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Will Trump turn to a Floridian for the Supreme Court?

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady

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Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady



With the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court at the top of the agenda when Donald Trump assumes office, Florida has a chance to place someone on the High Court for the first time in history.

In September Trump released a list of 21 candidates that he would pick. The list included Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady as well as Federico Moreno, a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

“This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future Justices of the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said in a statement in September when he unveiled the list.

Canady, 62, has been on the Florida Supreme Court since 2008 when then Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him. Canady, a Lakeland native, is a former Florida House member and served in Congress from 1992 to 2000. He later served as then-Gov. Jeb Bush’s General Counsel.

Moreno, 64, has been on United States District Court in Miami since 1990 when he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush. Moreno, a University of Miami law school graduate, previously served on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court and was a Dade County Court Judge in the mid-1980s.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 5:25pm]


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