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11 apply for Florida Supreme Court vacancy

TimesFlorida Supreme Court justices listen during a hearing in March 2015.

Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times

TimesFlorida Supreme Court justices listen during a hearing in March 2015.



Eleven people applied for an upcoming vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court by today's 5 p.m. deadline.

Those who applied are seeking to fill the seat of Justice James E.C. Perry -- who is retiring at the end of this year, as required by law.

The list of jurist hopefuls includes a range of legal professionals -- including an assistant U.S. attorney and several judges -- as well as one newly reelected lawmaker, state Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha.

According to Jason Unger, chairman of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the list of applicants is:

-- Wendy W. Berger

-- Alice L. Blackwell

-- Roberta J. Bodnar

-- Daniel J. Gerber

-- Bradley E. King

-- C. Alan Lawson

-- Michelle T. Morley

-- Patricia L. Strowbridge

-- Larry E. Metz

-- Sylvia A. Grunor

-- Michael Rudasill

The nominating cmmission will meet by conference call Monday morning to select which applicants they want to interview. The commission will ultimately recommend a list of three to six names to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who will appoint the new justice.

Perry's retirement is the first opportunity Scott has had to name a new justice. Perry was appointed to the state's top bench in March 2009 by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

State law requires justices to retire on their 70th birthday or the end of their six-year term if they are half-way through the term. Perry turned 70 in January 2015; his term ends Jan. 3.

Originally posted: 12:20 p.m. Updated: 5:40 p.m.

[Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:39pm]


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