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Groups press Rubio, Nelson on judicial vacancies



The liberal group Progress Florida has organized letter campaigns to Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson urging them to help speed along five judicial nominees.

"Any observer of lawmaking in Florida has learned by now that no matter what happens in our Legislature, the final decision when it comes to laws that affect our day-to-day lives is more often than not made by a judge. That’s why our courts matter," said Mark Ferrulo, the group's executive director.

The letter reads:

Part of the American ideal of fairness is the right to have “your day in court.” Every person in our country should have timely access to courts staffed with qualified judges to hear their disputes.

However, political obstruction in the halls of Congress has blocked well-qualified judicial nominees from being confirmed to the bench, resulting in critical court vacancies and a backlog of cases that makes it harder for Floridians to access their courts.

President Obama has nominated five highly qualified candidates to fill these seats.  Judge Beth Bloom, Judge Robin L. Rosenberg and Judge Darrin P. Gayles, were nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Judge Carlos Eduardo Mendoza and attorney Paul G. Byron, were nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Florida’s judicial system has suffered from the weight of an ever increasing backlog of cases that undermines our system of justice and makes it difficult for most Floridians to have their cases heard in a timely manner, delaying, and sometimes denying, justice for many.

Floridians deserve to have a fair and functioning judicial system and that requires a court system working at full capacity. Justice delayed remains justice denied. We, the undersigned organizations representing millions of Florida voters, urge you to move as quickly as possible to fill the four open seats on Florida’s district courts.
For a better Florida,
African American Ministers In Action (Reverend Dorothy Chaney, Minister Jabari Paul, Elder Lee Harris and Reverend Reginald Gundy)
Clean Water Action
Common Cause Florida
Community Business Association of Central Florida
Equality Florida
Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Florida Consumer Action Network
Florida Immigrant Coalition, Inc. (FLIC)
Florida Institute for Reform & Empowerment (F.I.R.E)
Florida New Majority
National Congress of Black Women
National Council of Jewish Women
Progress Florida
SEIU Florida
South Florida Voices for Working Families
State Voices Florida

[Last modified: Monday, March 3, 2014 2:29pm]


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