Retaining Judges on the Ballot

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Retaining Judges on the Ballot

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 13:12
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General Election 2020

By ROCCO MAGLIO
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Finding information on the Judges is difficult since they are very limited in what they can say about themselves and this leaves voters with little information on which to make the decision of whether or not they should be retained. The Florida Bar provides polls taken by lawyers who interact with the judges.

Supreme Court of Florida

Muniz

Justice Muñiz was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 22, 2019. Before being appointed he served as General Counsel of the United States Department of Education. Justice Muñiz graduated from University of Virginia and of Yale Law School. Justice Muñiz is married to Katie Muñiz and they have three children. In a Florida Bar poll Carlos G. Muñiz 71% of the lawyers who interacted with the justice voted to retain him.

Fifth District Court of Appeal

Evander

Justice Kerry I. Evander graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Florida law school. Justice  Evander is married to Elizabeth K. Evander and they have four children.  In a Florida Bar poll  86% of the lawyers who interacted with the judge voted to retain the judge.

Orfinger

Richard B. Orfinger is a graduate of Tulane University and University of Florida College of Law. Judge Orfinger was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, is married and the father of two children. In a Florida Bar poll 86% of the lawyers who interacted with the judge voted to retain the judge.

Jamie Grosshans* is no longer on the fifth circuit, he has been appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis. Voters will have a chance to decide on his retention in 2022. He is on the ballot, but the results of the vote will not affect his new position.

Sasso

Meredith Sasso is a graduate of the University of Florida and has a law degree from the University of Florida. In a Florida Bar poll 73% of the lawyers who interacted with the judge voted to retain the judge.

Harris

John M. Harris is a graduate of Oklahoma University and  Florida State University College of Law. Judge Harris was born and raised in Brevard County, FL and he is married to Elizabeth Harris and they have three children. In a Florida Bar poll 81% of the lawyers who interacted with the judge voted to retain the judge.

Wallis

F. Rand Wallis is a graduate of Furman University and Stetson University College of Law. In a Florida Bar poll 81% of the lawyers who interacted with the judge voted to retain the judge.

 

Images from the Fifth Judicial Circuit and Supreme Court of Florida

 

Correction: Removed association from the Florida Bar. The Florida bar reached out and stated "The Florida Bar is not an association and "Association" is not part of our name. Proper reference is "The Florida Bar." Local bar organizations are properly termed "associations.""

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