Monday, November 16, 2015

RIP Judge Peter Palermo

I'm so sad to report that Judge Palermo passed away this weekend. 

He was 97!

He was appointed back in 1971 as the first Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Florida.

One of the nicest men I've ever met.

A true gentleman.

And a great story teller.

Old school.

He will be sorely missed.


South Florida Lawyers said...

RIP, he will be dearly missed.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, 97-years-old. He lived a full life. Who is the old guy next to him in the 4th picture?

earl rogers said...

One of the great members of the federal bench. One of his off-the-bench activities was to swear in naturalized Americans, and you couldn't ask for a better example for new citizens.

Anonymous said...

His stories were memorable. About working on a beer truck in Pittsburgh. About serving in North Africa during WWII. He settled many a case I had in front of him with his charm and crankiness. RIP

Ware said...

Judge Palermo, who in private I could call Pete probably swore in more US citizens than anyone in history.

kelly said...

I still have the pocket US Constitution he gave me at a mediation. They don't make them like him anymore.

Paul Petruzzi said...

A truly remarkable man. I'll miss his wit and wisdom. He was down to earth, genuine, kind, and fair. His bond hearings were real bond hearings and he even made CJA voucher audits (arguably the worst assignment any Magistrate Judge could have) immeasurably fun.