Lawyers sought to replace ousted Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino


Attorneys interested in replacing Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino, who was removed from office on July 2 by the Florida Supreme Court, have until July 31 to submit applications to the local Judicial Nominating Commission.

Gov. Rick Scott has asked the commission to move quickly to select candidates to replace Santino, who was booted from the bench by the high court for violating judicial canons during the 2016 campaign.

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The former guardianship and probate attorney blasted her opponent, defense attorney Gregg Lerman, for representing “murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals.” Justices didn’t explain their 4-3 vote for removal, promising to issue a written opinion later.

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Those interested in the job must be a registered voter, a Palm Beach County resident and have been a member in good standing of the Florida Bar for the last five years.

Applications, which are available on the Florida Bar’s website (floridabar.org), should be delivered to commission chair Greg Schwinghammer by 10:30 a.m. on July 31. The address is: Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., 777 S. Flagler Drive, Suite 500 East, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.

Questions can be directed to Schwinghammer by calling 561-650-0595, or emailing him at gschwinghammer@gunster.com.

Interviews to decide which candidates will be recommended to Scott for consideration will be scheduled in early August if needed, Schwinghammer said.




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