Commission will interview all Supreme Court applicants – Florida Politics (blog)
The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission on Monday voted to interview all 11 applicants for a vacancy on the court.
The interviews, open to the public, will be held in Orlando Nov. 28, starting around noon and likely lasting through 7 p.m., said Jason Unger, the commission’s chair. The panel held a brief organizational conference call on Monday morning.
The interviewees are:
— Judge Wendy W. Berger of the 5th District Court of Appeal.
— Circuit Judge Alice L. Blackwell of Orange County.
— Assistant U.S. attorney Roberta J. Bodnar of the Middle District of Florida.
— Orlando civil-trial defense attorney Dan Gerber.
— Sylvia Grunor, a Central Florida trial lawyer.
— State Attorney Brad King of the 5th Judicial Circuit.
— Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson of the 5th District Court of Appeal.
— Republican state Rep. Larry Metz of Yalaha.
— Circuit Judge Michelle T. Morley of Sumter County.
— Circuit Judge Michael Rudisill of the 18th Judicial Circuit.
— Circuit Judge Patricia Strowbridge of Osceola County.
The opening was created by the pending retirement of Justice James E.C. Perry, who will leave the bench at the end of the year.
Gov. Rick Scott will name Perry’s replacement, his first chance to pick a state Supreme Court justice.
In Florida, justices are picked through a “merit selection” process, beginning with a nonpartisan, nine-member commission that reviews and evaluates applicants.
The governor appoints five members, however, and The Florida Bar “sends nominations to the governor to fill the remaining four spots,” according to the Bar’s website.
For example, the Supreme Court commission includes attorney Jesse Panuccio, Scott’s former head of the Department of Economic Opportunity; Fred Karlinsky, a lawyer and insurance lobbyist with close ties to the governor; and Daniel Nordby, the former general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives.
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