Victoria R. Brennan

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Victoria R. Brennan
Court Information:
Florida Eleventh Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Group 53
Appointed by:   Gov. Rick Scott
Active:   2011-2019
Preceded by:   Kevin M. Emas
Succeeded by:   William Altfield
Past post:   Miami-Dade County Court Judge
Past term:   2006-2011
Personal History
Born:   9/2/1962
Undergraduate:   University of Miami, 1986
Law School:   University of Miami, 1989
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Eleventh Circuit Court
State:  Florida
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Victoria R. Brennan is a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Division, in Florida. She was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on April 5, 2011 to replace Judge Kevin M. Emas. Brennan was elected in 2012 to a full term that expires in January of 2019.[1][2][3]


Brennan received both her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Miami in 1986 and 1989, respectively.[1][4]


After receiving her law degree, Brennan served as an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office from 1989 to 2003. She then joined the law firm of Hershoff and Lupino, where she worked as a criminal defense attorney. In 2005, Brennan left that firm to work briefly as staff counsel for the Guardian Ad Litem Program. Later that year, she became an assistant general counsel to former Governor Jeb Bush. She then joined the Miami-Dade County Court one year later. In 2011, Brennan was appointed to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court.[1][2] In the announcement of her appointment, Governor Rick Scott stated: "I believe she will continue to serve Florida in a just manner, showing appropriate judicial restraint while applying the law.”[2]

2012 election

Brennan was unopposed and automatically re-elected to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court following the primary election on August 14, 2012.[5]

See also: Florida judicial elections, 2012

Notable cases

Former police chief eats paper to protect confidential source

In March 2014, Judge Brennan held former police chief Richard Masten in contempt of court and fined him $500 for the eating of court documents. Judge Brennan was presiding over a cocaine possession trial, and had demanded that Masten hand over a piece of paper containing information related to an anonymous tip in the case. Masten, who is currently the executive director of the Miami Dade Crime Stoppers, refused to relinquish the paper, insisting that he was honor-bound to protect the identity of the anonymous source who had called in the tip incriminating the alleged cocaine possessor on trial. Masten, while in court, tore up the paper which contained information regarding the tipster and proceeded to eat it.[6] Masten refused to expose his source, fearing that if he did so now, it would set a dangerous precedent in the courts. “I make a promise to tipsters out there. It isn’t going to happen on my watch. If you want to put me in jail, fine," he stated.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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