23 former Bar presidents back justices' retention
A total of 23 former presidents of the Florida Bar have signed a statement in support of the merit retention of three members of the Florida Supreme Court.
Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, and an effort is underway to block them from being retained (No appellate or supreme court justice has failed to win retention since the system was implemented under Gov. Reubin Askew in the 1970s).
In their statement, the justices criticized "unfounded and unwarranted attacks upon our judicial system" and a "well-financed and ill-conceived political campaign to remove these Florida Supreme Court justices from office for political motives."
The former Bar presidents who signed the statement are Marshall Criser, Burton Young, William Reece Smith Jr., L. David Shear, James Rinaman Jr., Gerald Richman, Joseph Reiter, Patrick Emmanuel, Ray Ferrero Jr., Stephen Zack, James Fox Miller, Alan Dimond, William Blews, John DeVault III, Edward Blumberg, John Frost II, Howard Coker, Edith Osman, Herman Russomanno, Tod Aronovitz, Kelly Overstreet Johnson, Francisco Angones and Jesse Diner.