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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...

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

Alli Gerkman
The three supreme court justices standing for retention in November have each raised between $156,000 and $160,000 for their retention effort, most of which has come from lawyers and law firms. Committees handle the justices’ campaign finances, as the code of judicial conduct bars them from personally soliciting...

Florida: State Judicial Nominating Commission Bars Members from Participating in Judicial Races

Alli Gerkman
By a 5-4 vote, the state judicial nominating commission voted to bar its members from contributing to or actively participating in any judicial race in the state, including the retention elections of three supreme court justices. Those who voted in favor of the policy want to avoid the appearance of impropriety, while...