The South Florida judge whose surprise encounter with an arrested middle school classmate went viral earlier this month had another unexpected reunion in court, this time with a fellow Caribbean cruise ship passenger.
Local 10 reported that Miami Dade County Court Judge Mindy Glazer was presiding over an extradition hearing Monday for Ahlon Glenn, who was wanted in Georgia on fraud charges. When Glazer noted that Glenn had been arrested at the Port of Miami after disembarking from a Carnival cruise ship, she remembered that she had seen the 21-year-old participating in a dance contest onboard.
"What were you on, the Breeze?" Glazer asked.
"Yes, yes," Glenn confirmed.
"Yeah, me too," Glazer said. "Isn't that cool? You have a nice cruise? I'm glad to be back to work. I had to watch four kids."
"It was a fun time, huh?" Glazer later asked.
After the catch-up session, Glazer refused Glenn's request for bond, but Local 10 reported she appeared to show some sympathy for the defendant, noting that "If he wanted to flee, he would have fled in, what was it, St. Maarten's, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico?", a reference to the ship's travel destinations. "But he came back."
Glazer, a 1988 graduate of the University of Miami who has been a circuit court judge since 2000, became internationally known for her July 2 encounter with long-lost middle school classmate Arthur Booth, who appeared in her court for a bond hearing after being charged in connection with a break-in.
"This was the nicest kid in middle school," Glazer said of Booth, who broke down in tears after she recognized him. "He was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."