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FL Republican Committee Votes to Oppose Retention of Three Justices


Sept 21, 2012 | WMFE - The Florida Republican Party executive committee has voted to oppose three state Supreme Court justices who will seek retention for another six years through an up or down vote on the November 6th ballot.

Republican Governor Rick Scott, who has been critical of the high court, would replace any of the justices who are ousted.

Justices Barbara Pariente and R. Fred Lewis were appointed by Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles. Justice Peggy Quince was jointly appointed by Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush when he was governor-elect.

Florida adopted the nonpartisan merit-retention system for justices and appellate judges in the 1970s as a way of distancing the judicial system from politics.

Voters so far have never removed a justice or judge.

 

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