge Cope and wish him all the very best, but this is bad news for the rest of us, don’t you think?

(I hope Judge Salter writes A LOT more opinions now.)