by Duane Craig
|Miami Judge Cheryl Aleman, 52, died of lung cancer|
In what’s becoming an unusual commentary on our contaminated environment, judges are now retaining lawyers for help with determining asbestos exposure.
When Miami Judge Cheryl Aleman, 52, died of lung cancer recently, other judges moved to a different floor of the Broward County Courthouse and requested attorneys already engaged in a lawsuit against the county to arrange for testing. The lawyers are suing the county on behalf of county employees who claim toxic mold in the building is making them sick.
Aleman had been treated for flu-like symptoms in October and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in November. She died just two weeks later on December 2.
The other judges have requested mold and asbestos testing in the courtroom and offices on the ninth floor because they are suspicious that Aleman’s death may have been caused by environmental factors in the courthouse. Previously, asbestos was discovered in the courthouse in ceiling and floor tiles but none was found in the air. A new courthouse is expected to be completed by 2014.