|I've seen more flattering pictures of her, but I can't find of the others right now and it's time for purple sludge cough medicine. She looks pretty in this one anyway.|
I'm bored and awake and waiting fifty minutes until I can take my next dose of medication, so I'll throw a mini-blog together and post it.
She probably wouldn't appreciate my calling attention to her, as I believe she values her privacy, but Judge Alex's wife, Mrs. Ferrer (I will not use her first name here) is a very classy lady. Mrs. Ferrer, if you ever come across this, keep in mind that my blog is low-profile and my readership is small. Nothing about you is being blasted across Page Six.
I don't know a great deal about Mrs. Ferrer because her husband respects her privacy and only shares the occasional anecdote, but a particular incident Judge Alex once related in an interview I happen to have read clearly illustrates the character of Judge Alex's wife.
Judge Alex discussed the time when he had finished law school and was working as a civil litigator. According to him, it was a line of legal practice to which he was not terribly well-suited. The bulk of his cases may have been related to medical malpractice and perhaps various forms of tort liability, as much of the workload of any civil litigator who cares to eat and/or feed his or her family on regular basis often involves such cases.
Judge Alex found that this branch of law was highly financially rewarding for an attorney who was good, and Judge Alex presumably was skilled at the job. He mentioned that he did make a considerable sum of money during this segment of his career. The particular branch of law, however, was not rewarding to the judge in a psychological sense. I don't recall the specific words he used, but he said in essence that at the end of the day, the job left him feeling not terribly clean. Some aspects of the legal profession require a person, if he or she is to do the job for which he has been hired, to on occasion violate his principles or to operate against his conscience. I don't know if the state of dislike of the work was to that extreme for the judge, but he did not like it.
Mrs. Ferrer suggested to the judge, according to the interview I read, "Why don't you just go back to being a cop? We got by on your salary as a police officer before, and we could again." There's a noticeable difference in the salary of a police officer and that which is earned by a successful litigator. It speaks volumes that Mrs. Ferrer would, for the sake of his happiness or peace of mind, urge her husband to give up a profitable career in civil litigation and to return to the police force even though it would have made a major difference in her husband's income and in the lifestyle the family could have afforded to maintain.
As it turned out, Alex Ferrer ran for and was elected to a circuit court judicial post. After serving in in various capacities within the court system, and after presiding over several high-profile cases, Judge Ferrer chose to accept an offer to serve as a TV courtroom judge, mediating small claims cases. The rest is history.
Judge Alex now presumably earns a salary that would make what he earned either as a circuit court judge or even as a civil litigator seem like pocket change by comparison. The Ferrers are in an income bracket that would be considered wealthy by almost anyone's standards. Wealth, unfortunately for some, cannot be used to purchase refinement, decorum, character, or anything of such nature. It did not matter for Mrs. Ferrer. She already possessed these qualities.