Gov. Crist urges more diversity on court of appeal
Gov. Charlie Crist rejected a list of nominees to the 5th District Court of Appeal on Monday, saying it lacked racial diversity. The court handles cases from Hernando and other Central Florida counties. Crist asked the judicial nominating commission to reconsider its recommendations. He noted that two qualified African-American circuit judges applied but did not make the cut.
"Florida's diversity has been instrumental in the economic and cultural strength of our state, and that diversity should be reflected in every facet of our state's government, including our judicial system," Crist said. "I remain committed to appointing to the bench well-qualified individuals who reflect the people of Florida."
— Times Staff Writer