Sunday, February 1, 2009

Panel interviewing 8 Fla. Supreme Court applicants

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A state panel has interviewed eight applicants for a fourth Florida Supreme Court vacancy in less than a year.

They answered questions Friday from the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The nominees included two black judges, three white women and three white men.

The panel will nominate from three to six applicants Friday to replace Justice Charles Wells who retires in March.

Gov. Charlie Crist has urged the commission to send him a diverse slate.

The vacancy must be filled from the 5th appellate district, which includes Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne.

It gives Crist an unprecedented opportunity to appoint a majority of the seven-member high court in his first term.

(Source: Associated Press)

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