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Crist Asks For More Choices

December 23rd, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist is being criticized by some of the states top lawyers. They are accusing him of meddling in who an independent commission suggests for appointment to the State Supreme Court. Twice, the nominating commission sent a list of names that included a woman and a Hispanic, and the governor rejected the lists until the name of a former Jeb Bush attorney, Frank Geminis was included. Today the governor said there was nothing sinister in the ordeal.

I think the people of Florida expect greater diversity on the Florida Supreme Court. Ive asked for more names to have more choices, Crist said. Its no more complicated than that and thats really what its about, to try to have a court that reflects Florida.

Crist is expected to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court early next year.

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