Sunday, December 29, 2002

TOTO CHIMPANZEE'S OWNER DEAD

Former Miami-Dade judge famed for toughness dies
She was a tireless pioneer in county justice
BY ANDREA ELLIOTT

Ellen Morphonios, a nationally renowned Miami-Dade County circuit judge whose tough sentences and blunt charm earned high acclaim among criminals and colleagues, died Sunday. She was 73....

Morphonios leaves a legacy of idiosyncrasies, the stuff of courthouse legend: She decorated her chambers and signed documents in her favorite color -- lavender. An avid animal lover, she sometimes brought her diaper-clad pet chimpanzee, Toto, to work....