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Speculative list of justice candidates



Florida legal circles were spinning on Friday at news of Justice Raoul Cantero's resignation and already people started floating names.

His departure marks the first of three appointments Crist will get to make, because Justice Harry Lee Anstead, 70, and Justice Charles Wells, 69, have to retire next year due to age restrictions in the Constitution.

Here's a speculative list of names of folks who may or may not ask to be considered by the Judicial Nominating Commission: First District Court of Appeals Judges Ricky Polston, Clay Roberts and Phil Padovano.

Other possibilities include Crist’s former chief legal advisor Chris Kise and former U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez
who is on the State Board of Education. And even Miami Republican Sen. Alex Villalobos who was an early Crist supporter.

Who else?

-- Jennifer Liberto and Lucy Morgan

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


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