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Florida Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse From Judicial Selection Case

Updated: Mar 19, 2019


Statement from Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT):


“Judicial temperament that includes threatening lawyers short and long-term as Justice Labarga has done, attacking other public officials in the midst of a political campaign as Justice Pariente has done, and now attacking members of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission, destroys public faith in the courts. Such behavior betrays that certain judges are biased and the citizens of Florida cannot get a fair shake, much less justice, before certain judges.

Both Justice Labarga and Justice Pariente have exhibited behavior that should disqualify them from hearing the case brought by politically motivated organizations who want to prevent the governor from filling vacancies on the Florida State Supreme Court. Moreover, Justice Pariente has previously expressed her opinion that she did not want the governor to make judicial appointments – the very issue in the case before the court. Both justices should immediately recuse themselves from this case as they have demonstrated a bias against the governor.”

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