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Florida Supreme Court Orders Governor To Pick New Justice

The front exterior of the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2011. Photo: Bruin79 Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —The Florida Supreme Court is ordering Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to pick a new Supreme Court justice after nullifying his original appointment.

The Court ruled Friday that Judge Renatha Francis is constitutionally ineligible to serve because she hasn’t been a member of the Florida Bar for at least 10 years.

Francis was appointed in May, but doesn’t meet the 10-year-requirement until Sept. 24.

She would have been the first Caribbean-American to serve. Her appointment was challenged by Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson, a prominent Black state lawmaker.

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