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Crist gets a Supreme Court pick



Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero is resigning. Justice Cantero, 47, is the Florida's first Hispanic justice, and was appointed to the Court on July 10, 2002, by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Cantero's letter of resignation was delivered to Gov. Charlie Crist earlier today.

"As I leave this position, I must also acknowledge the debt I owe to those who blazed a trail before me so that one day a citizen of Hispanic descent could be appointed to the State's highest Court," Cantero said in a press release.

"I will be forever grateful to Jeb Bush, my colleagues on the Court, the court's staff, the lawyers who appeared before us, and the people of Florida.

"I will now return to the practice of law: crafting briefs and making arguments.  I look forward to the new challenges ahead.  However, my service to the Bar, to my community, and to my state has not ended; as a private citizen and lawyer I will continue to advocate for professionalism among attorneys and respect for the judiciary."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:50am]


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