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Florida: Hearing Set for Lawsuit to Block Supreme Court Justices' Retention

Alli Gerkman
A hearing is scheduled for August 8 to address whether the three justices standing for retention in November should be removed from the ballot. In June, the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a suit on behalf of two Florida voters alleging that the justices violated state law by using court employees to assist in...

Florida: Funds to Retain Supreme Court Justices Near an ‘Unprecedented’ $1 Million

Alli Gerkman
The three justices who are standing for retention in November have raised nearly $1 million for their campaigns . The bulk of these contributions have come from lawyers and law firms. The justices are prohibited from personally soliciting contributions, so they have appointed campaign committees to act in their behalf.

Florida: Justices Will Not Be Prosecuted for Having Court Employees Notarize Campaign Documents

Alli Gerkman
A state prosecutor announced that no charges would be filed against the three justices standing for retention in November. Governor Scott asked the state law enforcement agency to investigate whether the justices had violated state law in having court employees notarize campaign documents during working hours in order...

Florida: State launches investigation of three Supreme Court justices (Updated)

Alli Gerkman
Governor Scott asked a state law enforcement agency to decide if an investigation is warranted into whether the three justices standing for retention in November violated state law by seeking assistance from court staff in filing election-related paperwork, and two citizens filed a lawsuit asking the secretary of...

Florida: Justice Pariente Warns That Failure to Retain Justices Will Lead to Partisan Appointments

Alli Gerkman
At a recent campaign appearance, Justice Barbara Pariente cautioned that a November vote not to retain her and two fellow justices who are also on the ballot would allow Governor Scott to make "partisan judicial appointments." A challenge to the three justices' retention has been mounted by conservative groups unhappy...

Florida: Top fundraisers for the quarter include a surprising black-robed bunch

Alli Gerkman
As of mid-April, the three supreme court justices standing for retention in November had each raised between $156,000 and $160,000 for their retention effort, most of which came from lawyers and law firms. Committees handle the justices’ campaign finances, as the code of judicial conduct bars them from personally...

Florida: Legislator seeks investigation of three Supreme Court justices

Alli Gerkman
A Republican legislator called for an investigation into whether three supreme court justices violated state election law in using court employees to help file their retention candidacy paperwork. The justices learned on the day of the deadline that their financial disclosure forms were incomplete and called a court...