DONNA RHODES: Welcome to Fast5, the official audio series of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. I'm your host, Donna Rhodes.

This episode we're chatting with Circuit Judge Debra Johnes Riva. Judge Riva joined the Twelfth Circuit bench in January of 2007 and presides over the Juvenile Division Sarasota County. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida -- go Bulls -- and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

Hi, Judge Riva. Welcome to Fast5, and thanks for joining us.

JUDGE RIVA: Thank you for having me.

DONNA RHODES: So a fun fact about you is that you have officiated the last six 'Say I Do Again' events on Siesta Beach. The events are a sweet celebration of love and marriage, but they also seem like a really fun way for a judge to interact with the community.

JUDGE RIVA: It's a fabulous way to interact. I look forward to it every year, and it might just be one of my favorite things about judging.

DONNA RHODES: Nice. All right. So let's just jump into the Fast5 questions. What do you like most about living here in our tri-county area, or if you came from another town or state, what drew you here?

JUDGE RIVA: I was born and raised here in Sarasota, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and mostly have lived here in this area for the majority of my life. I love, love, love the beaches, the water, the sun, boating, all the things that -- that Florida has to offer, and it's just a great, still sort of a small town community feel for me here in Sarasota.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. So you mentioned boating, the beach. What are some other great spots for recreation? What do you like to do when you get outside to play?

JUDGE RIVA: Well, those are some of the top things I like to do, but I also enjoy running. I have a running group that actually Judge Roberts is a part of the group --

DONNA RHODES: Yep.

JUDGE RIVA: -- I run with here in Sarasota and have for many years, and we like to take annual running trips to other states, different destination races, so that's a lot of fun.

I also enjoy cycling.

DONNA RHODES: Oh, all right.

JUDGE RIVA: And we have some great -- Legacy Trail, other great areas to ride in Sarasota and -- and Bradenton, actually --

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE RIVA: -- the Robinson Preserve. So I enjoy that.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. How would your ten-year-old self react to what you do now?

JUDGE RIVA: I think my ten-year-old self would say: Gee, you finally get to use all those notes that you take and enjoy taking in every situation. Put it to good use.

DONNA RHODES: Yep.

JUDGE RIVA: Yeah.

DONNA RHODES: All right. What does "judicial independence" mean?

JUDGE RIVA: Well, I think the fact that the judiciary is an independent or separate branch of government is really what makes our entire judicial system successful. I think our forefathers got it right when they created a system with three branches of government, and it just really ensures that the judges aren't influenced by outside factors, that we're making decisions based on -- based on the facts and the law that is in front of us.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. The last Fast5 question is my favorite. What does "Access to Justice" mean to you?

JUDGE RIVA: "Access to Justice" means that all people, regardless of status, class, economic standing, or race, really all people have the ability to access the courts, and I think it's demonstrated, for example, if someone, whether it's a man or a woman, has a need for a restraining order, a temporary restraining order because of allegations of domestic violence, you know, any person can apply. They have to fill out a sworn affidavit for that, but there's no filing fee, so they have access and because -- even despite the fact that they -- they might not have money or they might be in a situation where they can't afford to pay court costs, they still would have the ability to access the courts, and I think that's a good example of -- of what that stands for.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. Those are all the hard Fast5 questions. Moving on to the lightning round. Gator's or Seminoles?

JUDGE RIVA: I have to say Seminoles, although, as you said, I'm -- I'm a Bull so --

DONNA RHODES: So --

JUDGE RIVA: But my husband's a longtime, lifetime, Seminole fan, so I'll go with Seminoles.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. What type of music do you prefer?

JUDGE RIVA: My favorite type of music is reggae music, but I do enjoy all types, you know, the gambit, country, pop, but reggae is really my favorite.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. That's a little surprising. Do you like the offshoot of reggae, ska?

JUDGE RIVA: I do like it, but I -- I like the legends: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff. I still like sort of classic reggae but --

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE RIVA: -- but I -- but I can listen to some ska as well.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. Okay. Very good. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

JUDGE RIVA: Early bird.

DONNA RHODES: Mm-hmm. Dogs or cats?

JUDGE RIVA: Dogs.

DONNA RHODES: All right, and lastly, what is one item on your bucket list?

JUDGE RIVA: I really would like to take a trip to Italy.

