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Florida House ties women/minority law student scholarships to changes to state merit selection system

I mentioned back in January the effort in Florida to allow governors to replace a majority of the members of the state’s judicial nominating commissions. What made the provisions of HB 971 and the similar SB 1570 even more notable than the change to merit selection was their tying of the changes to changes in the state’s judicial retirement system, arguably to the advantage of judges recalled back into temporary service by the state’s chief … Continue reading

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Two views: Don’t let political forces seize power over Florida’s courts

Imagine what would happen if a football coach handpicked referees for all of his games. Even the home crowd would be outraged. It violates the whole premise of fair play. Now imagine giving anyone similar influence over the rulings issued by a court of law. That is exactly what some of your elected leaders are seeking, and legislation moving toward approval in Tallahassee moves them closer to that goal. Some claim the changes in the … Continue reading

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Two views: Don’t let political forces seize power over Florida’s courts

Florida’s government, like the governments of other states and the federal government, is based upon three co-equal branches: legislative (the Florida House and Senate), executive (the governor), and the judiciary (trial and appellate courts). As an attorney who practices in our courts, I understand the importance of a selection process that assures judges are honest, fair and intelligent. As one of the senators who in 2011 stopped the controversial effort to split the Florida Supreme … Continue reading

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