No Florida governor should have unchecked power to choose judges. Gov. Rick Scott disagrees.
Politics always will be part of judicial selection. Until 2001, however, Florida had a system that true conservatives should appreciate. Though the governor got to make the pick for each court opening — no Senate confirmation — the governor did not get to pick all nine members of the nominating commissions that screen and interview applicants for vacancies on the 20 trial courts, the five appeals courts and the Florida Supreme Court. The governor picked three members, the Florida Bar picked three members and those six chose the other three.
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