Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel
May 7, 2012
(left)Circuit Judge Edward Merrigan, Jr. is congradualated by Chief Judge Peter Weinstein at the end of the first docket of the new court just for veterans Monday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Next to them stands Assistant Public Defender W. Dale Miller. Circuit Judge Edward Merrigan, Jr. is an 18-year vet and army Lt. Col. The court, for vets who are in trouble because of mental health or substance abuse issues, is designed to promote stability for those vets by providing services such as intense probation supervision, counseling and drug testing.