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Court Controversy

December 17th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Is Governor Charlie Crist angling for a specific Supreme Court appointee? That seems to be the question in emails making the rounds this afternoon. One email suggests he wants Frank Jiminez, former counsel to Governor Jeb Bush to be included on the list. Jimenez has applied and been rejected by this commission twice.

Heres the text of the email:

Despite the fact that the Supreme court JNC has sent the Governor five names including one woman (Gill Freeman) and one Cuban man (Jorge Labarga), the Governor has asked the JNC to send him a more diverse list. There are many who wonder if the governor is really looking for the JNC to nominate a particular candidate. If this is true, it shows great disrespect for the judicial nominating process and the members of the JNC not to speak of the nominees.

The Florida Supreme Court JNC will be having a conference call tomorrow, (today) Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. EST to discuss what to do in response to the Governors letter. At least part of the call will be open to the public.

All interested persons may listen in. The call-in number is 1-866-525-9515 and the pass code is 78298331

It is anticipated that the JNC will discuss Gov. Crist’s request for additional nominees for the Justice Anstead seat.

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