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JNC makes its cut for Supreme Court



The Judicial Nominating Commission sure works fast. After three days of interviews ending Wednesday, the commission has already submitted their recommendations to Gov. Charlie Crist for the two openings on the Florida Supreme Court. Gov. Crist has 60 days from today to make his appointments.

No women were nominated. But there is something else of note. Edward Guedes, a Miami attorney on the list, is probably the first openly gay candidate for the job.

The list of contenders:

At-Large Vacancy (Cantero): Judge Charles Canady, 54, Lakeland, Second District Court of Appeal; Judge Kevin Emas, 50, Miami, 11th Judicial Circuit; Edward G. Guedes, 44, Miami, Attorney; Judge Jorge Labarga, 55, West Palm Beach, 15th Judicial Circuit; Judge Vincent G. Torpy, Jr., 52, Daytona Beach, Fifth District Court of Appeal.

First DCA Vacancy (Bell): Judge Ricky L. Polston, 52, Tallahassee, First District Court of Appeal; Judge Waddell A. Wallace, III, 55, Jacksonville, 4th Judicial Circuit; Judge Peter D. Webster, 59, Tallahassee, First District Court of Appeal.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:07am]


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