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Crist picks Polston for Supreme Court



Polston_2 Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday appointed Ricky Polston, a judge on the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, as the newest member of the Florida Supreme Court.

Polston, 52, is a native of Graceville. He and his wife, Deborah, have 10 children (they are the adoptive parents of a group of six brothers who were in foster care). Crist made the appointment at a news conference at the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee.

In the audience were St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and Tampa business executive Kathleen Shanahan, who was former Gov. Jeb Bush's chief of staff.

"I have taken care in appointing Judge Polston because I know this selection will affect generations of Floridians," Crist said in a statement. "I am confident Judge Polston will rule from our state's highest bench with restraint, fairness and humility. He has shown throughout his personal and professional life the kind of compassion that is so important to our justice system."

Polston has been a DCA judge since 2001, and before that he was in private practice; he's also a CPA (he is a registered Republican). The jurist graduated with high honors from Florida State University law school in 1986.

Polston, who replaces Kenneth Bell, who resigned, is Crist's second appointment (and second white male) to the state high court, following the selection of former U.S. Rep. Charles Canady in August. The first-term governor will get two more picks in early 2009.

Jennifer Liberto, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:52am]


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