Judicial Profile: He Wears A Robe During The Week, Dresses Like A Zebra On Weekends
Monday through Friday, Miami-Dade County Court Judge Carlos Guzman wears a robe. On weekends, he "dresses like a zebra."
At least during football season when he moonlights as an NCAA football official, sprinting along the sidelines in a black-and-white striped shirt. His daughter said it makes him look like a zoo animal.
He also has worn the smile of a child haircut model, the badge of an FBI agent and a Tigger costume. That last one was at Disney World in college.
Growing up, the New Jersey native considered becoming a master chef. But he started helping his sister, an attorney, with cases and "that piqued my interest."
It was so unexpected that when he told his family he wanted to go to law school, the looks he got told him they thought, "Oh, my god! He's having a mental breakdown."
Guzman applied to the FBI in college, basically because "that seemed cool." Federal bureaucracies being what they are, he heard nothing back.
When he graduated, he went to work as a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade state attorney's office.
"I knew I wanted to be in the criminal justice system," Guzman said. "I knew it was a great place to get in and be exposed to court."
Two years later, the FBI called. He considered it "a once in a lifetime opportunity."
And it was everything he dreamed. "I wasn't at the bureau long, but it was a fascinating historical time."