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Muñiz attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with high honors. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit court judge, currently serves on the 3rd District Court of Appeal.
For the first time in 36 years, the Florida Supreme Court will not have an African-American member when three new justices join the court early next year.
Gov. Rick Scott, following past gubernatorial precedent, announced in prepared statement Tuesday that he has asked the nine-member Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) to begin the process to nominate highly qualified successors to fill the three upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court.
But two decades after the groups served together on the 1997-1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, they are clashing in the state Supreme Court.
But two decades later, the Florida Supreme Court is preparing to wade into a long-running battle about whether the state has adequately carried out the requirement --- and whether judges should even decide questions that attorneys for the state describe as a “political thicket.”
The controversial 2017 change shifted a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases --- a shift that can play a role in determining whether people claiming self-defense should be shielded from prosecution. But two appellate courts have split about whether the change should apply to defendants who were arrested before the 2017 law took effect but whose cases were pending.
The state Supreme Court on Monday removed a Northeast Florida circuit judge because of improper conduct during a 2016 election campaign and other actions while on the bench.
A Florida court has ordered that a doctor stop performing plastic surgery after an Illinois woman's death. The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2qU8z1E ) Florida's First District Court of Appeal ordered Monday that 44-year-old Osakatukei "Osak" Omulepu must also have a board-certified physician present for any other medical procedures until it rules on the state's effort to stop him from practicing.