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Clay Roberts Headed to 1st DCA



L. Clayton Roberts, the man who gained some national renown as Katherine Harris' director of elections during the 2000 presidential recount, is headed to the bench.

Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday he'd appointed Roberts to fill a vacancy on Florida's First District Court of Appeal. He replaces Judge Richard Ervin, who is retiring.

Roberts' last job was working for Crist as deputy attorney general, overseeing 450 lawyers and 1,300 staff. He's also served as the general counsel for the Department of State.

Roberts, 41, is a 1987 West Point graduate and a 1991 graduate of Florida State University Law School.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:26pm]


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