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RETAIN THESE JUDGES ON COURT OF APPEAL

Three 2nd District Court of Appeal judges are on the Nov. 4 ballot for merit retention: Chris W. Altenbrand, Morris Silberman and Daniel H. Sleet.

Two pieces of information are helpful. First, 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 these judges up for merit retention have had formal charges brought against them while in their current positions.

Second, the Florida Bar poll of more than 5,200 lawyers asked those with at least limited knowledge of the judges whether they should be retained. On the 2nd DCA, each of the three judges won at least 91 percent support for merit retention.

On all three merit retention questions for the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the Tampa Bay Times recommends a yes vote.

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