Elizabeth Scherer, Florida Circuit Judge watches the court trial of Parkland High School shooter Nicholas Cruz, who was accused of killing seventeen people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day in 2014.
She went viral in end of March 2022 after a bizarre exchange during the selection process, when a woman told her she had a scheduling conflict and could not be on the jury since she had a sugar daddy and was married.
She was a prosecutor for over a decade before joining Florida’s 17th judicial district in 2012, appointed the then governor Rick Scott.
She is a former state champion volleyball player, according to her Instagram account, which has gained several thousand followers. She has also been in the service of the boards of directors for both Voices For Children and St. Anthony Catholic School Friends For Education. She is a volunteer faculty member at the school and was given a name of judicial advocate of the year in 2013.
That same year, she criticized child protection authorities and the local foster care operator after a 4-year-old boy in foster care was found dead in his biological mother’s apartment, according to CBS Miami. The mother had a history of mental illness and lost custody but tried to win her back and despite Scherer’s instructions, the foster operator allegedly sent the child to her home for unsupervised visits.
Sherer attended Florida State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English, and enrolled in the University of Miami School of Law.
Her father, Bill Sherer, is himself a prominent lawyer who once represented then-candidate George W. Bush in a ballot dispute case following the 2000 presidential election.
Anthony Mercer, her ex-husband, was charged with drug trafficking in 2009 while she was a prosecutor with the Broward County District Attorney’s Office. She filed for divorce, the very next day, although according to the report of Sun-Sentinel, they had already been separated for few months. Court records show that the charges were later dropped after the completion of drug trial program.
As per Broward-Palm Beach New Times, in 2014, she signed a controversial search warrant that resulted in fatal gunshot wounds to an unarmed drug dealing suspect while standing in his own kitchen.
Police also killed his dog, according to the Sun-Sentinel, and he was charged with “resisting arrest without violence,” but he died eleven days later before his case went to trial.