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Judge Jamie Grosshans nominated for Florida Supreme Court

Sep. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis nominated Judge Jamie Grosshans on Monday for the Florida Supreme Court after the high court sided with a Democratic lawmaker and nullified the governor's previous appointment. DeSantis announced the nomination Monday evening to comply with the Supreme...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, Renatha Francis smiles speaks at a news conference in Miami. State Rep. Geraldine Thompson is challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis' appointment of Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Thompson said in news conference Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, that DeSantis only chose Francis for the high court because she shares his conservative ideology, not because he sought racial diversity. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida Supreme Court orders governor to pick new justice

Sep. 11, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must pick a new Supreme Court justice because the judge he picked to fill a high court vacancy is constitutionally ineligible to serve, the court said in an order issued Friday. The Florida Supreme Court ordered DeSantis to appoint another judge by...

FILE- In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, debates a bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Thompson is challenging the appointment of a Black woman to the Florida Supreme Court contending on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is engaging in “racial tokenism” by choosing someone the court itself has already ruled is not eligible for the position. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Black Democrat urges governor to drop Black court nominee

Sep. 10, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Black Democratic state lawmaker who is challenging the appointment of a Black woman to the Florida Supreme Court contended Thursday that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is engaging in “racial tokenism” by choosing someone the court itself has already ruled is not...