I've traveled within the United States a little bit, but really have never traveled outside of the United States, and I would like to check off the list of having been to Italy.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. All right. That sounds like fun. You have successfully survived Fast5. Thank you so much for sitting down and talking with us, and we'll see you around the courthouse.

JUDGE RIVA: Thank you, Donna. It was my pleasure.

DONNA RHODES: Welcome to Fast5, the official audio series of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. I'm your host, Donna Rhodes.

This episode we're chatting with Sarasota County Judge Maryann Boehm. Judge Boehm joined the County Court bench in January of 2011 and presides over Sarasota County Civil and Criminal Division B. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Hi, Judge Boehm. Welcome to Fast5, and thanks for joining us.

JUDGE BOEHM: Thank you. This is fun.

DONNA RHODES: All right. So let's just jump right to it then. What do you like most about living here in our tri-county area, or if you came from another town, state, what drew you to this area?

JUDGE BOEHM: Well, Sarasota's my hometown, but it's such a beautiful place. I love raising my family here. It's such a great place to call home. We obviously have the number 1 beach in America, which is great, but we have fabulous restaurants, we have theater. I love the theater. We have, you know, the Asolo, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Ballet. There's just such a wide variety of things. There's something for everyone here. I love it.

DONNA RHODES: All right. Well, so we also have some really great spots for recreation. What do you like to do when you get outside to play?

JUDGE BOEHM: Well, being on a boat is fun, but I love to hike the big hill at the Celery Fields. That's probably my absolute favorite thing to do. It's great to see all the wildlife out there. The Audubon Society's there. And a lot of times, when you're hiking, you can even hear the tigers roar from the big habitat right next door, so that's --

DONNA RHODES: Oh --

JUDGE BOEHM: -- really very thrilling, to be walking and hear tigers roar.

DONNA RHODES: Oh. You know, I've heard that, and I -- I really want to get down to Celery Fields and see that myself, yeah.

JUDGE BOEHM: It's really nice.

JUDGE BOEHM: You know what else is nice? When you walk -- you can hike to the top and watch the sunset from the big hill. It's just beautiful. It's so peaceful.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. Oh, that sounds like something to do on my -- for my to-do list.

What made you pursue a legal career?

JUDGE BOEHM: I thought about this question. Probably my dad. My dad was a self-made man. He grew up during the Depression. He could build a house from -- from the start to finish and then became a developer and -- in Charlotte County, but he took some legal classes -- some legal classes along the way, and he really thought it was important for me to study the law and to learn the law. Even starting in high school, I started getting very interested in the law, and he's the one that really made me pursue a legal career.

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE BOEHM: He was so proud at my graduation. It was ...

DONNA RHODES: I'll bet. Why is it important for courts to preserve “the rule of law”?

JUDGE BOEHM: “The rule of law” means that everyone has an equal opportunity to come to court and everyone is going to be treated equally, which is so important. I think it's even with heightened awareness with the issues that have been going on in our country in the past few years. But everyone needs to be treated fairly, and everyone needs to be held accountable, as well, to the same law. So there needs to be clear and fair procedures. Everything needs to be fair. We need to have an impartial judiciary. And I think there's nothing more important than “the rule of law.”

DONNA RHODES: Okay. That leads to my next question. It's also my favorite question. What does “access to justice” mean to you?

JUDGE BOEHM: “Access to justice” means no matter how much money you have, no matter what your situations are, justice should be fair and equal to everyone regardless of your race, your creed, your religion. But County Court, especially, is the People's Court, so people -- most people come to County so they're representing themselves, and sometimes people just want to be heard. So to me, as a judge, listening is probably the most important skill, and to allow people to have their day in court is true “access to justice” because some people just want to be heard. They want a fair decision, whether it's an argument with their neighbor or -- over a fence, whatever it is, but they really want their day in court, they deserve their day in court, and win or lose, I hope, at the end of the day at least, they were all heard, everyone feels heard, in my courtroom.

DONNA RHODES: Very good. Those are the really big Fast5 questions. We're going to move on to the lightning round now. I think I know the answer, Gators or Seminoles?

JUDGE BOEHM: Oh, Gators. Gators all the way.

DONNA RHODES: All right. What's your favorite lunchtime meal?

JUDGE BOEHM: Probably kind of boring, a Chicken Caesar Salad.

