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Voters' verdict: appeals judges keep their jobs // 5th DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

Three judges on the 5th District Court of Appeal kept their jobs Tuesday thanks to votes cast in 13 central Florida counties.

John Antoon, 50, Gilbert Goshorn and Charles Harris, both 61, were easily retained by voters in Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Brevard, Flagler, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

Appeals judges, like judges on the state Supreme Court, are appointed but face merit retention every six years. There are nine judges on this court, which typically splits into three-member panels to hear appeals.

Antoon received his law degree from Florida State University. He is a former assistant public defender and was a circuit court judge in Brevard and Seminole counties for 10 years before being appointed to the 5th District Court of Appeal in 1995.

Goshorn and Harris are both graduates of the University of Florida's law school, and both served as circuit court judges in Brevard and Seminole counties. Both joined the court in 1989.

In a Florida Bar Poll released in October, 91 percent of the 1,500 Bar members recommended keeping Antoon, while 88 percent gave their approval to Goshorn and Harris.

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