Supreme Court Legislator and Judges Compete for Spot on Florida Top Court

Florida Supreme Court
Posted at 7:15 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 19:15:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Several judges, a prosecutor and a state legislator are among those seeking to become the state's next Supreme Court justice.

Eleven people applied by the Friday deadline for the spot on the court now held by Justice James Perry. Perry is stepping down on Dec. 30 because he's reached the mandatory retirement age. Gov. Rick Scott will appoint his replacement.

One applicant is State Rep. Larry Metz. Metz, a Republican from Yalaha, sponsored a bill this year that would have penalized cities that refused to enforce federal immigration laws.

Other applicants include Charles Lawson, the chief judge of the 5th District Court of Appeal, and State Attorney Brad King, the lead prosecutor for five central Florida counties.

A nominating panel is responsible for selecting a list of finalists for Scott.

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