DONNA RHODES: All right. Nothing wrong with that.

DONNA RHODES: What's your secret talent?

JUDGE BOEHM: Well, I'm a singer so -- I don't know if it's secret or not so secret, but yes, I was a professional singer and dancer at Walt Disney World before I went to law school.

DONNA RHODES: Oh, very interesting. Okay. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

JUDGE BOEHM: You know, it depends on the day, but most of the time probably a night owl.

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE BOEHM: I'm probably that person staying up, okay, I want to go to sleep by 10:00, now it's 11:30, I just got to finish these three things.

DONNA RHODES: All right. Never enough time in the day.

JUDGE BOEHM: No.

DONNA RHODES: And lastly, what is one item on your bucket list.

JUDGE BOEHM: Well, my daughter and I love the Phantom of the Opera so it's been -- before the pandemic, we had plans to go to London and to see --

DONNA RHODES: Oh --

JUDGE BOEHM: -- the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, so maybe soon we will be able to travel to London and I can -- both of my daughters love it, but maybe all three of us will be able to travel to London and see the Phantom of the Opera in London at Her Majesty's Theatre. That would be just ideal.

DONNA RHODES: That sounds awesome. All right. Well, you have successfully survived the Fast5. I thank you for joining us today and spending time with us, and we'll see you around the courthouse.

JUDGE BOEHM: Thank you. Thank you so much. Have a great day.

DONNA RHODES: Welcome to Fast5, the official audio series of the 12 Judicial Circuit Court. I'm your host, Donna Rhodes. This episode we're talking with Sarasota County Judge Phyllis Galen, who joined the 12th Circuit county court bench in January of 2005. She's assigned to Sarasota County's south county division, presiding over county civil and criminal cases in that area. Judge Galen earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Alabama, and JD from Stetson University College of Law. Hi, Judge Galen. Welcome to the Fast5, and thanks for joining us.

JUDGE GALEN: Donna, thank you, it's my pleasure to be with you.

DONNA RHODES: So what do you like most about living here in our tri-county area? Or if you came from another town or state, what drew you to our area?

JUDGE GALEN: Well, obviously I came by way of Alabama originally. And after graduating college moved from Alabama to Miami, Florida. That's where my husband Clark was born and raised. Stayed there for eight and a half years. And worked for Xerox for that period of time. He worked actually in court administration in the 13th Circuit. And ended up -- his parents retired here, we came to visit. Loved it, loved it, it became the perfect opportunity for him to open up his new business up here in Sarasota, and for me to go to law school at Stetson. So it was the perfect location, and timing was just right. And we've never looked back since, 36 years later.

DONNA RHODES: All right. So we have some great spots for recreation. What do you like to do when you get outside to play?

JUDGE GALEN: Well, I really enjoy the last couple years of walking and biking. So I live in a fantastic neighborhood that has got just tons of sidewalks and it's very safe. Like to go on Legacy Trail with the bike, so I bike and walk. Try to walk three to five miles a day after work, bike when I can. Certainly love to go out on the ocean, going out on a boat is a great thing. But we just have so much to offer right where I live that it's not that I have to get out and go too far to do something fun or interesting.

DONNA RHODES: All right. I've heard a lot about Legacy Trail, I really need to get down there and get on it.

JUDGE GALEN: It is a phenomenal. It is really and truly -- I mean, you're talking about stretching across our entire county, it is phenomenal. So you do need to check that out, Donna.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. So you talked a little about moving to Miami and it gave you a chance to go to Stetson, but what made you pursue a legal career?

JUDGE GALEN: Well, that kind of came about from Miami. As I said, my husband was born and raised there. He had a family neighbor and friend that became my mentor. And the reason being is he had been Clark's neighbor for a number of years, and after we got married and went about there we continued a relationship with him. He had been a Miami Dade police officer -- motorcycle cop, if you will. Went to law school at night while raising a family, ended up getting his law degree, was a lawyer, ended up getting elected circuit court judge, and then became the chief judge. He, while my husband was at the court administration, had the responsibility of trying Ted Bundy's murder cases from Florida State.

DONNA RHODES: Oh.

