Ten 2nd District Court of Appeal judges are on the Nov. 8 ballot for merit retention. Voters are being asked whether the appellate judges should be retained for another six-year term.
Two pieces of information are helpful in deciding. First, the Florida Bar's poll of nearly 6,000 attorneys with at least limited knowledge of the judges asked whether they should be retained. All 10 judges won at least 87 percent support for merit retention.
Second, the Judicial Qualifications Commission investigates allegations of judicial wrongdoing and can recommend the removal of judges for ethical breaches. A check of JQC records found that none of the jurists up for merit retention have had formal charges brought against them while in their current position.
The judges are John Badalamenti, Marva Crenshaw, Patricia J. Kelly, Nelly Khouzam, Matt Lucas, Robert Morris, Stevan Travis Northcutt, Samuel Salario Jr., Craig Villanti and Douglas Alan Wallace. The Tampa Bay Times recommends voting yes to retain all.