Miami's own Judge Alex Ferrer is a former Circuit Court Judge and television host.
He'll be sitting in for Jimmy Cefalo on South Florida's First News on Monday and Tuesday.
Here's the Judge on Fox News discussing serious topics..
And here's a look at his less serious side...
Judge Alex Ferrer's Bio:
Born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Ferrer and his family escaped from Fidel Castro’s Communist regime to America when he was one year old. While growing up in Miami he developed a passionate interest in law enforcement and became one of the youngest police officers in Florida at the age of nineteen. During his career as a police officer, he served as a patrolman, a detective and in an undercover capacity, became a firearms instructor, attended SWAT school and received advanced drug training through the DEA. Intent on building a career in the legal profession, Judge Ferrer performed his duties as a police officer while attending both college and law school on a full time basis.
Judge Ferrer received his undergraduate degree from Barry University and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he became a published member of its Law Review. Upon receiving his degree, he practiced in Miami, focusing on civil litigation—including suits involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury and commercial business disputes. After becoming an attorney, and to further embolden his commitment to law and order, Judge Ferrer donated his time for free as a reserve police officer in the Miami suburb of Homestead.
In 1995, at the age of 34, he became the first Cuban-born attorney, and the youngest, to be elected to the Circuit Court Bench in Miami’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, the largest trial court in Florida and the fourth largest in the United States. Throughout his high-profile tenure on the Criminal and Family bench, Judge Ferrer handled thousands of cases, ranging from first degree murders involving the death penalty, drug related offenses, RICO conspiracy indictments, kidnappings and armed robberies to dissolutions of marriage, child custody and support issues, general financial matters, adoptions and paternity suits. Judge Ferrer also presided as an appellate judge over appeals from the Miami-Dade County Court, Miami-Dade County Commission and numerous other governmental bodies. After 10 years on the bench, he was unanimously recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission for a vacancy on Florida’s high-profile Third District Court of Appeal, an opportunity he bypassed to accept a role as the host of the popular, nationally syndicated, television show “Judge Alex,” which aired for 9 seasons in approximately 96% of the US.
In addition to having served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University where he taught graduate courses in criminal law and procedure, Judge Ferrer continues teaching other judges at annual judicial conferences. He has authored a "bench book" on closing arguments that is used by judges throughout Florida and regularly appears as a legal commentator on Fox News, CNN, Headline News, MSNBC and other news networks, as well as on Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey and other entertainment shows.