JUDGE GALEN: So I had the front-row seat to see that particular trial. And I saw Ed Cowart do a magnificent job in handling a high-stressed case, highly publicized, most heinous of individuals in the world, but yet that man conducted himself in the courtroom with such poise and grace. He gave respect to everyone in the courtroom, even Ted Bundy, while laying down the sentence of death. I was so impressed with that, I said I got to do this. And that was my first thought that I wanted to be a judge. So I went to law school essentially to become a judge.

DONNA RHODES: Okay, all right. I love that you touched on the part where even Ted Bundy was treated with dignity and respect. I think that's a very important thing that our judges always do, is no matter who's in front of them they will be treated with dignity and respect.

JUDGE GALEN: And that to me is the absolute cornerstone of what you need to be as a judge. And he was my role model, he remains my role model. He unfortunately passed away before I became a judge, but I know that he's looking down and happy that I chose that same career and he was part what have helped me get here.

DONNA RHODES: All right. Why is it important to have an independent judiciary?

JUDGE GALEN: That's the cornerstone of our democracy, Donna. The idea that we have three separations of powers, we have the legislative, executive, and judicial branch. We have to ensure that the judiciary is independent so that they can be watching over the two other branches of government to make sure that they are operating and following the laws of the land, the Constitution, and do so without having fear of any kind of political pressure or anything that would make us not be able to operate independently. You have to have that ability to be separate and distinct, and not give in to pressures politically or otherwise. You have to follow the law, you have to follow the Constitution, and the integrity of our democracy depends on it.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. What does access to justice mean to you?

JUDGE GALEN: Very important. Access to justice means that every person has the right to have their issue, their dispute, their conflict brought before the court and have it heard with their being a fair and impartial trier of fact. Whether that be by jury or it be by judge, that the laws apply equally to everybody, that you are going to be treated fairly and impartially, and the laws will be applied equally to everyone. Not everyone is going to be happy.

DONNA RHODES: Right.

JUDGE GALEN: But they're going to have that access and have that opportunity to be heard. And the Court can then obviously render its rulings and explain those rulings, but they have that access to that, and everybody is entitled to that. And we strive, as you know in this 12th Circuit, to make that accessible to everybody, through this pandemic and beyond. And it's really -- again, another cornerstone that we have through our judicial system to make sure there's access to the courts.

DONNA RHODES: I think it's important to note that a lot of people thought we closed down during the pandemic, but we did not. We carried on every day holding court, doing hearings, doing --

JUDGE GALEN: Absolutely.

DONNA RHODES: -- people's business.

JUDGE GALEN: It's remarkable. And we can only be thankful -- sometimes we think that technology is difficult, but, listen, this was -- if we didn't have the technology that we have now, we couldn't have done this. But we did, and we were constantly up and running, like you said, and court did not stop. So that was a remarkable feat. And that's much credit to court administration and all the IT people that helped us do all that. Because not all of us were all that greatly experienced in Zoom and other technology, but we did it, and we're continuing to do it. So it's really remarkable.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. So that's it for the big questions for Fast5, we're going to move on to the fun ones now. I got a feeling you probably don't really care too much about this rivalry, but: Gators or Seminoles?

JUDGE GALEN: Neither of the above. Roll Tide.

DONNA RHODES: I knew that was going to happen.

JUDGE GALEN: Now, I will say my husband played for Florida State, so if I had to pick one --

DONNA RHODES: Okay, all right.

JUDGE GALEN: -- I would, but Roll Tide.

DONNA RHODES: Roll Tide.

JUDGE GALEN: Yeah.

DONNA RHODES: Good book or good film?

JUDGE GALEN: Depends. If I have time? Good book. If I'm just needing to have a little quick relief, then it's a good film.

DONNA RHODES: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

JUDGE GALEN: I can do either, but probably a night owl is more my inclination.

DONNA RHODES: All right. What type of music do you enjoy?

JUDGE GALEN: All of the above. I -- it depends on the circumstances. If I'm walking or I'm biking, I'm going to do oldies, I'm going to do -- you know, might do hard rock, I might do KC and the Sunshine Band. If I'm trying to relax, I might be doing smooth jazz. It just depends. I mean, I love all kinds of music. So it really depends on the purpose of which I'm listening for, am I being motivated or getting chill, that's really the question, so it really depends.

DONNA RHODES: That makes a lot of sense. All right, lastly, what was your leave least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it, or do you love it now?

