Before she became a federal judge—not just any judge, but a Donald Trump-appointed judge who put the brakes on the high-profile investigation into the former president’s concealment of secret documents at Mar-a-Lago—for Eileen Mercedes Cannon It was in the blink of an eye of a working journalist.
20 years before the cannon handed to a court in Fort Pierce, Florida, elicited both ecstasy and fury, depending on how one views the former president.
During a three-month period, Canon received more than a dozen articles published by the El Nuevo Herald, a Spanish-language daily that is the sister publication of the Miami Herald.
Born in Cali, Colombia, she was one of several interns who have gone through two newsrooms over the years. Some employees remain as full-time employees. Some have yet to earn a degree and have to return to campus. Others end up in different newsrooms or alternative careers.
The writings of the El Nuevo Herald would be long forgotten, except that they ended up on a judicial application submitted by Canon, an application that is now under closer scrutiny as critics called the “Special Master” to review all. His decision to support Trump’s request for his appointment has been questioned. Among the documents seized by the FBI when he executed a search warrant at his Florida home. The judge’s order halted the government’s investigation into those sensitive records.
The judge’s intervention, which the Justice Department is seeking to overturn, was welcomed by supporters of the former president, but was criticized by critics who said it was meant to delay an ongoing criminal investigation into the former president. .
Critics, diving into the application for evidence, have questioned the competence of canon and accused the Trump legal team of shopping around for a sympathetic judge.
Nominated by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the canon was confirmed in the period after Trump lost the election as efforts were made to confirm more judges before the new administration took office.
Application Cannon asks the following questions: “List the titles, publishers and books, articles, reports, letters to the editor, editorial pieces, or other published material you have written or edited, including material published on the Internet.”
Cannon listed 20 items. Three are scholarly in nature, and 17 are short news items in the El Nuevo Herald from the summer of 2002. No one had anything to do with the law or inside the courtroom. Headlines include:
I “Tomatoes May Help Shrink Tumors”
I “The Nuclear Family: An Exhibit about Energy”
I “Winner in the Library Quest Competition”
I “Prenatal Yoga: A Healthy Alternative to Childbirth”
The Miami Herald spoke to ten El Nuevo Herald employees from that era. No one remembered any dealings with a cannon during his short stay 20 years ago.
Miriam Amenguer, a receptionist at the time, said she knew almost all of the interns at the time, but doesn’t remember Cannon, who was from Duke University and eventually the Law School of the University of Michigan and then eventually Justice. department, where she became a prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division.
Janet Rivera, who worked at El Nuevo covering state and county government in 2002, said that although she remembers a lot of interns, can’t remember.
Rivera later said that he spoke to other former employees at the time but to no avail. “It seems to me that her internship was unremarkable, to say the least”.
Over the decades, some journalists have changed careers and opted to take law degrees, often after covering stories about complex legal topics.
Some become federal judges. Rarely still presides over the most volatile, high-profile case in the country.
This story was originally published September 9, 2022 4:59 PM.