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Name changing judicial candidate booted off ballot

A judge booted Jordan Breslaw -- who had filed to run against Judge Mary Robinson -- off the ballot today.

Breslaw changed his name to Jordan Howard Jordan in 1991 and lost a previous judicial race under that name. But this time he filed under the name Breslaw though he is listed in the bar under Jordan.

"His contention that he is now desirous of using the name Breslaw in good faith and not for the purpose of currying favor with a segment of the voting population is not credible," Judge Edward Garrison wrote, siding with attorney Bill Scherer who represented Robinson. "His current use of the name Breslaw is a thinly veiled attempt to deceive and confuse the voters of Broward County."

Breslaw is one of many candidates with Jewish or Anglo sounding names challenging a minority judge. Robinson is black. Breslaw said in an email that he is working on an appeal.

"The case could have a chilling affect on thousands of women who wish to marry but wish to keep their name!" Breslaw wrote.

Not quite -- women can marry and keep their maiden name, practice law under that name and file to run as a judge under that name.