JUDGE GALEN: I have one -- I have two. But I will tell you my least favorite food as a child was any chicken that had a bone in it. I'm from the South, I understand that, but I don't like chicken with a bone in it. I couldn't touch it, I don't want to eat it, I still to this day will not touch chicken with a bone in it. You can ask any of my friends -- Donna Berlin, she knows -- Donna Padar -- she knows, everybody knows, I do not eat chicken with a bone. That was then, and it is now. So that has not changed one iota. And the other thing is that stupid thing that we used to have in grammar school that was raisins and carrot salad. You got to be kidding me to put that combination together. No, I don't eat that now either.

DONNA RHODES: The chicken thing is really funny. I understand totally about the raisins and the carrots, that is just weird.

JUDGE GALEN: It is weird. And the chicken thing, I don't know, maybe I was attacked by a chicken when I was a kid, I don't know. But I can just tell you it's not going to happen, eating chicken with bone in it.

DONNA RHODES: All right. That is all the questions I have for you. Thank you so much for sitting down and talking with us, and we'll see you around the courthouse.

JUDGE GALEN: You got it. Thank you, Donna, I appreciate it. Have a good rest of your day.

DONNA RHODES: Welcome to Fast5, the official audio series of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. I'm your host, Donna Rhodes. This episode we're joined by Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith Jr., who joined the 12th Circuit bench in January 2009. He presides over Circuit Juvenile, Division J, in Manatee County. Judge Smith earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, and JD from University of the Pacific in California. Hi, Judge Smith. Welcome to Fast5, and thanks for being here.

JUDGE SMITH: Thank you for asking me to be here.

DONNA RHODES: So let's just jump right to it. What do you like most about living here in our tri-county area? I would normally ask, or if you came from somewhere else, why did you come here, but I think you're from here.

JUDGE SMITH: Yeah, I am from here, and there's -- everything I like about here is the same as when I grew up here -- living on the coast, living in a relatively smaller town now, not like it used to be small, and of course the people here -- is why I'm here.

DONNA RHODES: Yep. So we have some really great spots for recreation. What do you like to do when you get outside to play?

JUDGE SMITH: Kayak is what I normally do. Kayaking, hiking -- which, you know, walking, but -- of course I'm a Boy Scout, so hiking is what I refer to anytime that I'm out walking. And of course I like to find where I can hike through woods or through natural areas, where other people don't go necessarily.

DONNA RHODES: Oh, so primitive trails, things like that?

JUDGE SMITH: Yeah, primitive trails. There's not as many, sometimes you have to go east. Sometimes there's some in the west near the coastline where other people don't go. One of the places where my wife and I go to is the Robinson Preserve.

DONNA RHODES: Oh, yeah.

JUDGE SMITH: Where you can kayak through different waterways that they have there. But there's also some trails that a lot of people don't go on, but I do.

DONNA RHODES: All right.

JUDGE SMITH: The ones off the path.

DONNA RHODES: If you were not a judge what would you be doing?

JUDGE SMITH: Well, that's a good question. You know, before I went to law school I was in banking, and I did like banking a lot, so I probably -- I would think that I might be in banking. Even though I have so many other interests. And actually even before I was a banker I did a lot of other things too, I've had a lot of jobs in my life. But right now I'm -- aside from working as a judge, I enjoy studying history, so I may be doing something in history.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. What is the right to appeal and why is it important?

JUDGE SMITH: Well, you know, the right to appeal is so important because it gives that party, the aggrieved party, the party that was not on the favorable end of the ruling by the judge, to have it reconsidered on the law by the appellate court. And it's such an important right because there's so often, as judges, where we are following the law and we end up -- and parties that are not involved in the law do not understand exactly the history of why the law is there and don't understand all the reasons. So it is important at times to have that right to appeal, because often the judge is following the law and the judge may not even agree with what the law is at the time, but they're following the law, and based on what the facts are. It gives an opportunity for the party to fully have his case decided by the judiciary, as far as he can take it up to have his rights looked at by different courts.

DONNA RHODES: Right, okay. What does access to justice mean to you?

