Monday, February 19, 2018
Politics

Florida Supreme Court retention: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy A. Quince

Florida voters do not elect the seven justices who serve on the Florida Supreme Court. When an opening occurs, the governor selects a new justice from a list of suggested nominees. And later, Floridians get to vote, yes or no, on whether those justices should stay on the court. That's why the names of three justices will be on this November's ballot, statewide. This year the normally uncontroversial Supreme Court retention vote has prompted far more debate than normal. One group opposes the justices because it disagrees with a decision the court made to throw out a proposed constitutional amendment concerning health care reform, which the court found improperly worded. The state Republican Party joined the opposition, complaining about a nine-year-old decision (later overturned) to grant a new trial in a death penalty case. But 23 former Florida Bar presidents have signed a statement supporting the three justices. Many in the legal establishment say justices should only be voted off the court if they have done something improper, not just because of a few unpopular rulings. For their part, Democrats say the attack against the justices is really just an attempt to give Republican Gov. Rick Scott the chance to stack the court with three new appointees.

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