Fast5 is an audio series of brief conversations with the judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. The questions focus on the community, the courts and access to justice.


Manatee County Judge Renee Inman

Published September 2022

Judge Renee Inman

Judge Inman stops by the studio to talk about finding peace in her garden filled with flowers, herbs and veggies, and how she enjoys our beautiful weather with a run or walk. She explains why a judge can't comment on cases and describes what access to justice means to her.

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Sarasota County Judge Dana Moss

Published August 2022

Judge Dana Moss

Judge Moss stops by the studio to talk about the diverse melting pot of people in our circuit, her thrill about cycling the Legacy Trail, explains why a judge can't talk about a trial after its conclusion, and describes what access to justice means to her.

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Manatee County Judge Melissa Gould

Published July 2022

Judge Jacqueline Steele

Judge Gould stops by the studio to talk about her good fortune to live in a vacationer's paradise where her family enjoys the beach and golf, explains why a judge can't talk about pending cases, and describes what access to justice means to her.

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Manatee County Judge Jacqueline Steele

Published June 2022

Judge Jacqueline Steele

Judge Steele drops by the studio to talk about her love for Florida weather and the yaer-round outdoor actitivies it allows, the importance of judges having an ethical code both on and off the bench and describes what access to justice means to her.

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Circuit Judge Debra Johnes Riva

Published May 2022

Judge Debra Johnes Riva

Judge Riva stops by the studio to talk about her love for our beaches and waterways, the meaning of judicial independence and describes what access to justice means to her.

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Sarasota County Judge Maryann Boehm

Published April 2022

Judge Maryann Boehm

Judge Boehm drops by the studio to talk about her hometown of Sarasota and why she pursued a legal career, explain why it’s important for courts to preserve the rule of law and tell us what access to justice means to her.

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Sarasota County Judge Phyllis Galen

Published March 2022

Judge Phyllis Galen

Judge Galen stops by the Fast5 studio and talks about her fondness for walking and biking Legacy Trail, explains how an independent judiciary is the cornerstone of democracy, and that access to justice means that everyone is treated fairly and impartially, and the laws will be applied equally to everyone.

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Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith, Jr.

Published February 2022

Judge Gilbert Smith

Judge Smith stops by the Fast5 studio and talks about scouting, hiking, and history, explains about the importance of an individual's right to appeal, and what access to justice means to him.

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Circuit Judge Charles Williams

Published December 2021

Judge Charles Williams

Judge Williams stops by the studio to talk about his fondness for a day on the links, and if he wasn't on the bench he would be a filmmaker. He explains that judges must avoid appearances of impropriety as it undermines the integrity of the judiciary and that even backlogs in the court should not hinder people from accessing justice.

Correction: As of June 2021, Judge Williams no longer presides over drug court, mental health court or veterans court. Judge Roberts is the presiding judge over those particular problem-solving courts.

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Circuit Judge Teri Dees

Published November 2021

Judge Teri Dees

Judge Dees drops by the studio to talk about her fondness for travel and peanut M&Ms, and believes that access to justice means that anybody, regardless of their path or where they are in society, has the same access to the courts and have a judge listen and issue a fair ruling.

Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll

Published September 2021

Judge Hunter Carroll

Judge Carroll visits the studio and reminds us that South County covers a greater geographical area than just "Venice," describes judicial independence as the "linchpin" that holds democracy together, and that access to justice allows people to resolve disputes in a neutral, fair way with a system of rules that are applied uniformly to everybody.

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Sarasota County Judge David Denkin

Published September 2021

Judge David Denkin

Judge Denkin drops by the studio to talk about his introduction to the small town atmosphere of downtown Sarasota circa 1981 when he moved here from Miami to take a position as a prosecutor, how the rule of law prevents the capricious exercise of power, and what access to justice means to him.

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Circuit Judge Fred Mercurio

Published August 2021

Judge Fred Mercurio

Judge Mercurio visits the studio to discuss his enjoyment of our waterways by boat, kayak and jet ski, why a judge follows an ethical set of rules both on and off the bench, and how access to justice includes giving not only defendants, but victims, witnesses and other participants a chance to be heard.

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Circuit Judge Charles E. Roberts

Published July 2021

Circuit Judge Charles E. Roberts

Chief Judge Roberts drops by the studio to talk about his fondness of distance running, how a banking law class turned into a legal career, and describes how a person should be able to access justice without difficulty or delay.

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Circuit Judge Thomas Krug

Published June 2021

Circuit Judge Thomas Krug

Judge Krug stops by the studio to talk about the joys of fatherhood, how the rule of law is the glue that allows us to coexist as a society, and what access to justice means to him.

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DeSoto County Judge Danielle Brewer

Published May 2021

DeSoto County Judge Danielle Brewer

Judge Brewer discuss her enjoyment of the outdoors, hunting for “spring gobblers” and fishing, and explains why it's important for judges to have an ethical code of conduct both on and off the bench.

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Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas

Published April 2021

Cicuit Judge Edward Nicholas

Judge Nicholas drops by the studio to talk about giving back, why he pursued a legal career and what access to justice means to him.

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Circuit Judge Andrea McHugh

Published March 2021

Circuit Judge Andrea McHugh

Judge McHugh is a patron of the local arts, baits her own fish hook and believes access to justice has two parts.

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Circuit Judge Kimberly Bonner

Published February 2021

Circuit Judge Kimberly Bonner

Judge Bonner talks about what makes our community special, what court may look like in the future and the meaning of access to justice.

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