JUDGE SMITH: Access to justice to me means that everyone should have a right to have a trier of the fact -- which would be a judge, a hearing officer, a magistrate -- review the issues that are in dispute between parties. Whether it's a civil matter or a criminal matter, you know, everybody has a right to that. And what's been impressive, Donna, during this pandemic is how our chief judges -- Judge Bonner and now Judge Roberts -- and of course our Supreme Court Chief Justice, Charles Canady -- has focused in on that access to justice being the most important thing to keep the courts open, to allow people to have their case heard, or to have their case proceed through the system. And even though there have been lots -- lots of instances where the cases do not get to be tried or resolved, the access is there to keep the case moving. And it's going to be up to the parties how they want to proceed on whether or not they want to delay that justice, you know, or they want to allow it to proceed to where they can get a resolution to it. But access to justice is so important for people to have that right, to have their dispute or their charges reviewed by a court right away.

DONNA RHODES: Okay, all right.

JUDGE SMITH: All right?

DONNA RHODES: Those are the big Fast5 questions. We're moving on to the fun ones.

JUDGE SMITH: Okay.

DONNA RHODES: And this one might not make much difference to you, but Gators or Seminoles?

JUDGE SMITH: I was raised being a Gator because my father went there. I happen to have loved Bobby Bowden so I became a Seminole, but I didn't go to either school. So I don't have an allegiance to either one, and -- so I'm a South Florida Bull. And then of course when I went to law school, I went all the way to California, a totally different team.

DONNA RHODES: Yeah, that's all right, all right. So what is your favorite time of day?

JUDGE SMITH: My favorite time of day is 6 a.m.

DONNA RHODES: All right.

JUDGE SMITH: I'm a morning person. I start -- when I wake up in the morning I'm already thinking about the day. It's usually about an hour before that, or earlier. And so I love the mornings. And I'll tell you, it goes back to growing up. I spent so much time in the woods as a scout, the best time of the day to me was the morning when the -- when it's so fresh outside. It seems cleaner outside, and there's still animals outside that may be those animals that you would not see that are just going back into hiding. And the birds are chirping, and it's just a fresher time of the day for me, I love it. I love the mornings.

DONNA RHODES: I'm a morning person, too. I mean, there's always fresh hope and promise with each morning.

JUDGE SMITH: Right. That's -- and I agree with you on that. It's just a new day and new opportunity --

DONNA RHODES: Yep.

JUDGE SMITH: -- for us.

DONNA RHODES: So if you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?

JUDGE SMITH: Well, I'd probably go back in time just enough to do some things differently. That's what I think.

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE SMITH: And, you know, it's great the way that things have modernized, it's great the way -- in a lot of ways, the technology. But growing up in more simple times was so much easier, so much less stress, and so much more wholesome. And the older we get, we recognize that the more important things in life are not those material things.

DONNA RHODES: Right.

JUDGE SMITH: Not those fast-moving things, it's the more wholesome things, the family, relationships.

DONNA RHODES: Connections to others?

JUDGE SMITH: Right, the friendships, you know, those. Right, right. Things slow down. Things are very fast now because of a lot more people, a lot more things to do, the technology, I mean everything goes so fast.

DONNA RHODES: Yeah. What's the title of your memoir?

JUDGE SMITH: I would say Lucky.

DONNA RHODES: Okay, all right. Short and sweet. JUDGE SMITH: That's what it would be.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. And finally, what is one item on your bucket list?

JUDGE SMITH: Still to hike the Appalachian Trail.

DONNA RHODES: All of it?

JUDGE SMITH: All of it, yeah.

DONNA RHODES: Okay. Have you done some of it?

JUDGE SMITH: I have.

DONNA RHODES: Okay.

JUDGE SMITH: I've done quite a bit of it. But it takes three to four months to do, and you got to have time off to do that of course.

DONNA RHODES: Yeah, you do.

JUDGE SMITH: And I've done segments of it. I've done the first 50 miles, and I've done the last 10 miles.

DONNA RHODES: All right, all right, so you just need to get everything in between.

JUDGE SMITH: So I have done a few segments. I spent more of my hiking in the west, growing up, and with Boy Scouts at a ranch out there, Philmont Scout Ranch. So I love hiking, and have hiked all over Florida but it's different in the mountains. I enjoy hiking just about everywhere.

DONNA RHODES: All right. You have successfully survived the Fast5 questions. Thank you so much for joining us today, and we'll see you around the courthouse.

JUDGE SMITH: Okay, thank you, Donna. I enjoyed it.

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