The Orlando Sentinel reported late last night that Governor Rick Scott has appointed former assistant state attorney Wayne Wooten to the circuit court for Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. The governor’s website did not reflect the appointment at this time of this writing; readers can look for the governor’s press release concerning this and other recent appointments here.
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"As long as I have any choice, I will stay only in a country where political liberty, toleration, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule." - Albert Einstein
In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Jorge Labarga, the Florida Supreme Court determined that Governor Crist exceeded his constitutional authority in refusing to appoint one of six judicial nominees certified by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The nominees, who included two women and four men, are all white. Governor Crist deemed the pool of nominees insufficiently diverse, even though only one woman currently serves on the Fifth District Court of Appeal and no woman has been appointed to that court since 1990. The case challenging the governor’s failure to fill the vacant position on the court of appeal was filed by the judge whose retirement created the vacancy, The Honorable Robert J. Pleus, Jr. The Supreme Court’s opinion is available here.