Miami Herald: Written by Jay Weaver. November 18, 2017.
Federal Judge William M. Hoeveler, who presided over a string of landmark cases in South Florida — from the prosecution of a notorious Panamanian dictator to the clean-up of pollution in the Everglades — has died at the age of 95.
Hoeveler was a towering figure in the legal community, admired for the rigor of his rulings, fierce sense of fairness and courtly demeanor that invited civility, especially when the issues were most contentious.
His longtime assistant once described Hoeveler, who died on Saturday at his Coral Gables home surrounded by family, as the “epitome of what a judge should be.” Even Manuel Noriega, the dictator whom Hoeveler would send to prison, wound up thanking him after his trial.
Margaret Hoeveler, one of the judge’s four children, said it was her father’s aura of kindness that touched so many people in both his personal and professional lives.