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How the First District Court of Appeal ignored Florida voters

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Martin Dyckman

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Voters across Florida cast ballots in November 2000 to say whether they wanted to continue electing most of their circuit and county court judges or would let the governor appoint them.

Election was the overwhelming favorite everywhere. In Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, which comprise the Fourth Circuit, it was the choice of 69.3 percent of the voters.

This week, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal had a message for them:

Drop dead.

The split decision in Trotti v. Detzner gives Florida Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint the replacement for a Jacksonville judge who didn’t seek re-election and will serve all but the last working day of his term. By giving up that day, he was contriving to have Scott pick his successor.

A reasonable reading of the Florida Constitution and of the Florida Supreme Court precedents involved would have a different outcome.


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