From the looks of his social media accounts, Broward Circuit Court Judge Steven B. Feren is a huge hit with Muslim women in southeast Asia. According to the @JudgeFeren Twitter account, the vast majority of Feren’s 17,400 followers are located more than 10,000 miles away from Broward county. A review of Feren’s followers shows just a few names familiar to Broward Voters: the Florida AFL-CIO, Ye Olde Falcon Pub in Davie, Broward Days, and Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar.
Most of Feren’s followers are young Muslim men and women in Indonesia. People like Mudjibur Rahman, Lumintang Yang, Ahmad Iqbal Morgan, Amink Muse, Roy Chandra Sitohang, Abdullah Anwar, and Hamzah Haq Al-Farizi. One of Feren’s foreign followers uses the name “Pray For Palestina” an obvious reference to the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It seem highly doubtful the citizens of Indonesia are closely following the judicial races in Broward county.
A more likely possibility is the Feren campaign purchased followers to build social media credibility. Many of Feren’s followers have tweeted about a follower purchase program. The tweets from “Social Agency” state, “6000 Follower Indonesia Harga 100rb.” This translates to 6000 Twitter followers for 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah. Quite the bargain for a politician too lazy to build a real social media campaign.
Feren is not the only Broward politician with far eastern friends. Last November, Mark Bogen appeared to be purchasing Facebook “likes” to convey a false sense of his popularity. Bogen, a Democratic attorney running for the Broward County Commission District 2 seat, is very popular in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The “Bogen For Broward” Facebook page had been “liked” by 1,366 Facebook users; A sign that Bogen had an excellent chance of winning the Democratic nomination . However, a review of Facebook statistics showed the majority of Bogen’s fans were based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This Twitter ploy is more evidence Steven B. Feren thinks like a politician first, and a judge, last.
Despite his judicial record, RED BROWARD reported how Feren is desperate to convince Broward voters he a champion of Broward’s children. Feren told local Democrats that Broward’s children, “Need somebody to watch over them….To look out for them….To take their side.” However, the Fourth District Court of Appeals doesn’t think Feren looks out for our kids.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals believed Feren implied he would punish a Broward juvenile offender for proclaiming his innocence. The Court held, ““The number of cases an accused has cannot be considered in weighing the evidence in any single case; that would be like relying on the number of cases to show the child’s propensity to commit offenses. We conclude that, even without the May 28 statements, the April 13 statements alone suggested that the trial court, who would be the fact finder in the upcoming juvenile proceedings, would consider the number of cases pending against a child as evidence against him in determining his guilt in any one case.”
Judge Steven B. Feren faces attorney John Patrick Contini in the August 26th primary for Broward Circuit Court Group 27.